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Clinical Biochemistry (MSc)

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Course description

The programme is specifically designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry as conducted within the modern health science laboratory. In particular, the programme seeks to develop a student's academic, practical, professional and communication skills so that he/she can seamlessly integrate into, and thereby form a productive part, of a health service laboratory team.


  • provide students with advanced understanding and applied knowledge in the theory and practice of Clinical Biochemistry
  • equip students with a critical understanding of how biochemical investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis
  • provide students with the necessary professional and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development

Special features

The programme provides unique opportunity for students to undertake core professional and research skills education and  training with students from  the other health science disciplines within the pathology services of the health service. 

Through shared taught units students will benefit from inter-professional multi-disciplinary learning whilst at the same time gaining the ability to apply core knowledge and understanding specific to clinical biochemistry.

Teaching and learning

Coursework and assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments (e.g. MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations, closed and open book exams) will be employed by the programme.

The assessments will be constructed to assess a student's knowledge and understanding whilst at the same time refining and expanding his/her intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

Core Taught Units

Healthcare science 1 - Introduction to human biology and disease  (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the physiology and biochemistry of the major organ systems and the molecular basis of common diseases.

Analytical methods (15 credits): This unit equips students with key analytical skills plus knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and use of the major analytical technologies and diagnostic platforms used in clinical biochemistry

Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits): This unit provides students with an introduction to the theory and practice of Clinical Biochemistry and the role the Clinical Biochemistry laboratory plays in the investigation, diagnosis and management of disease.

Practical Masterclasses (15 credits): This unit is designed to provide students with hands-on experience of techniques used in the research laboratory.

Subject Specific Taught Units Diseases of the Major Organs  (15 credits) Endocrinology (15 credits) Nutrition and Drug Screening (15 credits)

Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits) Together these units equip students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry.

Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits) This permits students to develop and refine core research and transferable skills in addition to expanding their knowledge and understanding of clinical biochemistry.


The taught component of the programme will be delivered on the main University campus and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The research project may be undertaken within the University or the teaching hospitals within Greater Manchester.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email:

CPD opportunities