Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Biomedical Science (Online), MSc/PGDip/PGCert

This online Biomed course allows health sector workers to study the latest developments in biomedical science and healthcare management while boosting their own professional development.

Our Biomedical Science course is aimed at health sector employees who want to keep up-to-date with latest developments in biomedical science, healthcare management and related subjects. The course is managed by a consortium of NHS Trusts, Pathology Joint Ventures, Public Health England and the University of Greenwich. The modules are approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the leading body for current practitioners in the field.

There are currently 17 modules available to study online with full support from an experienced practitioner. Each one has been specifically tailored to meet workplace needs. Together they provide a flexible, practical way to learn, either for CPD or towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Diploma (PGDip) or full master's degree (MSc).

Apply at Greenwich Biomed Online.

Additional info

The PGCert and PGDip awards in Healthcare Management and Healthcare Quality Management have specific module requirements. Students undertaking the full MSc must complete a workplace-based project. See the pathway options.

Duration

1-6 years distance learning

Start month

April and October

UK/international fees

Fees information

What you should know about this course

  • You can begin online courses in April or October. Scholarships are available, please contact the Biomed Online office for details.
  • Our online courses are mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.
  • Complete two 12-week modules to gain a PGCert in Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PGCert in Healthcare Quality Management or a PGCert in Healthcare Management.
  • Complete four 12-week modules to gain a PGDip in Biomedical Science (Online), Healthcare Quality Management or Healthcare Management.
  • Complete four modules and a research project to gain an MSc Biomedical Science (Online). The MSc is validated by the University of Greenwich and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Each tutor is an expert who has been selected for their knowledge and experience of the healthcare workplace and trained by us to support students online. The course leader oversees the programme to ensure high standards and value. Technical support is provided by the Product Manager. The Admin Manager and Administrator at BioMed is available for administrative matters and advice.

Entry requirements

If you are

You should have a BSc or MSc from an EU university or equivalent professional clinical qualification, or experience gained within the NHS or an equivalent healthcare setting. Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on an individual basis.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

You can apply for any study you have already completed to be recognised where there is a close match to one of our modules (in terms of content and credits).

How you will learn

Learning experience

Structured learning and teaching activities encourage interaction and engagement between students and tutors using online communication tools.

The 60-credit research project (MSc only) is designed to be relevant to your profession and of benefit to your workplace. You'll be supported by a member from your workplace and a member of the university.

Class sizes

Courses are delivered in small groups with a high level of student support. (Tutor-to-student ratio is 1:10.)

Independent learning

  • Your tutor will help you develop your knowledge and skills as you work through the course.
  • Self-management and professional development is integral to the course. You develop these skills as you work through the learning activities.
  • Modules are updated each time they are run, so the material is always current and appropriate for the skills you need.

Overall workload

  • The courses are designed to give you 60 hours of learning over 12 weeks.
  • You will work hard for a short period. Experience has shown that this is the best period of time for working with distance-learning materials.
  • Courses are updated each time they are run, so you can be sure that the material is current and appropriate for the skills you need to gain.

Assessment

The assessment procedure is different for each course. The assessments include quizzes, reports, presentations and project work. Your course tutor will guide you through them. The research project (MSc) should be of a standard suitable for publication in a scientific journal or equivalent.

Feedback summary

Weekly online discussion sessions are scheduled into the course timetable to provide swift feedback on activities. Feedback is conducted one-to-one between tutor and student online and is monitored by the course team to ensure support is continuously maintained.

Dates and timetables

Terms run from October to January, and April to July.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

For information about distance and blended learning fees please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Details of costs and fees can be viewed at BioMed Online.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Courses are suitable for healthcare professionals including biomedical, clinical and research scientists; laboratory, hospital and health service managers; nurses, pharmacists and medical technical officers; quality, health and safety and risk and governance managers.

BioMed Online helps employees across the health sector to stay abreast of the latest developments in biomedical science and related subjects. You may already have a qualification in a science such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry or pharmacy at a range of levels from HNC or BSc to PhD.

Do you provide employability services?

We expect that students on this course will already be in employment.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

The BioMed team ensures that the course is updated regularly, using student and tutor reports, workplace reports, external examiner reports and consultations with subject matter experts. The course leader oversees the programme to ensure high standards and value.

Support from the department

Technical support for this programme is provided by the Product Manager. The Admin Manager and Administrator at BioMed is available for administrative matters and advice.

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