Taught course

Biomedical Science with Management Studies

Kingston University · Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in a biologically-related discipline or professional qualification. Applicants with professional experience may be eligible. Please contact the course director for details.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will provide a broad understanding of disease processes and their diagnosis, linked to in-depth studies of haematology or medical microbiology, together with some detailed exploration of management practices. The programme is designed to link academic knowledge with the practical applications of biomedical science and management, and will prepare you for a career in biomedical science management or small business development. Taught by researchers and expert practising biomedical scientists and business managers, there is the opportunity to partake in internationally acclaimed research.

  • Assessment for learning has been carefully designed with opportunities for feedback and 'feedforward'.
  • The course contains research-led and research-informed teaching, with increased opportunities for postgraduate research and 'capstone' projects.
  • A robust, academically-led personal tutor system helps to personalise your experience and track your academic development.
  • Employability is embedded within the curriculum to maximise job potential at the end of the course.

What will you study

The programme comprises four taught modules, plus an extended three-month research project, involving the design and practice of research with some opportunities for securing research placements at top UK industry and healthcare providers.

Two core and one specialist module focus on biomedical science, with a specialism choice between haematology and medical microbiology. One core module focuses on business in practice, linking management studies with careers in science. Management includes finance, accounting, marketing, organisational management, entrepreneurship and leadership/team skills. In addition to subject knowledge, you will develop written, oral, analytical and employability skills to masters level.

Example of modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Research Techniques and Scientific Communication

The module allows students to develop and extend skills required to research and communicate in biosciences, and the principles and practice of laboratory techniques, research planning, management, data handling and presentation. The material is contextualised by lectures, practicals, workshops and directed reading around the planning and execution of experiments and interpretation of the data in a clinical setting or in clinically based studies.

Immunology and the Biology of Disease

It provides students with an introduction to the concepts of immunity and pathobiology. Students will become familiar with the different cells and organs of the immune system and how these function and interact to protect the body from infection. In addition, the module introduces students to the cellular mechanisms and genetic causes of disease considering both the physiological manifestations and the public health implications. The module also introduces some of the molecular processes and signalling events that are important in communication between cells of the immune system. It goes on to consider the role of cellular pathology in the context of other pathology disciplines such as clinical chemistry. Practical classes are used to allow students the opportunity to apply their basic knowledge of immunology to interpret the significance of laboratory data and the role of the immune system in disease.

Research Project

This module culminates from knowledge gained throughout the course, in particular, the Research Techniques and Scientific Communication module in order to present work in formats appropriate to wider professional audiences, practising new and/or improved laboratory skills, as well as demonstrate the ability to independently solve complex problems. The research proposal assessment will usually be based on the research area that has been allocated for the research project or alternatively an external laboratory placement. The project results should be statistically analysed and scientifically presented and discussed within a 9,000-word thesis and scientific poster.

One specialist module: -

Microbial Pathogenesis and Control of Infectious Disease, Haematological Malignancy, Taxonomy of Microorganisms and Diagnosis of Infectious Disease or Anaemia, Haemostasis and Blood Transfusion

Business in Practice

This module runs on Saturdays.

This module is aimed at the practical needs of students from different academic contexts such as, but not limited to computing, science, medicine, biotechnology and the health services who are aspiring team leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs in business within the context of the commercial, public, voluntary, or academic sector.

The module introduces and uses activities and problem-solving to investigate business topics ranging from finance, accounting, budgeting, and marketing, to organisational management by developing the leadership skills to meet business challenges and cope with its complexity.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. For full details: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931