Taught course

Biomedical Science

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in bio-molecular sciences, such as: biology, biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, virology or pharmacy in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience gained in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industries, or as a medical laboratory scientific officer.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is designed to enable you pursue a career as a professional biomedical scientist in a variety of research, development and leadership roles.

You'll be supported by an internationally recognised and highly active biomedicine science group with varied research interests and links with healthcare industries, research institutes and the NHS.

This course provides detailed knowledge of key concepts in immunology, toxicology, pharmacology and disease biology and how these disciplines are applied in biomedical science.

You’ll gain critical understanding of specialist research areas and unique insights into the challenges currently facing biomedical science. You’ll also acquire an in-depth appreciation of research and development practices in the healthcare industries through guest lectures and site visits to specialised laboratories. These experiences will allow you to explore and critique issues of relevance to professional working practice, enhancing your skills in evidence based decision making.

There is an emphasis on developing your practical laboratory skills with various opportunities for hands-on experience in a range of current techniques and practices. In your final trimester you’ll undertake an independent project within a vibrant biomedical research team, allowing you to apply and further develop your technical, research and professional skills. There may be the opportunity to conduct your research project externally in a relevant organisation or industry.

You’ll also develop key skills including communication, problem solving, team work, project management, and leadership. You’ll learn through interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials and laboratory sessions, and by engaging with guided independent study. A variety of assessment tools are used to enhance and evaluate your learning.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes. This course requires the standard IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months

Course contact details

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