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Develop your skills in major areas of biomedical science, including molecular cell biology, biomedical genetics and specialised topics in medical diagnostics. You’ll focus on rapidly-evolving research into the applications of bioscience in healthcare whilst working in our impressive Cambridge Science Centre laboratories.
Throughout our course you’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in the diverse areas of applied bioscience, emphasising on medical applications You’ll also develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced analytical techniques. Upon completion of your Masters, you’ll be able to confidently design, execute and critically analyse both independent and group based scientific research in an appropriate area of applied bioscience.
You’ll be immersed in an environment that mirrors a modern laboratory setting and benefit from the expertise of our Biomedical Science team and their intimate knowledge and collaborations within the field of bioscience.
The state-of-the art facilities in our new Science Centre include specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories, as well as general teaching and research labs. We have a wide range of specialist laboratory equipment which you will use in practicals and your projects. We maintain strong links to a number of hospitals within the NHS, and related industries within the East of England.
Our course is suitable for those who wish to specialise in the current medical applications of bioscience such as molecular and cell biology as a progression from a relevant first degree, as well as students with a strong background in ‘traditional’ analytical science (chemistry or biology).
Healthcare is a rapidly growing and constantly evolving sector. MSc Applied Bioscience course encourages the development of specialist cross-disciplinary laboratory skills, such as molecular genetics and bioinformatics, accompanied by an emphasis on professional practice. Graduates from the MSc Applied Bioscience course will have training to progress into a wide range of careers within the sciences, including industry and academic research, clinical trials, product development, production and quality assurance.
Cambridge is the home of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Babraham Research Institute. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars or events with Cambridge’s many local biotechnology companies. Graduates from the course are also in the perfect position to continue an academic career and move up to our Biomedical Science PhD.
MSc Applied Bioscience is the right course for you if you:
- Want to develop a wide array of practical and conceptual scientific skills which are vital for a career in Biosciences
- Find the biosciences fascinating and want to deepen your understanding of the applications in healthcare
- Are interested in pursuing a career in research – either academic, clinical or industrial
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Molecular Genetics and BioinformaticsThis module establishes a core understanding of genetics to underpin the techniques laboratory work taught in other parts of the course. The application of bioinformatics is also covered in order to extract meaningful biological information from useful but vast amounts of raw experimental data currently being produced by an increasingly sophisticated and automated genetics industry. Emphasis will be placed on the human genome project and other genome systems and will aim to link experts from local biotechnology businesses, such as the Sanger Centre and Babraham Research Institute. Lectures will discuss the availability and use of computational tools for extracting and comparing biological information from nucleotide sequences. Computer based practical sessions will utilize bioinformatics software in order to manage, search, compare and analyse genetic sequences.
Contemporary Medical DiagnosticsThis 30 credit module introduces the rapidly evolving field of medical diagnostics and aims to cover a broad and flexible range of current issues and techniques in this field. Teaching will be delivered by a mixture of lectures and student-led critical discussions in a seminar format. Consideration will be made to current diagnostic and research topics, the potential impacts of applied bioscience within the community (with a specific focus on healthcare). Topics will therefore change regularly in response to current issues e.g. antimicrobial developments, drug delivery technologies, modern diagnostic practices and methodologies, and translational medicine. Students are expected to develop a thorough knowledge base of topics through peer-reviewed literature, allowing them to contribute to class discussions and develop their ability to appraise material critically. There is flexibility in the choice of topics, to enable students to target subject areas of their choice.
Research Methods and PreparationThis module represents a pilot phase in which laboratory consumables are negotiated and ordered, techniques tested, and preliminary results obtained. The pilot project ends in the submission of a formal research proposal which determines whether the project can be carried through to the full project phase of the degree programme. During the module you will define an area of study that could or will form the basis of your masters research project. You will be expected to undertake an appropriate and critical review of the available literature and other information germane to the proposed project. If a laboratory-based project is envisaged you will need to give due consideration to the instrumentation required, provide experimental design criteria, at least for the initial stages of the proposed work, and also take account of all health and safety regulations (including COSHH) and appropriate ethical considerations. If necessary, you will need to prepare a formal application for ethical approval of your work.
Laboratory Techniques in BioscienceThis module is predominately laboratory-based, giving the students hands-on experience in a range of molecular and cellular techniques used in applied bioscience. Throughout the semester, lectures will provide the theory and principle behind the practical methodologies covered in the laboratory session. Laboratory work will include a broad range of the techniques, including e.g. DNA analysis, protein analysis, microbiology, cell culture, and other molecular biology techniques. The students will also work to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards, creating a clear laboratory note book outlining the work they undertake. In addition, the students will also be taught the application of bioinformatics analysis, including how to analyse and edit sequence data, interpret results using phylogenetics and the use of online genetic databases like the NCBI’s GenBank.
Professional and Ethical PracticeThis module aims to ensure that students develop key employability skills which are appropriate for students wishing to embark on a career in applied bioscience research or industry (or similar). The students will build on the essential communication skills required for a successful scientific career using both oral and written forms of communication, such as presentations, posters, scientific articles. The students will be expected to attend departmental research seminars, and contribute to group discussions at Masters level. Ethical issues relevant to applied bioscience research or industry, especially in the medical diagnostics field, will be covered in depth through discussions and case studies.
Major ProjectThis module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master’s stage project, dissertation or artefact. The Module provides the opportunity for students to select and explore in-depth, a topic that is of interest and relevant to their course in which they can develop a significant level of expertise. It enables students to: demonstrate their ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge, critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge; develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to the chosen subject and to critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions; develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge, to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice; demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion; evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.
We use a range of assessment methods to enable both you and the university to check your progress during your studies and then to ensure that you meet the required standards when you complete the course.
Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and analytical thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice. Some examples of assessment include poster and oral presentations, essays and portfolios of evidence. In addition, you will undertake practicals in many of the modules, developing your technical laboratory skills.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules.