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Biomedical Science (PGDip/MSc)

Course Description

With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Looking for a programme that will help you deepen your theoretical knowledge, hone your clinical skills and broaden your professional experience? We give you a suite of award pathways that allow you to explore different research areas, develop your specialisms and focus your study into a practical clinical research project.

Key features

Tap into the expertise of academic lecturers and tutors actively researching and developing new techniques in modern biomedical science. Our programme has a strong international reputation in translational research, with significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure.

Hone your skills and critical thinking, and grow your clinical experience.

Work with high specification, regularly updated facilities serving post-genomics and proteomics, cell biology and imaging.

Enrich your learning with teaching, expertise and insight from our NHS partners, plus members of Plymouth University School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences.

Deepen your understanding with modules that explore modern practice, emerging techniques and the impact of new technologies on research methods.

Benefit from a programme that’s reinforced by the research, facilities and expertise of the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre. Attend research events and work with leading scientists in a wide range of fields, including immunology, haematology and genomics.

Focus your specific interests under the guidance of your personal project advisor and develop an individual final project within the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre.

Gain the skills needed to study at masters level with specialist modules on research techniques and project development.

Choose from our modules to follow a path of study resulting in one of following MSc awards:
- Biomedical Science (Cellular Pathology)
- Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry)
- Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion)
- Biomedical Science (Immunology)
- Biomedical Science (Medical Genetics)
- Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)

Begin your career with the confidence that the MSc Biomedical Science suite of awards are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. 

Take the course as a full-time intercalated degree programme for those wishing to interrupt their studies as a medical or dental student.

Course details

You’ll take five modules: three core modules, one diagnostic research applications module, plus one discipline-specific module to determine your final award. You'll design and execute a research project, supported by your project advisor. Other core modules include molecular biology (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) and project design and development, where you’ll also critically review scientific literature.

Options for the diagnostic research applications include bioinformatics, contemporary applications of cell biology, and contemporary science of infection and immunity. Focussing in on the discipline that interests you the most for your final award, you can choose from a range of modules including: clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, haematology and transfusion, medical genomics and personalised medicine, molecular and cellular pathology and clinical biochemistry.


Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

Visit the Biomedical Science (PGDip/MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have either: A good honours degree (at least 2:2), or equivalent UK university or institute of higher education qualification in a relevant subject with a significant biomedical, biological or biochemical content related to the specialist subject(s) to be studied. If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC. If you did not complete your secondary or tertiary education in English you will need the equivalent of an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent (MSc) or 6.5 or equivalent (PGDip).

Course Fees

UK/EU: £7,500, International: £15,000, Islands: £15,000

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