MSc Biomedical Science

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Our best defence against disease isn’t a new therapy, wonder drug or technological miracle. It’s knowledge. With our MSc Biomedical Science programme, you will gain the technical skills and in-depth understanding to explore, harness and add to that knowledge.

You’ll study the biological aspects of disease processes, exploring specialist areas that interest you and building professional-level research skills. It’s a programme that offers both a broad base of understanding and the opportunity to investigate specialist areas of the subject. So, as well as units offering advanced analytical techniques and an in-depth understanding of different aspects of disease, you’ll have a chance to look at the areas that match your interests and career ambitions.

Above all, your independent Research Project is an opportunity to explore the issues that fascinate you – making the most of our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester to conduct research in clinically relevant areas in a real-world context.

In short, this course can open doors for your future and equip you for a career full of impact.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

This programme offers an avenue into a range of specialist fields, such as hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. The subjects you’ll cover can also lay the groundwork for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps shape our curriculum, transfers our expertise and ensures our graduates are ready for the workplace - and sought after by employers.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us,  throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the Department of Life Sciences and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Professional Accreditation

Across the Department of Life Sciences we ensure maximum quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and strong employment prospects for our graduates through accreditation, approval and recognition from professional, regulatory and statutory bodies including the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the National School of Healthcare Science, the Royal Society of Biology and Health Education England

All of our postgraduate degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Clinical Links

Our local connections are also an important part of our strength and identity. We have extensive links with the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region. Our degree programmes build on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The Department of Life Sciences was the first in the UK to design and receive accreditation for the new Practitioner Training Programme Healthcare Science degrees commissioned by Higher Education England's Modernising Scientific Careers. The programme combines academic study and work-based training and is a professional qualification required to practice as a healthcare science practitioner in a number of areas.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you a have an equivalent professional qualification or substantial relevant professional experience, or if you have an HNC medical laboratory science plus at least 10 years’ experience. If you are a Fellow of Biomedical Science, you’ll be eligible for exemption from some of the units on the course.

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Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

Over the course of a year, you’ll study a range of core units that cover various areas of Biomedical Science – from taking a systematic approach to disorders and developing expert analytical skills, to focusing on topics at the leading edge of Biomedical Research. You’ll also have the chance to pick from a range of option units, helping you set the direction for your studies, in areas like infectious disease or haematology.

From there, you’ll develop the research methods and explore the ethical framework you’ll need to tackle an in-depth, independent research project.

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Core units:

  • Research Project
  • Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
  • Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease

Plus one option of the following, from:

  • General Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Haematology  & Clinical Aspects of Transfusion Medicine (Transfusion 1)
  • Human Infectious Disease
  • Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens

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Core Units

Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science

In this unit you will study the analytical techniques used in modern biomedical science practice at Masters level. The topics cover underlying principles and applications of the essential analytical techniques including chromatography, electrophoresis, immunotechniques, cell culture, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, molecular techniques and recombinant DNA technology.

Recent Advances in Biomedical Research

This unit offers the opportunity for self-directed independent study on a particular area of topical interest in biomedical research. A broad range of topics will be available, reflecting the diverse current research interests of the academics within the School. You will work independently with guidance from an academic supervisor.

Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science

This unit enables you to develop advanced skills in research methods and work towards an independent research project proposal. The unit delivery features a blended learning approach with both taught and web-based directed study. You will be expected to review and apply statistical analyses relevant to your area of practice and apply knowledge and awareness of the roles of evidence-based and ethical frameworks for the experimental design, systematic review and dissemination of scientific research. 

Research Project

This unit allows all full-time Masters students to complete an independent piece of research which is allied to their specialism, named award, employment aspirations and specific academic interests.

Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease

This unit covers aspects of immunology, cancer biology, reproductive health, infectious diseases and medical genetics. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the pathology and aetiology of these areas by investigating the philosophical concepts of biological systems in states of dysfunction. On completion of the unit you will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the interrelations of the pathological sciences and how, for example, a genetic predisposition can increase an individuals risk of susceptibility to a specific cancer or immune disorder.

Likely Optional Units

General Clinical Biochemistry

In this unit you will cover essential concepts relevant to the practice of modern clinical biochemistry, enabling development of a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current practice. A systems approach is taken to study the biochemical disorders of the major human organs. You will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of general clinical biochemistry and originality in the application of knowledge to clinical problem solving.

Clinical Haematology

In this unit you will study the normal role of red cells, white cells and platelets in haematological processes and the changes in these roles in disease states. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information. On completing this unit, students will have gained confidence in evaluating new knowledge and strategies for characterising disease and will be better equipped to judge the relevance of new methods to current haematological practice.

Transfusion 1

In this unit you will study blood groups and disease, blood group biochemistry, transfusion science methods used in the laboratory and legislation affecting the management of transfusion laboratories. On completion of this unit, it is expected you will be better equipped to analyse, evaluate and adapt methods in transfusion science practice, research and development. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information.

Human Infectious Disease

In this unit you will study the host parasite interaction, healthcare associated infections and pathogenesis of infectious disease. You will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the essential concepts of medical microbiology and an awareness of current strategies and methods for laboratory diagnosis of microbiological disorders. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information.

Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens

In this unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of the pathological basis of disease and the use of histopathology and cytopathology to detect and diagnose disease as part of the clinical investigation of patients. You will gain experience of interpreting results from patient investigations. This unit is also part of histopathology specialist training and may be delivered as a combined unit or as separate units with appropriate clinical context.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science as masters level study. Please note that this qualification cannot be used as leading to eligibility for HCPC registration you should refer to the guidance on the IBMS website ( if this is your aim.

Placement options

While this course doesn’t include a placement, we encourage all our students to gain work experience during their studies. Whether it’s a biomedical related role to help you develop your technical skills in the lab environment or the kind of job that will help you develop useful employability skills like teamwork or leadership, we can help. Between the Careers and Employability service and the staff in the Department of Life Sciences, we offer careers focused events and support for arranging work experience, searching for opportunities and getting through applications and interviews.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year (one year if FT), including the dissertation in the final year. Full time students will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of their project-if you lose or damage these, replacement is your responsibility.

Professional Costs

You may wish to join the Institute of Biomedical Science. The level at which you join will depend upon your individual circumstances/ background. The annual cost can vary from £10 to £100.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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