MSc Biomedical Science

Postgraduate, Part-time

This internationally recognised course will prepare you for a fulfilling career as a biomedical scientist in the rapidly developing bioscience and healthcare sectors.

  • Napier code:

    74712MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

This course is designed to enable you pursue a career as a professional biomedical scientist in a variety of research, development and leadership roles.

You'll be supported by an internationally recognised and highly active biomedicine science group with varied research interests and links with healthcare industries, research institutes and the NHS.

This is a part-time course which you can start in September or January with flexibility in the number of taught modules taken in each trimester.


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This course provides detailed knowledge of key concepts in immunology, toxicology, pharmacology and disease biology and how these disciplines are applied in biomedical science.

You’ll gain critical understanding of specialist research areas and unique insights into the challenges currently facing biomedical science. You’ll also acquire an in-depth appreciation of research and development practices in the healthcare industries through guest lectures and site visits to specialised laboratories. These experiences will allow you to explore and critique issues of relevance to professional working practice, enhancing your skills in evidence based decision making.

There is an emphasis on developing your practical laboratory skills with various opportunities for hands-on experience in a range of current techniques and practices. In your final trimester you’ll undertake an independent project within a vibrant biomedical research team, allowing you to apply and further develop your technical, research and professional skills. There may be the opportunity to conduct your research project externally in a relevant organisation or industry.

You’ll also develop key skills including communication, problem solving, team work, project management, and leadership. You’ll learn through interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials and laboratory sessions, and by engaging with guided independent study. A variety of assessment tools are used to enhance and evaluate your learning.

This is a part-time course which you can start in September or January with flexibility in the number of taught modules taken in each trimester. The project may be carried out over one or two trimesters. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

This programme is also available as a Masters by Research.

Subjects include

  • Advanced immunology
  • Biology of disease and therapeutics
  • Molecular pharmacology & toxicology
  • Research skills
  • Molecular pathogenesis of microbial infection
  • Drug design & chemotherapy
  • Research project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You’ll be prepared for employment in the rapidly developing bioscience and healthcare sectors. This may be in hospitals, NHS, local government or health and safety divisions in various roles including research, R&D support management and consultancy.

Opportunities also exist for qualified biomedical scientists in a range of industrial settings from smaller medical biotechnology enterprises to global pharmaceutical companies.

If you currently work in the biomedical sector, this programme will enhance your prospects for career progression. Graduates will also be qualified to continue their studies at PhD level and follow an academic career.


The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in bio-molecular sciences, such as: biology, biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, virology or pharmacy in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience gained in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industries, or as a medical laboratory scientific officer.

English language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.


If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

This course requires the standard IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas Taught Modules *£1,893 *£1,950
Overseas Dissertation £1,262 £1,300
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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