The IBMS has links with European biomedical science organisations and accredits biomedical science degree courses in countries across the world including: Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Kuwait.
Overseas members are entitled to most of the membership benefits that our UK based members receive. To apply from outside the UK, we will need to verify your qualifications and will assign your membership grade based on the equivalence to a UK undergraduate qualification.
Qualifications from overseas
If you have not completed an IBMS Accredited degree course, you will be required to have your overseas qualifications verified by UK ENIC who will issue a letter confirming equivalent certification of your non-UK academic qualifications.
Upon applying, please attach your UK ENIC confirmation letter along with copies of your qualification certificates.
We may be able to check the comparability of your qualifications with UK ENIC when you apply, the cost for this service is £30. However, we are not able to issue you with your UK ENIC Statement of Comparability or confirmation letter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Find the right grade of membership
If UK ENIC confirm that your undergraduate qualification is not equivalent to a UK Honours degree, you can apply to become an Associate member.
If you are HCPC registered and have been working in biomedical science in the UK for over 1 year and UK ENIC confirm your undergraduate qualification is not equivalent to a UK Honours degree, you can apply top become a Licentiate member. Your laboratory manager will also be required to complete a supporting statement.
Subscribing to our membership magazine
As part of membership, overseas members receive access to their monthly copy of The Biomedical Scientist by email. However, if you would like to receive your monthly copy by airmail, you will be required to pay an additional £73.30 with your IBMS membership subscription.
For example, you will need to make a credit or debit card payment for your membership grade along with a £20 registration fee and the £73.30 airmail fee.
Working in the UK
Information on working and studying in the UK can be obtained from British Council offices, consulates and embassies.
Refugees and asylum-seekers
Academics that are refugees or seeking asylum can find information and support from cara.
To work in the UK, biomedical scientists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
For overseas applicants who want to become registered as a biomedical scientist in the UK, please refer to the HCPC's international application process.
Pease contact email@example.com or call +44 (0)845 300 4472 if you have any questions about HCPC registration.
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.