Carry out your own clinical trials and biomedical research

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Why take this course?

Extend your knowledge and practical expertise at a university with outstanding research strengths in the biomedical field.

The main theme of this course is the application of the natural science principles, especially in biology and physiology, to clinical medicine. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the design, conduct and interpretation of data from clinical trials.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use our modern laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning
  • Benefit from our close links with the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and other institutions allowing you to experience real clinical situations
  • Tailor your studies with those of your area of desired practical specialisation

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to provide you with the necessary training, as well as facilitate the development of your theoretical and practical skills, so you will be able to pursue a scientific career.

Here are some routes our graduates have taken:

  • scientific research
  • teaching
  • scientific writing and the media
  • pharmaceutics
  • instrumentation
  • further study at medical school
Jo Lyle, MSc Social Work student

I stayed in Portsmouth after I graduated from my first degree – I had such a good experience the first time round that I could not imagine doing my Master’s anywhere else.

Jo Lyle, health sciences student

Key Facts

1 year full time
A minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £7,900 
2017/18 entry: full time: £7,900 

Course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £15,170 
2017/18 entry: full time: £15,930

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School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Programme specification

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

There are three mandatory units, one optional unit and a major research project, allowing you to design a course that most closely reflects your research interests.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Integrated Pathology: This unit provides an understanding of the relationship between diseases and organ systems and disciplines of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It will also advance your ability to critically assess current literature and integrate your knowledge into written and oral reports.
  • Scientific Methods: You will cover the philosophical and ethical basis of bioscientific research, the processes of experimental design, practical skills in the application of scientific enquiry, critical awareness of experimental validity and how to measure this using statistical methods. You will also develop the critical skills required to evaluate and disseminate research of a publishable standard.
  • Molecular Medicine: This unit looks closely at the molecular basis of disease, the clinical management of selected disorders, the current and emerging diagnostic, prognostic techniques and an appreciation of novel therapeutics.
  • Project: The final project makes up a third of the degree as it represents the culmination and synthesis of all aspects of the course. The project can be undertaken in a range of disciplines including molecular medicine, pharmacology, neuro-oncology or nutrition and sports science to name a few.

Depending on your interests, you can also study:

  • Drug development, Clinical Trials and Oncology
  • Clinical Physiology


  • Clinical Learning contract (For students from the pathology laboratories)

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is undertaken in small lectures, seminars and practical groups with tutorial sessions to support your coursework, study and revision. Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, formal examinations and portfolios depending on the unit topic. The final project also consists of a poster, oral presentation and a dissertation representing a novel contribution to biomedical science, and should be of publishable standard.

Dr Mridula Chopra

Tutor's view

Dr Mridula Chopra
Health Sciences

The MSc Biomedicine course at Portsmouth is intended to provide you with an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of recent advances in pathology and molecular biology. It is designed to provide an understanding of integration of basic and clinical science and develop your intellectual and practical skills and prepare you for further study to PhD level and/or a career in academia, industry and healthcare services.

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Centre for Simulation in Healthcare

Our aim is to enhance your learning and experiences through the use of innovative technologies. By mirroring the clinical setting, our Centre can be used to gain clinical experience in a safe, controlled environment. It has two patient simulation centres (one comprising beds with human patient simulators and the other a high-fidelity patient simulator), as well as a mock operating theatre and a laboratory simulation suit. You'll get the chance to build professional practical skills and be taught through real-life scenarios using simulated learning sessions.


Due to the significant practical element of the course, you’ll be spending a lot of your time in our pharmaceutical chemistry and microbiology laboratories. Using our advanced labs, you will be exploring the new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease such as DNA-drug and DNA-protein interactions, as well as investigating drug development, targeting, biomaterials, pharmacovigilance and uses of natural products within medicine. This is one of our strongest areas of research and you’ll benefit from high-quality facilities to match.

Specialist Software and Scientific Equipment

We have an outstanding array of microscopy facilities and excellent analytical instrumentation facilities in our labs including:

  • a formulation and drug-delivery lab
  • confocal, electron and fluorescence microscopes
  • chemical synthesis facilities
  • live cell imaging
  • spectroscopy equipment
  • chromatography instruments
  • molecular modelling facilities

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

You will be issued with safety equipment to use free of charge at the start of the programme (a fee of £50 applies if not returned in good condition at the end of the course)

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Career prospects

There are many routes you can pursue within the medical field including research, the health services or industry. Your theoretical and practical skills will be especially applicable for research in health science or the pharmaceutical industry, and many of our graduates continue with biomedical research in their area of specialised interest.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • community/retail pharmacist
  • hospital pharmacist
  • NHS biomedical scientist
  • medical writer/research executive
  • development technician for prosthetics
  • medical representative

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Apply now

Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2016 entry have now finished.

If you would like to visit the campus you can download our free walking tour for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday - Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm. We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look into our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus. Find out more information about our self-guided walking tours.

If you are unable to visit us, why not contact the admissions team for your course of interest via our course pages.

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan for 2016 entry plus scholarships and bursaries available visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.

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