UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This new MSc in biological physics aims to prepare students to enter the field of Biological Physics and Quantitative Biology, and gain an understanding of the application of these disciplines in industrial or academic research settings. Students will gain broad background knowledge of cell and developmental biology, and physical theories and experimental physics techniques applied to biological systems. Students will gain theoretical and working knowledge of techniques from physics and engineering used in biological physics research, including optical microscopy, microfabrication, and data analysis. Students will be further prepared for the research environment with a series of transferable skills classes and seminars.

The multidisciplinary approach of this programme is likely to appeal to suitably qualified graduates who are interested in pursuing a research career across the life sciences and the mathematical and physical sciences. The necessity to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries is particularly true of biology where there is a growing realisation that understanding the physics underlying biological phenomena is critical in order to rationally develop next generation treatments for disease and solutions for food security in a globalised world. Students are immersed in an active research environment from the outset, interacting with experienced researchers in the laboratory and familiarising themselves with state of the art biological and biophysical research techniques. Physics based careers embrace a broad range of areas. Graduates of MSc programmes at UCL go on to a variety of careers as research associates, consultants, and engineers requiring technical and quantitative analysis skills.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,060 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,060 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £27,040 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests; overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?pass? in all components; overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.