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Advanced Biomedical Science MSc

De Montfort University
12 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Advanced Biomedical Science MSc

About this program

Advanced Biomedical Science MSc

This course explores the contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic procedures and aspects of therapy.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course will provide you with an enhanced portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of a senior biomedical scientist in healthcare, academia, research, industry and other sectors. Benefit from the opportunity to tailor the course content specifically to your career interests by choosing optional modules in areas such as Cancer Biology, Nutrition, Environment and Public Health and Advanced Biotechnology.

During this course you will increase your interaction with other healthcare professionals and enhance your transferable skills with teaching from a team of experienced practice-based academic staff and researchers, some of whom have come from dedicated research institutions and have ongoing research projects while others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience.

This course is an ideal progression route for graduates of the Biomedical Science BSc or other bioscience disciplines and will enhance your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries. Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, while others who are HCPC registered biomedical scientists have increased their opportunities for progression within pathology services (subject to relevant training).

Admission requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 Hons or equivalent in relevant subject
  • In addition to this, part-time students will also need relevant professional experience (this would be normal practice as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist working in the NHS)
  • Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no elements below 6.0, is essential when you start the course. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Upon successful completion of the MSc, if you want to register as a biomedical scientist, you will need to improve your IELTS score to 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, in order to meet the HCPC requirements. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Science alone does not confer eligibility for HCPC registration.

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Program content

Semester 1:

You will study the following three modules

  • Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics - this core module gives students a grounding in the specialist core biomedical laboratory discipline knowledge, as well as a deeper understanding of the principles behind normal and diseased processes
  • Molecular Biology and Genomics - gives insight into modern diagnostic techniques and a critical overview of current concepts
  • Evidence-Based Practice - ensures biomedical practice is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practices

Semester 2:

In the second semester, you will study one core module and three of four elective modules:

  • Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – provides advanced biomedical practical skills as well as preparing students for the research projects
  • Nutrition, Environment and Public Health – this elective module teaches the latest updates on the impact of nutritional and environmental factors on biomedical science and public health
  • Leadership and Quality Management – this elective module focuses on the development of quality standards for medical laboratories, and the regulatory and professional bodies in place to monitor these compliance with standards
  • Advanced Biotechnology - this elective module is designed to discuss current concepts, controversies and the latest methodological advances in the medical and biomedical biotechnology area. The module will also explore the ethical issues associated with modern biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology – students will be expected to understand and appraise the current developments in the field. In this elective module you will gain knowledge of cancer disease processes and the diagnostics

Semester 3:

  • Research Project (Dissertation) - This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Projects are likely to be in areas such as microbiology, drug discovery, immunology, cancer biology, cell signalling and other advanced subjects. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation and questions.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

You will need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and motivate to study many hours outside the classroom.



2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £7,920(full time) per year
  • UK/EU students: £660 (part time) per year
  • International students: £15,100 per year

Career paths

Graduate careers

  • This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.
  • Please be aware that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a biomedical scientist. In the UK registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.
  • Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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