MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Biomedical Science

Entry year
2020/21
Course code
C9001
Application
University
Level
Postgraduate
Department
Applied Sciences
Campus
Frenchay
Duration
One year
Delivery
Full-time (although Part-time study available on a credit accumulation basis), starts January
Programme leader
Lynne Lawrance PhD

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

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 6 August 2020

Introduction

An intensive modular programme offering specialist routes in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, and Medical Genetics.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

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.

Assessment

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.

Features

Professional accreditation

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

It's important to note that to become a biomedical scientist in the UK you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is a legal requirement for anyone using the title "Biomedical Scientist".

To become registered with the HCPC you will need to ensure your degree meets the HCPC standards. This is done by completing an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited degree or a HCPC approved honours degree in biomedical science. Please note, that although the MSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the IBMS it does not fulfil the requirements to gaining registration with the HCPC.

If your degree was not IBMS accredited you can apply for a degree assessment.

Study facilities

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

Careers

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.

It's important to note that to become a biomedical scientist in the UK you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is a legal requirement for anyone using the title "Biomedical Scientist".

To become registered with the HCPC you will need to ensure your degree meets the HCPC standards. This is done by completing an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited degree or a HCPC approved honours degree in biomedical science. Please note, that although the MSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the IBMS it does not fulfil the requirements to gaining registration with the HCPC.

If your degree was not IBMS accredited you can apply for a degree assessment.

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Fees

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

See details of scholarship opportunities for international students.

Entry

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.

Please note, in order to become a biomedical scientist you should have an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) recognised degree. Please check the list of recognised degrees here (paying attention to the date accredited). If your degree is not recognised by the IBMS and you wish to work as a Biomedical Scientist in the UK you should apply for a degree assessment here.

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.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

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