Biomedical Science

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Biomedical Science at Salford


Research-led teaching that develops high-priority technical and employability skills through a series of lectures, tutorials and journal clubs


Projects and dissertations in active research groups


Opportunities for development through a seminar series and guest lectures presented by clinicians and international speakers

Course Summary

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical, practical and biomedical skills, and develop your levels of critical enquiry so you can pursue the research projects and communication of ideas and concepts. It encourages creative approaches to contemporary research in biomedical science and communication through creative thinking, research methods, computer systems, case studies and practicals. You will evaluate how these various approaches can assist you in finding future employment and to formulate your own experiments designs and research project.

You will develop an enhanced understanding and more sophisticated appreciation of biomedical science.

Course Details

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or two years respectively: 

Course Structure

For the full-time study option:

Semester 1 - October to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September 

Semester 1

In this module you will gain knowledge of the cellular pathology and treatment strategies of cancer, endocrine, metabolic and circulatory diseases as well as novel diagnostic methods. You will gain practical knowledge of cutting edge laboratory based research technologies and critical analysis skills using examples from clinical medicine.
This module will provide you with an appreciation for multiple microbial and host factors that contribute to infectious disease. You will gain practical experience in the latest technologies used to investigate key diseases and the current developments in diagnostics and therapeutics. This module features journal clubs and group presentations.

Semester 2

In this course you will gain in-depth knowledge of the disease mechanisms and molecular diagnosis of several blood conditions such as leukaemias, anaemias as well as heart conditions and autoimmune disorders. The module features case studies for cardiovascular conditions and laboratory practicals using state-of-the-art techniques for molecular diagnosis.
This module combines teaching of generic transferable, career-building skills with training in disciplines required in the laboratory and for the meaningful interpretation of scientific data. The module enhances students’ understanding of legislation and bioethics, and provides further training in scientific literacy, experimental design, scientific communication and other career-enhancing proficiencies. Teaching progresses to embrace statistics and the theory and application of approaches to biomolecule separation.

Semester 3

This module offers an exceptional opportunity to design, carry out and write-up research project under the personal supervision of a member of staff. Each project is supported with a generous budget and access to high-specification laboratory facilities, permitting the development of imaginative projects with hands-on experience of contemporary biomedical techniques.

For the part-time study option:

Year 1

Semester 1: Cellular Basis of Disease  (30 credits)

Semester 2: Disorders of the Blood and Circulatory System (30 credits)

Year 2

Semester 1: Infection and Immunity (30 credits)

Semester 2: Research and Analytical Methods (30 credits)

Year 3

Biomedical Sciences Research Project (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in any science –based subject.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s APL procedure.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6, or 7 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Suitable For

This course is for UK and international graduates from a wide range of relevant disciplines who wish to gain knowledge in the field of biomedicine and acquire the career-enhancing skills in the rapidly expanding fields of biomedical research, teaching, and laboratory management. 

Applicant profile

If you are a committed to developing your skills in Biomedical Science to a higher, professional level then this course is for you. Your individual agenda for study and personal choice of relevant disciplines will be actively encouraged, selected from the range of practices within the field of Biomedical Science. You will carry out analysis of relevant discussions, practical and research projects. There is an emphasis on identification and development of self-initiated projects. We welcome applications from recent graduates in a wide range of scientific disciplines, as well as those who are working in industry and would like to enhance their skills. This course will suit those students with an enquiring mind, keen to develop their skills in this fast paced and dynamic environment.


Teaching sessions include lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials, guest lectures and guided reading.  Lectures provide a thorough theoretical basis for the course subjects and are delivered by internationally recognised, research active staff. A variety of other teaching approaches including tutorials, case studies, and workshops reinforce theoretical knowledge and facilitate the development of individual and group based research and transferable skills. 

Practical sessions demonstrate techniques and methods used in biomedicine, and provide an opportunity for you to learn complex experimental approaches and operate laboratory equipment. Guided reading will recommend key articles and other materials to help you learn. Guest expert seminars from clinicians and academics will provide insight into modern biomedical research. 

The research project will enable you to start your own research and be part of active, internationally recognised research teams, where you will practice the application of relevant biomedical techniques and skills valuable for your future employment in biomedical sector.


Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, oral presentations, coursework, laboratory reports and submission of the dissertation.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Professor Marija Krstic-Demonacos (Course leader)

Module leader: Cellular Basis of Disease

Expertise: Cancer, molecular and systems biology, endocrinology, inflammation and biomedicine.

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Dr Chloe James

Module leader: Infection and Immunity

Expertise: Bacterial pathogenicity; phage biology, molecular and medical microbiology

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Dr Patricia Ragazzon

Module leader: Disorders of the blood and circulatory system

Expertise: Pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and in vitro toxicology

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Dr Ian Podmore

Module leader: Research and Analytical Methods

Expertise: Mass Spectrometry, chromatography and analytical chemistry

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Professor Richard Birtles

Module leader: Biomedical Sciences Research Project Dissertation

Expertise: Bacteriology, infectious disease ecology, molecular diagnostics, molecular epidemiology

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Career Prospects

Biomedical Science graduates are actively employed in various sectors as research assistants or research laboratory technicians in clinical and research laboratories, pharmaceuticals, drug design as well as lecturers in the field of education in schools and universities or continued their education by pursuing PhD studies. We aim to produce graduates who meet the needs of their future employers: highly skilled practitioners and excellent communicators who are seeking to push the boundaries in the rapidly growing Biomedicine sector.

Links with Industry

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. The School of Environment and Life Science has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings. This Series not only augments scientific knowledge and progresses students’ understanding of effective science communication, it also allows networking and the formation of valuable academic and industrial contacts.

Further Study

The School Environment and Life Science is led by the Head of School Professor Judith Smith. There are over 50 fully research-active academic staff and a number of early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative research fields and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Research in the School focuses on understanding disease processes and applying this information to understand pathology and develop new diagnostics and treatments. Research areas include microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, rational drug design, cancer, molecular endocrinology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, proteomics, molecular diagnostics and cell biology. School offers several fully funded Graduate Teaching Studentships for studying in these areas. 

Research staff in the School have wide research interests and profiles. Click for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,012 per 30 credits
Full-time International£13,050

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,083 per 30 credits
Full-time International£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work in molecular biology and biochemistry. State-of-the-art instrumentation includes cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.