Biomedical science modules

Key information

Delivery type: All modules are available by attendance, most of the modules are also available by distance learning (except for Immunology and Microbiology). All of our Biomedical Science stand alone modules have been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). See full list of modules below.

Fees: £550 per 10 credits
Start date: October for all of our modules. You will need to contact to the IBMS before June to ensure that you have confirmation of your module requirements in time to register for your modules. Students must register before 31st July, and the fees must be paid by 7th August. Enrollment information will be sent in September. 

If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us to check as we may still be able to consider your application.

To register: Please complete an online application form.  You will need to complete, and upload a copy of the following form: Biomedical Science Modules Form.

The Biomedical Science top-up modules are for people who have a science degree but wish to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist. Prior to registering for any top-up modules you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science for advice about which modules you require: phone + 44 (0)20 7713 0214 or email mail@ibms.org

Further information: Contact LHS Admissions lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk or telephone 0121 204 3000

Course content information: please contact Dr Corinne Spickett c.m.spickett@aston.ac.uk 

We offer a range of Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Accredited top-up modules from our Biomedical Sciences Honours degree programme for science graduates who must have a non-accredited Honours degree but wish to pursue a career as a biomedical scientist. 

These modules will allow you to obtain the academic competences that are required to apply to the Health Professions Council for Registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

How to apply

Before applying, you should contact the IBMS and ask for your degree to be assessed, in order to confirm that it is eligible for “Top-Up” and to determine the additional subject areas in which you need further qualifications. The most common topics for knowledge enhancement are listed below. Of course, you can also take these modules for professional development other than IBMS registration, if you wish.

Distance learning vs lecture attendance

All modules are available “by attendance” and most are available by distance learning too (for UK residents only as there is an induction session and an exam). We make extensive use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard 9 but there will be differences in learning methods and timetables between attendance and distance learning modules. All course material, including recorded lectures, self-assessment quizzes, timetables, and some directed reading is available online; coursework submission and feedback are also mainly via this route.

BMS Top-up Modules by attendance
You will need to attend the university at the start of the academic year to register and participate in an induction session for Top-up students where you will be shown how to access your record and the VLE Blackboard. You will be expected to attend the lectures on campus as well as any practicals (e.g. as in the 20 credit Microbiology module) and group learning sessions or tutorials. Most of the modules take place in condensed 2 week blocks in the autumn term. The exams take place on campus in January for most Top-up modules and you will need to attend these.

BMS Top-up Modules by distance learning
We recommend that you attend in person at the start of the academic year to register and participate in a specific induction session for studying Top-up modules by distance learning. This will show you how to access your university record and the VLE Blackboard and introduce you to distance learning specific features. Thereafter you can access all the learning material and complete all the coursework assessments remotely via the VLE Blackboard. There are no practicals or group activities and the learning material is available for continuous study during the autumn term for most modules. However, you will need to attend in person for the examinations which are held on campus in January for most Top-up modules.

Entry requirements

If your degree is not eligible for Top-up but you still wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, we recommend that you apply to take our accredited Biomedical Sciences undergraduate degree.

We welcome international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa, but unfortunately we will not be able to register you if you are outside the UK and wanting to come to the UK solely to take the course. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your UK visa, and of your passport when you submit the online registration form so that we can check you are eligible to take the top up modules.