Accredited degrees

IBMS accredited degrees deliver the knowledge and skills to help you get ahead in your biomedical science career

Studying biomedical science on an IBMS accredited degree course will enhance your knowledge of science and it's practical application to healthcare and research. You will also develop transferable skills at the forefront of advances in medical research and diagnostics.  


About IBMS accreditation 

IBMS accredited degree programmes are assessed by professional and academic experts to ensure high standards of teaching, facilities and course content. 

To achieve IBMS accreditation a biomedical science degree programme must be:

  • relevant to current professional practice
  • informed by the latest advances in research, and
  • anticipate future developments in the scientific field 

IBMS accreditation ensures students receive a wide-ranging, research informed scientific education and develop practical skills and experience that employers value.   

Find out more about the course content of an IBMS accredited degree


Undergraduate degree programmes

An IBMS accredited degree delivers a diverse study programme and extensive experience of analytical techniques that prepares graduates for employment in a wide range of laboratory based roles.

An IBMS accredited degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills that will give you the best possible start for your career.  

There are three types of IBMS accredited undergraduate degree programme:

IBMS accredited degree 

Students choosing an IBMS accredited degree programme will need to arrange a laboratory placement and undertake an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio once they have completed their degree.  

IBMS accredited Sandwich degree programme

Students choosing an IBMS accredited Sandwich degree programme will be able to undertake a laboratory placement during their degree.

IBMS accredited Integrated degree programme  

Students choosing an IBMS accredited Integrated degree programme will be able to complete an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio during their laboratory placement. On completing their degree students on an IBMS accredited Integrated degree programme will be awarded an IBMS Certificate of Competence and will be able to apply for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.  

Universities offering IBMS accredited undergraduate degree courses

Find out how completing an IBMS accredited degree prepared graduates for a wide range of careers in biomedical science  


IBMS accredited degrees and HCPC registration 

An IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree will meet academic requirements for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.    

If you wish to become HCPC registered but have not completed an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved BSc Honours degree you will need to pay for your degree to be assessed.

You may also need to take additional modules on an IBMS accredited degree course to meet the academic requirements for HCPC registration.

Find out more about choosing the right degree for your career 


Postgraduate degree programmes

IBMS accreditation assures students and employers that the learning outcomes of an IBMS accredited postgraduate degree courses meet or exceed the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) qualification descriptors for a higher education qualification at Masters level (level 7).

An IBMS accredited postgraduate degree does not count towards the academic requirements for HCPC registration but does meet the requirements for registration with the Science Council as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Universities offering IBMS accredited postgraduate degrees  


Applying for IBMS accreditation 

IBMS accreditation provides recognition of the achievement of quality standards for delivering BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programmes which conform to the QAA subject benchmark statement for biomedical science and meet HCPC academic requirements for registration as a biomedical scientist.  

There are a number of benefits for universities and departments that choose to get their biomedical science degree programme IBMS accredited including;

Programme content requirements of an IBMS accredited degree

You can find out how to apply for IBMS accreditation for you biomedical science degree on our Information for University Tutors page