MSc Biomedical Science

As an NHS scientist, you're already contributing to the common good – making a positive impact through meaningful work. Now you're ready for the next step: you're ready to lead.

Designed for working scientists, the MSc Biomedical Science is the only one of its kind in the city of Glasgow. This part-time programme enables biomedical scientists currently employed in NHS pathology service labs to attain greater expertise and advance to the next stage of their careers.

GCU's MSc Biomedical Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). With part-time study, the programme takes two to three years to complete.

Through this programme, hospital laboratory employees can progress through Agenda for Change bandings and fulfil the required qualifications to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

The curriculum uses an integrated systems approach to study disease. You'll build a strong foundation through broad inquiry:

  • Advanced study of pathophysiology
  • Laboratory management and research methods 
  • Research planning

You'll also undertake an extensive hands-on research project, gaining practical experience and enhancing your expertise. This project should be chosen with input from your employer to support your career goals.

In GCU's MSc Biomedical Science, you'll find a welcoming community of colleagues and classmates, your fellow NHS scientists – all working together to find new ways to excel and change the world for the better.

Graduate prospects

This career-focused programme helps working scientists advance to a leadership level. You'll learn about the latest developments in the field, explore cutting-edge findings and their implications for the future and gain hands-on skills in quality and laboratory management.

The programme's real-world relevant curriculum means graduates are fully prepared for success as top-level leaders. Our alumni bring a global outlook – and a focus on the common good – to make meaningful change wherever they go.

Pathobiology A, B and C; Quality and Laboratory Management; Preparation for Project; Research Methods for Biomedical Science; Specialist Portfolio and Research Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2018/19

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
17 Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
21 Jan 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 17 Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 21 Jan 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire

Typical entry requirements

IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree at 2:2 or above in biomedical science or applied biomedical science; Honours degree at 2:2 or above in a biological science subject and additional study as determined on application to the Registration Unit of the IBMS; or professional qualification of equivalent status.

Additional Information

International pathways

Additional requirements

Applicants should be currently employed as a biomedical scientist in an NHS pathology service laboratory and applicants desiring to undertake the Specialist Portfolio module should hold IBMS membership.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

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Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 14 September 2018 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.