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Foundation Stage

Overview


  • The MSc in IBR is an essential step of your 4-year training.
  • The MSc in IBR will equip you with advanced skills necessary for a career in interdisciplinary biomedical research and will enable discipline hopping from your current specialty.
  • The MSc in IBR combines taught modules and the opportunity to conduct two research projects in two different disciplines.


  • You will learn and work across disciplines with students on the Analytical Sciences CDT and Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership.
  • You will have the opportunity and support to design your own research projects in two different disciplines.
  • You will receive guidance and advice throughout the year.
  • You will be part of an active and friendly student-staff community with established cohort activities.

MSc Course Structure


October-March : Core & Optional Taught Modules

You will acquire knowledge in:

  • Frontier Techniques in Biomedical Research
  • Molecular, Cellular & in vivo imaging
  • Physical Biology of the Cell
  • Analytical Sciences

You will gain:

  • Quantitative & Computational skills
  • Essential & Transferable Research skills

Further information about the MSc modules


April-September : 2 Research Projects

  •  2 X 12-weeks research projects in two different disciplines, usually one biology-focused and one in physical sciences (e.g.; chemistry, physics, maths, engineering or computer science).
  • Project choice and design is student-led: you will be encouraged to discuss your research interests with potential supervisors and will have the opportunity to design your own projects.

See how the MSc year is organised here