Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

The study of Advanced Biomedical Science is mainly centred on contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology; current and emerging diagnostic procedures as well as aspects of therapy.

This course builds on many years of biomedical science provision at DMU. The overall aims are to provide you with an enhanced portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of a senior Biomedical Scientist in healthcare, academia, research, industrial and other sectors.

The course will also allow you develop your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to design, execute and present findings of research.

  • Developed in conjunction with local health trusts, you will benefit from visiting lecturers from Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered experts
  • Learn from a team of experienced practitioner-based academic staff and researchers
  • Enhances career opportunities within the pathology services or bio science/ biotechnology industries both in the UK and overseas
  • Provides depth of background to bio science graduates, and enhanced portfolio of skills for current professionals
  • Tailor your learning relevant to your career interests
  • Interact with other healthcare professionals, and develop transferrable skills from others in the field

Key facts

Duration: One year full-time. Three years part-time  


  • First year - Generic modules for all MSc students (usually Wednesday am/pm)
  • Second year - Wednesday pm
  • Third year - Research in labs; full-time students can expect to attend university two days per week before Christmas and full-time after

Start date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

  • Normally a minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent Honours degree in Biomedical Science, or a relevant biological subject
  • Other qualifications with relevant experience may be considered. Please contact us for more information
  • In addition to this, part-time students will also need relevant professional experience (this would be normal practice as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist working in the NHS)
  • Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply
  • If English is not your first language an score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition,delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and during the course if you need it.
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Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will be via essays, presentations, seen exams, poster presentations, plus a final dissertation.

You will work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and are encouraged to be a proactive independent learner. You will also engage with our dedicated virtual learning environment with tools such as blogs and discussion boards to exchange ideas.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is among the best in the world. You may find that our teaching style is very different to that in your home country and we will help you adapt.

You will need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and motivate to study many hours outside the classroom.

Course modules

In the first semester you will study the following three modules (60 credits):

  • Research Designs in Health – focuses on study design, through collection and presentation of data, to data analysis and the writing up of research results
  • Evidence-Based Practice – aims to ensure that individual client care is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practices
  • Molecular Biology and Genomics – gives in current laboratory technique and, and a critical overview of current concepts

In the second semester you will study:

  • Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science - discusses current concepts, controversies and latest methodological advances in Biomedical Science
  • Quality Management - focuses on errors and explore error reduction tools. You will understand the development of quality standards for medical laboratories and the regulatory and professional bodies in place to monitor compliance withthe standards
  • The Research Project - provides you with the opportunity to design, execute and report upon a laboratory-based scientific project — either developing a method or addressing a research problem
  • Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Cancer Biology - gives you a deep grounding in current knowledge and practice with regards to disease pathophysiology, diagnosis as well as aspects of cancer in Chemical Pathology; Immunopathology, Haematology, Histopathology and Cytopathology.
  • In the final semester you will carry out a research project (dissertation) in one of our laboratories. This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation and questions.

Academic expertise

The course is delivered by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, some of whom have come from dedicated research institutions and have on-going research projects whilst others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course has been developed in conjunction with local health trusts who contribute to the teaching. Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from leaning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice. 

Graduate careers

This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.

Note that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a Biomedical Scientist. In the UK registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.

Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.

Fees and funding

Fees below are for 2013 / 2014 

Full-time £6864
Part Time
15 credit taught module £572
60 credit dissertation £2288
Full-time £12,200


As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum


To support research in the Pharmacy School|.

How to apply

UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.

You can create your application in your own time, so you can consider, research and complete each section at your own speed. You can track your applications as they progress, and can also receive and reply to offers online. Apply online with UKPASS|

You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.

International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070

What our students say

“Some of the modules were shared with other health professionals and learning alongside others in the sector has taught me a lot and made me appreciate how we all have to work together to provide better patient care. The lecturers are fantastic and are ready to give you help anytime you need it.”

Edina Chiriseri, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc graduate

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