Biomedical Science (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.

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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
  • 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.

Programme structure

There are 17 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).

Students take four online modules for the PGDip or MSc, and two for the PGCert awards (see the 'What you'll study' section for the list of modules).

Please note, PG Cert and Dip awards in Healthcare Management and Healthcare Quality Management have specific module requirements - please visit Greenwich BioMed Online for more details. Students undertaking the full MSc complete a workplace based project (60 Level 7 credits).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Complete two 12 week online modules and gain a PGCert in 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 a PGDip in Biomedical Science (Online), Healthcare Quality Management or Healthcare Management.

Master's degree (MSc)

Complete four online modules and a research project to 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 typically will be laboratory-based or audit-focused and relevant to your profession and of benefit to your workplace. It normally will include an in-depth review of current literature as well as a critical evaluation of your results and should be of a standard suitable for publication in a scientific journal or equivalent.

You will be supported all the way by a supervisory team which normally includes an expert on the topic from your workplace and an academic supervisor. Together they will guide you through the process of structuring and conducting your research, writing it up and finally submitting it for examination.

How to apply

Go to or contact the Biomed Admin Manager.
Phone: 020 8331 9978

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An appropriate 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.

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

"I can honestly say that I have learnt so much from the MSc modules so far. There are a good variety of modules and they are extremely relevant to the workplace and to all levels of staff too. The exercises have been extremely useful in helping to consolidate the learning. All in all I would highly recommend the MSc."

Clare Ellis 
Pathology Quality Manager, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

"A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable course which has allowed me to continue my studies whilst still at work. With determination and hard work people can achieve the qualification they want to further their careers. Rewarding."

James Bonnick
Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time completing the MSc Biomedical Science online program.  The course fitted in with my job role, allowed me to continue supporting an on-call rota, and fitted in with my home life too.  It expanded my knowledge of key areas, and solidified understanding in others."

Katherine Scouler
Lead Quality Manager, HCA Healthcare UK

"The MSc at Greenwich was a very enjoyable part of my professional development. The modules on offer all looked very interesting and it was difficult at times to narrow them down to the four I'd like to study! The course leaders were all very knowledgeable and approachable and helped me out with any questions I had about the work we were set."

Paul Blakemore 
Biomedical Scientist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

"The main purpose of choosing the Biomed Online programme was the choice of interesting modules offered and the flexibility. The MSc has had a big impact on my career as I have progressed professionally from the start of the course to the finish. My workplace benefits from my participation in the masters as I have gained added skills and knowledge that I can utilise daily and pass onto other colleagues. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed the MSc program, I think it's incredibly well managed."

Arshad Mahmood 
Biomedical Scientist, Viapath

"The course met both my personal and professional needs but also exceeded my expectations. I found the course very well organised, structured and supported. It was challenging, provided me with skills and strategies that I now use regularly in my quality improvement role and gave me the incentive to continue to learn. Although it was a long journey, it was worth it!!"

Elizabeth Tsangaraki Wilding 
Patient Experience & Quality Improvement Lead, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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:

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