Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Biomedical Science

This course has been designed in consultation with the Institute of Biomedical Science and local NHS Pathology Service employers; the syllabus includes an integrated systems approach to the study of disease in pathology modules and incorporates work based learning in the form of the IBMS Specialist Training Portfolio in the student's specific discipline. This accredited programme provides a solid foundation for hospital laboratory-based employees to progress through Agenda for Change bandings and can form part of the requisite qualifications for eligibility for Chartered Scientist (CSci). The course encompasses the advanced study of pathophysiology, aspects of quality and laboratory management, research methods, research planning and an extensive laboratory-based project relating to a topic agreed in association with your employer.

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. Applicants to the programme must be employed as biomedical scientists in an NHS pathology service laboratory to enable the completion of the work-based learning components; and IBMS membership for applicants desiring to undertake the Specialist Portfolio module. Applicants whose 1st degree was not delivered in English must attain the equivalent of an IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no single element below 6.0.

Course modules

The syllabus includes an integrated systems approach to the study of disease in pathobiology. Our modules incorporate work-based learning in the form of an IBMS Specialist Training Portfolio in your specific discipline. In conjunction with the Masters research project, this delivers discipline-specific elements to the programme, which is otherwise a broad, generic biomedical science course.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include end-of-module exams, student-centred learning exercises, oral presentations and examination, research project report.

Sponsorship information

Some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. Scholarships of £1,000 are available to all international students; there are no special application forms for scholarships and decisions will be made on the basis of the information provided with the application forms.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow G4 0BA Scotland

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