M.Sc. Biomedical Science

| London, England, United Kingdom
This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist areas of Biomedical Science: Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology and Haematology.



This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist areas of Biomedical Science: Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology and Haematology.

The modules comprising the Postgraduate Certificate programme centre around the biology of disease, and aim to provide the skills and knowledge in all the subject specialisations of Biomedical Science necessary to bring a student with a non accredited degree in a molecular based biological science subject to a suitable level to be able, after the prescribed laboratory training, to achieve State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist. In addition to these modules, students taking the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes study an option module which can be selected from Immunology or Bioinformatics and a module teaching Research Skills, which includes generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, and literature searching, together with a study of statistics.

The optional module will be selected to complement the subjects studied on the students first degree programme. Students who have not studied Immunology at degree level will take that option. Those who have already taken an Immunology programme will have the opportunity to take a different option. Students taking the MSc programme additionally complete a research project.

MSc Biomedical Science at UEL

The programmes have been designed for students with non-accredited degree qualifications who wish to start a career as Biomedical Scientists, and for students at the start of a Biomedical Science career who aim to progress to a higher level. As in other areas of biology, the cutting edge of research in medicine is primarily focussed at the molecular level using the recently developed, and constantly improving, techniques in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics. Knowledge in this area is expanding rapidly leading to a better understanding of disease processes and how they can be treated. In this programme these areas are studied in some depth.

The focus of the MSc programme in particular is not simply on the state of current knowledge but also the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge, making use of recent research papers to inform class discussion. In addition to taught modules in the field training in research processes is given, culminating in an individual research project which will give the students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their individual skills and abilities.

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Tuition fee Not specified
Credits A total of 180 credits at level M are needed for the award of an MSc
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Programme structure

  • One year full time or two years part time for MSc and PG Diploma.
  • One year part time for PG Certificate.
  • Part time students study the Biology of Disease modules in year 1 and the option module and research skills modules in year 2. The project is carried out mainly in year 2, but may be started in year 1.
  • Taught modules are delivered in a semesterised system, with semesters running from
  • September to January, and February to June. The research projects will run through the summer period

Learning environment

  • Learning is encouraged through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory-based practicals, web-based learning etc.
  • In addition all students are expected to read extensively in their own time. Much of this reading will be directed.
  • Success at university depends on developing your ability to study independently using library resources, Computer-assisted learning (CAL), handouts and web-based study activities.
  • These skills are reinforced in modules in the first semester. These enable us to assess your independent learning needs at university, and also help to develop those transferable skills so important in working life. The skills with which you start the programme may vary considerably between individuals, so your personal tutor will direct your skills development work on an individual basis.


  • Students are assessed in practical work and theory.
  • In taught modules 40% of the module mark is derived from coursework during the semester (this can take a variety of forms including laboratory work, data analysis, essays, oral presentations etc.) and the remaining 60% from written theory examinations at the end of the semester.
  • The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework involving a variety of forms of presentation.
  • The Research Project is assessed mainly by the final written report, with contributions from a poster presentation and portfolio.
  • The pass mark for all modules is 50%

Relevance to work/profession

  • The curriculum is tailored to current demand of all areas in Biomedical Science.
  • Emphasis is placed on the development of skills as well as academic knowledge.
  • Part-time students in relevant employment may be permitted to carry out research projects at their place of work.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work

  • Project work is an essential component of a Masters degree programme and one that most students enjoy. Small projects and group work exercises feature throughout the programme.
  • The individual research project is the culmination of the programme makes up 33% of the programme.
  • Project work encourages students to show initiative in their individual work under supervision, using appropriate analytical techniques to generate and interpret new data.
  • Dissertation preparation develops literature researching, presentation and written communication skills essential in professional life.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

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For entry to this programme, students are required to have qualifications equivalent to a honours degree from a UK university in a relevant subject or experience. For overseas students there is a requirement for an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent), TOEFL score of 650 or an equivalent. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to these criteria may be admitted to the programme at the admission tutors discretion which will normally involve an interview.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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