A centre of excellence conducting pioneering research into human degenerative diseases. Our state of the art research environment is world leading.
Biomedical Science at Ulster University has an outstanding record of success in research, having been awarded the highest possible rating in RAE1996 and 2001, and ranked first place in terms of research power in RAE2008. In REF2014, we were judged to be among the top five universities in terms of research power (out of 92 UK submissions) with 100% four star rating for our research environment.
All postgraduate researchers become members of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI) in which all research is managed by the BMS Research Director. Our mission is to conduct pioneering strategically focused research into the Biomedical Sciences, personalised medicine and nutrition.
Our world-class researchers investigate causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, obesity and visual deterioration.
Our staff and students span the Biomedical Sciences School and the School of Pharmaceutical Science & Pharmacy Practice.
We are the largest Research Unit within Ulster University and supervision for postgraduate degrees is available in all of the research areas listed below. Further details of projects can be obtained from Professor Tara Moore, Research Director for BMS, or from the Doctoral College https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege
Biomedical Sciences research activities are currently organized within distinct Research Groups: Diabetes, Food & Health (through Nutrition Innovation Centre for food and Health (NICHE)), Genomic Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Practice, Stratified Medicine and Vision Science.
At Ulster University's Coleraine campus, Biomedical Sciences research is undertaken in our Centre of Molecular Biosciences and our Saad Centre for Pharmacy research. Stratified Medicine research is also undertaken at our Clinical Translational Research & Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) located at Altnagelvin Area Hospital Derry/Londonderry. Translational research is also undertaken at our Wellcome Clinical Research Facility at the Belfast City Hospital (partnership between Ulster University, Queen's University Belfast and Belfast City Hospital).
Multi-disciplinary collaboration between the research groups is strongly encouraged and is widespread with research into, for instance, anti-diabetic and antioncogenic aspects of nutrition, the genomics of vitamin receptors, visual deterioration or cancer, imaging of neovascularisation. Our research investigates the interaction between cardiovascular disease and vision and the impact of health and disease, diet, diabetes on dementia, hypertension, vascular and inflammatory disease, to name a few.
In practice, the research groups collaborate both internally and internationally on a range of prioritized multi-disciplinary themes in: ageing, drug discovery and delivery, personalized medicine and genomic medicine. There is also opportunity to undertake research in a number of multi-disciplinary research areas, which combine cutting edge Biomedical Sciences research with psychology, computing and engineering and computational biology. The BMSRI has strong collaborations with regional and global pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies and many of our graduates and postgraduates gain employment in the pharma, diagnostics and health care sectors as well as academia.
BMSRI strategically aligned with Industrial partner and global market leader within the in vitro diagnostics industry, developing innovative diagnostic solutions for hospitals, clinical, research and molecular labs, food testing and life sciences. The development of the Randox Industrial Doctoral Centre enables interdisciplinary postgraduate PhD research of global significance, which generates innovative and novel research for direct translation into the R and D pipeline of Randox.
As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.
Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.