Taught course

Clinical Biochemistry

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

The programme is suitable for graduates in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and other biological subjects which contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology. Graduates in chemistry are accepted onto the programme but do have to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during their undergraduate degree. An honours degree (2:1 minimum), or overseas equivalent, is required for direct entry to the programme. Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances candidates will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enrol initially on the Diploma track.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is specifically designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry as conducted within the modern health science laboratory. In particular, the programme seeks to develop a student's academic, practical, professional and communication skills so that he/she can seamlessly integrate into, and thereby form a productive part, of a health service laboratory team.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of the following: IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing Paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) Internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component

Fees and funding

Most students on this programme are holders of salaried NHS training posts, which offer an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry as part of the training. There are a limited number of these posts and competition for them is intense. Some self-funded students are also admitted.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Dissertation50 (60000 words)

Course contact details

Rebecca Riley
+44 (0)161 275 5265