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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Biochemistry Medical Biochemistry

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.

Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.

They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit.

Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.

You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.

Different course options

Full time | Main Site | 9 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



This unit will provide students with an in depth knowledge and understanding of normal nutrition and clinical disorders associated with malnutrition, malabsorption and obesity. The students will learn about the biochemistry of haem synthesis and clinical disorders related to defects in the haem synthetic pathway. Students will also obtain an understanding of the role of trace elements and vitamins in maintaining an individual’s health and well-being. They will also gain an appreciation of the importance of clinical and biochemical parameters in diagnosing and managing nutritional disorders. The unit will equip students with a knowledge and understanding of basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics, and an understanding of the principles of clinical toxicology and drug monitoring.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent in: biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine or other biological subjects that contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology. We accept chemistry graduates, but you need to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during your undergraduate degree. 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 PGCert track. This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students studying at Manchester, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.