MSc Applied Bioscience

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Develop your skills in major areas of biomedical science, including molecular cell biology, biomedical genetics and specialised topics in medical diagnostics, with our Royal Society of Biology accredited Master's degree. Focus on rapidly-evolving research into the applications of bioscience in healthcare at our impressive Science Centre in Cambridge.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Why Applied Bioscience at ARU?

  • Study in Cambridge, the heart of new and emerging technologies and a world-renowned centre for life sciences research and development.
  • Get hands-on in our £45m Science Centre, working in tissue culture and molecular labs and using world-class equipment in our state-of-the-art 200-seat SuperLab.
  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) – we're one of only five universities in the UK with RSB accreditation.
  • Gain an understanding of the application of theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, including bioinformatics and next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques.
  • Study in a dynamic learning environment that's at the forefront of bioscience advancements, whilst developing essential employability skills.

Our MSc Applied Bioscience course will equip you with an array of practical and conceptual skills which are vital for a career in biosciences, whether in an academic, clinical or industrial setting.

You’ll develop advanced knowledge and skills in diverse areas of applied bioscience, with an emphasis on medical applications. You’ll also gain a comprehensive understanding of advanced analytical techniques.

On completion of this Masters degree you’ll be able to confidently design, execute and critically analyse both independent and group-based scientific research in an appropriate area of applied bioscience.

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Specialist facilities

Here at ARU you'll have access to our cutting-edge Science Centre, which features:

  • four floors of labs and teaching space as well as facilities
  • specialist tissue culture and microbiology laboratories
  • a modern, 300-seat lecture theatre.
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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.
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Royal Society of Biology

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.


Healthcare is a rapidly growing and constantly evolving sector. Our MSc Applied Bioscience encourages the development of specialist cross-disciplinary laboratory skills in areas such as molecular genetics and bioinformatics, together with an emphasis on professional practice.

Graduates of this Masters course will have the training to progress into a wide range of careers within the sciences, including in academic, clinical and industrial research, clinical trials, product development, production and quality assurance.

Cambridge is the home of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Babraham Research Institute. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars or events with Cambridge’s many local biotechnology companies.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our MPhil/PhD Biomedical Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service. 

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