The Master of Science in Biomedical Science is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the cross-disciplinary integration of human pathobiology with drug action, invention, and clinical utility.
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Scientific work, whether research or clinically oriented, is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands a skill set able to deal with problems of human health across branches of science and medicine. The Master of Science in Biomedical Science, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, integrates study across several areas of contemporary biomedicine, including human physiology and pathophysiology, pharmacology, and biochemistry/cell biology. This program is appropriate for those entering or currently employed in the field, including research technicians, clinical laboratory workers, science teachers, and science administrators. For those currently employed, program flexibility can enhance their performance in a current position or invite new employment opportunities. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the university.
The university is strategically located within the Boston-area biomedical and pharmaceutical/biotech industry ecosystem.
The MS program provides opportunities for original research experience in department labs and the option to do a literature- or laboratory-based master's thesis for credit.
The curriculum includes opportunity for laboratory coursework and instruction in experimental design and data analysis.
Northeastern’s School of Pharmacy is consistently ranked first in NIH funding among all private U.S. schools of pharmacy.
The program offers opportunities for experiential learning through department and off-campus co-ops and internships.
Those already employed in pharmaceutical/biotechnology-related fields can take specific courses for advanced training.
Graduates of the Biomedical Science program are primarily healthcare professionals who gain basic training in human biology and disease, and go on to advancing in their current roles. Some graduates from the department have established careers as independent:
Industry scientists and administrators (Big Pharma, biotech)
Clinical laboratory staff members
Academic biomedical researchers
Science teaching faculty
Medical liaison specialists
Pharmaceutical product representatives
Upon completion of the MS in Biomedical Sciences program, students will be able to:
Evaluate critical topics of contemporary focus in the biomedical sciences, including:
Analyze current research trends in the biomedical sciences
Apply human biology and pathology to drug pharmacology, invention, and clinical application
Integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge about drugs and their therapeutic value
Produce literature reviews encompassing retrieval, critical analysis, assessment, and written/oral presentation on a current topic in the biomedical sciences
Execute experiments in the biomedical sciences that advance the medical application and clinical utility of drugs, specifically:
Use methodology and instrumentation to increase biomedical knowledge
Maintain and use data, records, and notes/documentation according to ethical standards of research practice and academic integrity
Identify major themes, knowledge gaps, and research problems regarding the application of human biology and pathology to drug pharmacology, invention, and clinical application:
Conceptualize and communicate to diverse constituencies in good oral and written English principal concepts in the biomedical sciences
Judge how social, economic, and ethical issues may influence drug invention and utility
Recognize unsatisfied medical needs where new drugs could make a positive impact
Integrate cross-disciplinary information at the intersection of biology and medicine that advance understanding of drug actions and applications
Advance clinical and translational medicine by applying knowledge of the biomedical sciences:
Recognize applications of the pharmaceutical sciences to improve healthcare outcomes
Apply principles of biomedical science to facilitate drug discovery
Identify areas where additional information on drug action and properties is needed to improve patient care
Recognize unsolved issues in disease treatment and how they may be addressed by new therapies
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These credits may count toward the required elective hours.
Thesis research should be taken twice:
PHSC 6990 - Thesis
NOTE: Students who opt to complete 4-credit Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory (PHSC 7010) in the core requirements may complete the degree with 17 elective credits; all other students must complete 19 elective credits.
Thesis Continuation (PHSC 6996) can be taken if additional time is needed to complete the thesis.
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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Below is a look at where some of our alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
What They Do
Medical Liaison Specialists
Pharmaceutical Product Representatives
What They're Skilled At
Pharmaceutical Industry Practice
Experimental Techniques in Applied Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Human Biology
Drug Design, Delivery, Action, and Therapeutic Application