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Applied Biomedical Science - MSc

Course Description

This course has been specifically designed as, a 'top-up' qualification for individuals who wish to become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered biomedical scientists but who do not hold an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)-accredited BSc Honours degree. This programme is accredited by the IBMS and, in combination with a suitable first degree, the Applied Biomedical Science MSc will ensure that you possess the required academic knowledge for HCPC registration.

When you have completed both this course and the IBMS registration training portfolio (and been awarded your Certificate of Competence from the IBMS) you will then meet the HCPC standards of competency and can apply to become registered as a Biomedical Scientist.

The combination of modules that you study will be based in part upon your requirements for supplementary education as identified by the IBMS but, depending on the number of compulsory modules required, there is still some scope to tailor the course to match your own interests. The course also includes the opportunity to study Masters-level research projects in an area of your interest.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Option modules

Associated careers

If you do not already have an IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Science then this MSc programme is the next step on your path to becoming an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. Biomedical Scientists have the knowledge and skills to provide the crucial laboratory diagnostic service central to modern medicine and will be involved in over 70 per cent of all disease diagnoses from ante-natal care to emergency medicine.

Visit the Applied Biomedical Science - MSc page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a non-IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Sciences or closely related subject. You must also have a letter from the IBMS confirming that your qualifications have been submitted to the IBMS, evaluated against the HCPC standard of proficiency for Biomedical Scientists (3a.1) and that the outcome has been the identification of specific subject shortfalls. This programme is not suitable for you if the IBMS has determined that you are required to complete a full IBMS accredited BSC (Hons) Biomedical Science degree to meet the HCPC standard of proficiency.

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