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Analytical Bioscience Postgraduate Diploma

Analytical Bioscience Postgraduate Diploma

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Biology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Our analytical bioscience postgraduate course provides hands-on experience and training in a wide range of analysis techniques and instrumentation used in the molecular biosciences, biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.

This degree in analytical bioscience is designed to allow flexibility in attendance requirements and offers the opportunity to complete a novel research project in one of our excellent research laboratories.

We offer this course as a Master’s and Postgraduate Diploma. For the Diploma, you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.


Graduates can pursue career paths in the health sector, academic research, toxicology and pharmaceuticals. Possible professions include:

analytical chemist

biomedical scientist

research scientist (life sciences)


clinical research associate

science writer

scientific laboratory technician.


The optical spectroscopy course covers the physical basis of infrared, Raman, NIR, UV-Visible and fluorescence spectrophotometry, the design and mode of operation of the instruments and applications of the techniques are covered in some detail. It is supported by three laboratory exercises. Atomic spectrometry comprises the most powerful and widely used methods for the determination of elements. The course covers atomic absorption (flame and furnace), atomic emission from the inductively coupled plasma (ICP), elemental mass spectrometry, and x-ray fluorescence.

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a scientific subject. Less qualified students may be accepted if they have appropriate work experience, or through registration on the Postgraduate Diploma with the possibility of upgrading to the MSc after achieving appropriate results in the first set of examinations.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London is a university which continues to change lives. In 2023 the institution marks its 200th anniversary. Established in 1823, Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, well known for being London’s premier evening university. Most classes take place in the evening, and this makes Birkbeck stand out from the crowd. Students have the freedom to use their daytimes however they like – a benefit that has...more

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