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IBMS membership grades

Find the right grade of IBMS membership for you 

Wherever you are in your biomedical science career we have a membership grade tailored to suit your needs. With five different grades, our membership reflects the levels of knowledge and experience of our members in the biomedical profession. 

To find out more information about what is the right grade for you, please select your educational status from the list

GCSEs, City and Guilds level 2, ordinary degree

If you have qualifications ranging from Level 2 (GCSEs, City and Guilds level 2) to an ordinary degree and you are working in biomedical science then Associate is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

If you do not have a UK Honours degree but you are HCPC registered and have one year's professional experience at Honours degree level then Licentiate is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

UK BSc Honours degree

If you have completed a UK BSc Honours degree in a biomedical science related subject then Licentiate is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

MSc, MPhil, MRes, MBA

If you have an M-level qualification (MSc, MPhil, MRes, MBA) in a biomedical science related subject and two years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science Member is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

If you do not have two years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science then Licentiate is the right grade of IBMS membership for you. 

IBMS Specialist Diploma, IBMS Diploma of Specialist Practice

If you have completed an IBMS Specialist DiplomaDiploma in Biomedical Science or Diploma of Specialist Practice then Member is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

CPSM/IBMS discipline specific logbook

If you have completed the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) logbook or the old IBMS discipline specific logbook then Member is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

BBTS Certificate, BSHI Diploma, STP

If you have a British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) Certificate, a British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (BSHI) Diploma or have completed the NHS Scientist Training Programme then Member is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

PhD, Professional Doctorate

If you have a D-level qualification (PhD, Professional Doctorate) in a biomedical science related subject and five years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science Fellow is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

If you do not have five years but do have a minimum of two years professional experience in an area related to biomedical science then Member is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma, Diploma of Higher Specialist Practice

If you have completed an IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or Diploma of Higher Specialist Practice then Fellow is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme

If you have completed the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme (HSST) Fellow is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

My qualifications were gained overseas

Please visit our Overseas applicant page to find the right grade of IBMS membership for you. 

My qualifications are not listed above

Please contact the IBMS Membership Team who will help you find the right grade of IBMS membership for you.

Companies in the biomedical science sector

Companies working in or supplying the biomedical science sector are eligible for Company membership of the IBMS.

I am not working in or studying biomedical science

If you are interested in biomedical science but are neither studying or working in biomedical science Associate is the right grade of IBMS membership for you.