Diploma in Biomedical Science

Advance your career with an IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science 

The IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science enables early-career biomedical scientists working in multi-disciplinary services to demonstrate specialist-level knowledge and skill across biomedical disciplines. 

The Diploma in Biomedical Science is a specialist professional qualification assessed with a portfolio of experiential learning, presentation and an oral examination.

On achieving an IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science you will be eligible to upgrade to a Member of the IBMS.  

Further information

Who can apply for the Diploma in Biomedical Science

To apply for an IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science you must:

  • be a Licentiate of the IBMS 
  • be HCPC registered as a biomedical scientist

The laboratory where you plan to undertake the Diploma in Biomedical Science must have IBMS post-registration training approval.

If you are unsure whether your laboratory has IBMS laboratory approval for please check with your laboratory manager or training officer.

 Please note that current, paid membership at Licentiate, Member or Fellow grade must be maintained for the duration of this qualification.


About the Diploma in Biomedical Science

The IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science is a multi-disciplinary portfolio based professional vocational qualification. 

The current IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science includes the following disciplines: 

  • Haematology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Transfusion Science

You must complete at least two sections (disciplines) of the Diploma in Biomedical Science portfolio.  Each section of the portfolio consists of modules (called Standards) which address a range of knowledge and skill appropriate to the discipline. You must complete all modules and fulfil the evidence of achievement requirements.

If you only wish to complete the haematology and transfusion science sections of the portfolio we recommend that you undertake the IBMS Specialist Diploma in Haematology with Hospital Transfusion Practice.

IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science Guidance Notes


The IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science is assessed by IBMS Examiners.

Once you have: 

  • completed your portfolio
  • completed a presentation providing an overview of your training
  • obtained a statement from your laboratory manager indicating the range of investigations you performed

your laboratory manager or training officer should complete and submit an Application for Examination of the Diploma in Biomedical Science to

Please note 
The time limit for completing the Specialist Diploma and Diploma in Biomedical Science has been removed. However, there will be an expiry limit of 3 years on any outdated version of a portfolio from the date a new version is introduced. There is still a requirement for evidence to be current i.e. within 3 years of the examination. Evidence older than this will be discounted by the examiner.


Diploma in Biomedical Science examination

Once the Application for Examination of the Diploma in Biomedical Science has been processed, you will be allocated a date for an examination at an IBMS assessment centre.

Before the examination you are advised to submit:
  • your portfolio
  • presentation and
  • laboratory manager's statement

For further information on submitting your portfolio please contact our Education Team.   

You will also have an oral examination based around:
  • your portfolio
  • your presentation on the overview of your training
  • the required knowledge and competence stated in the relevant modules/standards

Following the examination, you will be notified whether you have been successful. The examiner will inform the IBMS Education Team who will issue your IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science. 

This qualification can be used as evidence for biomedical scientists to demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills required for career progression.


Diploma in Biomedical Science fees and how to apply

It costs £125 to undertake an IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science.  

Please submit to the IBMS Education Team:

  • completed Application for the IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science form 
  • payment or purchase order for £125 (card payments can be made once the application has been approved)

Laboratory approval for the Diploma in Biomedical Science

Your laboratory must have IBMS Post Registration Training Approval to be issued with an IBMS Specialist Diploma portfolio. For more information please visit our training laboratory page. 


Who can train the Diploma in Biomedical Science candidate?

As long as the trainer is competent to train and assess the candidate, the grade of the trainer should not be an issue.  

The person in the laboratory who has assessed the candidate's competence should provide the signature for the portfolio. 

However, the training officer (or someone senior) must take responsibility for assessing the evidence is appropriate for each section and sign the section underneath the Evidence of Achievement section (assessor’s box).


Completing the portfolio for the Diploma in Biomedical Science

Candidates must complete at least two sections of the portfolio. However, not all sections require evidence of practical competence (‘be able to, describe...').

Where a particular analysis is not performed in the candidate's laboratory, they must demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practice and an understanding of the key skills required to perform the test.

All of the evidence of achievement sections in the portfolio have questions set by the training officer/trainer. 

All work in the portfolio needs to be signed and dated by the laboratory training officer(or a suitable trainer) and the candidate.


Preparing the portfolio Diploma in Biomedical Science for examination

After reviewing the portfolio the training officer must complete the assessor's box and ensure all the evidence has been collected is of a specialist standard.

The candidate must complete the Reflective Log and a presentation providing an overview of their training.

The candidates' evidence should not exceed one lever-arch file.

A signed statement must be provided by the laboratory manager, which indicates the laboratory's repertoire and analyses that a specialist practitioner working in that laboratory would be expected to perform without supervision.


Portfolio Examination and award of IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science

he candidate is required to maintain their corporate membership of the IBMS for the duration of the qualification in order for their specialist portfolio to be examined.

To request an examination the laboratory manager or training officer should complete and submit an Application for Examination of the Diploma in Biomedical Science to

Once the Application for Examination of the Diploma in Biomedical Science has been processed, you will be allocated a date for an examination at an IBMS assessment centre.

The candidate is advised to submit their portfolio, evidence,  presentation and laboratory manager's statement before the examination.

IBMS examiners in the appropriate disciplines will examine the candidate's portfolio and evidence at the assessment centre.  

The candidate will also have an oral examination based around:

  • portfolio
  • presentation on the overview of their training
  • the required knowledge and competence stated in the relevant modules/standards

for each discipline in their portfolio.

Following the examination, the candidate will be notified whether they have been successful.

The examiner will inform the IBMS Education Team who will issue the candidate with an IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science. 

IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science Portfolio Examination Request Form


Diploma in Biomedical Science further information

For detailed guidance about the portfolios, training support and requirements please use our IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science Guidance Notes.

You can find articles on laboratory techniques and online resources to support your training in our Resources section

For all further information about the IBMS Diploma in Biomedical Science, please contact