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Biomedical Sciences MSc

The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and research training that will enhance students' ability to be competitive in the biomedical employment field, continue their learning if already in employment and/or develop a research career in this field.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£12,570 (FT) £6,255 (PT)
£24,400 (FT) £12,310 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Please note that the programme is not accredited for hospital biomedical sciences training.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The overall aim of the programme is for students to develop an advanced understanding of the development, structure and function of biological systems, together with an understanding of the mechanisms underlying normal function and dysfunction at molecular, cellular and systems levels. Students will acquire and put into practice the research methods skills necessary to investigate mechanisms and develop knowledge in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits) optional 15 and 30-credit modules available in the Biosciences Division (to a total of 90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • The Practice of Science


  • Options include:
  • Advances in the Neurosciences
  • Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Advances in Human Genetics
  • Cancer and Personalised Medicines
  • Cell Signalling
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Statistics


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, computer simulation, data analysis exercises and self-directed learning. Assessment is through coursework (including projects, reports and presentations), unseen written examination, dissertation and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Biomedical Sciences MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease - Masters Excellence Scholarship

UK/EU Fees plus stipend (1)
UK, EU students

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

£2,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on financial need

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for students to develop and broaden their knowledge and research skills and better prepare for future employment or specialist postgraduate research.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Student, Imperial College London (2014)
  • PhD Student, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Qatar (2011)
  • PhD Student, UCL (2012)
  • Health Care Assistant, NHS (2012)


Biomedical Sciences MSc graduates significantly enhance their employability by developing their subject-specific knowledge in the field of biomedical science and their analytical and research skills. Students gain an appreciation of how important biomedical science is to global health care and can approach international employers with confidence. In addition, the programme enhances student presentational and key skills enabling students to compete effectively in the job market.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.

The Division of Biosciences is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of biosciences research.

You will have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty university with a long tradition of excellence, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area who wish to develop an advanced understanding in the broad subject area of biomedical sciences.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
Once you have submitted your UCL application it is essential that you email biomedsci-msc@ucl.ac.uk. Online applicants should include in their email their name, application number, and date of application plus a CV and statement of why they wish to take this MSc.

Applicants unable to apply online, and thus using the downloadable form, should submit the form to UCL Admissions but additionally email us and include with their email a copy of any attachments.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Biomedical Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Biomedical Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a this rigorous programme
  • what your career plans are following your Master's
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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