Taught course

Cellular Pathology

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science including the study of Cellular Pathology. We might also consider your application if you a have an equivalent professional qualification or substantial relevant professional experience, or if you have an HNC medical laboratory science plus at least 10 years’ experience. If you are a fellow of The Institute of Biomedical Science, you’ll be eligible for exemption from some of the units on the course.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Investigating disease at a cellular level means joining the fight against some of the most serious disorders afflicting humans. We’ve designed our MSc Cellular Pathology course to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of cellular pathology that you’ll need in a research or clinical context.

You’ll cover a range of different areas – exploring disorders, developing analytical techniques and getting to grips with histopathology.

You’ll also complete an independent Research Project, building professional-level research skills. This is your opportunity to explore the issues that fascinate you – making the most of our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester to conduct research in clinically relevant areas in a real-world context.

Throughout the masters, will have the support of an expert team and access to specialist laboratory facilities.

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) which means our teaching is of a high standard and provides wide-ranging, research-informed education to ensure you develop the practical skills and experience that employers’ value. Please note, that although this MSc is accredited by the IBMS it does not fulfil the requirements to gaining registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and does not provide the opportunity to complete the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. Please visit the IBMS website for more information and advice on HCPC registration.

Career prospects

The course can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas like hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries.

The subjects you’ll cover will not only help you prepare for the Institute of Biomedical Science higher specialist examination and for the advanced practice that follows but can also lay the groundwork for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both in the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, including dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

Meet our Many Faces of Life Sciences

We are celebrating the achievements of talented people in Engineering, some of whom are alumni from Manchester Met.

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Professional Accreditation

Across the Department of Life Sciences, we ensure maximum quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and strong employment prospects for our graduates through accreditation, approval and recognition from professional, regulatory and statutory bodies including the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the National School of Healthcare Science, the Royal Society of Biology and Health Education England.

All of our masters courses in the Department of Life Sciences are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Clinical links

We’ve built strong links across the NHS in the region, working with clinicians to keep our courses relevant and ensure that our graduates are ready for the workplace. So, when you leave us, you should have the skills and understanding that employers want – whether you’re looking to join the NHS or work in the local bioscience industry, or you want to pursue a future in research, education or management.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The Department of Life Sciences was the first in the UK to design and receive accreditation for the new Practitioner Training Programme Healthcare Science degrees commissioned by Higher Education England's Modernising Scientific Careers. The course combines academic study and work-based training and is a professional qualification required to practice as a healthcare science practitioner in a number of areas.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969