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Biomedical Sciences (Online), MSc/PGDip/PGCert Postgraduate prospectus

  • Take four modules and carry out an approved workplace-based project for a MSc qualification, accredited by the IBMS, with up to six years to complete..
  • Start in April or October on an online course tailored to meet workplace practice needs and mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
  • Benefit from small group learning: tutor to student ratio 1:10.



Biomed Online is aimed at employees across the health sector who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in biomedical science, healthcare management and related subjects. The Biomed Online Learning programme is managed by a consortium of:

  • NHS Trusts
  • Pathology Joint Ventures
  • Public Health England, and
  • The University of Greenwich.

Courses are approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the leading body for those working in the field.

Degree structure

There are 16 structured online courses currently on offer, with more in the pipeline. Each has been specifically tailored to meet workplace needs and each is delivered online with full support from an experienced practitioner. Together they provide a flexible, practical way to learn, either for CPD or towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master's degree (MSc).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Complete two 12 week online modules and gain either a PGCert Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Cert in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Cert in Healthcare Management. Each course comprises two components:

  • Two face-to-face workshops held at the Greenwich Campus:
    Workshop 1: an introduction to e-learning, your tutor and your course
    Workshop 2: course consolidation.
  • Guided online study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

Complete four 12 week online modules and gain either a PGDip Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Diploma in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Diploma in Healthcare Management . You can take it further by applying for the MSc programme after completing four online courses and once you have your project idea established.

Master's degree (MSc)

Complete four online modules and complete a research project and gain an MSc Biomedical Science (Online) award. The MSc can be completed over six years and is validated by the University of Greenwich and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Project work

Your project will be an independent piece of work, laboratory based and audit focused. A significant aspect of the project will be critical evaluation and comparison with material published in journals or where appropriate, work done in other comparable hospitals.

The project will be relevant to your profession and potentially life changing. You will be supported all the way through from how to get started, structuring your project, write up and submission.

How to apply

Go to for full information, student testimonials and an application form or contact the Biomed Admin Manager.
Phone: 020 8331 9978

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A BSc degree or equivalent together with relevant working experience

OR appropriate qualifications and experience gained within the NHS or in an equivalent healthcare setting.

Applicants are also expected to be registered practitioners and will normally have completed four structured online learning modules from the Biomed Online Learning Programme.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

What people say

"The tutors of both my previous module and current module have been extremely supportive and encouraging. The course work itself is derived from using the policies and procedures currently in place in your workplace which has made these modules invaluable. Not only do they give you the background knowledge that you require but they assist you in applying that knowledge directly into your workplace making the course that much more relevant".

Sara Oliver – GSTS Pathology St Thomas' Hospital – Blood Transfusion

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Case study orientated reports
  • Production of posters
  • Presentations
  • Contributions to online discussions
  • Tests
  • Online assessments
  • Research project.


The programme is directed mainly towards those working in NHS / healthcare laboratories, with the intention of providing opportunities for professional advancement following registration and for continuing professional development.

Biomed Online Learning Programme is open to national and international students but due to the nature of the project, the MSc Programme is only open to students working in a hospital/laboratory setting in the UK.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Come and get a feel for what learning and life is like with us.

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