School of Biomedical Sciences

MSc Biomedical Science

With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Looking for a programme that will help you deepen your theoretical knowledge, hone your clinical skills and broaden your professional experience? We give you a suite of award pathways that allow you to explore different research areas, develop your specialisms and focus your study into a practical clinical research project.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Tap into the expertise of academic lecturers and tutors actively researching and developing new techniques in modern biomedical science. Our programme has a strong international reputation in translational research, with significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure.
  • Hone your skills and critical thinking, and grow your clinical experience.
  • Work with high specification, regularly updated facilities serving post-genomics and proteomics, cell biology and imaging.
  • Enrich your learning with teaching, expertise and insight from our NHS partners, plus members of Plymouth University School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences.
  • Deepen your understanding with modules that explore modern practice, emerging techniques and the impact of new technologies on research methods.
  • Benefit from a programme that’s reinforced by the research, facilities and expertise of the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre. Attend research events and work with leading scientists in a wide range of fields, including immunology, haematology and genomics.
  • Focus your specific interests under the guidance of your personal project advisor and develop an individual final project within the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre.
  • Gain the skills needed to study at masters level with specialist modules on research techniques and project development.
  • Choose from our modules to follow a path of study resulting in one of following MSc awards:
    Biomedical Science (Cellular Pathology)
    Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry)
    Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion)
    Biomedical Science (Immunology)
    Biomedical Science (Medical Genetics)
    Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)
  • Begin your career with the confidence that the MSc Biomedical Science suite of awards are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. 

  • Take the course as a full-time intercalated degree programme for those wishing to interrupt their studies as a medical or dental student.
  • Choose to study full-time – this is particularly suitable if you are undertaking an intercalated degree from medicine or dentistry. Taught modules will be delivered in the autumn and spring terms, and your MSc will be completed over the course of one year.
  • Join the programme if you're an intercalating medical student and have successfully completed your fourth year, or have already completed an undergraduate course.

Course details

  • Programme structure
  • You’ll take five modules: three core modules, one diagnostic research applications module, plus one discipline-specific module to determine your final award. You'll design and execute a research project, supported by your project advisor. Other core modules include molecular biology (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) and project design and development, where you’ll also critically review scientific literature. Options for the diagnostic research applications include bioinformatics, contemporary applications of cell biology, and contemporary science of infection and immunity. Focussing in on the discipline that interests you the most for your final award, you can choose from a range of modules including: clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, haematology and transfusion, medical genomics and personalised medicine, molecular and cellular pathology and clinical biochemistry.
    Core modules
    • BIOM5001 Molecular Biology: Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics

      This module will provide a comprehensive overview of basic genomics and proteomics. An understanding of the latest experimental techniques currently applied to study these 'omics' will be delivered. The emphasis will be on microarray techniques, next-generation sequencing and high-throughput mass spectrometry for the analysis of molecules at the level of genome, transcriptome and proteome.

    • BIOM5005 Project Design and Development

      The module will provide students with the knowledge to understand and critically review the current scientific literature and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process.

    • BIOM5006 Research Project

      This module is comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. It includes the development of a research question and associated design and execution of a research study.

    Optional modules
    • BIOM5002 Contemporary Applications of Cell Biology

      This module provides knowledge of a wide range of techniques used in modern cell biology from basic to advanced cell culture, cytotoxic and genotoxic investigations, flow cytometry, confocal and electron microscopy. Contemporary applications of cell biology will be explored in an in-depth critical manner.

    • BIOM5003 Contemporary Science of Infection and Immunity

      This module provides knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of the microbial pathogenesis and immunity for a range of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Current methods and techniques for investigative microbiology and immunology will also be explored in an in-depth critical manner.

    • BIOM5007 Cellular Basis of Clinical Immunology

      This module will provide knowledge of, and explore current areas of cellular and molecular processes which will promote a critical understanding of immune defence in the context of clinical immunology with respect to normal immune responsiveness and immunopathology.

    • BIOM5011 Molecular and Cellular Pathology

      This module provides knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of a range of common altered health states. Current methods and techniques for investigative pathology will also be explored in an in-depth critical manner.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Biomedical Science Prog Spec 17 18 4797

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You should have either:
  • A minimum of a lower-second class honours degree in biomedical sciences or related subject with a genetics content. Applicants with a lower second-class honours degree will undertake an interview as part of the application process.
If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.
  • Or other qualifications and experience that the programme manager deems equivalent in subject content and level of attainment to any of the above.

English language:

  • If you did not complete your secondary or tertiary education in English you will need an overall IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element
  • Courses to help develop your academic English language skills are provided by the English Language Centre.

Please note that the deadline for those wishing to apply for this programme as an intercalating Masters student, is 31 March during the year of entry.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £8,250 £9,500
International £15,500 £18,850
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

  • Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
  • Two references
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Help and enquiries

Telephone: +441752585858

Soraya Williams – MSc Biomedical Science graduate

Biomedical science can be a broad subject to narrow down, so it is essential to find what you enjoy by putting yourself out there.

Soraya Williams started work as a Laboratory Teaching and Support Assistant after finishing her degree in order to continue building her skillset.

Find out more about Soraya

Student insight

The programme has given me a vast amount of knowledge in many medical and scientific approaches. It has made me into a more critical-thinking person in regards to what is written and in the presented arguments.

Fatemah Alqallaf is a current student of the MSc Biomedical Science programme

Find out more about what Fatemah has to say about studying with us

Intercalated degrees at PU PSMD

Visit our faculty intercalation page - intercalated degrees with the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry - to find out more about our wide range of masters and undergraduate intercalation opportunities.

Take a year out from your core degree to obtain a further qualification at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Find out more about intercalated degrees

Biomedical Research Group

Non-invasive pre-natal testing. Self-disseminating vaccines. Molecular cell biology. With its impressive facilities and research activity, the Biomedical Research Group is leading the way in cellular and molecular biomedical science research.

Find out more about the Biomedical Research Group

Meet our staff

Specialising in a range of research areas, from stem cell transplantation to skeletal pathology, our team reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of biomedical science. You’ll benefit from their knowledge, expertise and insights during your course.

Focused research is the foundation of biomedical science.



Students from around the world study biomedical science at Plymouth University. We offer the latest facilities, research, support and teaching expertise. So you’ll leave ready for your career, or to further your academic study.

Career possibilities for our graduates include healthcare science, research support, government science and areas relating to scientific media.