Biomedical Science


Postgraduate Research and Teaching Certificate



Embark on a captivating exploration of the unseen realms of human biology with our cutting-edge training in Biomedical Science. This isn't just a course; it's an invitation to unravel the mysteries of life, empower yourself with knowledge, and become a key player in the world of groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Delve into the realms of genomics, cancer biology, and basic laboratory skills, equipping yourself with the tools needed to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of this dynamic field.


This Postgraduate Research and Teaching Certificate (PGRT) programme will equip you with the knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of cancer, immunology, and genomics such as next-generation sequencing. To stay competitive in the field of Biomedical Science, universities and organizations need qualified biomedical scientists with knowledge and understanding of cancer biology and genomics who use cutting-edge methods. This 28-week (7-month) PGRT programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to apply in biomedical research. It will train you to perform research in an international research environment. Through the virtual internship and Research Assistant work, you will gain the essential knowledge and skills required to participate in cancer and genomic research. This PGRT programme aims to provide knowledge of cancer biology and advances in medical genomics. Upon successful completion of the programme, receive a prestigious certification that not only validates your expertise but also opens doors to opportunities in academia, research, and industry.



Start Date: 30 Apr 2024

Places: 03

Duration: 28 months (6-7 months)

Delivery: Online

Workload: 5-7 hours per week

Fees: £949

Registration: Register here

Contact: Elisa Hampson



  • Gain an understanding of cancer biology and genetics fundamentals
  • You will be able to understand the molecular basis of cancer and acquire basic laboratory skills
  • Learn about the principles behind next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies
  • Develop skills in biomedical research and acquire skills to start postgraduate studies

  • Get teaching skills to grow your career in academia

  • Engage in research tasks related to cancer biology and genomics



The online distance-learning delivery of the course will provide opportunities to receive expertise from the Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID) researchers, material from our partners, and guest lectures.


  • Part 1: PCert - Cancer Biology and Immunology Research (4 modules): This 4-week Professional Certificate (PCert) course will provide you with knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of cancer. It will provide you with the skills to participate in cancer research projects. This course is designed to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the intricate relationship between cancer biology and immunology. Participants will delve into the mechanisms underlying cancer development, progression, and the pivotal role played by the immune system in detecting and combating cancer cells. The course equips learners with a solid foundation in both cancer biology and immunology, fostering a comprehensive understanding of how these fields intersect. Further details are mentioned on the PCert - Cancer Biology and Immunology Research page.


  • Part 2: PCert - Medical Genomics (4 modules): This 4-week Professional Certificate (PCert) course will provide you the knowledge of medical genomics and genomic technologies. It will provide you with the knowledge to participate in genomic research. You will explore the application of genomic technologies in medicine. Explore the foundational principles of genomics, including DNA structure, genotyping, and sequencing technologies. Understand the significance of genomics in unraveling the genetic basis of health and disease. Gain insights into next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and their applications in medical genomics. Further details are mentioned on the PCert - Medical Genomics page.


  • Part 3: PCert - Laboratory Skills in Bioscience (4 modules): This Professional Certificate (PCert) course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of key laboratory methods like ELISA, flow cytometry, and fluorescence microscopes. Emphasis on understanding and implementing safety protocols in a bioscience laboratory. Learn the basics of cell culture, including cell line maintenance and aseptic handling. Overview of risk assessment, hazard communication, and emergency procedures. It also includes an introduction to aseptic techniques and microbiological practices. Further details are mentioned on PCert - Laboratory Skills in Bioscience page.


  • Part 4: PCert - Teaching for Researchers (4 weeks): This course will provide you with the knowledge of teaching in Higher Education. It will provide you with the skills to teach and design courses using the latest learning technologies. You’ll also learn about learning principles and teaching approaches. In the first two modules, you’ll develop your core teaching and educational skills including teaching and education in Higher Education and designing a course. In the last two modules, you will learn about the latest teaching and learning tools and how you design your blended-learning course in Higher Education. Further details are mentioned on the PCert - Teaching for Researcher page.


  • Part 5: Virtual Internship - Research Training (4 weeks): This 4 weeks of virtual training will provide you with research skills through research-based tasks and online guidance during the tasks. You will participate in research activities (tasks and analysis) and apply your knowledge of Biomedical Science in research. Develop critical thinking skills to work in an international research environment. You will engage in research skills development tasks to stay current with evolving technologies and applications in the field of Biomedical Research. Further details are mentioned on the Research Training in Biomedical Science page.


  • Part 6: Research Assistant Position - Online Work (8 weeks): You will work in a voluntary role for 2 months as a Research Assistant at CamCID. It will provide you with further research skills and learning opportunities from other researchers and participate in research tasks. You will participate in online discussions and receive expert feedback on your research work. You will also participate in writing your research paper and receive further feedback to improve your content. You will have the opportunity to utilise your skills and knowledge of cancer biology and immunology in research. This part includes a live mentorship session by a UK academic and a senior researcher, which will provide you with an opportunity to receive career guidance and support during your training. Benefit from their wealth of knowledge, ask questions in real-time, and gain insights that textbooks simply can't provide. Learn from other professionals and researchers from other parts of the world through discussion and by analysing their research work, enriching your learning experience and expanding your horizons. This role will be non-paid/voluntary and virtual for 2 months to provide you with practical research experience.

Entry Requirements


  • This programme starts with a beginner level and progresses towards the mid and advanced levels.
  • This programme is designed for all levels of students (Undergraduate students, Master's degree students, or Ph.D.).
  • All our online courses are taught in English. Therefore, you must have good English language skills.

Certificate of Completion


After completing all the parts of this programme, you will be provided with an e-certificate of completion and a virtual internship at Cambridge Centre for Innovation and Development (CamCID).

Career Opportunities


This programme is designed to aid professional development in the field of cancer biology and gene editing in biomedical research, enabling you to further your expertise within an existing career path or to change your career direction, for example, into a Biomedical Researcher or doctoral researcher. Studying our programme can open up a wide range of career opportunities in both research and applied settings. Here are several career paths that individuals with expertise in this field may pursue:


  • Biomedical Research Scientist/Researcher
  • Doctoral/PhD Researcher
  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Industry Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Genomic Researcher
  • Research Assistant
  • Medical Affairs Specialist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Entrepreneur in Biotech Startups

Design AND Delivery


This online programme is delivered on our virtual learning platform (Moodle). The programme is self-paced and it can be completed on your schedule within programme's duration. The programme includes recorded lectures, templates, learning material, ebooks, and research-based tasks. It is designed by the CamCID Research Team and Guest Lecturers (faculty members from international universities).

May include additional material from our partners.

Fees and Funding


UK and International: £949 (including electronic certificate).