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Advanced Biomedical Science (MSc)

Course Description

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this programme is an ideal option if you wish to build a career as an NHS biomedical scientist or within bioscience research.

About the programme

UWS has an established reputation for delivering advanced biomedical sciences education – utilising our successful links with local NHS and industry laboratories, we provide discipline-specific experts to complement the skills of the University’s School of Science and Sport teaching staff.

The programme aims to give you a balance of theory, practical skills and application of a range of techniques relevant to the biomedical sciences such as medical genetics, immunobiology, and disease pathology. Two optional modules are offered, which allow you to specialise in either blood sciences, infection or pathology. The research-orientated nature of the programme will also offer an additional option for those wishing to retrain for a career in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Practical experience

Work-based learning modules are available to part-time students completing the IBMS specialist portfolio as an alternative to the discipline-specific modules.

Your learning

The exit award of MSc is dependent on successful completion of 180 credits. Full-time students study three 20 credit modules in both Trimester 1 and 2 and a 60 credit research project in Trimester 3.

Core modules include:
• Genetic Analysis and Cancer
• Clinical Immunology
• Research Advances in BMS
• Disease, Detection, Monitoring and Therapy
• Research Design

You will also study a module in your chosen specialist discipline from:
• Blood Sciences
• Cell & Tissue Pathology

A taught module in the chosen discipline offers advanced understanding of the major systems and diseases with particular emphasis on laboratory diagnosis and research advances.


Upon successful completion of the taught modules you will undertake the MSc research project.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Our Careers Adviser says

The MSc is a good qualification for careers in bioscience research, or for those wishing to progress to further study (PhD). However, it is primarily aimed at those wishing to work or already working as biomedical scientists in the NHS, where an accredited MSc is integral to career progression.

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

Please note a February intake is available for students studying on a part-time basis

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

Visit the Advanced Biomedical Science (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have gained a second class BSc in Biomedical Science, Bioscience or a related science degree. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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