Joining help & FAQs

We expect all our members to be in the most appropriate grade of membership based on their qualifications and experience


IBMS membership

Do I need to join the IBMS to become HCPC registered?

No. You can become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered by demonstrating that you meet their standards of proficiency by completing an IBMS accredited or HCPC approved honours degree and an IBMS Certificate of Competence. Find out more about how to become HCPC registered here.

Do I need to join the IBMS to use your CPD Scheme?

Yes. You will be automatically registered on the IBMS CPD scheme when you join. If you wish to opt out then please contact


What is a biomedical science related subject?

Any degree in a subject that is referred to as being within the biomedical science QAA benchmark statement*.

Subjects related to biomedical science include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Biochemistry (including medical biochemistry)
  • Immunology (including clinical immunology)
  • Microbiology (including biotechnology)
  • Reproductive science (e.g embryology)
  • Cellular pathology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Haematology

Please note this list is indicative and not exclusive.

If you have any questions about whether your qualification makes you eligible for Licentiate membership please contact the Membership Team

*Please see subjects listed under Defining Principles 2.2 of the QAA benchmark statement.


My professional qualification isn’t listed under the IBMS membership grades 

Please contact


Can I still apply for Associate or Licentiate membership if I have not received my degree certificate yet?

We will accept official notification of your degree results on University headed paper. However, you must send in a copy of your degree certificate as soon as it is issued.

I have qualifications gained overseas 

Please visit our overseas applicant's page for information on how to join the IBMS or upgrade your membership with qualifications gained overseas.

Professional experience 

How do I provide evidence of one year’s professional biomedical science-related experience at Honours degree level?

You will need to send us a supporting statement from your laboratory manager confirming that your professional experience equates to that of an honours graduate along with your application form and a copy of your degree certificate.

Your laboratory manager needs to complete the supporting statement form, confirming that you demonstrate the higher level skills and other attributes of an honours graduate biomedical scientist.

These skills and attributes are included on the supporting statement that your laboratory manager needs to complete as part of your application to join the IBMS. You can download a supporting statement here.

Does my professional experience need to be in the UK?

No. Professional experience gained abroad can count towards any professional experience requirements for IBMS membership.

Apply for professional registration with the Science Council when you join the IBMS

If you would like to become professionally registered with the Science Council when you join the IBMS you will need to:


Fees and payment 

How can I pay my subscription fee?

You can pay by cheque, sterling bank draft, postal order, credit or debit card or by setting up an annual or monthly direct debit.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘Institute of Biomedical Science’ or ‘IBMS’.

If you wish to pay by direct debit you should complete the direct debit mandate form that forms part of your application form.  Please note it is not possible to pay by direct debit if joining in the last quarter of the year (i.e. Oct start date)

How can I pay my registration fee?

You can include the £20 registration fee with your membership subscription fee payment. For example, if you are applying for Licentiate membership you could send a cheque or make a credit or debit card payment for £118 (£98 Licentiate subscription fee+£20 registration fee) rather than including two separate payments with your application form.

What if I don’t have a UK bank account?

You can pay you membership subscription fee by sterling bank draft or credit card.

Welcome pack

How long will it take to process my application and receive my welcome pack?

Once you have sent in all the required information and documentation it may take up to 4 weeks for the Membership Team to process your application. Once your application has been processed you will receive a welcome pack by post.


Can I rejoin the IBMS if my membership has lapsed?

Yes. To rejoin the IBMS at the same grade of membership you will need to complete an application form and return it to us with payment of your subscription fees. You will not need to resubmit any copies of qualification certificates that you have previously sent to us (we may request to see copies if we are unable to locate the certificates from your previous application). Please note that if you apply to re-join in the same year that your membership lapsed, the full year's membership fee will apply.  

Can I rejoin the IBMS at a higher grade of membership if my membership has lapsed?

Yes. If you meet the requirements you will be admitted to the higher grade of membership at the point of re-joining. If you are rejoining and/or upgrading from eStudent or Associate to Licentiate, Member or Fellow of the IBMS you will need to pay a £20 registration fee if it has never been paid before.  


Contact the Membership Team 

If we haven’t been able to answer your question here please contact our Membership Team on + 44 (0)20 7713 0214 or email