How the Course Works
Students can transfer to the MSci route at the end of stage 3 of the BSc Biomedical Science programme if they are eligible (based on GPA at stage 3). To remain on the MSci route they need to successfully complete the stage 4 modules.
The MSci year can only be entered on successful completion of years one to four of Abertay’s BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme (please see entry requirements for specific details about progression criteria).
The award title for successful completion of this degree is ‘MSci in Biomedical Science’.
Please visit our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme page for more information about Year 1 and 2 entry requirements, which would lead to the MSci progression option.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between an MSc and an MSci?
An MSc is a postgraduate Master of Science programme, whereas an MSci is an undergraduate Master in Science programme. When studying an MSci, you’ll begin by learning BSc level content before progressing to MSci level content in your final year. For this reason, the MSci is referred to as an ‘integrated undergraduate Master of Science programme’.
An MSci is typically more vocational in style, which means you’ll learn in a ‘hands-on’ manner through either internal or external work placements, research projects and laboratory work in your final year.
Can I study the MSci year if I’ve graduated with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science from another University?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept students who wish to study the MSci year only. This is a condition of the programme’s accreditation from IBMS.
Can I study BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology or BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences at Abertay and then complete the MSci in Biomedical Science?
Only students who study BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at Abertay are eligible to apply for our MSci in Biomedical Science.
BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences students are eligible to apply for our MSci in Forensic and Analytical Science programme.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology students are currently not eligible to apply for either of our MSci programmes. This may be subject to change in the future.
Will the programme fees be covered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)?
Yes. This is because the MSci is classed as an ‘undergraduate’ Masters of Science. This is subject to individual student circumstances so please check with SAAS directly.
Learning and Assessment
On studying this programme, you’ll:
- Gain advanced knowledge and understanding in the fields of molecular & cellular biology, microbiology, clinical biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, physiology and biotechnology in the medical context.
- Have the opportunity to develop skills as researchers in a structured placement (industry or academia).
- Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of leading research in the field of biomedical sciences.
- Develop the ability to produce and defend an innovative research proposal that has impact.
- Develop confident communication skills.
- Develop a culture of personal responsibility for professional and personal development.
Your final award will be graded based on the GPA achieved throughout years four and five (50% each).
Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), our programme is the only accredited MSci in Biomedical Science in Scotland. Graduating from an IBMS accredited programme means you can secure a job as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist in the NHS.
On completion of the programme, you’ll graduate with a Masters level qualification and the prerequisites for Registered Scientist recognition by the Science Council.