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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 Clinical Biochemistry. 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.

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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. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

Our best defence against disease isn’t a new therapy, wonder drug or technological miracle. It’s knowledge. With our MSc Clinical Biochemistry course, you will gain the technical skills and in-depth understanding to explore, harness and add to that knowledge.

It’s a course that offers both a theoretical understanding of clinical biochemistry concepts, together with the practical techniques to apply those theories in a research – equipping you for practice at specialist level.

You’ll study a range of units, taking a systematic approach to disorders, developing expert analytical techniques and exploring the essential concepts around general, specialist and diagnostic clinical biochemistry.

From there, you’ll tackle a Research Project on a topic of your choice – exploring the issues that fascinate you, while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific enquiry. Along the way, you’ll have the support of an expert team and access to specialist, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. You’ll also benefit from our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester, offering the chance to do your research in clinically relevant areas.

So, by the time you leave us, you should have everything you need to open doors for your career – ready to make your impact in clinical biochemistry.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Core units

  • Analytical techniques in biomedical science
  • Diagnostic clinical biochemistry
  • Disorder case study
  • General clinical biochemistry
  • Recent advances in biomedical research
  • Research methods and ethics in biomedical science
  • Research project
  • Specialist clinical biochemistry

You will be assessed by critical reviews, presentations, self-managed study, extended essays and examinations. Evidence based practice and a major research completes the MSc.

Career prospects
This course creates wide-ranging opportunities for employment in fields such as hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or public health and transfusion laboratories. It provides preparation for the higher specialist institute of biomedical science examination and advanced practice in biomedical science. You will also be well placed for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps shape our curriculum, transfers our expertise and ensures our graduates are ready for the workplace - and sought after by employers.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment80

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969