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
- Excellent standards – Recognised for our expertise, the course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
- Recognised expertise – Our Bioscience Research Centre represents one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK, with a reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system.
- Practical connections – We work in partnership with hospitals across the region, offering the chance to organise research projects in clinically relevant areas.
- Leading research – Our research is internationally recognised, with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Cutting-edge facilities – We have an extensive range of equipment in our specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell and molecular biology, and tissue culture.
- Industry links – We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West, ensuring our biomedical science curriculum is up-to-date.
- Athena SWAN award – Manchester Metropolitan University’s commitment to promote and advance gender equality in STEM subjects has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.
- Online learning – Our online virtual learning platform 'Moodle' provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.
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.
- 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
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours
10 credits equate 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:
- Full-time: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study
- Full-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
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 (www.ibms.org) if this is your aim.
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, an 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.
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: £16,500 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).
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).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs on campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year (one year if Full-time), 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.
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.