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Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Further your knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of a senior biomedical scientist and enhance your career opportunities in the UK and overseas. Advanced Biomedical Science places an emphasis on the contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic procedures and aspects of therapy.

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Reasons to study Advanced Biomedical Science at DMU:

  • Professionally accredited by The Institute of Biomedical Science, so you can enrich your skills and qualifications sought by employers
  • Ideal progression route for graduates of the Biomedical Science BSc or other bioscience disciplines - enhances your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries
  • Enables Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services
  • Develop your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to design, execute and present findings of research
  • Developed in conjunction with local health trusts you will be taught by a team of experienced practitioner-based academic staff and researchers and benefit from lectures by visiting HCPC registered experts; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Opportunities to tailor the course content specifically to your career interests
  • Interacting with other healthcare professionals in the field will allow you to develop transferrable skills and give you a more holistic view
  •  Extensive NHS links with NHS pathology centres to develop your understanding of the sector
  • DMU is a university ranked Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF),the only Government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education. [Office for Students, 2017]; The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]

“Some of the modules were shared with other health professionals and learning alongside others in the sector has taught me a lot and made me appreciate how we all have to work together to provide better patient care. The lecturers are fantastic and are ready to give you help anytime you need it.”

Edina Chiriseri, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc graduate

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Full-time: One year
Part-time: Three years

Start date: September 2020

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:
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £6,450
Part-time - 15 credit taught module: £442

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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

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Key facts for International students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year for full-time; up to three years for part-time

Start date: September 2020

Attendance is mandatory for all timetabled sessions

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £14,600

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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.


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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.

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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


2018/19 intake:

Semester 1:

You will study the following three modules

  • Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics - this core module gives students a grounding in the specialist core biomedical laboratory discipline knowledge, as well as a deeper understanding of the principles behind normal and diseased processes 
  • Molecular Biology and Genomics -  gives insight into modern diagnostic techniques and a critical overview of current concepts
  • Evidence-Based Practice - ensures biomedical practice is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practices

Semester 2:

In the second semester, you will study one core module and three of four elective modules:

  • Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – provides advanced biomedical practical skills as well as preparing students for the research projects

  • Nutrition, Environment and Public Health – this elective module teaches the latest updates 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 these compliance with standards

  • Advanced Biotechnology - this elective module is designed to discuss 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 – students will be expected to understand and appraise the current developments in the field. In this elective module you will gain knowledge of cancer disease processes and the diagnostics

Semester 3:

  • 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 and questions.

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 dedicated research institutions and have on-going research projects whilst others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience.

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 leaning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop 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 apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

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



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

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 pathology services.

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.

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

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