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Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - MSc (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

This programme is aimed at those intending to undertake a PhD. It provides a broad and balanced foundation of biomedical research skills, including knowledge and practical experience in other natural science disciplines that enable the student to undertake an interdisciplinary PhD project at the end of the course.

You will attend modules in statistics, imaging, mathematical or molecular modelling, physical biology etc., plus a series of masterclasses led by experts in the areas of cellular dynamics, molecular microbiology and applied medical technologies. During the third term and summer terms you will conduct two eleven-week research projects in two different disciplines.

Core Modules:

To view the core modules in greater detail, please visit this page.

  • Research Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
  • Physical Biology of the Cell
  • Frontier Techniques & Research Skills in Biomedicine
  • Warwick Interdisciplinary Transferable Skills
  • Laboratory Project 1 & Laboratory Project 2

Optional Modules:

For full list of the optional modules you are able to take, and their detailed descriptions, please visit this page.

A few of examples of the optional modules available to you are:

  • Molecular Biology: Principles & Techniques
  • Microscopy & Imaging
  • Quantitative Skills for System Biology
  • Computational Modelling
  • Statistics for Data Analysis
  • Frontier Instrumental Techniques for Molecular Analytical Science
  • Principles & Techniques in Analytical Science
  • Molecular Modelling


Teaching is through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratory-based research projects.

Contact Hours:

Contact hours will vary depending on module choices, but on average around 20 – 25 hours per week

Class Sizes:

The typical class sizes for this course range between 15 to 25 students per class.


The course is assessed in a number of ways, including reports, research projects, poster and oral presentations, and written and oral examinations.

Students studying this course tend to go on to do a PhD.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Entry Requirements

Those who have, or expect to gain, a strong 1st or an upper 2nd undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Physical Sciences (e.g. Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics) or Life Sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences) are eligible to apply.

Maths A Level or equivalent is essential due to the level of quantitative biology undertaken on this course.

English Language Requirements

Band A

IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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For information on Scholarships within the Warwick Medical School, please visit this page.

Additional Course Costs

£2,500 (self-funding students) to cover laptop for duration of study and consumables for 2 x 11-week research projects.


How to Apply

Department website

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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.