Taught course

Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics

Brunel University, London · Brunel University, London

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Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree in the field of biosciences.

Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (e.g. doctors; nurses; MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required

Applicants with a third class honours degree or other lower qualifications will be considered if supported by science ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview

Months of entry


Course content

This Master’s course in Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics focuses on bridging the molecular basis of human diseases with innovative therapeutic approaches.

You'll learn about the molecular mechanisms leading to major human diseases and the areas where research should focus to address the existing knowledge gaps and challenges. You'll also deepen your knowledge on the current available treatments and will be encouraged to identify possible innovative therapeutic opportunities arising from technological developments.

The course will also give you the opportunity to gain experience of different modern laboratory techniques and consider the legislative and ethical aspects linked to the discipline. In addition, you'll receive training in statistics and bioinformatics which are fundamental to the biomedicine sector.

During your course you will be fully integrated within the Division of Bioscience and directly supervised by one of our academic staff. We are a research intensive Division and the majority of our academics are also part of the successful and rapidly expanding research in the Institute of Environment, Health and Society.


You'll be trained on critical analyses of the molecular problems leading to human disease and to identify intervention opportunities.

You'll develop an understanding of the ‘big picture’ but also attention to details and you will understand the need for continuous training to take advantage of technology advancement.

You'll learn practical laboratory and computational skills relevant to the discipline.

The course will foster opportunities for each individual student to develop their interpersonal and transferable skills with activities such as team-work and presentations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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