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Course overview

  • Understand how biochemical investigations can lead to clinical diagnoses via theoretical and practical learning.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Develop professional, research and communication skills to work as a clinical scientist or researcher.
  • Option to spend 10 weeks on a laboratory research.
  • Study alongside students from other disciplines within pathology.
  • We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses, continuing professional development (CPD). See  here for further details.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000 
  • International students (per annum): £11,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000 
  • International students (per annum): £18,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,000 
  • International students (per annum): £9,200
  • PGCert (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,000 
  • International students (per annum): £4,600

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all other components.
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with a minimum of 22 in writing and 20 in all other components)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must include the following documents.

  • One academic references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Unfortunately we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • Full CV.
  • Personal statement
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, they can be sent directly to  .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.

There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)

  • Analytical Methods (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)

  • Diseases of Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Drug Monitoring (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits)

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development . Please see the Clinical Biochemistry CPD units page for further details.

Careers

Many students study this course as a springboard for further academic research or as a stepping stone before applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

The course may also help individuals with their own career progression if they are already working within a clinical laboratory. The course also attracts intercalating medical students and professionals who may wish to specialise in clinical biochemistry/chemical pathology.


Visit the MSc Clinical Biochemistry page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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