MSc/Postgraduate Diploma

Biomedical Science

Specialist Routes in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Medical Genetics.

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Applied Sciences
One year
Full-time (although Part-time study available on a credit accumulation basis)
Programme leader:
Lynne Lawrance PhD
Key fact:
An intensive modular programme offering specialist routes in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, and Medical Genetics.

Page last updated 24 October 2016


The MSc Biomedical Science course is aimed at students who want to take their biomedical science skills and knowledge to a higher level. It's ideally suited to those with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science or other degrees that have a significant amount of human biology or biomedical content, as well as medical, dental or veterinary degrees and some biotechnology degrees depending on what modules you studied at undergraduate level.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Core Modules:

  • Current Issues in Biomedical Sciences - a multi-disciplinary module looking at topical issues in biomedical science.
  • Practical Skills for Biomedical Science - an opportunity to refresh and develop your practical skill set and prepare for your project.
  • Research and Diagnostic Methodologies - looking at core scientific methods, for example PCR, and how they are used both in research and diagnostic laboratories.
  • Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science - an opportunity to study areas you are interested in from your specialist discipline in an independent manner under academic guidance.
  • Research Project - an opportunity to undertake an extended laboratory project in your specialist discipline.

Choose from one of the specialist modules:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Applied Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cellular Pathology and Oncology
  • Haematology

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You learn and develop experience through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory practicals, computer-based activities and a conference week.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

One year, full time

Part-time study options are available on a credit-accumulation basis.

Full-time students should allow 40 hours per week study time throughout the course.


We assess modules using a range of methods, including practical report writing, statistical analysis, oral presentations, poster presentations, researched essays and exams.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Study facilities

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Graduates from this course have gone on to employment in the healthcare sector, teaching and academia, with many going on to take PhDs in the biomedical sciences.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1167
International-Full Time-Award Fee14000

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)583

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.


Entry requirements

Applicants normally have one of the following:

  • An honours degree awarded by a UK institute of higher education (at least 2:2), in a relevant subject, with significant biological, biochemical or biomedical content related to the vocational specialist subject to be studied;
  • Qualifications deemed equivalent by the course leader.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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