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Applied Biomedical Science (MSc)

Course Description

This course has been specifically designed as, a 'top-up' qualification for individuals who wish to become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered biomedical scientists but who do not hold an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)-accredited BSc Honours degree. This programme is accredited by the IBMS and, in combination with a suitable first degree, the Applied Biomedical Science MSc will ensure that you possess the required academic knowledge for HCPC registration.

When you have completed both this course and the IBMS registration training portfolio (and been awarded your Certificate of Competence from the IBMS) you will then meet the HCPC standards of competency and can apply to become registered as a Biomedical Scientist.

The combination of modules that you study will be based in part upon your requirements for supplementary education as identified by the IBMS but, depending on the number of compulsory modules required, there is still some scope to tailor the course to match your own interests. The course also includes the opportunity to study Masters-level research projects in an area of your interest.

Core Modules

• Postgraduate Project
This module aims to enhance your skills of self-management, experimental design, critical analysis and interpretation of data, enabling you to present and justify your research

• Postgraduate Research Methods
You will be able to develop your skills in information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation relevant to your research topic, and form a clear plan for your project.

Option Modules

• Cellular Pathology
The aim of this module is to encourage you to evaluate the aetiology and pathogenesis of nonneoplastic disease at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. You will gain a broad and critical understanding of the current and future needs of your department in the continually evolving field of scientific support and diagnostic confirmation of malignant disease.

• Clinical Chemistry
You will discuss and debate current issues in the field of clinical chemistry, emphasising new technologies, assays and biochemical markers of pathology. The module aims to integrate aspects of physiology, biochemistry and chemical analysis of clinical samples for understanding disease processes and discipline based inter-relationships for their investigation.

• Clinical Immunology
This module aims to build on your knowledge of basic immunology and apply that knowledge clinically by relating the concepts and mechanisms of immunology to disease diagnosis and pathogenesis. It will provide you with the underpinning language skills to successfully study biosciences at postgraduate level.

• Haematology and Transfusion Science
The module presents the three main fields of transfusion science: immunohaematology; blood donations (to include preparation of blood components, their appropriate use, and quality assurance); and the developments in stem cell/ tissue transplantation and related legislation. Emphasis will be given to diagnostic blood transfusion science, to enable you to work competently and develop professional skills in areas of transfusion science.

• Medical Microbiology
You will gain greater insight into the factors determining the importance of infectious diseases and to develop a critical approach to contemporary literature on selected diseases, enabling an evaluation of the relative importance of routine laboratory investigations, laboratory-based research, clinical diagnosis and control of infectious diseases.

• Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
This module reviews and discusses the ways in which molecular biology has been used to treat inherited and acquired diseases. You will investigate the ethics and legislation involved in the use of novel therapies in humans.

• Molecular Science and Diagnostics
This module is designed to make you aware of the impact of molecular biology on the diagnosis of human diseases. You will critically review the technologies and determine the advantages and disadvantages associated with each diagnostic strategy. Issues of accuracy, implementation, ethics and safety will be addressed.

• Principles of Molecular Medicine
The module provides you with a critical appreciation of the human genome, its regulation, functional significance of gene mutations and current approaches of identification of human genetic disorders. Topics covered include: molecular basis of host-pathogen interaction; molecular pathology of disease with simple genetics; molecular genetics of disease; complex systems, immunogenetics and disease; and molecular genetics of cancer.

Associated careers

If you do not already have an IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Science then this MSc programme is the next step on your path to becoming an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. Biomedical Scientists have the knowledge and skills to provide the crucial laboratory diagnostic service central to modern medicine and will be involved in over 70 per cent of all disease diagnoses from ante-natal care to emergency medicine. More information about biomedical science, the role of the Biomedical Scientist and the process of HCPC registration can be found on the IBMS website at http://www.ibms.org.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Applied Biomedical Science (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a non-IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Sciences or closely related subject. You must also have a letter from the IBMS confirming that your qualifications have been submitted to the IBMS, evaluated against the HCPC standard of proficiency for Biomedical Scientists (3a.1) and that the outcome has been the identification of specific subject shortfalls. This programme is not suitable for you if the IBMS has determined that you are required to complete a full IBMS accredited BSC (Hons) Biomedical Science degree to meet the HCPC standard of proficiency.

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