MSc by Research Biomedicine modules

Taught Modules 

This course consists of three taught modules and a large, 30-week research project. The taught modules are:

1. Research techniques, analysis & experimental design. This module provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the most important research techniques and methods in biomedical research. The module will also teach you how to design experiments and how to analyse data.

biosci-facsThe techniques that you will learn include:

  • Cloning & genetic manipulation (including cloning strategies, primer design, site-directed mutagenesis and gene knock-out technologies)
  • RNA quantification (including microarrays, quantitative PCR and miRNA quantification)
  • Microscopy (including confocal microscopy and live cell imaging techniques)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Protein purification
  • Cell based assays (including cell culture and transfection techniques)
  • General experimental design and good laboratory practice

Confocal Microscope2. Advanced topics in biomedicine and critical appraisal skills. In this module you will be exposed to a range of topics at the cutting edge of modern biomedical research. You will discuss the latest scientific papers and also meet with leading scientists from around the country to discuss their research.

This module covers the latest advances in genetics, cancer, cardiovascular disease, microbiology and stem cells. Examples of leading scientists who have visited the School of Biological Sciences to discuss their work in the past include:

  • Dr Paolo De Coppi (Great Ormond Street Hospital, London) Stem cells for therapy: amniotic fluid stem cells
  • Professor Jennifer Potts (University of York) Surface proteins of Gram-positive bacteria: host cell invasion and biofilms
  • Prof Michael Wakelam (Babraham Institute, Cambridge) Investigating lipid signalling by mass spectrometry
  • Dr James Wakefield (University of Exeter) Microtubules, MAPs and mitosis: A Holistic approach to understanding Cell Division
  • Dr Michael Curtis (Kings College London) Endogenous mediation of cardiac arrhythmias: are platelets part of the pantheon?
  • Professor Gerard Nash (University of Birmingham) Regulation of the recruitment of blood cells to the vessel wall by local haemodynamics
  • Professor Julian Ma (St George's, University of London) Producing recombinant pharmaceuticals in plants - sowing the seeds for improving global access to medicines


Student performing biomedical research3. Research planning and project management. In this module you will start an in-depth study of your chosen topic and learn how to develop a hypothesis and then design and implement a series of experiments to test your hypothesis. At the end of this module you will choose the subject of your research project and, in conjunction with your project supervisor, you will develop a detailed research plan.

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