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Education and professional training in the biomedical sciences.

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Education and professional training in the biomedical sciences.


The programme provides graduates who possess an honours degree (or equivalent), partially acceptable to the IBMS, with appropriate education and professional training in the biomedical sciences. The course enables students to top-up their current degree to a standard equivalent to a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and acceptable to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for the purpose of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a Biomedical Scientist. Students who wish to study this course to gain registration should check with the relevant body that it will meet their needs.

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About this course

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For the award of Graduate Certificate you must complete modules worth at least 60 credits: Biology of Disease - Pathology (15 credits); Clinical Immunology (15 credits); Medical Microbiology (15 credits); Cellular Pathology (15 credits); Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits); Haematology & Transfusion Science (15 credits).

The course primarily caters for students wishing to become HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists. However, it also provides a wide range of scientific modules in the biomedical science area and is, therefore, suitable for anyone interested in supplementing their existing knowledge in this varied and interesting field.


Part Time - typically 1 year

This is a distance learning programme and can be started in September or February of each academic year. This course has a practical laboratory component which may be carried out within the student's workplace or by attending campus.

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Biology of Disease 3: Pathology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module presents an in-depth consideration of the pathology, cellular and molecular biology of the major non-infectious diseases of humans. The module enables students to integrate practical and theoretical information gained in earlier modules. Current and emerging strategies in disease diagnosis, treatment and monitoring are also discussed, which underpin further study in Biomedical Sciences.

Haematology and transfusion science

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides a comprehensive overview of key concepts in haematology and transfusion science, with emphasis on their relevance in health and disease, as well as an appreciation of the application of these concepts in clinical practice. It provides the student with the appropriate knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to work in a routine or research laboratory setting and underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Clinical biochemistry

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Medical Microbiology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides an introduction to the biology of microorganisms that cause human infection. A major goal is to provide an appreciation of the experimental and diagnostic techniques that underpin the discipline. The module presents a range of diseases and explores the diversity of pathogenic mechanisms in operation. An important focus on recent advances in our understanding of host-microbe interactions is also considered with a discussion of the role of microorganisms in the health of the host.

Clinical Immunology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides knowledge of key concepts in fundamental and clinical immunology and understanding of the value of applying such knowledge in clinical environments.

Cellular Pathology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides the student with the appropriate knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to work in a routine and research laboratory setting. The module is designed to meet the changing needs of the cellular pathology laboratory and as such will provide up-to-date theoretical knowledge combined with practical laboratory based work experience.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

A Level Requirements are not applicable; please see Additional Entry Requirements below.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

You must:

(1) have gained an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education Training and Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognized as being of an equivalent standard or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification

(2) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent)

(3) normally be employed as a biomedical scientist, trainee biomedical scientist or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory or have access to similar medical facilities

OR as an alternative to 1 and 2 provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The course primarily caters for students wishing to become HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists.

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).


How to apply

Apply online

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages to find out more

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,620.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office:

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159


Course Director: Professor James Dooley

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4427