Taught course

Personalised Medicine

Ulster University · School of Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Students will be considered for entry to the Masters course on an individual basis.

The basic entry requirements are outlined below:

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

a second class honours degree or better with significant bioscience (or biostatistics) such as nursing, biomedical sciences, biology, pharmacy from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;


(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Our ability to understand how genes, lifestyle and environment can influence disease promises to revolutionise healthcare practices. Personalised medicine relies on using biomarkers (e.g. genes or protein) to stratify (or split) patients into specific groups for diagnosing or treating diseases.

The ideals of personalised medicine will be realised with the development of technologies and systems to predict disease, select the best treatment, and reduce side effects for individual patients. This approach to streamline healthcare provides more accurate clinical decision-making tools to identify the right
treatment, for the right person, at the right time. This course provides an academically challenging science education for those who wish to follow a career within the area of personalised medicine.

Your future career will improve the quality of life of patients through better healthcare and smarter technologies to treat and manage diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer, or immune disease. Graduates may choose to proceed to higher postgraduate degree
programmes, including PhD.

Professional Recognition - Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Information for international students

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.The minimum requirement is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Elaine Murray