IBMS Licentiate

Take the first major step in your career and get recognised by your peers


Being an IBMS Licentiate will give you a great start in your career as a HCPC registered biomedical scientist.

What's included in your membership?

From just £10.60 a month, you will have access to our benefits:

Membership publications

Access to the leading publications in biomedical science

IBMS professional and scientific journals ensure members are kept up to date on the latest news and guidance.

The Biomedical Scientist is our multi-award-winning, professional publication for biomedical science. The membership magazine is published monthly in print or digital format for all IBMS members.

The British Journal of Biomedical Science is open access and peer reviewed, publishing high-quality, original research. IBMS members can publish their research for free.

Awards, grants and bursaries

Get support for your studies and to attend events or be recognised for your work and achievements  

IBMS members have access to a wide range of grants, awards and bursaries to support them in their studies or at work.

Licentiate Science Council registration

Demonstrate high levels of professional practice and ethical standards

By registering with the Science Council, IBMS members can access support in their application as a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) or a Registered Scientist (RSci).

Save the cost of membership

Save today with IBMS Additions

IBMS Additions gives members money off their shopping, travel, leisure activities, holidays, health and wellbeing, motoring and much more.

Cinema goers can also get up to 40% off their tickets!

Free legal advice

Advice for the workplace or at home

If you are purchasing a property, involved in an accident, setting up a business or trying to ensure that you’ve made adequate provision for those closest to you, a discussion with a legal advisor would be an excellent first step.

IBMS members have 24/7 access to a free telephone legal helpline.

Code of conduct

Demonstrate your professionalism

All IBMS members are expected to display the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to ethical conduct by following and adhering to the IBMS Code of Conduct.

Membership groups

Join the network of over 20,000 IBMS members, take part in discussions and have your voice heard

IBMS membership groups are groupings of members who support our work. They are organised on a geographical basis (regions and branches), or by members’ specialist interest (discussion groups), or a combination of the two.


Keep up to date with all that is happening in the profession

IBMS members have access to regular newsletters that contain the latest information on biomedical science, events and news sent directly to their inbox.



Demonstrate you meet HCPC standards of proficiency

The IBMS Certificate of Competence is a professional qualification that demonstrates you meet HCPC standards of proficiency for registration as a biomedical scientist and is awarded upon successful completion of the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. 

As a registered biomedical scientist, an IBMS diploma will support you to specialise in a chosen discipline and will make you eligible to upgrade to become an IBMS Member.

Record your CPD

Find activities and events and somewhere to easily record your CPD

IBMS members can access our CPD system that is designed to support career development and professional registration with the HCPC and the Science Council.

IBMS members can also access a range of online resources including congress lectures, webinar recordings and education support hub workshops to use for their CPD records.

Events and presentations

Enjoy free access to The Biomedical Scientist Live

Held annually for our members as a digital event, it features a packed line-up of seminars, discussions and demonstrations for all members.

Exclusive invites are also open to IBMS members to our webinars and region and branches meetings, plus IBMS members can access discounted tickets to IBMS Congress – the biggest biomedical science event in Europe.


Network with experienced biomedical science professionals

The IBMS Mentoring programme is the perfect way for you to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to perform at a higher level, and it gives you access to impartial, non-judgmental guidance and support.

Professional guidance

Get the latest information and guidance

IBMS members have access to an array of resources that can be used to help them in their work. They can also request additional support for any campaigns they are involved in, or ask us to address their concerns and to represent the profession’s interest through a position statement.

Public engagement

Promote the profession and inform the public about your role

IBMS members have access to a range of public engagement materials and support to help them take part or organise events. Resources include free copies of Superlab comics, marketing freebies and activity sheets aimed at different audiences.

Indemnity insurance

Protection for IBMS members

Our new Trafalgar insurance scheme will give you the ability to select how you are employed, and then will provide you with access to a product which you can evaluate to see if that meets your own individual unique needs

Designatory letters

Gain recognition of your professional and academic achievements

IBMS Licentiates can use their designatory letters LIBMS to showcase their status as an IBMS member.


Who can become a Licentiate? 

To become an IBMS Licentiate you must be working in biomedical science and hold:

  • UK Honours degree (BSc Hons) in a biomedical science related subject
    or UK ENIC confirmed equivalent qualification
  • HCPC Registration and one year's professional experience at Honours degree level.


Become an IBMS Licentiate

Take the first major step in your career and get recognised by your peers

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How to get in touch

Our membership team are on hand and always happy to answer any of your questions you have on joining us. Feel free to call or email for more help.

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Did you know?

UK taxpayers can save money by claiming up to 20% tax relief on their IBMS membership fees. To help, we’ll let you know how as part of your joining process.

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Supporting your journey

We provide members with professional standards and support to help ensure safety, quality, well-being and peace of mind.

Progressing your career

We provide members with simple and seamless access to training, qualifications and knowledge to progress their careers and stay relevant.

Promoting your profession

We provide members with a strong, respected and progressive voice to promote biomedical science at all levels.