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The course is primarily designed for career advancement for those working as Biomedical Scientists in the hospital sector or working in the wider discipline of biomedical science, including bio-pharmaceutical and bio-industries.


For those who follow the approved pathway this course allows specialisation in in one the key disciplines of Biomedical Sciences including: cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, haematology, or medical microbiology, and provides the opportunity for critical reflection and evaluation of current practice and policy, enabling lifelong learning and professional development in biomedical science.

In both the spring and summer semesters of second year, students work on their project, where the research project is normally carried out within the laboratories in their place of work under the supervision of suitably qualified staff. The research project may be carried out within the research laboratories of Ulster University or elsewhere under the supervision of suitably qualified staff.

For those entering the MSc to complete the research project only

Applicants who have a PgD in Biomedical Science and who wish to apply directly for entry onto the MSc programme, (including Ulster students who have previously graduated with the Postgraduate Diploma) are required to take the bridging module, Research Proposal (BMS832). This 10-credit point module supports students in developing an acceptable research project and ensures that the appropriate research governance approvals are in place, prior to commencement of laboratory work. Students are required to successfully pass BMS832 with an approved project before proceeding to the Project Module.


This part-time, distance-learning MSc programme runs over two academic years and students can enter the programme in September or in January. The research project is normally carried out in the student’s place of work under the supervision of suitably qualified staff.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Career options

This course provides an academically challenging and vocationally relevant science education for those following a career in the Biomedical Sciences in the Health Service, pharmaceutical or bio-industries. Graduates may also choose to proceed to higher postgraduate degree programmes (MPhil/PhD) within the biomedical sciences. A number of modules in the MSc programme can alternatively be taken individually as continued professional development (CPD) activity.






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