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Programme structure: Biomedical Sciences Research (MSc) (T) - what's running in 2021/22

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
MSc Core Skills BIOCM0001 20 Mandatory TB-1
MSc Literary Project BIOCM0002 20 Mandatory TB-4
MSc Project Proposal BIOCM0006 20 Mandatory TB-2
Dissertation BIOCM0005 60 Mandatory AYEAR
MSc students choose 60 credit points from the following:
The Dynamic Cell BIOCM0007 20 Optional TB-1
Cancer Biology PANMM0014 20 Optional TB-1
Cardiovascular Research PHPHM0005 20 Optional TB-1
Infection, Immunology and Immunity PANMM0015 20 Optional TB-1
Neuroscience PHPHM0006 20 Optional TB-1
Pharmacology PHPHM0007 20 Optional TB-1
The Units BIOCM0001, BIOCM0002, BIOCM0005, and BIOCM0006 are compulsory for this MSc.
MSc Biomedical Sciences Research   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

For the Postgraduate Diploma students must have taken all of the taught units.

For the Postgraduate Certificate students must take optional units to the value of 60 Credit points.

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