Biomedical Science - Online

Ulster University - Belfast

Biomedical Science - Online

This course is designed for those following careers as biomedical scientists in the wider context of biomedical science (including biopharmaceutical and bio-industries). The MSc Biomedical Science provides eligibility for the title of chartered scientist if other criteria are met (corporate membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), and active engagement in continued professional development). It is not a suitable qualification for the purposes of Health and Care Professions Council registration in the UK.

This course provides an academically challenging and vocationally relevant science education for those wishing to develop their career in the biosciences, pharmaceutical or bio-industries.

Students can take specialisms in cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, haematology or medical microbiology. The course is completely online. The project is carried out in the students’ place of work under a work-based supervisor. Suitably qualified graduates may also choose to proceed to higher postgraduate degree programmes within the biosciences.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

The modules on this course cover various advanced theories and practices, with optional specialisms to enable you to pursue your own area of interest.
• Introduction to Personalised Medicine and Pharmacogenomics (15 credits)
• Applied Research Methods (15 credits)
• Advances in Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare Delivery (15 credits)
• Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences (30 credits)
• Research Project (60 credits)

Students must choose one of these two optional modules:
• Quality Management (15 credits)
• Biomedical Informatics (15 credits)

Optional specialism – choose one of these four modules:
• Advances in Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
• Recent Advances in Clinical Chemistry (30 credits)
• Haematology in Health and Disease (30 credits)
• Advances in Medical Microbiology (30 credits)

With our flexible carousel programme structure, you can study at a pace that suits you and take study breaks if necessary.

To gain your Biomedical Science Masters degree, you will need to successfully complete all modules to earn the necessary 180 credits.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A 2.2 Honours Degree or above in Biomedical Science, or in Biological Science with a significant amount of biomedical science, from any university in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, from a national awarding body or an international equivalent.

An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, or an approved alternative qualification.

In exceptional circumstances, individuals with substantial and significant experiential learning and written evidence that they meet the necessary criteria as determined by the Course Committee may also be considered for the course.

Professional Requirements
• You should be employed as a Biomedical Scientist, Trainee Biomedical Scientist or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory.
• When you apply, you will need to confirm that you will have access to a laboratory to enable you to complete the Research Project.
• You will need to provide a signed agreement from your employer that they will appoint a mentor to supervise your project.
• During the application process, you will also have to choose the specialism that is most relevant to your career aspirations. Choose one of these four pathways:
o Medical microbiology
o Haematology
o Clinical chemistry
o Cell pathology

For these specialist modules, students must provide evidence that they have studied that specialism at level 5, or demonstrate the ability to undertake the module through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").


Minimum two years, part-time.

Enrolment dates

Intakes: Intakes: January, March, May, July, September and November

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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