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Clinical Biochemistry (MSc)

Our course provides a grounding in clinical biochemistry for graduates pursuing careers in diagnostic labs, the pharmaceutical industry or academic research.

Clinical Biochemistry Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Manchester's MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough theoretical and practical understanding of how biochemical investigations can lead to clinical diagnoses.

It will help you develop the professional, research and communication skills you need for a career as a clinical scientist in a health laboratory in the public or private sector. It also offers a springboard for further academic research.

You will learn through a combination of taught classes and lectures on specific topics, practical sessions and a research project and dissertation.

Our MSc is suitable if you have an undergraduate degree in a biological science, although you may also be considered if you have a chemistry degree.

CPD opportunities

Individual taught units can be taken for continuing professional development (CPD) as standalone courses. For additional information, please see the Clinical Biochemistry CPD units page.

Related research

We undertake clinically relevant translational research with strong links to the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
12 months FT; PGCert: 9/24 mths (PT)
Entry requirements

The course is suitable for graduates in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and other biological subjects that contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology.

Graduates in chemistry are accepted onto the programme, but do have to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during their undergraduate degree.

An honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent is required for direct entry to the programme.

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 Diploma track.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

25 - 30 places available

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment as places can fill quickly. The application deadline for the 2017 course is 30 June 2017 .

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must include the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within 6 months of your application. 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 statment
  • 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, can be sent directly to .

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.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our course is specifically designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry as conducted within the modern health science laboratory.

In particular, the MSc will develop your academic, practical, professional and communication skills so you can seamlessly integrate into, and form a productive part of, a health service laboratory team.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

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.

Additional expenses

You will have to cover the cost of printing and binding your project report and dissertation.