Biomedical Science MSci is a four year course covering the range of biological science disciplines, which underpin medicine. Sharing a building with St George’s Hospital provides a unique medical environment teaching experience offered at relatively few institutions in the UK.

Biomedical science students in action

The four year MSci Biomedical Science course covers the range of biological sciences that underpin medicine and emphasises the wide range of modern developments in medicine and the biomedical field more generally. The first two years of the MSci Biomedical Science are identical to the BSc Biomedical Science, sharing learning with medical and health science students at St George’s, and provides coverage of the fundamental aspects of cell and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. It is a modular, four year course, with each academic year comprising of 120 credits.

Our MSci integrates a year of Master’s level study in year 4 and is designed for students who plan to make a career in the research field or extend their experience of laboratory-based biomedical science.  A highlight of our course is the extended final year research project, which will help you to develop more advanced practical and research skills that are required for a research career.

Year 1 Modules (all BSc and MSci students)

Note: The modules listed here are indicative. The actual modules available to students when they enrol, may be subject to change.

All modules are compulsory. The year is assessed by individual module assessment, and worth 120 credits in total.

Module Title Credit Value
Personal & Academic Skills 1&2 10 credits
Fundamentals of Pathology 10 credits
Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Physiology 15 credits
Anatomy 1 15 credits
Fundamentals of the Living Cell 30 credits
Physiology 1 40 credits


Year 2 Modules (all BSc and MSci students)

Note: The modules listed here are indicative. The actual modules available to students when they enrol, may be subject to change.

Module Title Credit Value
Genomics 10 credits
Personal & Academic Skills 4 10 credits
Personal & Academic Skills 3 15 credits
Anatomy 2 15 credits
Physiology 2 20 credits
Clinical Pathology Specialities 50 credits


Year 3 Modules (MSci Biomedical Science)

Note: The modules listed here are indicative and run during different semesters. The actual modules available to students when they enrol, may be subject to change.

In the third year, you will study a 15 credit Biomedical Research Techniques module, providing knowledge of current translational biomedical research techniques, and cellular physiology, in vitro and in vivo physiology, pharmacology, and drug development. You will also study two 15 credit research skills modules (Statistics, and Research Project Planning and Management) in preparation for the final year research project. You will also select 75 credits of taught modules, also offered to the BSc Biomedical Science students. The broad range of third year module study options allows you to focus on subjects that interest you and maximises your career choices.

Read more about the Year 3 modules on the BSc Biomedical Science modules page.

Compulsory MSci modules

Module Title Credit Value
 Research Project Planning & Management  15 credits
 Statistics  15 credits
 Biomedical Research Techniques for Drug Development  15 credits


Year 4 Modules (MSci Biomedical Science)

Note: The modules listed here are indicative and run during different semesters. The actual modules available to students when they enrol, may be subject to change.

Year 4 comprises of one compulsory taught module worth 15 credits and a compulsory extended project module worth 105 credits.

Valued at 105 credits, the Research Project is an important part of your final year. It enables you to carry out and present a defined piece of research or data analysis, and is supervised by academic and research staff at the St George’s laboratories. This is an invaluable experience if you wish to continue with postgraduate research. In addition, you will study a third 15 credit research skills module (Research Methods).

Compulsory MSci modules

Module Title Credit Value
 Research Methods  15 credits
 Research Project  105 credits
Project pathway options:
  • Cardiovascular Science (CVS)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer (Cancer)
  • Infectious Diseases (ID)
  • Human Genetics (Genetics)
  • Reproduction & Developmental Biology (RDB)

Last Updated: Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:49

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