Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Biomedical Science (Online), MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Biomed Online is aimed at employees across the health sector who want to keep ahead of latest developments in biomedical science and healthcare management.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • 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.


Life & Sports Science


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 will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional 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.

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