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Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics MSc

Course code

100822

Start date

September

Subject area

Biomedical Sciences

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,370

International £19,280

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

The Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics MSc is a dynamic master’s programme, allowing you to gain hands-on experience as you delve into present-day medical understanding and try to create real advances in disease treatment and prevention.

You’ll choose a specialist biomedical area and will learn about the molecular mechanisms leading to major human diseases and their current treatments. You will also work towards identifying medical advancements and possible innovative therapeutic approaches using technological developments.

The specialist areas to choose from include cancer biology and therapy; genomic technologies; vaccine and immunisation; or radiation, toxicology and pollution.

You’ll identify areas where there are knowledge gaps in current medical understanding. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to address these gaps by looking at existing research and literature and conducting your own research.

At Brunel we recognise that strong practical skills in all fields of biomedical sciences are important to employers. For this reason we have a large practical element to the course. You’ll gain experience of different modern laboratory techniques and consider the legislative and ethical aspects linked to the discipline. You’ll learn computational skills and be trained on critical analyses of the molecular problems leading to human disease and to identify intervention opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive training in statistics and bioinformatics which are fundamental to the biomedicine sector.

In our 'Scientific Communication' module you’ll learn how to disseminate medical information to a range of audiences. Your writing skills will be developed to target a diverse range of audiences, from medical practitioners through to the general public. You will learn to write your research findings in an academic style and a journalistic style - skills which will be invaluable in a range of biomedical careers.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This biomedical sciences postgraduate course has been tailored to provide you with specialist knowledge of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine. Particular attention is placed on innovative therapeutic potential and on statistics and computational biology.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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UK 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.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,370 full-time

£4,685 part-time

International

£19,280 full-time

£9,640 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

During your course you will be fully integrated within the Department of Biomedical Sciences and directly supervised by one of our academic staff. This means that you will benefit from the use of our well established biomedical facilities and be part of one of Brunel’s research teams. Working alongside Brunel’s academics, PhD students and other master’s students, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to publications in your field of interest. We are a research intensive Department and the majority of our academics are also part of the successful and rapidly expanding research in Brunel’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.

Our academics have assisted governments with environmental and health policies, offered lung disease sufferers drug-free, medically proven treatments and helped consumers with food allergies make better choices. The practical research conducted at Brunel has helped millions of people worldwide lead healthier, happier lives.

By studying your disease mechanism and therapeutics postgraduate degree with us you will be taught the most up-to-date scientific discoveries in a fast moving field by our academics. Our team will teach you leading-edge research through practical experience. Our keynote seminars will be delivered by leaders in a specific field meaning that you will benefit first-hand from the experiences of this research-led academic team.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Students will be asked to produce self-directed learning presentations or reports on a particular aspect of human diseases. There will be a dissertation project exploring a specific subject area in-depth, using research methods, strategic experimental design and critical data analysis.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.