Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an honours degree (minimum 2:2) containing a significant content of biological/biomedical science, or a relevant postgraduate qualification, or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

Applications are invited from:

  • those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Medicine, Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience
  • NHS staff
  • international students with appropriate qualifications
  • international healthcare professionals.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Receive training in disease mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment evaluation, and recent biomedical research. Biomedical Scientists are essential members of the modern healthcare team and, in collaboration with doctors and other medical professions, aid in diagnosis of disease, evaluate effectiveness of treatment, and research into causes and cures of diseases. This IBMS-accredited course is ideal for those wanting to develop advanced knowledge and skills in Biomedical Science.

Why Study Biomedical Science with us?

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidence-based practice. We aim to develop your research and writing skills so that you will be in a position to contribute to the scientific literature in an effective manner.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two articles in the style of published scientific work. Our aim will be to develop these to publication with you if suitable.

Biomedical Scientists are in demand in the healthcare service (NHS, National Blood and Transplant Service), medical research, pharmaceutical industry, and organisations such as Public Health England and Medical Research Council.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, on successful completion of the MSc you may wish to continue with your education by studying for a PhD. Alternatively you could study for medicine, physician associate studies or a PGCE.

On successful completion of the MSc you may wish to continue your education with a medical degree, physician associate studies, PhD or PGCE.

How will I be taught?

Our course consists of taught modules and a Research Dissertation.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning.

The total number of contact hours for the whole course are 360 hours, out of a total study time of 1,800 hours.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may include case studies, literature reviews, laboratory reports, posters or oral presentations.

Fees and funding

International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Leads to a professionally recognised qualification, being externally approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Course contact details

Chester Medical School