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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £13,350 (FT) £6,640 (PT)
- £25,880 (FT) £13,060 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
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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About this degree
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).
- The Practice of Science
Optional modules include:
- Advances in the Neurosciences
- Physiology in Health and Disease
- Advances in Human Genetics
- Cancer and Personalised Medicines
- Cell Signalling
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Applications open on Friday, 23 February 2018. Deadline: 23:59 (UCT) Tuesday, 17 April 2018.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Development Scientist, Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc.
- Research Technician, Imperial College London
- DPhil in Biochemistry, University of Oxford
- DPhil in Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP (BBSRC), University of Oxford
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 healthcare 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 multidisciplinary 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.
Department: Division of Biosciences
Student / staff numbers
› 367 staff
including 163 postdocs
› 136 taught students
› 428 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Biosciences
82% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.