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Biomedical Science - MSc

Why study this course?

This course is designed for biology, medicine, biomedical and life sciences graduates, keen to develop their knowledge in a city renowned for its medical landmarks.

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You will carry out studies of biomedical science, develop a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes and enhance intellectual development throughout research projects.

The team delivering the course have an exceptional research profile, particularly in oncology, molecular medicine, immunology and virology. Specialist guest lecturers will add their own enlightenment and passion to a fascinating schedule.

The course aims to:

  • provide you with advanced study of biomedical science, which underpins professional progression and development
  • provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes
  • develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology
  • enable you, where options are available, to gain additional specialist knowledge in areas such as ageing, epidemiology and medical genetics
  • enhance your intellectual development throughout the research project and dissertation


Students undertake a variety of assessment methods including case studies, literature evaluations, self diagnostic testing, debates, group work, presentations, coursework, essays, and cumulative exams.

Practical skills are summatively assessed through the coursework assignments, including those in the final Project module.

Data handling skills are assessed by, practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations, exams and seminar presentations.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body of Biomedical Scientists.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK undergraduate degree in biomedical science, though applications are welcome from other related subjects and will be considered on an individual basis

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The MSc is a one year, full-time course involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters. The part-time mode follows a similar pattern over two years. You take four taught core modules and two optional taught modules.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Immunology
  • Biomedical Diagnostics
  • Integrated Pathology
  • Scientific Frameworks for Research
  • Research Project

Optional modules:

  • Haematology
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Genetics
  • Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science

To qualify for the MSc award you will need to carry out a Research Project during the summer period and then submit a 10,000-word dissertation. Postgraduate Diploma students take six modules in total and Postgraduate Certificate students three modules. Individual modules may be taken for the purpose of continuing professional development.

Read more details about the modules from our course specification.

Career opportunities include employment in NHS hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for research studentships.

This course allows students to be considered for promotion at work. It also allows them to be eligible to sit the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) higher specialist diploma leading to fellowship of the IBMS (FIBMS).

A number of partial scholarships are available for international students from outside the EU.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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