MSc Cellular Pathology

Advanced knowledge and techniques in cellular pathology

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This programme equips you with both an advanced theoretical understanding of the subject and the practical skills that you’ll need for tackling cellular pathology in a research or clinical context at higher specialist level.

You’ll cover a range of different areas – exploring disorders, developing analytical techniques and getting to grips with histopathology. From there, you’ll tackle a Research Project on a topic of your choice – exploring the issues that fascinate you, while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific enquiry. Along the way, you’ll have the support of an expert team and access to specialist, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. You’ll also benefit from our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester – with the chance to do your research in clinically relevant areas.

Whether you study full-time for a year or part-time for up to three, our MSc Cellular Pathology can equip you for a career full of impact.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

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Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

The programme can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas like hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical. The subjects you’ll cover will not only help you prepare for the Institute of Biomedical Science specialist examination and for the advanced practice that follows, but 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 us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both in the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

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 Masters courses in the Department of Life Sciences 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

This course is based around eight core units – which you can study within one year if you’re studying full-time, or spread over the course of up to three part-time years. You’ll cover six units based around various aspects of cellular pathology, from analytical techniques and recent advances in Biomedical Science to histopathology and the pathological basis of disease.

From there, you’ll take a unit designed to help you develop the research methods and explore the ethical framework you’ll need to tackle the last unit of the course: an in-depth, independent research project.

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Our research

We represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.

We conduct basic and translational research to understand biological systems in disease, sensing and detecting by-products of disease and contemporary challenges, including ageing and development of new technologies for personalised medicine.

Scientists in our Centre for Bioscience are pioneering new ideas with real-world application and global potential to improve health and wellbeing and make a positive difference to people's lives.

This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time 2-3 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.

Core units:

  • Disorder Case Study
  • Research Project
  • Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
  • Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
  • Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Histopathology

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Core Units

Disorder Case Study

In time, healthcare scientists accumulate knowledge about a large range of disorders. Often, especially in the early days of experience, the acquisition of this knowledge is fragmented. This unit provides you with the opportunity to make a systematic, comprehensive study of a disorder. In addition to advancing your knowledge about the individual disorder, you will be expected to develop an independent critical approach to investigating, analysing and evaluating laboratory and clinical aspects of a disease/disorder and producing a case study report.

Research Project

This unit is the culmination of the Masters award and involves the design, conducting and communication of a major piece of independent research.

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.

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.

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. 


This module will provide the trainee with the knowledge and understanding of the cellular structure and function of the major organs and cell pathological aberrations in a range of clinical disorders and malignant diseases. They will understand how to apply cellular and biochemical techniques to the diagnosis of a range of common clinical disorders. They will gain experience of interpreting results of selected situations, including autopsy, from patient investigations.

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 scientific 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 plenty of 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).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied 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).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2834 per 30 credits studied 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.

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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.


Programme Review
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