Taught course

Clinical Biochemistry

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in biological or biomedical science is usually required. Alternatively, you may be admitted with an equivalent professional qualification or significant relevant proven professional experience. Existing fellows of the Institute of Biomedical Science are eligible for exemption from certain units of study. Students applying with HNC medical laboratory science plus 10 years' experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content


The course is designed to give graduates specialist knowledge (both theoretical and practical) of the strategies and techniques of clinical biochemistry as practised in research and clinical contexts. Graduates will gain up-to-date, relevant and applied experience of clinical biochemistry, acquire in-depth knowledge together with a broad knowledge of the subject base and acquire skills for practice at Higher Specialist Level. The completion of a research project enables the graduate to understand the process and communication of scientific enquiry.

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

The programme 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.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Healthcare Science and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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
Please check the website for the latest fees
International students
Please check the website for the latest fees

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969