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Professional Doctorate Biomedical Science

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

The Professional Doctorate in Biomedical Science comprises four compulsory modules with integrated doctoral level research, aimed at full-time practitioners wishing to expand and extend their skills and knowledge to support exisiting roles, or to meet the demands of new ones. For example, this qualification is ideal for those taking on or seeking managerial or consultancy roles. It is open to employees working in the NHS or equivalent healthcare industry, or practicing in laboratories in the UK and internationally. Modules cover good clinical practice, research management, and highlight the concept and value of reflective practitioners. We also introduce you to training on a personal, professional and academic level through workshops, coursework and personal portfolios.

Course detail

You will study the following compulsory modules:

• Research Theory and Practice - Training in project management to help you achieve a work/life/research balance, plus research governance, Health and Safety, good clinical practice and intellectual property rights. Through coursework, you will also gain skills in presentation, statistics, IT, writing for publications and being a reflective practitioner/researcher.

• Project Development towards a Doctorate - You'll begin this module with an idea of the area of research you'd like to explore, and we guide you in researching the literature, formulating hypotheses, and planning your research methodology, work packages and timescales.

• Interim Report - Designed to encourage the 'thoughtful researcher', this module features structured sessions on scientific writing, thesis writing skills, systematic review, poster presentation and oral presentation skills.

• Professional Development for Biomedical Science - Develop the skills and confidence you need to be a reflective practitioner. You'll do this through a range of workshops including intellectual property, leadership, presentation skills, systematic reviews, biomedical ethics and group dynamics.

• Research Project - You'll conduct research at your workplace that will inform your 30,000 word thesis. You submit your proposal idea for research when you apply for the programme, and develop it with a supervision team from UWE and a suitable work colleague. The final thesis should be completed and submitted no later than 12 months after the end of the five-year programme.


There are five one-day sessions per annum, covering the modular structure and supervised research and learning, giving you excellent opportunities to engage with experts throughout the course, both in person and online.


Assessed work varies with each module, but will comprise a written research proposal, reflection on the research process, a systematic review of the research topic, visual and oral presentations, and a reflective portfolio of attendance at workshops and research seminars. There will be doctorate-level viva voce examinations midway through your research and after your research thesis submission.

There are 30 credits per module (120 in total) and you must complete them before submitting your final thesis. Interim qualifications, based on modular credits, are available at the end of Years 1 and 2 if you can't complete the full five-year programme.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link:


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

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Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here:

Visit the Professional Doctorate Biomedical Science page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants normally have one of the following:• A good first degree or equivalent pluseither• MSc in Biomedical Science or related subject• IBMS Fellowship examination• Other relevant experience and demonstrated abilities deemed equivalent by the programme team to either of the aboveand• The candidate must be actively engaged as a practitioner at a senior level in their chosen field.

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