• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Life Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

MSc Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: P060946
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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences are fast moving and cutting-edge fields unravelling the complexities of biological systems and yielding discoveries of high value to society, including new options to treat or cure diseases. This course will prepare you for a meaningful career directed towards solving real-world problems associated with human health. The focus is on areas of major current interest in the biopharmaceutical sector, to arm students with the particular knowledge and skills that biotech and pharmaceutical companies are looking for.


World-leading research laboratory

You will gain hands on experience in research within a world-leading research laboratory as part of a state-of-the-art research complex.

Why study this course at Dundee?

The University of Dundee is renowned for its research strengths in biological and biomedical sciences. Notably, it is ranked top UK University for biological sciences research (REF 2014), and is 10th in the World CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact. Coupled with this research excellence, we offer first rate teaching. We were recently ranked No.1 for student satisfaction for biology in the UK (National Student Survey 2017).

On this course you will gain detailed insights into the molecular and cellular mechanisms of a range of diseases, and into options for improved diagnosis and treatment. Immersed in an environment where around one third of research income comes from industry-funded sources, you will experience cutting-edge advanced technologies related to data analysis, imaging of cells, analysis of proteins and proteomes, cell culture and manipulation - including of stem cells. You will also have access to drug discovery and phenotypic screening technologies in facilities devoted to academic research but of a standard normally only found in large biopharmaceutical companies.

What is so good about this course?

These foundations will prepare you for a cutting-edge research project, working alongside researchers at the forefront of their field, in a friendly and collegiate environment. You’ll have a real sense of being part of a diverse international scientific community. In parallel, you will train to become an efficient problem solver and a successful project manager, developing skills that will give you a distinct advantage in your future career in either academia, industry, or a range of other exciting possibilities.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Talks by invited speakers
  • Journal clubs
  • Demonstrations and practical classes
  • Research project with one-to-one training

How you will be assessed

  • A mixture of course work and exam-based assessments:
  • Analysis of research papers, linked to patient case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer and essay questions
  • Scientific writing exercises
  • Poster presentations
  • Mock job application
  • Data analysis exercises
  • Focused research report

What you will study

Semester 1

You will take the following core modules:

Cell Biology and Disease will provide a detailed understanding of key topics and research directions in cell biology, focussing on the structure and function of cells, the fundamental units of life, in both normal and pathogenic contexts.

Molecular Basis of Diseases: Genetics, Epigenetics and Genomics will provide a detailed understanding of key topics in epigenetics and cancer, genome stability and diseases, genomics in relation to obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and post-translational modifications in the control of molecular processes.

Scientific Method and Skills will teach you the empirical method of knowledge acquisition and inquiry, scientific integrity, ethics and entrepreneurship and develop your practical skills relevant to research in both the academic and industrial setting.

Semester 2

You will take the following core modules:

Advanced Technology Platforms will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of cutting-edge technologies that underpin Biomedical and Molecular Sciences research, and develop your skills in computing and bioinformatics, imaging and manipulation of cells, and analysis of proteins and proteomes.

Project Proposal and Associated Skills will develop your ability to distil and summarise complex scientific information including the background knowledge relevant to your Research Project.

Therapeutics will provide an in-depth understanding of current research directions in development of new and improved treatments for disease, of particular relevance to current research themes in both academia and the biopharmaceutical world.


You will take the following core module:

MSc Research Project will provide experience in the design, execution and communication of a substantive laboratory‐based or focused research project on an area of current world-class research in biomedical and molecular sciences.

At the University of Dundee our master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work.

Research labs in universities and employers in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project managers and be at the leading edge of their specialism. Our degree courses are designed to respond to these demands.

Our courses provide the framework which can set you on the path to careers in laboratory research, clinical trial coordination, regulatory affairs, lab management, scientific publishing, and bioscience entrepreneurship. Our graduates can expect to continue in academic research or work in small and large multinational companies in the biosciences sphere.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.

Undertaking an integrated master's degree at the University of Dundee was one of my best decisions. After my honours degree I was unsure as to whether I was capable of completing a PhD and was lacking confidence. Taking a further year to complete the master's degree allowed me to take part in a more in-depth research project within a lab that I greatly admired. During this final year I expanded my practical laboratory skills and in addition improved my problem solving and analytical thinking. Ultimately, the skills I developed and the wide range of experience I encountered during this time helped build my confidence as a research scientist and gave me the courage to progress to a full-time PhD, something I doubt I would have done if not for the experience of the master's degree.

Alison McFarlane, School of Life Sciences Master's graduate 2018

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have, a first or upper second class BSc honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a scientific discipline in the field of biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
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International students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £22,950 per year of study
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Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course Code
Apply nowBiomedical and Molecular Sciences MScP060946

Course Contact

Professor Kim Dale
Life Sciences
+44 (0)1382 386290

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