University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth


The main theme of this course is the application of the natural science principles, especially in biology and physiology, to clinical medicine. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the design, conduct and interpretation of data from clinical trials.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

There are three mandatory units, one optional unit and a major research project, allowing you to design a course that most closely reflects your research interests.

Here are the units you will study:

Integrated Pathology: This unit provides an understanding of the relationship between diseases and organ systems and disciplines of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It will also advance your ability to critically assess current literature and integrate your knowledge into written and oral reports.
Scientific Methods: You will cover the philosophical and ethical basis of bioscientific research, the processes of experimental design, practical skills in the application of scientific enquiry, critical awareness of experimental validity and how to measure this using statistical methods. You will also develop the critical skills required to evaluate and disseminate research of a publishable standard.
Molecular Medicine: This unit looks closely at the molecular basis of disease, the clinical management of selected disorders, the current and emerging diagnostic, prognostic techniques and an appreciation of novel therapeutics.
Project: The final project makes up a third of the degree as it represents the culmination and synthesis of all aspects of the course. The project can be undertaken in a range of disciplines including molecular medicine, pharmacology, neuro-oncology or nutrition and sports science to name a few.
Depending on your interests, you can also study:

Drug development, Clinical Trials and Oncology,
Clinical Physiology

Clinical Learning contract (For students from the pathology laboratories)

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

Teaching is undertaken in small lectures, seminars and practical groups with tutorial sessions to support your coursework, study and revision. Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, formal examinations and portfolios depending on the unit topic. The final project also consists of a poster, oral presentation and a dissertation representing a novel contribution to biomedical science, and should be of publishable standard.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Admissions Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 5550