School of Biomedical Sciences

PgDip 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 and develop your specialisms.

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Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.

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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 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.
  • Gain the skills needed to study at masters level with specialist modules on research techniques and project development.
  • Part of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited suite of MSc Biomedical Science awards.
  • 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

  • Year 1
  • You’ll take five modules: the core module (molecular biology: genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics), at least one diagnostic research applications module and one discipline-specific module to determine your final award. 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.

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:

PgDip Biomedical Science programme specification 5236

Entry requirements

You should have either:

  • A good honours degree (at least 2:2), or equivalent UK university or institute of higher education qualification in a relevant subject with a significant biomedical, biological or biochemical content related to the specialist subject(s) to be studied.

  • 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 the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5. 

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.

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 (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • 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 Faculty 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?

For more information contact the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

University of Plymouth

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth
PL6 8BU

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842
meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

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 the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

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

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

Intercalated degrees in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Visit our faculty intercalation page - intercalated degrees with the Faculty 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

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.

People

Careers

Students from around the world study biomedical science at the University of Plymouth. 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.