Manchester Metropolitan University
Cellular Pathology MSc
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Investigating disease at a cellular level means joining the fight against some of the most serious disorders afflicting humans. We’ve designed our MSc Cellular Pathology course to enable you to develop an advanced understanding of cellular pathology that you’ll need in a research or clinical context.

You’ll cover a range of different areas – exploring disorders, developing analytical techniques and getting to grips with histopathology. 

You’ll also complete an independent Research Project, building professional-level research skills. This is your opportunity to explore the issues that fascinate you – making the most of our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester to conduct research in clinically relevant areas in a real-world context.

Throughout the masters, will have the support of an expert team and access to specialist laboratory facilities.

Our course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) which means our teaching is of a high standard and provides wide-ranging, research-informed education to ensure you develop the practical skills and experience that employers’ value. Please note, that although this MSc is accredited by the IBMS it does not fulfil the requirements to gaining registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and does not provide the opportunity to complete the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. Please visit the IBMS website for more information and advice on HCPC registration. 

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent standards – Reflecting the quality of our teaching and our curriculum, the course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

  • Recognised expertise – Our Centre for Bioscience represents one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK, with a reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system.

  • Professional links - We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West, ensuring the curriculum is up-to-date.

  • Practical connections – We work in partnership with hospitals across the region, offering the chance to organise research projects in clinically relevant areas.

  • Cutting-edge facilities – We have an extensive range of equipment in our specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and tissue culture.

  • Leading research – 85% of our research impact is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

  • Athena SWAN award – Manchester Metropolitan University’s commitment to promote and advance gender equality in STEM subjects has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

  • Online learning – Our online virtual learning platform ‘Moodle’ provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 5.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

International students please see:
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Cellular Pathology, MSc.

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science including the study of Cellular Pathology. We might also consider your application if you a have an equivalent professional qualification or substantial relevant professional experience, or if you have an HNC medical laboratory science plus at least 10 years’ experience. If you are a fellow of The Institute of Biomedical Science, you’ll be eligible for exemption from some of the units on the course. International students please see Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is a publicly funded institution, founded in 1970 in the city of Manchester. Located in the heart of the city, students can take full advantage of being less than a ten minute walk away from the City Centre. Academically, the university offers all of the more common Liberal Arts programmes, but also some less frequently seen subjects such as Criminology and Sociology. Graduate students can expect to enjoy the privacy and quiet of the university’s seventh floor, which is entirely dedicated to post-graduate and PhD studies.

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