Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) - MSc
Why study this course?
This Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) MSc is a flexible online course designed to help you undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD), top-up your qualifications or progress to a postgraduate qualification in biomedical science. This course is ideal if you are already working in a biomedical science environment.
Our Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) MSc is delivered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Weblearn so you can sign up for one module at a time, allowing you to stay flexible and maintain your work commitments.
Members of the academic staff are often ex-practitioners of biomedical science, and you’ll find many of our researchers and staff members are conducting cutting-edge research. The team is also involved in an active biomedical science research group covering areas such as immunology, haematology, microbiology and biochemistry.
Like many of our applicants, you may already be working in a biomedical science environment, either as part of a health service or the broader industry. While people take the course for various reasons, it is most ideal for career advancement and CPD.
You can use the modules taken to complete IBMS top-up education towards your competency portfolio or as CPD. If you complete the MSc core modules and 80 credits from option modules, then you'll be entitled to the MSc qualification.
The distance learning modules in this course can be used to convert from less relevant BSc routes by undertaking studies in appropriate subject areas such as biochemistry, immunology and microbiology. See the Accelerated study section for more information.
You'll be assessed through quizzes, personal learning logs and assessments which can include essays, posters, leaflets and online presentations.
All modules on this course is accredited by the IBMS.
You will be required to have:
- a first or second class honours first degree (or equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences subjects (that included appropriate biomedical content), although other subjects may be considered
Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience, may be considered at the interview stage.
You may be able to convert from less relevant BSc routes by undertaking study in appropriate subjects. See the Accelerated study section for more details.
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.
If you can demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level equivalent to up to one third of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert required modules, then you may apply through our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) coordinator for appropriate transfer of credit.
You’re advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the pathway leader before completing a Credit Application Form.
This course is made up on 180 credits. Students self-select various modules from a list of 14 designate modules as well as taking three core modules over their study period.
Core modules include:
- Advanced Immunology (20 credits)
- Bioethics Research Grant Proposal (20 credits)
- Research Project (Biomedical Science) (60 credits)
Option modules include:
- Introduction to Haematology (10 credits)
- Introduction to Immunology (10 credits)
- Introduction to Transfusion and Transplantation
- Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (10 credits)
- Introduction to Cellular Pathology (10 credits)
- Introduction to General Microbiology (10 credits)
- Introduction to Medical Microbiology (20 credits)
- Introduction to Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
- Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics (10 credits)
- Introduction to Clinical Genetics (20 credits)
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease (20 credits)
- Introduction to Cell Biology (10 credits)
- Toxicology (10 credits)
- Haemoglobinopathies (10 credits)
Successful completion of these modules has helped our graduates be considered for promotion at work, usually within biomedical science environments for employers such as the National Health Service (NHS).
If you have two years of relevant professional experience, you’ll also be able to apply for membership of the IBMS.
The fees are £660 per 10-credit module and £900 per 20-credit module, with the exception of:
- the Research Project module, costing £2,490 plus a work bench fee charge if conducted in our laboratories (or £2,000 for IBMS members, but this requires the Bioethics Research and Grant Proposal module to have been passed first)
- the Advanced Immunology module, costing £605
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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