Taught course

Biomedical Sciences

University of Glasgow · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A second class Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Anatomy BiotechnologyCell Engineering Exercise Science Integrative Mammalian BiologyInfection & Immunity Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Molecular Genetics Neuroscience Proteomics Post Genomic Technologies.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme in Biomedical Sciences offers research training for students intending to proceed to PhD. It is largely based on individual research projects rather than coursework, and allows you to specialise in a particular area of study.

Why Glasgow?

  • The programme provides training in a wide range of modern molecular biology techniques required to pursue a research career.
  • You will gain valuable practical research experience by using the skills and techniques acquired during the programme to complete two extensive research projects.
  • The programme is distinctive in that students complete two different extensive research projects of their choice, allowing them to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills directly relevant to the study of human disease.
  • If you are aiming to study for a higher degree, this programme is designed for you.
  • If you want to enter the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this programme provides excellent training; and is an ideal introduction for overseas students who may wish to proceed to PhD studies in the UK.
  • You can choose to specialise within a particular discipline or area, which can be important for career development, see programme structure below for more information.

Programme Structure

The overall aims of the programme are:

  • to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in laboratory research.
  • to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced techniques used in modern biomedical sciences research.
  • to provide students with the opportunity to practice research skills in the laboratory by completing two extensive research projects.

MRes students have the opportunity to specialise in a particular discipline or area, which can be important for their career development. The specialisations are:

  • Anatomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Cancer Studies
  • Cardiovascular Studies
  • Cell Engineering
  • Integrative Mammalian Biology Fee Waiver
  • Integrative Mammalian Biology Scholarship
  • Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Proteomics

To qualify for a specialisation, students must select two research projects in a cognate research area, and select one taught Option that is relevant to the specialisation. The course organisers will offer advice to students on this. The taught options include:

  • Advanced Neuroanatomy (Masters) Option
  • Cancer: Molecular and Cellular Biology (Masters) Option
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Masters) Option
  • Cardiovascular Science (Masters) Option
  • Cell Signalling & Disease (Masters) Option
  • Human Molecular Genetics (Masters) Option
  • Immunological Basis of Inflammatory Disease (Masters) Option
  • Molecular Basis of Disease Processes (Masters) Option
  • Stem Cells (Masters) Option

Research Projects

The central and most important part of the MRes is the two research projects that students undertake. Students choose both projects themselves in the subject areas that interest them and that will allow them to follow the career path they wish follow. The MRes programme has a huge number of projects which students can choose from, across a wide spectrum of biomedical science.

The following are examples of the types of projects offered, to illustrate the range of subject areas.

• Making blood from human embryonic stem cells

• A gene-microarray based approach to the detection of recombinant human erythropoietin doping in endurance athletes

• Neuropathology of trypanosomiasis

• Development of a new technique for stem cell transfection

• Cloning and analysis of an inflammatory factor in cancer and autoimmune disease

• Analysis of viral induced cancer

Each year students have about 100 different projects to choose from and all students find research topics that interest them.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
8 months

Course contact details

Dr Chris McInerny/Dr Joanna Wilson