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Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics MSc

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Subject area: Biomedical Sciences
Mode of study

1-year full-time (from September 2018); 2-years part-time (from September 2019);

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Location of study

Brunel University London campus


Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2018 , students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2018/19 of up to £10,609. Find out more

About the course

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.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Compulsory study
  • Cell signalling in health and disease
  • Scientific communications 
  • Gene regulation and epigenetics
  • Lab safety, research Methods and Ethics
  • Cells and Receptors of the immune system
  • Statistics, Bioinformatics and Omics
Optional  study (speciality-linked)
  • Cancer Biology and Therapy
  • Vaccines and immunisation
  • Genomic technologies
  • Radiation, Toxicology and pollution 

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


The course will develop your skills in research methodologies and equip you for a variety of careers. These include:

  • Health-related professions
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries
  • Patent law
  • Scientific publishing
  • Teaching
  • Science policy-making.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

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 (eg 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

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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.

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.

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 at the Brunel Language Centre.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,100 full-time; £4,550 part-time

International students: £18,720 full-time; £9,360 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.