Biomedical Science - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant postgraduate programme focussing on the relationship of theoretical knowledge to the practice of Biomedical Sciences. The course aims to utilise and extend your existing skills and knowledge, which reflects the contemporary state of your scientific discipline.

Course Content

Your personal and professional understanding of Biomedical Sciences will be enhanced through an academically coherent programme of directed and self-directed learning, which is arranged in a modular framework. Emphasis will be placed on the development of analytical and critical skills and on problem identification and analysis within a Biomedical Sciences context. You will be taught by a team of experienced academics, researchers and professionally qualified staff. A number of the teaching team are also registered Biomedical Scientists.

The core modules are as follows:

• Molecular Biology
• Immunology
• Biotechnology (half module)
• Contemporary Diagnostic Systems (half module)
• Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences

Option modules include:

• Medical Biochemistry and Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry
• Immunohaematology and Advanced Topics in Immunhaematology
• Medical Microbiology and Advanced Topics in Medical Microbiology and Infection
• Cellular Pathology and Advanced Topics in Cellular Pathology

Please note there is no guarantee that all modules will be offered every year. Provision is subject to student numbers and viability. An additional three modules are required for the research dissertation.

If you are admitted to the Master’s scheme but subsequently are unable or not permitted to progress, you may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards:

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC): No fewer than 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma (PgD): No fewer than 120 credits
Master of Science (MSc): No fewer than 180 credits

Candidature for the MSc is five years for part-time students i.e. the course must be completed and dissertation submitted within five years of registering.

Employability & Careers

The course will prepare you for the next stage of your career, whether pursuing further research, or professional study, or entering employment in the field of Biomedical Science. The course will also enhance the career prospects of those aspiring to middle and senior management positions within the NHS Pathology Service and the commercial sector.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A first or second class honours degree which has a significant content of biological science
  • At least a 60% pass in the Primary (Part I) examination for Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Substantial relevant experience at a senior level.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
The Institute of Biomedical Science

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
MSc: One year full-time or two years part-time (one day and evening per week.)
PgD: One year full-time or two years part-time (one day and evening per week.)
PgC: One year full-time and one year part-time (one day and evening per week.)

A combination of unseen examinations, essays, poster presentations, case studies, case study presentations, practical based laboratory exercises, laboratory reports abstract writing and journal article reviews and a dissertation

Selection Procedure:
Usually this is by completion of the appropriate application form. Candidates entering via the exceptional entry route may be required to attend an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Karin Jones:
Tel: 029 2041 7202

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website