September 2019 start

Biomedical Science with Education

Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science

Whether you’re already working in higher education or taking the first step towards your teaching career, this course will give you the training you need to teach biomedical science and carry out your own research projects in the field.
Biomedical science students with microscope

Course description

This course combines specialist pedagogical and advanced research training. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to be an effective and engaging teacher with the ability to carry out your own scientific research.

You'll learn about the latest developments in biomedical science from our experts, including molecular cell biology techniques and the ethical influences that inform research.

Throughout, you'll develop your pedagogical skills in a supportive environment. We’ll show you how to develop curriculum and learning resources, and you’ll have regular opportunities to put your learning into practice during practical classes with current undergraduate biomedical science students.

The biggest part of the course is the Advanced Techniques in Bioscience module. Here you'll receive hands-on practical training in the form of five-mini projects, each posing a question that allows you to apply an appropriate advanced research technique. Topics might include pharmacological activation of stem cells, measurement of gene expression in cells and whole organisms, and signalling pathway analysis.

Our graduates have the knowledge and skills to teach bioscience or related subjects such as physiology, medical laboratory sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology or medicine. You can use your specialist training for a variety of roles in higher education, such as junior lecturer, university teacher or demonstrator in higher education.

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This course aligns with the UK Professional Standards Framework of the Higher Education Academy. By completing this course, you'll be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – the professional accreditation required of higher education practitioners in the UK.


Core modules

  • Students and the Learning Environment
  • Advanced Techniques in Bioscience
  • Critical Analysis of Current Science
  • Retrieval and Evaluation of Scientific Information
  • Curriculum and Programme Development
  • Ethics and Public Awareness of Science

Optional modules

Choose two from:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Physiology of Ion Channels and Disease
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Modelling Human Disease and Dysfunction
  • Sensory Neuroscience
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Principles of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
  • Membrane Receptors


  • Laboratory classes
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Problem-solving classes


  • Debates
  • Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • A dissertation


  • MSc: 12 months full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in biomedical science or a related bioscience subject, such as physiology, medical laboratory sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology or medicine.

We’ll consider your application, after an interview, if you have professional experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 2319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.