This programme brings together expertise from across many subject areas in the biomedical sciences to provide you with training in several key areas of current research interests. The programme focuses on experimental science and is research informed. You will have the opportunity to gain practical laboratory-based experience. You will choose optional units and a literary project, and complete a research project within the biomedical sciences.

The skills you can develop during this programme include; data analysis, critical thinking and communication skills, including report-writing and presentation. You will also gain skills in time management and undertaking independent research.

Programme structure

The programme currently includes a core skills unit, optional units, a literary project, project proposal and research project. 

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Biomedical Sciences Research. Please note, the programme structure may change until March 2024.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnologies, Bioengineering, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacology or similar.

Applicants who graduated over 5 years ago may be considered if they have relevant practical experience.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant, relevant paid/voluntary work experience;
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£14,000 per year
Overseas: full-time
£27,900 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Bench fees

£2,160. Further information about bench fees can be found on our webpages. Confirmation of bench fees will be stated in the offer letter sent to applicants.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Several students have contributed to published papers and many have gone on to PhD-level studies at the University of Bristol or another leading university. Others have gone on to research assistantships, medicine, teacher training, biomedical scientist training or non-scientific careers, such as consulting or accountancy.