Analytical Bioscience (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two afternoons and evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time, October to September

This Master's degree in bioscience provides hands-on experience and training in a wide range of analysis techniques and instrumentation used in the molecular biosciences, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors. It is designed to allow flexibility in attendance requirements and offers the opportunity to complete a novel research project in one of our excellent research laboratories.

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  • Hands-on training in analysis techniques and instrumentation used in the molecular bioscience, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.
  • Offers the opportunity to complete a research project in our research laboratories.
  • Part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint initiative with University College London.
  • Very flexible modular programme: one-third is delivered by distance learning, allowing you to combine study with other commitments.
  • Taught in the Department of Biological Sciences, which offers state-of-the-art instrumental and computing facilities, and the possibility of collaborating with industry. The Department and the Institute of Structural Molecular Biology also provide a seminar programme and skills training across disciplines.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Read about Birkbeck research helping to identify fundamental biological and physical structures and fight disease.
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Course structure

You take three modules of 15 credits each, taught face-to-face, and one option module from either Analysis of Nanomaterials or Clinical and Biopharmaceutical Analysis.

You also take a 60-credit distance learning module - Techniques in Structural Molecular Biology - and undertake a research project (also worth 60 credits).

Full-time students complete all of the above components in one year.

In both years, part-time students take either two face-to-face 15-credit modules or a 15-credit module coupled with one option module. In Year 1, you also complete the 60-credit distance-learning module, while in Year 2, you complete your research project.

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If you wish to expand your skills, you can attend additional practical microbiology and statistical analysis classes.

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