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MSc

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease

Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science

This unique research-led masters course provides training to future scientists in the production and use of animal models for basic research into disease mechanisms and for therapeutic studies.
Biomedical Science postgraduate in lab

Course description

Whole genome sequencing has opened up a new era of studies into the molecular and cellular basis of human disease.

The new molecular genetic and cellular approaches to understand human disease and disease processes in model systems are well established in our department, with some of the world’s foremost research in these areas being conducted in Sheffield. 

As the research base broadens and industry begins to adopt new technologies, the demand for this type of specialist training is strong across the healthcare industry and academia. 

Intercalation

We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Modules

Explore core and optional modules

Modules

Core modules

  • Laboratory Research Project
  • Literature Review
  • Critical Analysis of Current Science
  • Ethics and Public Awareness of Science

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Practical Cell Biology
  • Practical Developmental Genetics
  • Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
  • Cancer Biology
  • Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease

Teaching

Throughout your degree, you’ll be taught through lectures, practical sessions, lab placements, tutorials and seminars. In small group teaching classes you’ll discuss, debate and present on scientific and ethical topics. The biggest part of the course will be your individual research project, working alongside professional scientists.

Our teaching covers ethics, practical scientific skills and an overview of the current literature. You’ll also develop useful career skills such as presentation, communication and time management.

Assessment

Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments, debates, poster presentations and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical-related subject.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

International pathway programmes

If you’re an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Louise Robson, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biomedical Science.

Dr Louise Robson

I work on the disease cystic fibrosis (CF), which is one of the most common inherited diseases in caucasians, with an incidence of 1 in 2,500 live births. In CF a faulty gene means that the protein CFTR does not work properly. My research is looking at how CFTR is regulated normally, and what happens with faulty CFTR. In addition I am in the process of setting up a new diagnostic tool, with the aim of helping our CF clinic in the early diagnosis of children suffering from CF.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

bmspgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2319

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.