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MSc Biomedical Science

Course Description


This general route focuses on the biological aspects of disease processes. Graduates will gain up-to-date, relevant and applied experience of biomedical science, acquire broad knowledge of the subject base and acquire skills for practice at Higher Specialist Level.

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas. The completion of a research project enables the graduate to understand the process and communication of scientific enquiry.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Core units

- Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
- Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease
- Recent Advances in Biomedical Science
- Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
- Disorder Case Study
- Research Project

Option units

- Clinical Haematology
- General Clinical Biochemistry
- Human Infectious Disease
- Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens
- Transfusion 1

You will be assessed by critical reviews, presentations, self-managed study, extended essays and examinations. Evidence-based practice and a major research project complete the MSc.

Career prospects

The programme creates wide-ranging opportunities for employment in fields such as hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or public health and transfusion laboratories. It provides preparation for the Higher Specialist Institute of Biomedical Science examination and Advanced Practice in Biomedical Science. You will also be well placed 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 School of Healthcare Science and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Visit the MSc Biomedical Science page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Nadia Ali

I was born in Iraq and moved to Jordan to complete my school and undergraduate education. I then travelled to the UK with my husband and settled in Manchester to continue my study at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I’ve enjoyed every minute. Manchester is a very good place to study and live. It is a multicultural city with all the wonderful facilities you would expect to find in a modern city: childcare, a diverse range of schools and places of worship, public libraries, healthcare facilities, sports and leisure centres, retail outlets, parks and public spaces. Equally, the University has excellent facilities: the labs and equipment here are first class.

The core subject of my study was about the effect of the drug simvastatin – an inhibitor of cholesterol – on advanced glycation, the main culprit in diabetes. Having completed my PhD, I am now working at the University as an associate lecturer supporting first year healthcare science students.

I have always wanted to work in academic and research fields. It is an exciting job with many opportunities to learn new skills. Next I would like to work as a postdoctoral researcher in biomedical science.

Working as a team is very enjoyable especially when it comes to assisting students and programme leaders. My preference is to stay in the training field at the University. Teaching is something I am passionate about. I enjoy teaching students and I learn from them everyday


Entry Requirements

At least an upper second class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in biological or biomedical science is usually required. Alternatively you may be admitted with an equivalent professional qualification or significant relevant proven professional experience. Existing Fellows of the Institute of Biomedical Science are eligible for exemption from certain units of study. Students applying with HNC medical laboratory science plus 10 years' experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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