Taught course


University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

Extend your knowledge and practical expertise at a university with outstanding research strengths in the biomedical field.

The main theme of this course is the application of the natural science principles, especially in biology and physiology, to clinical medicine. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the design, conduct and interpretation of data from clinical trials.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use our modern laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning
  • Benefit from our close links with the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and other institutions allowing you to experience real clinical situations
  • Tailor your studies with those of your area of desired practical specialisation

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to provide you with the necessary training, as well as facilitate the development of your theoretical and practical skills, so you will be able to pursue a scientific career.

Here are some routes our graduates have taken:

  • scientific research
  • teaching
  • scientific writing and the media
  • pharmaceutics
  • instrumentation
  • further study at medical school

Module Details

There are three mandatory units, one optional unit and a major research project, allowing you to design a course that most closely reflects your research interests.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Integrated Pathology: This unit provides an understanding of the relationship between diseases and organ systems and disciplines of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It will also advance your ability to critically assess current literature and integrate your knowledge into written and oral reports.
  • Scientific Methods: You will cover the philosophical and ethical basis of bioscientific research, the processes of experimental design, practical skills in the application of scientific enquiry, critical awareness of experimental validity and how to measure this using statistical methods. You will also develop the critical skills required to evaluate and disseminate research of a publishable standard.
  • Molecular Medicine: This unit looks closely at the molecular basis of disease, the clinical management of selected disorders, the current and emerging diagnostic, prognostic techniques and an appreciation of novel therapeutics.
  • Project: The final project makes up a third of the degree as it represents the culmination and synthesis of all aspects of the course. The project can be undertaken in a range of disciplines including molecular medicine, pharmacology, neuro-oncology or nutrition and sports science to name a few.

Depending on your interests, you can also study:

  • Drug development, Clinical Trials and Oncology
  • Clinical Physiology


  • Clinical Learning contract (For students from the pathology laboratories)

Programme Assessment

Teaching is undertaken in small lectures, seminars and practical groups with tutorial sessions to support your coursework, study and revision. Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, formal examinations and portfolios depending on the unit topic. The final project also consists of a poster, oral presentation and a dissertation representing a novel contribution to biomedical science, and should be of publishable standard.

Student Destinations

There are many routes you can pursue within the medical field including research, the health services or industry. Your theoretical and practical skills will be especially applicable for research in health science or the pharmaceutical industry, and many of our graduates continue with biomedical research in their area of specialised interest.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • community/retail pharmacist
  • hospital pharmacist
  • NHS biomedical scientist
  • medical writer/research executive
  • development technician for prosthetics
  • medical representative

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)23 9284 5566