Biomedical Science

Develop your understanding of the scientific investigation of human health and disease and prepare for a career at the forefront of biomedical science.

You’ll be equipped with the skills necessary to plan and perform a research project for publication and be aware of the need for good laboratory practice, health and safety and legal and ethical considerations.

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4 Years
1st & 2nd Years @ GISM
3rd & 4th Years @ Edinburgh Napier University, UK.


Faculty of Sciences

Biomedical science is the application of biology-based science to medical use. A biomedical scientist (or biomedical doctor) is a scientist educated in the field of biological science, especially in the context of medicine. The demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of performing and analysing a battery of technical procedures to screen, maintain and improve human health. Their role is to develop or improve treatments, vaccines, equipment, and techniques involving health care.

Sri Lanka research infrastructure is at the forefront of new developments in medicine (especially with private health care providers) and underpins much of the delivery of medical and related training at university level. Many Universities in the world offer Biomedical Science programmes to increase their scientific knowledge, and learn how to put it into practical use within medicine or related professions. Highly skilled Biomedical Scientist has an increasing demand in many countries around the globe to work at Universities, Research Institutes and Health Sector. Therefore, Sri Lanka needs biomedical programmes at any level to fulfill the requirements of the country.

Diploma in Biomedical Sciences: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits, and

Higher Diploma in Biomedical Sciences: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits.

Entry requirements to Diploma in Biomedical Sciences:

Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination or London (A/L) Examination, including Biology and Chemistry. OR,

Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination (Old Syllabus) including a Biology and Chemistry. OR,

GISM Foundation Programme (Successfully completed with B average)     AND

Selection by an interview.

Entry requirements to Higher Diploma in Biomedical Sciences:

Those who have successfully completed the Diploma in Biomedical Sciences Sciences at GISM Campus are entitled to follow the Higher Diploma in Biomedical Sciences Programme.

Title of the Course

Diploma & Higher Diploma in Biomedical Sciences – Edinburgh Napier University Degree First year and Second year Pathway Programme

Students who complete GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma may enter third year of the Edinburgh Napier University, UK. GISM does not conduct the full Degree course but, on successful completion of this pathway programme for this major, students can apply for transferring to this University. Some papers offered at GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma courses may be changed in time in order to match with those at Edinburgh Napier University. If the student needs to enter this University directly, GISM International section provides support and necessary guidance for the application and visa procedure.

Awarding Body of Diploma & Higher Diploma

GISM, Sri Lanka

Class Schedule: Full time, Monday to Friday

 Modules offered:  

 Diploma in Biomedical Sciences
Year Semester Module Code Name of the Module

Year 1






Semester 1

MBN.101 Life on Earth    – 20 credits
MBN.102 Molecules and Cells – 20 credits
MBN 103 Basic Microbiology -20 credits
MBN 104 Introductory Physiology -20 credits
DLH.100 English and Communication Skill Development 1
DET.101 Computer Science 1

Semester 2

MBN 111 Plant Science – 20 Credits
MBN 112 Practical 1- Practicals in Microbiology – 20 credits
MBN 113 Practical 2- Practical Biology – 20 credits
DLH.100 English and Communication Skill Development 2
DET.101 Computer Science 2
 Higher Diploma in Biomedical Sciences
Year Semester Module Code Name of the Module

Year 2






Semester 1

MBN. 201 Biology of Disease – 20 credits
MBN. 202 Biochemistry- 20 credits
MBN. 203 Physiology and Environment-20 credits
MBN. 204 Principles of Scientific Research
Semester 2 MBN. 211 Microbes and Man – 20 credits
MBN. 212 Practical- Biochemistry – 20 credits
MBN. 213 Research Project Proposal- 20 credits


Note: The first number indicates the semester in which it is done. Second no. is specific to the module and the third no. indicate the no of credits. 1 credit is equivalent to 15 hrs. of theory or 30 hrs of practicals. Thus a 2 credit course has 15 hrs of theory and 30 hrs. of practicals.

Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, U.K.:

Those who successfully complete the Diploma and Higher Diploma in Biomedical Science continue Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, the U.K. to enter into Third year of the Degree Programme.

Details of the full Biomedical Science degreeprogramme is available at:

Career Opportunities:

The skills you gain will prepare you for work in a number of areas, including biomedical sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.

IELTS requirements:

IELTS results of 6.0 is required (not less than 5.5 in each band) when transferring to the 3rd Year of the degree. IELTS support programmes and Overseas University Orientation programme are conducted at GISM Campus. GISM supports for applying visa and this service is free of charge.

Course Fee (2017/2018):

GISM Registration Fee       : Rs. 40,000

GISM Annual Tuition Fee  : Rs. 480,000* (for 1st and 2nd years in Sri Lanka)

ENU Annual Course Fee   : GBP 13,900* (for 3rd and 4th years in UK)

Every GISM student will receive a 5%-10% scholarship on Edinburgh Napier University international course fee depending on their first two year academic performance at GISM Campus.

*Please note that course fee may change without prior notice, due to the changes in foreign exchange rates.