Taught course

Biomedical Science

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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;
  • 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.
Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with no component less than 5.5). If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms. This course offers postgraduate training in a selected biomedical science discipline, either haematology and blood transfusion science, clinical biochemistry and immunology or infection science, together with opportunities to advance skills and knowledge in laboratory management and accreditation, plus modern developments such as genomics and stem cell technology. The MSc course is accredited by the IBMS; individual modules may also be studied for CPD accreditation.

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

Why choose this course?

This IBMS accredited course allows students who have studied biomedical sciences at undergraduate level both at home and overseas to develop their skills and knowledge, whether they are considering future employment within biomedical science laboratories or research routes. It will also benefit practitioners already in HCPC registered posts to aid career progression. The course can be studied on either a full time or part time basis, and individual modules can be taken for CPD.

The course offers the opportunity to specialise in a key area of biomedical science, extend practical laboratory experience and develop transferable and research skills to enhance future employability.

What will I learn?

Students will study Professional and Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science, Research Skills plus they elect to study one of the following modules:

  • Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences
  • Infection Science
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology

and two of the following modules:

  • Genomics and Regenerative Medicine
  • Independent Study in Biomedical Science
  • Evidence Based practice in Biomedical Science
  • Quality Management and ISO standards
  • Laboratory Management, Leadership and Training (suitable for current HCPC practitioners in management roles)
  • Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training (suitable for students who are not currently in management roles)

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST132), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

How will this course be taught?

The subject specific topics will be taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Specialist visiting lecturers including HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists from local hospitals will contribute to the course delivery, and there may be some opportunities for visits to specialist laboratory facilities.

The University's online learning environment will be used for links to relevant resources and online discussions. Some modules will require you to collate and analyse data from your workplace or from the University. Skills modules will encourage you to identify and address personal development needs with support from tutors, plus improve your skills in data analysis and statistical evaluation. These professional and scientific skills will be utilised in your independent research project and also in the module Independent Study in Biomedical Science.

You will be expected to spend a significant proportion of your time in self-guided and guided study, and to discuss your learning with your peer group both informally in workshops and formally through seminars and other presentations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by a mixture of course work and examinations. The course work will be varied and will include written work (essays, laboratory reports, project reports etc), seminar presentations and posters, and data analysis exercises.

Portfolio based assessments will be used to document your skills development and laboratory record keeping.

Examinations are held in the three subject discipline specialist subjects.

Information for international students

Information for international students is available here.

Fees and funding

UK students
September 2017 start - £7,374 or £11,044 (with professional experience)
International students
September 2017 start - £12,656 or £15,156 (with professional experience)

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321