Taught course

Biomedical Science (Online)

Keele University · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

Please visit the course page on the Keele University website for up-to-date details.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Are you looking to progress your career within the field of biomedical science? From medical microbiology to transfusion science, our MSc explores core topics, focuses on real-world scenarios and offers blended learning, so you can fit your studies around additional commitments you may have, such as family or work.

Our Biomedical Science (Online) MSc explores health and disease from a patient or population-oriented, case-study driven perspective.

This multidisciplinary approach encourages you to think outside of the box to gain a more holistic level of understanding.

Programme content focuses on many of the core disciplines found within a typical Pathology Laboratory including;

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Clinical Immunology

You will explore the type of laboratory tests and analyses that take place in these key disciplines in addition to learning how to critically evaluate and assess each of the techniques and understand how they relate to the diagnosis and monitoring of disease states.

To widen your knowledge in the field, you will also investigate the clinical and research implications of Biomedical Science.

Alongside this core academic foundation, the programme also aims to develop your key professional skills and nurture new attitudes to the approach, integration and application of new knowledge and problem solving. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking, innovation, autonomous learning and communication skills, to help prepare you for a lifetime of continued professional development.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.

It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


With the majority of material delivered online, our Biomedical Science MSc adopts a hybrid model of study, so you can fit learning in and around commitments such as work and family.

Core content will be supported by optional on-campus residential laboratory weeks, where you will have the opportunity to further develop your subject-specific knowledge, critical thinking and networking skills in an autonomous manner.


Teaching is delivered through a series of taught modules that comprise a range of learning and teaching activities, designed to promote skill development and attitudes for life.

Core material will be available asynchronously each week using micro videos, links to supporting reading; key learning outcomes and processes to facilitate students asking anonymous questions. This will also be supported with weekly, live sessions to encourage deeper learning and promote communities of practice. Live sessions will be action-based and include both tutor and student-led seminars and presentations. Seminars will be presented by healthcare professionals working within NHS diagnostic laboratories. This will enrich your experience by providing networking opportunities and a practice-based context to real issues faced in infectious diseases. Please note, some methods listed below will only be delivered during the optional residentials.

Teaching methods may include:

  • Academic skills training
  • Bespoke asynchronous content
  • Case-based learning
  • Extended research projects
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Seminars
  • Small group activities
  • Student-driven talks
  • Workshops


This programme has a rich and varied assessment strategy to ensure you graduate with strong employability and academic skills. Assessment design is largely driven by several key principles which include promotion of independent learning, student autonomy, responsibility for personal learning, acknowledgement of the internationalisation perspective within Biomedical Science and development of innovation and originality within your chosen area of interest.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Conference presentation
  • Dissertation
  • Laboratory reports
  • Online tests
  • Personal engagement
  • Small group presentations

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