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Overview

Our Advanced Biomedical Science course offers a balance of theory, practical skills and application of a range of techniques relevant to the biomedical sciences such as:

  • Medical genetics 
  • Immunobiology
  • Disease pathology

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.

Two optional modules are offered, enabling 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.

 

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Placement Opportunities

Work-based learning modules are available if you are a part-time student completing the IBMS specialist portfolio as an alternative to the discipline-specific modules.

100%

Students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2015/16)

1000%

overall student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience survey 2017)

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

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

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

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Core modules you will study include: 

  • 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 then undertake the MSc research project.

Two optional modules are offered, which allow you to specialise in either: 

  • Blood sciences
  • Infection 
  • Pathology

The research-orientated nature of our course will also offer an additional option if you wish to retrain for a career in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Teaching and Assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are used on our Advanced Biomedical Science course. Some of which include: 

  • Enquiry based learning 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Data analysis
  • Directed learning
  • Problem solving

There will be strong linkages with research and employers throughout our course, for example through laboratory exercises, guest lecturers from NHS laboratories and the MSc research project. The VLE (Moodle) used by UWS will facilitate many of these approaches for example group projects, personal development planning (PDP).

Assessment will be based on: 

  • Problem-solving exercises 
  • Case studies 
  • Critical reviews 
  • Presentations 
  • Planning, conduct and reporting of project work

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Dr John McLean

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