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Biomedical Sciences (MSc/PgD/PgC)

Course Description

Course Overview

​Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant postgraduate programme focussing on the theoretical knowledge and the practice of Biomedical Science.

Your personal and professional understanding of Biomedical Science will be enhanced through an academically coherent programme of directed and self-directed learning. This will empower you to engage in and critically evaluate relevant contemporary issues through the application and theoretical analysis of practical laboratory based activities and research at Postgraduate level.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Biomedical-Science---MSc.aspx

​Course Content​​

The programme will emphasise the development of analytical and critical skills and on problem identification and analysis within a Biomedical Sciences context. You will be taught by a team of experienced academics, researchers and professionally qualified staff. A number of the teaching team are also HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists.

Core modules are as follows:
- Molecular Biology
- Immunology
- ​Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques
- Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences

Option modules include:
- Medical Biochemistry and Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry
- Immunohaematology and Advanced Topics in Immunhaematology
- Medical Microbiology and Advanced Topics in Medical Microbiology and Infection
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology and Advanced Topics in Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Please note there is no guarantee that all modules will be offered every year. Provision is subject to student numbers and viability. An additional three modules are required for the research dissertation.

If you are admitted to the Master's scheme but subsequently are unable or not permitted to progress, you may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgC): No fewer than 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgD): No fewer than 120 credits
- Master of Science (MSc): No fewer than 180 credits

Candidature for the MSc is five years for part-time students i.e. the course must be completed and dissertation submitted within five years of registering.

Learning & Teaching​

​A variety of teaching strategies are employed to reflect the following:
- the requirements of the particular topic
- the existence of background experience within the group
- the level and type of study required at level 7

Lectures are the most prevalent teaching method for the introduction to module material, where the major function is to provide a basic framework, to generate interest in the subject concerned and to explain complex points. Lectures are complemented by tutorial sessions designed to encourage a more detailed examination of issues. Students are issued, in their module handbook, with a programme schedule of topics to be covered in lectures and supporting tutorials for all subjects, along with lists of references to guide their supplementary reading. The VLE will also host supporting materials.

Tutorials and related small group work is an important part of teaching and learning. It encourages the depth of discussion and application appropriate to higher degree work. The major aim is to develop skills related to thinking, discussion and presentation of information. It helps to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.

Practical Work/Demonstration sessions in certain modules, such as Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques, Molecular Biology and the Dissertation, complement and extend the theoretical aspects of study and help to develop the students' skills of investigation, analysis, critical evaluation and reflection.

Case Studies are used throughout the programme as a means of encouraging students to apply their theoretical knowledge of biomedical science to real patients and thus take a holistic view of diagnostic medicine. Real cases are used and students are encouraged to integrate knowledge from a number of modules and to reflect on the possible outcomes
In addition to the contact hours per modules (approx. 40 hours per 20 credit module) the student will be expected to undertake a certain number of student led hours (approx. 160 per 20 credit module) to achieve an overall 200 hours of student effort per 20 credit module.

- Academic Support
Students are supported at each stage of learning and assessment. The Programme Director is responsible for overall academic management of the programme and support for the student. Module Leaders are responsible for academic guidance and support for each module offered and for academic feedback on student progress. The Project Manager is responsible for all the process regarding the project work and the dissertation. Personal tutorials will be arranged with your Personal tutor throughout the programme, and if you are experiencing any difficulties with your study for example problems with coursework or preparation for examinations, then there will always be a member of staff - the Programme Director, Module Leader or personal tutor available to assist you.


It is recognised that assessment is a necessary part of an evaluation of a student's suitability for an award and involves testing and developing the higher-level cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. For this reason, assessment is designed to measure the extent to which the student is able to satisfy the intended learning outcome of each module. The learning outcomes are assessed within the modules through a variety of methods including:
- unseen examinations
- essays
- practical based laboratory exercises
- laboratory reports
- case studies
- poster presentation
- case study presentation
- abstract writing and journal article reviews

Time limited examinations are seen as an end of module check on student academic attainment in certain modules where a detailed understanding of contemporary scientific thinking, often research lead, is deemed to be an essential currency.

In addition, assignments are used either in addition to or as an alternative to written examinations in certain modules where they best reflect breadth of understanding.

The assessment schedule for the taught modules will be supplied by the programme director at the beginning of the programme. The module leader will supply the assessment titles and guidelines/criteria to undertake the assignments and provide feedback to the students.

Employability & Careers​

The course will prepare you for the next stage of your career, whether pursuing further research, or professional study, or entering employment in the field of Biomedical Science. The course will also enhance the career prospects of those aspiring to middle and senior management positions within the NHS Pathology Service and the commercial sector.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Visit the Biomedical Sciences (MSc/PgD/PgC) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate scholarship is an award for those studying a full time taught masters programme at Cardiff Met in 2014. The award will pay for your fees in full, valued at £4000 depending on the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £4000


See http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarships for full criteria.

Application Procedure

Please fill in the online application form at: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pgscholarshipsOr visit the website to download the application form and return by:Post: Admissions, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 029 20 416286You will receive notification that we have received your application and successful applicants will be notified in September following enrolment.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following: A first or second class honours degree which has a significant content of biological science AND At least a 60% pass in the Primary (Part I) examination for Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science AND Substantial relevant experience at a senior level.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £4,050; International Students: £12,000

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