Advanced Biomedical Science

UCAS codes

Course contact

Robin Freeburn
+44 (0)141 849 4109 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • MSc
    1 year*/2 years
  • Postgraduate Diploma
    9 months/18 months

*To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the PgDip and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.


Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this programme is an ideal option if you wish to build a career as an NHS biomedical scientist or within bioscience research.

Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants. See the Useful Information section for more details.

Applicants must have gained a second class BSc in Biomedical Science, Bioscience or a related science degree.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

UWS has an established reputation for delivering advanced biomedical sciences education – utilising our successful links with local NHS and industry laboratories, we provide discipline-specific experts to complement the skills of the University’s School of Science and Sport teaching staff. 

The programme aims to give you a balance of theory, practical skills and application of a range of techniques relevant to the biomedical sciences such as medical genetics, immunobiology, and disease pathology. Two optional modules are offered, which allow you to specialise in either blood sciences, infection or pathology. The research-orientated nature of the programme will also offer an additional option for those wishing to retrain for a career in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Your Learning

The exit award of MSc is dependent on successful completion of 180 credits. Full-time students study three 20 credit modules in both Trimester 1 and 2 and a 60 credit research project in Trimester 3.

Core modules

  • Genetic Analysis in Biomedical Science
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Disease, Detection, Monitoring and Therapy 
  • Research Design

You can choose from a number of quality and management modules that are relevant to your career and employment needs.



    Upon successful completion of the taught modules you will undertake the MSc research project.
    The MSc is a good qualification for careers in bioscience research, or for those wishing to progress to further study (PhD). However, it is primarily aimed at those wishing to work or already working as biomedical scientists in the NHS, where an accredited MSc is integral to career progression. Work-based learning modules are available to part-time students completing the IBMS specialist portfolio as an alternative to the discipline-specific modules (please see adjacent). Accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science.
    After gaining my Honours degree at UWS I continued my studies to MSc level. Lecturers were friendly and approachable and I had access to well-equipped IT and learning resources. The MSc helped me to greatly improve my knowledge and skills in research, critical reviews of scientific journals, and the interpretation, reporting and presentation of scientific data. I am proud to have obtained distinction in Advanced Biomedical Science (MSc).
    Paul Akosah, Advanced Biomedical Science graduate

    Useful Information

    • Financial Support

      This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.