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Biomedical Science


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biomedical Science

Start Dates(s): September; January


One year full-time or up to three years part-time


Part-time - £1,332 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,992

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Research-led teaching that develops high-priority technical and employability skills through a series of lectures, tutorials and journal clubs
  • Complete projects and dissertations within active research groups
  • Opportunities for development through a seminar series and guest lectures presented by clinicians and international speakers
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical, practical and biomedical skills, and develop your levels of critical enquiry. You will be encouraged to pursue 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 formulating your own experiments and research project, increasing your skill set and future employability.

Biomedical Research at the University of Salford

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 three years respectively.

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 will enable you to critically assess which techniques may be applied to the separation and detection of various biological mixtures. You will be able to demonstrate integrated knowledge and will develop an advanced understanding of current principles at the interface of life science and business. Furthermore, you will be able to demonstrate how contemporary life science research leads to exploitable science and commercial products, and be able to apply a systematic approach to locate and critically evaluate social and ethical issues, including fundamental constraints when applying life science research to the development of new products.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

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 that 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.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,332 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


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.

Online Profile

Dr Chloe James

Module leader: Infection and Immunity

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

Online Profile

Dr Patricia Ragazzon

Module leader: Disorders of the blood and circulatory system

Expertise: Pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and in vitro toxicology

Online Profile

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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Find out more about the School of Environment and Life Sciences


Career Prospects

At the University of Salford 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.

Many of our biomedical science graduates are employed in roles such as research assistants and research laboratory technicians, across various sectors including clinical and research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Some have gone on to pursue the field of education, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools.

A number of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursing PhD studies, with areas of research including microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology- to name a few! Furthermore, graduates of this course have been accepted into medical schools as students on completion of this degree.

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 Sciences 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 for networking and the formation of valuable academic and industrial contacts.

Further Study

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. The School offers  several  fully  funded Graduate Teaching Studentships for studying in these areas.  

For more information about our Biomedical Research Centre visit

Amy O'Connor
MSc Biomedical Science graduate

The small group sizes on the programme enabled me to have a great relationship with the tutors and other students. The highlight of my time at Salford has been making lots of new friends from different backgrounds, as well as the lab experience I’ve gained.

Biomedical Research at Salford

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