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Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Enhance your career opportunities and develop your knowledge and skills of life sciences focusing on human health, disease pathophysiology, emerging diagnostics, therapeutics and state-of-the-art research.

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This course explores the contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic procedures and aspects of therapy.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course will provide you with an enhanced portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to biomedical science in clinical and research environments[ME1] . Benefit from the opportunity to tailor the course content specifically to your career interests by choosing optional modules in areas such as Cancer Biology, Nutrition, Environment and Public Health, Leadership and Quality Management, and Advanced Biotechnology.

During this course you will enhance your transferable skills and employability with teaching from a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists.

This course is an ideal post-graduate progression route for graduates of a BSc. in Biomedical Science or other relevant bioscience disciplines and will enhance your career prospects. Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, while others who are HCPC registered biomedical scientists have increased their opportunities for progression within their speciality (subject to relevant training).



Key features

  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, so you can enrich the skills and qualifications sought by employers
  • Enables Health and Care Professions Council registered biomedical scientists to enhance their opportunities for progression within their practice
  • Access extensive NHS links with NHS pathology centres to develop your understanding of the sector
  • Developed in conjunction with local health trusts and taught by a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Benefit from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment equivalent to what is used in industry
  • An ideal progression route for graduates of BSc. Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, helping to enhance your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries


“I liked the broad focus on work both in and out of the laboratory. The scientific posters, presentations and newsletter I produced were incredibly useful in helping me communicate scientific information to diverse audiences. My skills developed further on the Advanced Biomedical Science programme, I don’t think I’d have got a job without being able to talk about my researchproject to employers for example.”


Araju Gorania, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year full time or, two to three years part time

Start date: September 2022

Full-time: Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and teaching sessions throughout the year.

Part-time: Students are expected to attend term-1 in year-1, term-2 in year-2 and term-3 in year-3.

All students are also expected to do self-directed reading.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2022/23 full-time tuition fees for UK students: £8,120
Part-time - 15 credit taught module: £680

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year full time or, two to three years part time


Start date: September 2022


Attendance is mandatory for all timetabled sessions

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 full-time tuition fees for EU and international students: £15,600

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Entry criteria

  • Minimum 2:2 Hons or equivalent in relevant subject
  • In addition to this, part-time students will also need relevant professional experience (this would be normal practice as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist working in the NHS)
  • Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no elements below 6.0, is essential when you start the course. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit for more information.

Upon successful completion of the MSc, if you want to register as a biomedical scientist, you will need to improve your IELTS score to 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, in order to meet the HCPC requirements. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Science alone does not confer eligibility for HCPC registration.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


In Semester 1 you will study the following three modules:

  • Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics - this core module gives students specialist core biomedical laboratory discipline knowledge in blood sciences and biochemistry, microbiology and immunology and cell sciences, as well as a deeper understanding of the principles behind normal and disease processes and disease diagnosis 

  • Molecular Biology and Genomics – this core module gives insight into modern diagnostic techniques and a critical overview of current concepts and applications of genetics in diagnosis and monitoring of disease

  • Evidence-Based Practice – this core module ensures biomedical practice is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practic



In Semester 2 you will study one core module and three of four elective modules:

  • Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – this core module provides theory and experience of a range of advanced biomedical practical skills as well as preparing students for the research project

  • Nutrition, Environment and Public Health – this elective module investigates current concepts and recent developments on the impact of nutritional and environmental factors on biomedical science and public health

  • Leadership and Quality Management – this elective module focuses on the development of quality standards for medical laboratories, and the regulatory and professional bodies in place to monitor this compliance with indicators and standards

  • Advanced Biotechnology - this elective module is designed to encourage discussion of current concepts, controversies and the latest methodological advances in the medical and biomedical biotechnology area. The module will also explore the ethical issues associated with modern biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology – in this elective module, students will be expected to understand and appraise the current developments in cancer disease processes and diagnostics



In Semester 3 you will complete the following:

  • Research Project (Dissertation) - This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Projects are likely to be in areas such as microbiology, drug discovery, immunology, cancer biology, cell signalling and other advanced subjects. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation viva.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will be through essays, presentations, seen exams, poster presentations, plus a final dissertation.

You will work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and are encouraged to be a proactive independent learner. You will also engage with our dedicated virtual learning environment using tools such as blogs and discussion boards to exchange ideas.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is among the best in the world. You may find that our teaching style is very different to that in your home country and we will help you adapt.

You will need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and motivate to study many hours outside the classroom.


Academic expertise

The course is delivered by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, some of whom have come from research[ME1]  institutions and have extensive track records of research in biomedicine and conducting projects at the cutting edge of their field. The research active teaching staff work in all of the areas of biomedical specialism and offer expertise and research projects in each of these areas. Whilst others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience and bring particular insight and experience of working in such environments.


Industry links and professional accreditation

The course has been developed in conjunction with local health trusts who contribute to the teaching. Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from learning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice.

As an Institute of Biomedical Science accredited course, the content and teaching on the programme is regularly monitored and validated by the professional organisation for Biomedical Scientists in the UK. Ensuring external quality assurance of the degree

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.

Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 


To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.


Graduate careers

Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.

This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within their practice.

Please be aware that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a biomedical scientist. In the UK, registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.

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