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MSc Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science)

Course Overview

Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) course is a broad one, incorporating elements of microbiology and clinical biochemistry too. You’ll study four core modules, common to all four postgraduate biomedical science courses: advanced bio analytical techniques, biomedical ethics and law, laboratory leadership and management, and experimental design and statistics. Alongside these you’ll study four specialist haematology modules: blood analysis and pathology, haemato-oncology, haemostasis and transfusion science.

Middlesex University course has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on developing laboratory skills and gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques. The teaching and research facilities surpass those at some UK medical schools, with £3 million specialist labs equipped with the most up-to-date technology- the perfect place to work on your own research project. You\'ll learn to use cutting-edge equipment, including MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers and flow cyto meters; we have a molecular biology laboratory for techniques such as DNA sequencing, real-time PCR, electrophoresis and HPLC, fully-equipped proteomics facilities, a microbiology lab and an incredibly modern cell culture facility

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science)

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

• 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.

English entry requirements

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.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level including MPhil, DBA, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

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.



  • Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques (15 credits)
  • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 credits)
  • Blood Analysis and Pathology (15 credits)
  • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Haemato-oncology (15 credits)
  • Laboratory Leadership and Management (15 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)


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. 


Assessment methods
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:

  • Equip students with a mastery of the fundamental principles and recent advances in biomedical science
  • Give students a thorough grounding in the fundamental mechanisms underpinning the major pathological processes
  • Provide students with sufficient detailed information about the modern technologies used in diagnostics and research to enable them to apply these to complex problem solving in the investigation of disease
  • Enable students to understand and use the principles of laboratory management, safety, quality control, research and statistical methods in their professional lives
  • Enable students to critically evaluate legal requirements for human and animal experiments and ethical issues relating to research with human subjects and human tissue
  • Provide students with the tools to acquire the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relevant to their chosen research project
  • Give students the ability to critically evaluate current research literature in biomedical science, and an acquisition of the skills for lifelong learning
  • Allow students to develop mastery of management, leadership and communication skills, teamwork, writing and presentation skills

In addition on completion of the MSc the successful student will:

  • Have acquired the design, critical analysis and practical skills necessary to carry out an individualised experimental research project
  • Have developed the skills to evaluate literature in context to their current research and propose new hypotheses relevant to their research


Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have acquired mastery of:

  • The aetiology and pathology of common diseases
  • Ethics and legal issues in biomedical science
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Research methods
  • Leadership and laboratory management


Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Develop ideas through the evaluation of appropriate literature, concepts and principles
  • Design a research project
  • Analyse, present, judge, interpret and critically evaluate biomedical data
  • Debate ethical and legal issues in biomedical science
  • Develop a research project
  • Critically assess health risk factors associated with working in a research or diagnostic laboratory
  • Propose new hypotheses relevant to discipline
  • Critically evaluate of their research findings in the context of the literature research


Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Competently perform advanced biomedical laboratory techniques in accordance with health and safety guidelines
  • Recognise and respond to moral, ethical and safety issues, which directly pertain to the biomedical science
  • Correctly perform quality control and assurance procedures
  • Carry out research experiments


Professional skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrate leadership and managerial skills
  • Competence in the use of information technology
  • Demonstrate high level of numeracy and problem solving skills
  • Manage a research project and use a range of research skills