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MSc Biomedical Science

Course Description


This vocationally-oriented course is specifically designed for those students wishing to gain an advanced education in the biomedical science field, either in industry or within the health sector. This course primarily enhances the career prospects of those aspiring to middle and senior management positions within the NHS Pathology Service and commercial sector. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Provides preparation for the Higher Specialist IBMS exam and Advanced Practice in Biomedical Science. The MSc award permits eligibility for the status of Fellow member of the IBMS (FIBMS) and subsequently the prestigious Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.

Why study with us?

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidence based practice. We aim to develop your research and writing skills so that you will be in a position to contribute to the scientific literature in an effective manner.

Our course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles. Our aim will be to develop these to publication with you if suitable.

Biomedical Scientists are in demand in the healthcare service (NHS and National Blood Service), medical research, pharmaceutical industry, and organisations such as the Health Protection Agency, Medical Research Council and the Health and Safety Executive. On graduation you may also wish to continue with your education with a PGCE, PhD, dental or medical degree.

The learning experience

Our modules cover a wide range of scientific subjects, information technology and all the major disciplines of biomedical science – i.e. cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, clinical medicine, haematology and transfusion science, histology, immunology, and medical microbiology. You will be encouraged to address assignments through your chosen discipline.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning - all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall on the Countess of Chester Hospital Campus.

You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may focus on clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, oral presentations, or data manipulation exercises.

Visit the MSc Biomedical Science page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of 2:2 honours, or hold appropriate professional qualifications.Applications are invited from:• NHS staff• health professionals from overseas• those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Human and Biological Sciences) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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