MSc Medical Bioscience

This interdisciplinary course is designed to develop theoretical and practical knowledge in cell and molecular biology, clinical microbiology, virology and pharmacology and apply this to understanding the causes and treatments of disease processes.

You will explore a diverse range of topics underpinned by research expertise across the department in research areas such as diabetes and obesity, pulmonary hypertension, wound healing, microbial safety, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

An emphasis is placed on developing practical laboratory and research skills essential for the workplace through a combination of taught laboratory classes and an extended laboratory-based research project.

Medical Bioscience students gain a number of transferable employment-related skills including team building, problem-solving, critical thinking, cross-cultural communication and leadership.

Graduate prospects 

The course will provide you with current theoretical knowledge and practical skills to equip you for entry to the life science industry or academia. The department works in close partnership with the University’s Career Service and has a programme of careers and employability events and initiatives that runs continuously throughout the academic year.

A range of diverse career pathways could be considered after successful completion of this course of study, including but not limited to: 
  • Academic research careers, including PhD study
  • Further or Higher Education lecturing
  • Industrial research in the life science sector
  • Medical science writing and systematic reviewing

Module list 

Biomolecular Studies; M Skills: Digital Literacies and Practical Skills; Infection and Immunity; Translational Medical Science; Oncology; Metabolic Vascular Disease; Research Skills in Medical Bioscience; Topics in Medical Bioscience; Tissue Regeneration and Therapeutics; Research Project.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in biological science.

English language requirement

IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills. Each module on the course uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives.

Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our course is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.