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Study Biosciences at University Centre Leeds

Master biosciences as you take your biomedical knowledge to the top level. Our new Biosciences Masters Degree will allow you to further your academic knowledge as you explore a range of complex bioscience-focused subjects. You will also have the opportunity to explore an area of interest by choosing optional modules and formulating a dissertation.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Venue: University Centre
  • Fee: £8,745 Full Time or £4,372 Part Time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 77305-10 full-time | 77306-10 part-time
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time / Part Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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As a masters degree, this course is largely research and academia driven allowing you to develop your knowledge beyond undergraduate study as you master the subject of biosciences. You will learn how to apply biomedical techniques in the laboratory while exploring cellular pathology (the study of disease in organs, tissues and cells).

Other core areas that you will study include advanced pharmacology and toxicology as well as bioinformatics and data analysis. You will prepare for your own investigation-led research projects by sharpening your research and academic skills before producing a scientific dissertation based on your personal area of interest. Our optional modules allow you to shape your studies around your career aspirations and specialism. Choose from topics such as advanced analytical science and diagnostic techniques as you tailor your learning.

This course is validated by The Open University

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How to Apply

If you're interested in applying to study Full-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Direct Application Form

If you're interested in applying to study part-time, these applications must be submitted directly through our website via the following link:

Part Time - Direct Application Form

Modules may include:

Compulsory modules:

  • Applied Biomedical Techniques (20 credits)
  • Cellular Pathology (20 credits)
  • Bioinformatics and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology (20 credits)
  • Preparation for Research (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Analytical Science (20 credits)
  • Diagnostic Techniques (20 credits)

You will develop practical laboratory skills, supported by experience at the bench. Our teaching integrates laboratory work with theory, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of modern science. Additionally, you will learn how to plan, organise and perform laboratory work and data analysis to produce justified conclusions.

You will also communicate complex information and use technology to manage, organise and communicate data and outcomes. Our regular consultation with local employers ensures this programme delivers the knowledge and skills valued by the industry. This will enable you to gain the attributes desired by companies in the science sector.

A wide range of assessment methods are employed in this course, allowing you to demonstrate the varied skills you have developed. These have been carefully selected after consultation with local industry, ensuring the grades you receive from this programme, reflect abilities that we know are attractive to employers.

Some examples of these include:

  • Laboratory and project reports (to GLP standard)
  • Data production and data analysis
  • Presentations

You will also be assessed through your submission of a research proposal and dissertation and a viva voce examination.


BSc (Hons) degree: 2:2 or better BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science or related discipline.

GCSE English: Grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills English and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their
suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

Progression may include further study such as a PhD.


Job opportunities may include:
Research and development laboratory roles
Bioinformatics data analyst
Specialist sales roles
Business development roles
Consultancy roles
Management roles

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

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