Choosing to study for a postgraduate degree in the UK, within the fields of Biomedical Science or Pharmacy makes sense for a very large number of compelling reasons.
The UK is the second most popular destination for international students and its qualifications are recognised internationally and highly valued by employers throughout the world.
UK universities have a very strong reputation for high quality research and state of the art facilities. The UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited academic papers.
The UK is a major world force in terms of its biomedical science and pharmaceutical research, development and industrial output. By choosing to study in the UK you will benefit from the large variety of links universities have with various companies and medical establishments. One in five of the world's biggest- selling prescription drugs were developed in the UK. The UK is home to GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, respectively the world's fifth and sixth largest pharmaceutical companies (measured by 2009 market share) and also has a large number of non-UK companies with a major presence within its shores including: Pfizer, Novartis, Hoffmann–La Roche and Eisai. The UK’s National Health Service is also Europe’s largest employer.
In general terms postgraduate courses in the UK can also work out to be very affordable. This is because they are usually one year courses as opposed to most other countries which offer 2 year courses. In most instances as an international student you will also be permitted to work in the UK for up to 20 hours per week.
5 UK Postgraduate Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Courses
Here are 5 courses which are definitely worth researching further:
UCLan - Industrial Pharmaceutics MSc - 1 Year full-time
The School is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art equipment, which would help provide relevant practical experiences for the students. Therefore the course aims to help students develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills to work in various areas within the pharmaceutical industry, including formulation, regulatory, and analytical services. Students will have a holistic view on the drug development process and be able to solve common pharmaceutical problems by critically evaluating and discussing the scientific literature.
The course is offered on a one year full-time basis, taught over three terms. It includes six taught modules in the first two terms in which all lecture material will be provided on their VLE to enable access.
University of Edinburgh - Biomedical Sciences (Life sciences) MSc by Research - 1 year full-time
This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD study in the Biomedical Sciences. You will learn valuable research skills, biomedical laboratory techniques and a wide range of other transferable skills that will give you an advantage for the rest of your career. You can also choose two themes that best suit your interests and career goals.
The programme includes seminars, taught modules and two research projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. They will also cover a range of valuable transferable skills including critical analysis of research papers, learning how to write a project grant application and literature review, and data presentation and statistical analysis.
University of Nottingham - Statistics with Biomedical Applications MSc - 1 year full-time
The MSc Statistics with Biomedical Applications offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics which will enable you
to broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject, with a particular focus on applications in biology and medicine.
The programme will provide you with specific techniques and skills suitable for a wide range of careers in statistics and its applications, or as a solid basis for research at the interface of statistics and applied probability with biomedical sciences.
Topics typically include analysis of microarray data, biomedical image analysis and epidemic modelling, as well as those listed for the MSc Statistics.
Middlesex University - Cellular Pathology MSc – full time
Biomedical Science courses have a burgeoning international reputation. This is due to the university’s world-class research in areas including biomarkers, public health and biomodelling. Middlesex University’s Centre for Investigative and Diagnostic Oncology has pioneered techniques for cancer diagnosis and treatment, including a breakthrough in the development of a vaccine for bladder cancer.
Kings College London - Pharmacy Practice MSc – part time
A part-time, flexible modular program that offers qualified community and primary care pharmacists the opportunity to develop their clinical knowledge and consultation skills, and enhance their practice in the changing healthcare environment.
Teaching is led by clinical experts and experienced academic staff and will combine university-based study days with work-based learning.
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