UCL Division of Biosciences


Biomedical Sciences MSc

UCL is internationally recognised for biomedical research. The Biomedical Sciences MSc provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and research training that will enhance students' employability.
Programme Details 
Start DateSeptember, 2022

1 year Full Time
2 years Full Time 

LocationUCL Bloomsbury

Why study Biomedical Sciences at UCL?

  • The UCL Division of Biosciences ranked 8th in the world in the 2022 QS World University Rankings.

  • The programme is taught by members of the UCL Division of Biosciences. This research community has over 500 staff and 300 PhD students engaged in cutting edge research and collaboration.
  • The size of the department means that our students are always taught by subject area experts, many of whom are research leaders in their fields. 
  • Being home to so many world leaders in biomedical sciences means we can offer more cutting edge modules to our students than many similar programmes. 
  • UCL is home to the prestigious Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR). Academics from the WIBR teach at UCL.
  • All students are able to join our popular Life Sciences Student Society. The society runs academic talks and events as well as social activities

Course Overview

Students will 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.

In this one-year Masters course, we provide the opportunity for students with an undergraduate background in any area relevant to biomedical science to develop and broaden their knowledge and research skills, prepare for future employment or specialist postgraduate research, and to enable students to develop their understanding of, and ability to contribute to solving the major biomedical challenges facing society in the future.

Course Content

CompulsoryANAT0022Practice of Science
Leader: Dr Andrew Batchelor
CompulsoryBIOS0015MSc Biomedical Sciences Research Project
Leader: Professor Alasdair Gibb
Students will need to choose minimum of 0 and maximum of 45 credits
PHAY0017Anticancer Personalised Medicines
Leader: Dr Geoffrey Wells
 MSIN0044Business for Bioscience
Leader: Ms Fiona Reid
 IEHC0046Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
Leader: Professor Hynek Pikhart
 PHAY0019Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
Leader: Professor Michael Munday
Elective From all BIOSC_LIF modules A7P4590

Note: Optional module selections to be made after students have had their initial one-to-one meeting with the programme tutor.
*A7P = Post Graduate Level

Interested in Start-ups?

Many of our biomedical sciences students are interested in start-ups, social enterprises and developing entrepreneurial skills. UCL's Innovation and Enterprise division offer training, start-up grants, competitions, communities and much more, all of which are free to students on this programme.

UCL's entrepreneurship community has supported over 300 UCL start-ups since 2010 and raised over £280 million in investment. 

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In addition to potentially starting a successful business, making use of the resources at UCL in this area provides students with the opportunity to develop business skills, chances to network in London's start up community and projects that will serve them well on their CVs as well as in future job interviews. 

Find out more about the exciting opportunities to develop your entrepreneurial skills while you undertake this programme. 


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.

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.

Useful Careers Resources:

My UCL Careers
UCL Neuroscience Careers Network
Innovation and Enterprise Training and Opportunities for Students
Professional Development Courses
Linked In Learning
Public Engagement Training
Public Policy Training

 Find out More

For information on entry requirements, fees, how to apply and much more visit the MSc Biomedical Sciences Prospectus Page.

MSc Biomedical Sciences Prospectus Page