Medicine & Health
Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics
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Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
1349 Points
1 Year

Program Description

The Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics MSc is a dynamic master’s programme, allowing you to gain hands-on experience as you delve into present-day medical understanding and try to create real advances in disease treatment and prevention.

You’ll choose a specialist biomedical area and will learn about the molecular mechanisms leading to major human diseases and their current treatments. You will also work towards identifying medical advancements and possible innovative therapeutic approaches using technological developments.

The specialist areas to choose from include cancer biology and therapy; genomic technologies; vaccine and immunisation; or radiation, toxicology and pollution.

You’ll identify areas where there are knowledge gaps in current medical understanding. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to address these gaps by looking at existing research and literature and conducting your own research.

At Brunel we recognise that strong practical skills in all fields of biomedical sciences are important to employers. For this reason we have a large practical element to the course. You’ll gain experience of different modern laboratory techniques and consider the legislative and ethical aspects linked to the discipline. You’ll learn computational skills and be trained on critical analyses of the molecular problems leading to human disease and to identify intervention opportunities. In addition, you’ll receive training in statistics and bioinformatics which are fundamental to the biomedicine sector.

In our 'Scientific Communication' module you’ll learn how to disseminate medical information to a range of audiences. Your writing skills will be developed to target a diverse range of audiences, from medical practitioners through to the general public. You will learn to write your research findings in an academic style and a journalistic style - skills which will be invaluable in a range of biomedical careers.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Insitute (TEI)
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
International Baccalaureate
A levels
TOEFL (internet based)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
TOEFL (paper based)
Required Documents
Certified Copy of the Degree Certificate/Diploma
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Personal Statement - Motivation Letter
Portfolio Relevant to the Programme
Detailed Transcript
Student Visa

Information about requirements:

  • A 2.2 (or above) UK Honours degree in the field of Biosciences.

Other accepted qualifications:

  • Other qualifications including equivalent internationally recognised qualification or relevant experience from health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, MLSOs) will be assessed on an individual basis and a request for completion of an online biological test in molecular and cell biology may be required.
  • Applicants with a third class honours degree or other lower qualifications will be considered if supported by science A-levels (or equivalent) and relevant work experience. Such applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Other accepted English qualifications:

  • BrunELT (Brunel English Language Test): 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • Trinity ISE
  • LanguageCert
  • City & Guilds ESOL, IESOL adn SESOL (no expiry)
  • European Baccalaureate Year 7 (Except English Language 4)
  • Duolingo

Course Content

This biomedical sciences postgraduate course has been tailored to provide you with specialist knowledge of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine. Particular attention is placed on innovative therapeutic potential and on statistics and computational biology.


Teaching and Learning

During your course you will be fully integrated within the Department of Biomedical Sciences and directly supervised by one of our academic staff. This means that you will benefit from the use of our well established biomedical facilities and be part of one of Brunel’s research teams. Working alongside Brunel’s academics, PhD students and other master’s students, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to publications in your field of interest. We are a research intensive Department and the majority of our academics are also part of the successful and rapidly expanding research in Brunel’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.

Our academics have assisted governments with environmental and health policies, offered lung disease sufferers drug-free, medically proven treatments and helped consumers with food allergies make better choices. The practical research conducted at Brunel has helped millions of people worldwide lead healthier, happier lives.

By studying your disease mechanism and therapeutics postgraduate degree with us you will be taught the most up-to-date scientific discoveries in a fast moving field by our academics. Our team will teach you leading-edge research through practical experience. Our keynote seminars will be delivered by leaders in a specific field meaning that you will benefit first-hand from the experiences of this research-led academic team.



Cell and Receptors of the Immune System

This module aims to provide an up-to-date knowledge of the immune system, the advanced technologies for immunology research and the applications of immunological findings in the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases and infection. Thus, it allows students to build a knowledge platform based on their own interests in specific immunologic subject that will directly benefit their career development.

Cell Signalling in Health and Disease

This module aims to provide an understanding of the principles and current advances in the signalling cascades that control cell proliferation and survival that are misregulated in a variety of human diseases.

Gene Regulation and Epigenetic

This module aims to give an up-to-date view of the regulation of gene expression, including how epigenetics, the histone code and the nuclear environment influence the control of gene expression beyond DNA-coded regulatory sequences.

Lab Safety, Research Techniques and Ethics

This module aims to give students an understanding of how a laboratory-based studies are designed, executed and recorder, and explores the ethics implications of a project and the health and safety aspects associated with it.

Molecular and Cellular Biology

This module aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of molecular biology of enzymatic processes within prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

Scientific Communication

This module aims to provide an overview of the professional scientific communication landscape. Starting with understanding of the way research is funded, published and subsequently disseminated in the public space. The course provides an opportunity to learn different scientific writing styles, including academic publishing, writing for news media, public relations and educational purposes.

Statistic, Bioinformatics and Omics

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to choose the appropriate statistical approach for their work, implement its use in a suitable computational environment, and link their work to established information resources.

Dissertation Research Project

This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake an independent, in-depth research study of a topic relevant to the course.

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