Brunel University London

Course Introduction

The Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics MSc is a dynamic master?s programme, allowing you to gain hands-on experience as you delve into present-day medical understanding and try to create real advances in disease treatment and prevention. You?ll choose a specialist biomedical area and will learn about the molecular mechanisms leading to major human diseases and their current treatments. You will also work towards identifying medical advancements and possible innovative therapeutic approaches using technological developments. The specialist areas to choose from include cancer biology and therapy; genomic technologies; vaccine and immunization; or radiation, toxicology and pollution.

You?ll identify areas where there are knowledge gaps in current medical understanding. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to address these gaps by looking at existing research and literature and conducting your own research. At Brunel we recognise that strong practical skills in all fields of biomedical sciences are important to employers. For this reason we have a large practical element to the course. You?ll gain experience of different modern laboratory techniques and consider the legislative and ethical aspects linked to the discipline. You?ll learn computational skills and be trained on critical analyses of the molecular problems leading to human disease and to identify intervention opportunities. In addition, you?ll receive training in statistics and bioinformatics which are fundamental to the biomedicine sector.

The course will develop your skills in research methodologies and equip you for a variety of careers. You may wish to become a health-related professional or work in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Other related careers include patent law, scientific publishing, teaching, science policymaking or working in the technology industries.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,100 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,100 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £18,720 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,550 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,550 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £9,360 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants need to have a UK first or second class Honours degree in the field of Biosciences; Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (eg doctors; nurses; MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required; Applicants with a third class honours degree or other lower qualifications will be considered if supported by science ?A? levels (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants need to have an IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 6.5