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MSc Clinical Biochemistry

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
FT MSc 1yr; PT MSc 2/3yrs, PGDp 2yrs, PGCt 9/24mth
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent in:

  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy
  • medicine
  • other biological subjects that contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology.

We accept chemistry graduates, but you need to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during your undergraduate degree.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances, candidates will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enrol initially on the PGCert track.

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students studying at Manchester, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

25-30 places

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N
PGCert N Y N N

Course overview

  • Understand how biochemical investigations can lead to clinical diagnoses via theoretical and practical learning.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and among the top 35 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Develop professional, research and communication skills to work as a clinical scientist or researcher.
  • Option to spend 10 weeks on a laboratory research.
  • Study alongside students from other disciplines within pathology.
  • We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses, continuing professional development (CPD). See  here for further details.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £24,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £12,000
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,400
    International students (per annum): £19,200
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200
    International students (per annum): £9,600
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,100
    International students (per annum): £4,800

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent in:

  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy
  • medicine
  • other biological subjects that contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology.

We accept chemistry graduates, but you need to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during your undergraduate degree.

Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances, candidates will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enrol initially on the PGCert track.

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students studying at Manchester, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in all components)

See further information about requirements for your country .

If you wish to be considered for a pre-sessional course, please contact the Admissions Team pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must include the following documents.

  • One academic references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Unfortunately we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • Full CV.
  • Personal statement
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, they can be sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk .

Your application cannot be considered until all your supporting documents are supplied. Please include your University ID number in all correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

You are not guaranteed to have a place on this course if you do not accept our offer within four weeks of it being made.

How your application is considered

We consider your application based on your academic record and relevant professional experience.

Interview requirements

You may be asked to undertake a 15-minute interview.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.

Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.

They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit. 

Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.

You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.

Aims

We aim to give you:

  • an advanced understanding and applied knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry;
  • a critical understanding of how biochemical investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
  • the necessary professional and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.

Special features

Innovative teaching

We utilise mobile technology in our teaching by providing you with an iPad for you to use throughout your studies. You will benefit from interactive teaching environments that simulate the clinical laboratory where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life clinical case scenarios.

Laboratory research experience

You have the option to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory conducting research to present in your dissertation.

Professional teaching and learning

Most of the course is taught by NHS professionals working in the field of clinical biochemistry. You will also learn alongside students from a variety of health science backgrounds within pathology, helping you to integrate within a health service laboratory team in the future.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.

There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)

  • Analytical Methods (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)

  • Diseases of Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Drug Monitoring (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Diseases of Major Organs MEDN61050 15 Mandatory
Nutrition and Drug Monitoring MEDN61600 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry MEDN61701 15 Mandatory
Endocrinology MEDN61800 15 Mandatory
Analytical Methods MEDN61901 15 Mandatory
Research Skills Masterclass MEDN63011 30 Mandatory
Clinical Biochemistry Dissertation MEDN63220 60 Mandatory
Paediatric Biochemistry MEDN67200 15 Mandatory
Research Methods (Non-Credit) MEDN69920 0 Mandatory

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

You will undertake your theoretical learning on the main University campus.

Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development. Please see the Clinical Biochemistry CPD units page for further details.

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course attracts a wide range of students from a bioscience and medical background from home and abroad.

Many students study this course as a springboard for further academic research or as a stepping stone before applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

The course may also help individuals with their own career progression if they are already working within a clinical laboratory. The course also attracts intercalating medical students and professionals who may wish to specialise in clinical biochemistry/chemical pathology.

Accrediting organisations

This course is approved by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.