Taught course

Biomedical Science

Institution
Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Qualifications
MScMSc with Prof PracticePGDipPGCert

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Entry requirements

The requirements for admission for PgCert/PgDip and MSc Biomedical Science are:

An Honours degree in a Biomedical Science undergraduate course; with a minimum of a lower second class (2.ii) classification (2.i for the professional experience course)

or

An equivalent appropriate qualification that includes substantial clinical or biomedical content. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: clinical biochemistry, microbiology and virology, clinical immunology, haematology

Months of entry

May, September

Course content

As key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms, specialist and senior biomedical scientists are in great demand both within the NHS and private hospital laboratories.

You can now study this course via multiple pathways:

  • Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences pathway
  • Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences pathway with Professional Experience
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology pathway
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology pathway with Professional Experience
  • Infection Science pathway
  • Infection Science pathway with Professional Experience

This master’s course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of disease processes, from the molecular to the body/systems level, alongside the practical applications of biomedical science and recent scientific developments in diagnostic laboratory pathology.

The programme is composed of a combination of modules which upon successful completion build to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Biomedical Science, master’s (MSc) Biomedical Science, or as MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience. On the MSc course (with or without Professional Experience) you can choose one of three specialist pathways all of which aim to advance your knowledge and link to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) specialist training portfolio: Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; and Infection Science. Part-time study is available for all programmes except if you choose to study the MSc with professional experience.

This biomedical science course includes the opportunity to gain extensive hands on experience in the laboratory, including use of diagnostic instruments encountered in a clinical setting and contemporary techniques in molecular biology. You should appraise current developments in genomics and regenerative medicine and their application to biomedical science, and explore the professional requirements for laboratory management including quality assurance, laboratory accreditation and regulation.

An additional exciting and innovative feature of this course is the inclusion of a module focussed on Entrepreneurial Practice. This module should enable you to understand and apply business management principles in problem-based scenarios. This should give you added skills and promotes innovative thinking which can be applied in many sectors of life, including biomedical science laboratories. This Entrepreneurial Practice module is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and students who successfully complete the module and meet CMI evidence requirements can gain a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management. Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section.

MSc Biomedical Science students undertake a research-based project involving planning, realisation, analysis and reporting of an independent research investigation. Within the School of Life Sciences, a range of project opportunities are available, linked to staff research, including specialist areas of biomedical science such as sickle cell anaemia, cancer genetics and parasitology. Previous students have chosen topics such as investigation of natural products to improve antioxidant levels in sickle cells and the anticancer properties of natural products on a leukaemia cell line.

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience aims to produce master’s graduates who are not only knowledgeable about their chosen field of study but also have the skills and competencies, backed by real world experience, to apply these to the workplace. Thus, it aims to provide an innovative course structure for you to evidence your preparedness for future career options. The Professional Experience aspect involves two semesters (semesters 3 and 4 of the course) in a professional environment, which may be either on campus or with external providers, followed by a final semester in which a research investigation, carried out as part of the Professional Experience, is reported in a formal thesis.* A variety of different Professional Experience opportunities may be offered, allowing you to develop particular skills and competencies and extend your particular interests. While all students are assured a professional experience placement, the range of opportunities available vary from year to year. Some are also competitive and selective, so it is not possible to guarantee a specific professional experience. Students on MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience are given additional support and are assisted to apply for, and secure, professional experience opportunities during their first two semesters of study by our Talent Team and the course director.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the Course Director or the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Information for international students

This course requires IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Fees and funding

UK students
May 2022 £10,400 | £15,450 (with professional experience) (per year)
International students
£16,600 | £18,950 (with professional experience) (per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc with Prof Practice
    full time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Recruitment and Admissions Office
Email
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk