Biomedical Science MSc

Level up in the lab with an online Masters in Biomedical Science 

Features and benefits of the course:

  • IBMS-accredited Masters degree – Specialise in your chosen area of biomedical research with our online MSc recognised by the Institute of Biomedical Science. 
  • Study anywhere, anytime – The online Biomedical Science MSc can be studied anywhere in the world. Students only need access to a laboratory. 
  • Flexible payment options – Pay as you learn on our Masters programme, with alumni discount available to all Ulster graduates.
  • Excellent student support – A personal Student Success Advisor will answer your queries and support you from registration through to graduation. 
  • Find your research specialism – Conduct your own Research Project in a specialism of your choice. 
  • Advance your career as you learn – gain specialist knowledge as a Biomedical Scientist and apply your learnings immediately to boost your prospects in the field. 
  • Type
    Master of Science, Online
  • Length
    Minimum two years, part-time
  • Faculty
    Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
  • School:
    School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Intakes
    January, March, May, September & November (2023)
  • Fees
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    Second class BSc honours degree or above in Biomedical Science, or Biological Science which includes a significant amount of biomedical science.

This innovative online Biomedical Science MSc blends academic theory with hands-on, practical techniques to equip you with the further specialist knowledge, key transferable skills and strategic problem-solving techniques to enhance your career as a Biomedical Scientist. Accredited by the IBMS, the course lets you specialise in your chosen area of expertise, while critically reflecting on current practice and policy. 

The combination of distance learning modules and a Research Project you carry out under supervision in your own place of work* means you will be able to fit your learning around existing personal and professional commitments. With no need to travel to campus and a flexible timetable, you can work from anywhere, at any time, at a pace that suits you. 

IBMS Accreditation logo for the Biomedical Science MSc at Ulster University*This distance learning Biomedical Science MSc programme requires you to have access to a workplace laboratory. See entry requirements for more details.

Typical Entry Requirements

Typical Entry Requirements

  • A 2.2 UK Honours Degree or above in Biomedical Science or in Biological Science with a significant amount of biomedical science, or an international equivalent.
  • You must be working as a trainee or qualified biomedical scientist in a hospital, research laboratory or equivalent or have access to similar laboratory facilities.
  • Evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

English language requirements

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5), or a Trinity ISE Pass at level III.


  • Introduction to Personalised Medicine and Pharmacogenomics
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Advances in Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare Delivery
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences
  • Research Project

Students must choose one of these two optional modules

  • Quality Management
  • Biomedical Informatics

Optional specialism – choose one of these four modules

  • Advances in Cellular Pathology
  • Recent Advances in Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology in Health and Disease
  • Advances in Medical Microbiology


Methods used to track your success vary by module but include exams, coursework, or a combination of the two. The Research Project which you will carry out in your place of work also makes a significant contribution to your final result.


Total Course fees: £7,995 
Fees shown above are applicable for the 2022/23 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Fees are payable on a module by module basis. Terms and conditions apply.


Flexible options allow students, sponsors or their employers to make payment as easy as possible. A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates.

Additional costs

As well as your tuition fees above, you should budget for the following additional costs associated with university study. These include (but are not limited to) computer equipment, learning materials, books, journals, graduation ceremonies, exam resits, etc.

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About the Course

Ulster’s career-focused online MSc course is designed for working Biomedical Scientists to develop your skills and advance your career. Whether you want to hone specific practical skills or gain greater in-depth knowledge, this MSc in Biomedical Science will help you get there.

You will already be working in Biomedical Science in a hospital or an external lab. Perhaps in a related discipline as an Analytical Chemist, a Clinical or Forensic Scientist, or as a Toxicologist. This course will help you set your sights on your next goal, be it in cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, haematology or medical microbiology.

Along with these options, your core syllabus will provide an opportunity for critical reflection, a chance to evaluate current practice and policy, and provide the kind of lifelong learning and professional development that will prepare you for the next critical step in your career.

With online access to all the resources you’ll need, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of distance learning and be able to organise your timetable around existing work or life commitments.

Accredited by the IBMS, this MSc focuses on the essential skills you need. Modules such as Quality Management could set you up for a senior role managing a pathology lab. Others will demonstrate how ethical theory informs codes of practice and legislation. You’ll gain an appreciation of scientific research methods, and an understanding of the application and limitations of biostatistical techniques. You’ll also immerse yourself in a practical, lab-based research project that will benefit both you and your employer.

Why Choose This Course?

The School of Biomedical Sciences enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship-driven teaching.

Most module leaders on the MSc course are research-active and core members of the BMSRI (BioMedical Sciences Research Institute), conducting pioneering research into cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Some 95% of the university’s research impact was rated world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*).

The Faculty of Life and Health Sciences is a leading provider of health-related education, with almost 6,500 students and around 250 academic staff. It has over 20 years’ experience delivering online programmes, including the Biomedical Science MSc – the first of its kind – and other postgraduate distance learning programmes.

The department has been praised by students and contributors from professional clinical and laboratory disciplines for the high level of student support given to distance learners. As well as the flexibility of part-time online study and the support of your own employer’s supervisor and lab staff, you’ll have access to a Student Success Advisor and the opportunity to collaborate and network with students at home and around the world.


Total Course fees: £7,995

Fees are payable flexibly on a module by module basis.

Fees shown above are applicable for the 2022/23 academic year of entry. Fees illustrated are subject to increase at the start of each academic year. Terms and conditions apply.

Additional costs

As well as your tuition fees above, you should budget for the following additional costs associated with university study. These include (but are not limited to) computer equipment, learning materials, books, journals, graduation ceremonies, exam resits, etc.

Funding & Scholarships

Flexible options allow students, sponsors or their employers to make payment as easy as possible. A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates. 


Start when it suits you.

January, March, May, September, November (2023)

January, May, July, September (2024)

Entry Requirements

  • A 2.2 Honours Degree or above in Biomedical Science, or in Biological Science with a significant amount of biomedical science, from any university in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, from a national awarding body or an international equivalent. OR
  • An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, or an approved alternative qualification.


  • In exceptional circumstances, individuals with substantial and significant experiential learning and written evidence that they meet the necessary criteria as determined by the Course Committee may also be considered for the course.

Professional Requirements

  • You should be employed as a Biomedical Scientist, Trainee Biomedical Scientist or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory.
  • When you apply, you will need to confirm that you will have access to a lab to enable you to complete the Research Project.
  • You will need to provide a signed agreement from your employer that they will appoint a “Chief Investigator” (normally your supervisor or line manager) who will agree to act as your mentor and supervise your project. You will need to get ethical approval for your project from your employer in the form of written confirmation from your named guarantor.
  • During the application process, you will also have to choose the specialism that is most relevant to your career aspirations. Choose one of these four pathways:
    • Medical microbiology
    • Haematology
    • Clinical chemistry
    • Cell pathology

For these specialist modules, students must provide evidence that they have studied that specialism at level 5, or demonstrate the ability to undertake the module through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

English language requirements

  • You will need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
  • If English is not your first language, the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5), or a Trinity ISE Pass at level III. Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


Graduates of the programme will emerge with advanced skills in Biomedical Science and a critical awareness of professional practice, ready to progress to management positions. The course comprises of 10 modules – four mandatory, six optional, plus the Research Project:

  • Introduction to Personalised Medicine and Pharmacogenomics (15 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advances in Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare Delivery (15 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences (30 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

Students must choose one of these two optional modules

  • Quality Management (15 credits)
  • Biomedical Informatics (15 credits)

Optional specialism – choose one of these four modules

  • Advances in Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
  • Recent Advances in Clinical Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Haematology in Health and Disease (30 credits)
  • Advances in Medical Microbiology (30 credits)

Students must complete 180 credits. You must choose between the Quality Management module and the Biomedical Informatics module, plus ONE other optional module.

Each module is offered on a carousel basis, with sequences and dates dependent on when you begin the programme.

As part of your course induction, you’ll receive details of how the course, assessments and timetable are managed.

Over the two years of part-time study, you should plan on working approximately 10 hours per credit. This equates to 25 hours per week during teaching periods. The carousel format allows you the flexibility to take breaks so that you are free to plan the recommended hours of study each week around existing commitments.

“Ulster University’s MSc in Biomedical Science is an excellent postgraduate course for specialising further in this increasingly important field of life sciences.

Students receive high-quality teaching from academic lecturers, many of whom have an international reputation for excellence in research.

The part-time, distance learning nature of the course provides flexibility and convenience, allowing students to balance their study with other commitments.

Join us at Ulster and we can help you achieve your potential.”

Professor Stephen McClean,
Head of School of Biomedical Sciences

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