Faculty of Science


Full-time MSc - 12 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-Mail: pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Tuition fees

Programme catalogue


MSc in Medical Biosciences

This programme focuses on the study of the molecular and genetic basis of human health and disease, using biotechnological methods to advance our current research.

The wealth of genomic and proteomic data from the Human Genome Project has broadened our understanding of the biochemical and genetic basis of several diseases. In particular, this programme will cover the rapid developments in the field of cancer and metastasis, neurodegenerative conditions, microbial pathogenesis and immune evasion science.

The MSc programmes in Biology & Biochemistry are designed for students who wish to specialise further in a particular field or wish to change direction from their first degree (in a related area).

If you already have extensive and relevant research experience and would like to specialise, you might consider an MRes programme.

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

  • 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
  • Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

The aim of each of our MSc programmes in Biology and Biochemistry is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills, all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences.

For further information please visit our department pages

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2


Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (24 credits) Project
(30 credits)
Critical review of literature (6 credits) Critical review of literature (6 credits)
Research training and support skills (12 credits)  Clinical translational medicine (6 credits)
Optional Taught Units (42 credits) Optional Taught Unit (24 credits)
 Select 3 to 4 units (18 to 24 credits) Select 3 to 4 units (18-24 credits)

Programme structure

Commonly chosen 6-credit units include:

  • Cancer biology
  • DNA (making, breaking & disease)
  • Frontiers of neuroscience
  • Human developmental disorders
  • Medical biochemistry
  • Microbial pathogenicity
  • Modern methods of researching neurodegeneration
  • Molecular mechanisms of disease
  • Pathogenesis and immune evasion by microbes
  • Practical molecular biology

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Recent employers include:

  • Morvus-Technology Ltd
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath
  • Ministry of Defence
  • State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
  • AbCam
  • Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital
  • Lonza