MSc Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease

Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science

We lead international research in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and the molecular and cellular basis of disease.

The best part of this course is the Lab Research Project, which gives a good opportunity for real lab experience and also the stem cell technique lab module is one of the best you can ask for. I loved all other modules as well, which gave me a deep insight into current research.

Chandreshkumar Jain, Postgraduate Student in Department of Biomedical Science

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

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

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. As a graduate, you will gain high-level employment opportunities.

Biomedical Science student on computer in lab

Core modules

  • Literature Review
  • Practical Research Project
  • Analysis of Current Science
  • Ethics and Public Understanding

Examples of optional modules

  • Practical Cell Biology
  • Practical Developmental Genetics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Modelling Human Diseases
  • Epithelia in Health and Disease

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars. In small group teaching classes you’ll discuss, debate and present on scientific and ethical topics. Laboratory placements within the department provide you with one-to-one attention, training and support to do your individual research project. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments, debates, poster presentations and a dissertation.

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.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Biomedical science tutor

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.

Dr Louise Robson, tutor on this course

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: bmsadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.