Wolverhampton School of Sciences

MSc Biomedical Science

MSc Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

This course is taught by specialists including research-active staff and visiting lecturers from relevant fields.

This course is taught by specialists including research-active staff and visiting lecturers from relevant fields.

Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (12 months),Part-time (2 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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What's unique about this course?

  • IBMS accredited for 30 years
  • Extensive local hospital links
  • Cutting-edge lectures from hospital consultants and senior biomedical scientists
  • Innovative teaching methods
  • New, state-of-the-art new laboratories 

Why choose this course?

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

A staple topic at the University of Wolverhampton for over a quarter of a century, this course is taught by specialists including research-active staff and visiting lecturers from relevant fields.

With the expertise of these individuals – their careers ranging from Hospital Consultants to Senior Biomedical Scientists, many of them practised in NHS pathology laboratories – you will be equipped with skills for future employment and research, or, if you are currently employed, skills complementary to your clinical laboratory responsibilities.

The University’s state-of-the-art research building will be at your disposal while tutor-led discussions in small group problem-based learning sessions explore clinical aspects of the course in depth. Focus on research methods and the undertaking of an independent research product may particularly prepare you for higher level study, leading to a PhD or Professional doctorate, in addition to supplying transferable skills for careers in industry.

Please note: although this MSc is accredited by the IBMS, completion of this course does not allow you to practice as a registered Biomedical Scientist. To do that, you would need to have studied out Accredited Undergraduate Award and completed your registration portfolio. If you are interested in our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science award please click here.


What happens on the course?

Regardless of the route you choose you will be given the opportunity to learn via problem-based learning in Principles of Integrated Biomedical Science and will undertake a research project in our state-of-the-art laboratories or within the workplace.

Core modules also include Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Clinical Immunology, and Research Methods. Students on the generic route can then choose from a range of specialist modules in Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, Advanced Haematology, and Medical Microbiology, while students on specialist routes take the same core modules along with the appropriate specialist module and an extended literature review in their field.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The full-time MSc Biomedical Science route is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable in a research laboratory, University Laboratory or in the pharmaceutical industry. You may also wish to continue with a research career, and study towards a PhD.

The part-time route (also available as specialist routes in Medical Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology or Haematology) is designed for students in full-time employment in biomedical laboratories who are allowed day-release by their employers to improve their professional knowledge.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • A thorough understanding of the basic biological science concepts that underpin health and disease, and how these concepts are investigated in the laboratory to inform the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Advanced knowledge in your choice of specialist pathology disciplines including immunology, biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and cellular pathology.
  • The skills and experience necessary to undertake an independent research project in an area relevant to biomedical research or practice, and to report your findings in a scientific style.
  • The ability to critically evaluate recent advances in biomedical research and practice through independent study of relevant research literature.
  • Initiative and problem-solving ability in biomedical science via problem-based exploration of clinical case studies.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £11000 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £11000 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £11550 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £5500 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £5500 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £5775 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £15950 per year 2023-24

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, although substantial professional experience may be acceptable when combined with another qualification. We look for graduates with an appropriate honours degree in biomedical subjects, or biological subjects with an appropriate biomedical content.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans gov.uk.

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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