Medical Sciences (Taught)

Newcastle University
1 year
Master's degree
On campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
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About this program

Our Medical Sciences MSc provides you with a broad education in medical sciences at Master's level. A major strength of the course is its clinical and translational nature. Expert scientists and clinicians from the Faculty of Medical Sciences deliver the taught modules.

The Medical Sciences MSc has a flexible modular structure that is designed to provide a broad-based training in current knowledge and research in medical sciences, medicine and dentistry. You are encouraged to tailor your course to suit your background, interests and career aspirations. This is done through selection of three taught modules in the first semester and your choice of dissertation research topic, upon which you will work full-time in the third semester. You will be supervised for your dissertation in a Research Institute or associated NHS department.

As a student on this course you will:
•study diverse aspects of medical sciences, through structured, subject-based modules
•acquire advanced knowledge and critical awareness in different areas of medical sciences and medicine
•acquire knowledge and develop understanding of aspects of medical sciences research practice and of relevant legal, ethical and safety considerations
•gain experience of hypothesis-led medical research endeavours through personal involvement in a dissertation
•engage in research, analysis and presentation of research findings, and presentation of scientific hypotheses, data and interpretation in the context of current scientific and medical literature.

Our graduates have progressed on to further postgraduate research in dentistry and medicine, and pursued careers in academia, medicine, dentistry, health sciences and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is a recognised national centre of excellence. It brings together internationally acknowledged research in clinical care, medicine, dentistry, pure science and engineering to tackle challenges in health and healthcare. Key research areas include:
•stem cells
•cell biology
•drug development
•medicine in society
•oral health.


The Medical Sciences MSc is an intensive taught course delivered by the Faculty of Medical Sciences and is based on the Newcastle University campus.

In semester one, you will follow three 20-credit subject-focused optional modules. Most modules are taught in either the morning or afternoon of one day each week. There are in-course assessments and you are expected to engage in self-directed study. Lectures, seminars, and tutorials are led by Newcastle University academics or clinicians based in associated NHS Foundation Trusts.

In semester two, you will follow additional two 20-credit subject-focused and compulsory modules.

Alongside the subject-focussed modules, you will also be enrolled in a compulsory research skills module. This explores the basic principles of good practice in relation to experimental design, statistical analysis and ethics that underlie all aspects of research in the biosciences.

In semester three, you work full-time within a research group. This experience provides an excellent opportunity to work in a professional environment. You will benefit from interactions with research students, junior and senior research scientists, established academics and healthcare professionals. In the third semester you work exclusively on your selected dissertation. You will experience
•hypothesis-led medical research and analysis
•presentation of research findings and scientific hypotheses
•data interpretation in the context of current scientific literature.


The Faculty of Medical Sciences provides a range of modern facilities including Clinical Research Platforms, Research Centres and specific equipment and laboratories to support teaching and research.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Newcastle University is a world-class research and teaching university, ranked in the top 200 of the world’s best universities. We are proud to have been awarded Gold status by the UK government in the Teaching Excellence Framework in recognition of our provision of consistently outstanding teaching,...

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University
NE1 7RU Newcastle upon Tyne

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