MSc Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science)
Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)
• A good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject.
• International students: equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification.
• Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.
• Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, you may be able to take an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Further academic study at postgraduate level including MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.
This course will equip you with all the skills you need to work in a diagnostic laboratory in an NHS or private hospital or in research (an MSc is increasingly becoming a requirement for the latter). Biomedical scientists also work in primary care, in doctor’s surgeries and clinics. Other sectors you could work in include the pharmaceutical industry, academia, education, biotechnology, and even areas like patent law, forensic science and science journalism.
There are opportunities to work in management, running a lab, or as a consultant, and international roles in hospitals, schools and universities. A lot of our students go on to do a PhD. If you’re already working in haematology, our MSc will help you progress to a more senior position.
Areas covered in the study
The core modules will cover how to design and carry out experiments and statistical analyses; literature searching, referencing and citation; techniques for analysing samples and molecules, including electrophoresis, gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and immunochemical techniques; aspects of managing a laboratory, from people management to business plans and budgets; safety, regulations and quality management; and ethical and legal issues, such as those surrounding research on animals and humans, assisted reproduction and genetics.
The specialist modules will cover the components of human blood and disorders that affect them, techniques for diagnosing and monitoring disease, and the analysis of blood test results. You’ll look at blood cell formation, blood count, haemoglobinopathies and types of anaemia; clotting abnormalities; cancers of the blood and bone marrow, myelodysplasia and MPD; and cutting-edge techniques such as flow cytometry and immunophenotyping that can now shed light on their genetic basis. In addition you’ll cover blood transfusions and blood donation: blood types, blood typing and tissue typing techniques, haemolytic disease of the newborn, reactions to transfusions, safety measures and care of blood products, and how to manage of a laboratory.
You’ll then work on a dissertation, which will involve planning and carrying out an independent and original research project in a laboratory or clinical setting. You’ll work under the guidance of a supervisor, who you’ll meet with for at least an hour a week, and can base your project at your workplace if you’re in relevant employment. You’ll carry out a literature review and draw up a research proposal, design and conduct your experiments, collect and analyse your data, and present your findings in a 12,000 to 15,000-word report and a presentation to your tutors and fellow students.
As well as practical and theoretical exams and your research project and dissertation, you’ll be assessed through presentations and written assignments, including essays, laboratory reports and logbooks, critical reviews, data analysis and problem-solving exercises, quizzes, and papers made up of a literature review, hypothesis and research question.
You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work, from your tutors and sometimes from fellow students. You will also be asked to evaluate your own work.
Aims of the programme
The programme aims to prepare students for independent research careers in academia, diagnostic laboratories or the biotechnology sector. The PgDip or MSc programme aims to:
In addition on completion of the MSc the successful student will:
Main learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of this programme the successful student will have acquired mastery of:
Cognitive (thinking) skills
On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:
On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:
On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:
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