Research course

Biomedical Science (Research)

Lancaster University · Biomedical and Life Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related subject. Undergraduate MBChB students intercalating between 4th and 5th years of study require a top quartile outcome in MBChB finals. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree enables you to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular area of biomedical research while becoming familiar with general and specific research methods and laboratory practice.

The degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of an established research group, direct learning of research methods through the graduate training programme, and a three month writing up period, in which you will produce a dissertation. Your dissertation (which is examined by a viva voce) is the means by which the degree is assessed.

Department specialisms

Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease Progressive degeneration of the nervous system features in many human diseases and can be characterised by impaired movement or cognition. Our research into the underlying processes of healthy ageing is complemented by studying those that lead to brain dysfunction and degeneration in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease. We also research biochemical and structural techniques to understand cellular function at its fundamental level, particularly: corneal stem cell therapies, proteoglycan structure and function, the developmental genetics of Drosophila, and ex vivo human gut tissue modelling. Cancer and DNA Damage Our research investigates aspects of the molecular and cellular biology of cancer including: cellular effects of exposure to carcinogens and ultraviolet light, DNA repair mechanisms, cell cycle control, and the molecular events behind leukaemia, and prostate and colorectal cancers. Parasitology and Microbiology Our research seeks to develop a better understanding of the cell biology of protozoan parasites and yeast, applicable not only to medical parasitology, but also exploiting micro-organisms as models for understanding human cellular function. We also undertake research into viruses as well as prokaryotic and other eukaryotic micro-organisms.

Information for international students

IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593 936