Taught course

Advanced Biomedical Science

University of the West of Scotland · School of Science

Entry requirements

Applicants must have gained a second class BSc in Biomedical Science, Bioscience or a related science degree. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Accredited by the Institute
of Biomedical Science, this
programme is an ideal option
if you wish to build a career as
an NHS biomedical scientist or
within bioscience research.
About the programme
UWS has an established reputation
for delivering advanced biomedical
sciences education – utilising our
successful links with local NHS
and industry laboratories, we
provide discipline-specific experts
to complement the skills of the
University’s School of Science
and Sport teaching staff.
The programme aims to give
you a balance of theory, practical
skills and application of a range of
techniques relevant to the biomedical
sciences such as medical genetics,
immunobiology, and disease pathology.
Two optional modules are offered,
which allow you to specialise in either
blood sciences, infection or pathology.
The research-orientated nature of the
programme will also offer an additional
option for those wishing to retrain for
a career in the pharmaceutical and
healthcare industries.
Practical experience
Work-based learning modules
are available to part-time students
completing the IBMS specialist
portfolio as an alternative to the
discipline-specific modules (please
see adjacent).
Your learning
The exit award of MSc is dependent
on successful completion of 180
credits. Full-time students study three
20 credit modules in both Trimester 1
and 2 and a 60 credit research project
in Trimester 3.
Core modules include:
• Genetic Analysis and Cancer
• Clinical Immunology
• Research Advances in BMS
• Disease, Detection, Monitoring
and Therapy
• Research Design
You will also study a module in your
chosen specialist discipline from:
• Blood Sciences
• Cell & Tissue Pathology
A taught module in the chosen discipline
offers advanced understanding of
the major systems and diseases with
particular emphasis on laboratory
diagnosis and research advances.
Upon successful completion of the
taught modules you will undertake
the MSc research project.
Professional recognition
Accredited by the Institute
of Biomedical Science.
Our Careers Adviser says
The MSc is a good qualification
for careers in bioscience research,
or for those wishing to progress to
further study (PhD). However, it is
primarily aimed at those wishing to
work or already working as biomedical
scientists in the NHS, where an
accredited MSc is integral to
career progression.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Robin Freeburn
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)