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The School of Life Science has developed an extremely active and successful undergraduate, Biomedical Science programme. We have embraced specialists working in local NHS Trusts to develop outstanding, collaborative relationships covering key diagnostic and clinical specialties. Read more

Overview

The School of Life Science has developed an extremely active and successful undergraduate, Biomedical Science programme. We have embraced specialists working in local NHS Trusts to develop outstanding, collaborative relationships covering key diagnostic and clinical specialties. Not only do students benefit from the inclusion of such specialist practitioners onto our teaching programmes, but could also be offered highly competitive research opportunities working within the hospital itself.

This MSc programme builds on this wealth of experience and best practice to enable well-qualified students to develop their scientific training and employability skills within a Biomedical context. The need for innovation and a multidisciplinary approach to Biomedical Science has never been more important. The teaching strategies embedded within this programme embrace these principles in its pursuit of Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Immunology and Haematology.

IBMS Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) as the professional body of Biomedical Scientists within the United Kingdom. The IBMS aims to promote and develop the role of Biomedical Science within healthcare to deliver he best possible service for patient care and safety.

Accreditation is a process of peer review and recognition by the profession of the achievement of quality standards for delivering Masters level programmes.

Individuals awarded a Masters degree accredited by the Institute are eligible for the title of Chartered Scientist and the designation CSci if they meet the other eligibility criteria of corporate membership and active engagement in Continued Professional Development. A Masters level qualification is also one of the entry criteria for the Institute’s Higher Specialist Examination and award of the Higher Specialist Diploma, a pre-requisite for the membership grade of Fellowship and designation FIBMS.

The aim of IBMS accreditation is to ensure that, through a spirit of partnership between the Institute and the University, a good quality degree is achieved that prepares the student for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, critical thinking, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

The Institute lists 10 advantages of IBMS accreditation:
1. Advances professional practice to benefit healthcare services and professions related to biomedical science.

2. Develops specific knowledge and competence that underpins biomedical science.

3. Provides expertise to support development of appropriate education and training.

4. Ensures curriculum content is both current and anticipatory of future change.

5. Facilitates peer recognition of education and best practice and the dissemination of information through education and employer networks.

6. Ensures qualification is fit for purpose.

7. Recognises the achievement of a benchmark standard of education.

8. The degree award provides access to professional body membership as a Chartered Scientist and for entry to the Higher Specialist Diploma examination.

9. Strengthens links between the professional body, education providers employers and students.

10. Provides eligibility for the Higher Education Institution (HEI) to become a member of HUCBMS (Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science)

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomedicalbloodscience/

Course Aims

The main aim of the programme is to provide multidisciplinary, Masters Level postgraduate training in Biomedical Blood Science. This will involve building on existing, undergraduate knowledge in basic science and applying it to clinical, diagnostic and research applications relevant to Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Immunology and Haematology.

Intended learning outcomes of the programme reflect what successful students should know, understand or to be able to do by the end of the programme. Programme specific learning outcomes are provided in the Programme Specification available by request, but to summarise the overarching course, aims are as follows:

- To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications within Blood Science

- To explore and explicitly critique the clinical, diagnostic and research implications within the fields of Clinical Biochemistry,

- Medical Immunology and Haematology, and to place this in the context of a clinical laboratory, fully considering the potential implications for patients, health workers and research alike

- To develop a critical awareness of Biomedical ethics and to fully integrate these issues into project management including grant application and business planning

- To support student autonomy and innovation by providing opportunities for students to demonstrate originality in developing or applying their own ideas

- To direct students to integrate a complex knowledge base in the scrutiny and accomplishment of professional problem-solving scenarios and project development

- To enable student acquirement of advanced laboratory practical competencies and high level analytical skills

- To promote and sustain communities of practice that allow students to share best practice, encourage a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving and to develop extensive communication skills, particularly their ability to convey complex, underpinning knowledge alongside their personal conclusions and rationale to specialist and nonspecialist listeners

- To provide students with a wide range of learning activities and a diverse assessment strategy in order to fully develop their employability and academic skills, ensuring both professional and academic attainment

Course Content

This one year programme is structured so that all taught sessions are delivered in just two days of the working week. Full-time students are expected to engage in independent study for the remaining 3 days per week. Consolidating taught sessions in this way allows greater flexibility for part-time students who will be expected to attend one day a week for two academic years, reducing potential impact in terms of workforce planning for employers and direct contact for students with needs outside of their academic responsibilities.

Semester 1 will focus on two main areas, the first being Biomedical ethics, grant application and laboratory competencies. The second area focuses on the clinical and diagnostic implications of Blood Science for patients and health workers, with the major emphasis being on Clinical Biochemistry.

Semester 2 will also focus on two main themes; firstly, business planning methodological approaches, analytical reasoning and research. Secondly, the clinical and diagnostic implications of Blood Science for patients and health workers, with the major emphasis being on Haematology and Immunology.

Compulsory Modules (each 15 credits) consist of:
- Biomedical Ethics & Grant Proposal
- Project Management & Business Planning
- Advanced Laboratory Techniques*
- Research Methodologies *
- Case Studies in Blood Science I
- Case Studies in Blood Science II
- Clinical Pathology I
- Clinical Pathology II

*Students who have attained the IBMS Specialist Diploma and are successfully enrolling with accredited prior certified learning are exempt from these two modules.

Dissertation – Biomedical Blood Science Research Project (60 credits)

This research project and final dissertation of 20,000 words is an excellent opportunity for students to undertake laboratory based research in their chosen topic and should provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate their understanding of the field via applications in Biomedical Science. Biomedical Science practitioners are expected to complete the laboratory and data collection aspects of this module in conjunction with their employers.

Requirements for an Award:
In order to obtain the Masters degree, students are required to satisfactorily accrue 180 M Level credits. Students who exit having accrued 60 or 120 M Level credits excluding the ‘Dissertation – Biomedical Blood Science Research Project’ are eligible to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) respectively

Teaching and Learning Methods

This programme places just as much emphasis on developing the way in which students approach, integrate and apply new knowledge and problem-solving as it is with the acquisition of higher level information. As such, particular emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking, innovation, reflective writing, autonomous learning and communication skills to prepare candidates for a lifetime of continued professional development.

The teaching and learning methods employed throughout this programme reflect these principles. For example, there is greater emphasis on looking at the subject from a patient-orientated, case study driven perspective through problem-based learning (PBL) that encourages students to think laterally, joining up different pieces of information and developing a more holistic level of understanding.

Assessment

The rich and varied assessment strategy adopted by this programme ensure student development of employability
and academic skills, providing an opportunity to demonstrate both professional and academic attainment. Assessment design is
largely driven by a number of key principles which include: promotion of independent learning, student autonomy, responsibility for personal learning and development of innovation and originality within one’s chosen area of interest. Note that not all modules culminate in a final examination.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Read more
This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

You’ll learn about ethical issues in medicine and healthcare practice, but you’ll also be able to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You’ll study topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry and fair allocation of medical resources.

We’re constantly developing the course and consulting with professionals working in the field, so our courses are informed by the most recent developments in practice. But you’ll be taught by active researchers with expertise in teaching ethics across medical disciplines, giving you the chance to engage with the latest academic arguments and debates.

If you don’t have a degree, you can apply for this programme and then upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully.

The programme is designed for people who’ve never studied ethics or medical ethics, although we do also have applicants who have studied philosophy before. If you’re interested in thinking about key ethical issues in a reasoned and independent way, you’ll be able to explore big questions in the biomedical and healthcare spheres with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA).
This course is also available to study part-time and/or online.

Course Content

This programme is similar to the MA Biomedical and Health Care Ethics, except that you don’t undertake a dissertation.

In Semester 1 you’ll develop your understanding of key concepts and approaches in the study of ethics, as well as how it applies to the biomedical and healthcare fields. You’ll study developments and debates in healthcare ethics and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following semester and apply it to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the role of the conscience in professional practice. You’ll also explore questions surrounding the distribution of scarce medical resources and compulsion or coercion in cases of mental illness.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take fewer modules each year and study over a longer period.

Learning and Teaching

Taught modules are structured around weekly group seminars led by one of our tutors. Overall, each taught module normally involves about four hours per week of contact time. In some modules you may also take part in group project work. However, independent study is also a vital element of this degree, allowing you to improve your research and analytical skills and gain more varied perspectives on key issues.

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This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Read more

Overview

This degree allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of professional ethics, and what they mean for practitioners in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.

You’ll learn about the ethical issues that arise across medicine and healthcare practice, but you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in areas that interest you or suit your career aspirations. You’ll take modules on topics such as ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, autonomy and psychiatry, professional issues and allocating medical resources fairly, and focus on a topic of your choice to complete an independent dissertation.

We’re constantly developing the course and consulting with professionals working in the field, so our courses are informed by the most recent developments in practice. But you’ll be taught by active researchers with expertise in teaching ethics across medical disciplines, giving you the chance to engage with the latest academic arguments and debates.

The programme is designed for people who’ve never studied ethics or medical ethics, although we do also have applicants who have studied philosophy before. If you’re interested in thinking about key ethical issues in a reasoned and independent way, you’ll be able to explore big questions in the biomedical and healthcare spheres with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre (IDEA).

Distance Learning

There is the option to study this degree online. There are no lectures or seminars and you won’t even have to attend Leeds at any point during the course, although if you can travel there may be chances to meet other students. Instead, you’ll used specially designed interactive teaching materials and participate in structured collaborative activities. You’ll contribute to discussion groups in our Virtual Learning Environment, so you can share experiences and perspectives with students from different backgrounds worldwide.

Study Options

You can also study this subject as a PGDip qualification where you take fewer modules overall. If you don’t have a degree, we usually ask you to register for the PGDip programme – you can upgrade to the MA if you progress successfully. Both the MA and PGDip can be studied part-time over 24 months, which may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent) and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study.

Course Content

In Semester 1 you’ll develop your understanding of key concepts and approaches in the study of ethics, as well as how it applies to the biomedical and healthcare fields. You’ll study developments and debates in healthcare ethics and the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following semester and apply it to the professional context, considering issues like the carer/patient relationship, consent and the roe of the conscience in professional practice. You’ll also explore questions surrounding the distribution of scarce medical resources and compulsion or coercion in cases of mental illness.

Throughout the programme you’ll develop your understanding as well as advanced skills in research and analysis. You’ll showcase this in your dissertation, when you focus on a specific topic of your choice, and submit your work before the end of the course in September.

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This new MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research. Read more
This new MRes has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop your research skills in applied medical ethics. It provides an excellent stepping stone to PhD research.

You will begin in the first semester with intensive research methods training which will allow you to develop your skills under the supervision of expert tutors. You’ll gain a range of skills and valuable experience for a career in academic or professional research.

You will then spend the remainder of the year writing an extended dissertation in which you can examine in depth an area of particular interest to you within the rich field of medical ethics, with the support of a research supervisor.

You will meet with your research supervisor on campus in Leeds on a regular basis. If you are unable to come to Leeds the MRes is also available as an online programme.

As an MRes student you will have the opportunity to audit any relevant modules from our taught MA Biomedical & Health Care Ethics.

The Masters by research is made up of a 30-credit taught Research Methods module and a 150-credit dissertation.

Research Methods

Delivered online, this module will provide you with training in core skills and a variety of key research methodologies for undertaking high quality research in medical ethics. It also addresses methodological issues raised in the conduct of inter-disciplinary research. It will equip you to undertake a longer independent supervised dissertation on an aspect of ethics of your choice.

During the module we will cover research skills, including identifying a suitable topic for research, bibliography and referencing. We will also explore a range of methodological approaches to the discipline of ethics.

Dissertation

You will produce an independent piece of work analysing in detail an aspect of medical ethics. The work will enable you to exhibit both some awareness of detail of theoretical ethical considerations and to indicate their application to issues in medical ethics, where relevant making use of your experience in the context of professional life in medicine and healthcare. You will be supported through the process by a research supervisor.

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Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Read more
Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Specialists in this area are trained to face scientific and technological challenges that significantly differ from those related to more traditional branches of engineering. Nevertheless, at the same time Biomedical Engineering makes use of more traditional engineering methodologies and techniques, which are adapted and further developed to meet specifications of biomedical applications.

This MSc programmes in Biomedical Engineering is a 1 calendar year conversion programme that is part of a suite of programmes offered in Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. This MSc conversion programme is aimed at students who already have an in depth knowledge of an area of Science (e.g. Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry), and who wish to convert to a career in Biomedical Engineering

This MSc programme aims to prepare specialists with advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the field of Biomedical Engineering, covering the following topics:

Fundamentals of human physiology;
Ethics and regulatory affairs in the biomedical field;
Advanced aspects of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and biomaterials;
Advanced techniques to synthesize and/or characterise materials for biomedical engineering;
Mechanics of tissues, cells and sub-cellular components;
Biocompatibility of implantable materials and devices;
Materials and techniques for nanotechnology and nanomedicine.
The programme has strong roots within the well-recognised expertise of the academics that deliver the lectures, who have international standing in cutting-edge research on Biomedical Engineering and Materials. This fact ensures that the programme is delivered with the highest standards in the field. The students also benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation in the areas of Biomedical Engineering and Materials, while undertaking research projects in brand-new large laboratories that are the result of a recent multi-million investment from QMUL.

The programme is designed with a careful balance of diversified learning components, such that, on completion of their studies, the postgraduates acquire extensive knowledge and skills that make them able to undertake careers in a wide range of professional ambits within the biomedical field, including health care services, industry and scientific research.

* All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

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Running continuously for over 50 years, our Masters in Biomedical Engineering is one of the longest-established in the world, giving a breadth of expertise with a focus on solving real-world, biomedical problems. Read more
Running continuously for over 50 years, our Masters in Biomedical Engineering is one of the longest-established in the world, giving a breadth of expertise with a focus on solving real-world, biomedical problems.

You’ll benefit from access to world-leading experts and teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the new £12m “Engineering for Health” facility.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.

This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.

The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).

The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.

All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals). The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Human Biology Compulsory
-Instrumentation Compulsory
-Biomechanics Compulsory
-Professional and Research Skills
-Computer Methods in Biomedical Research
-Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications
-Human Movement and Rehabilitation
-Biomedical Sensors and Signals
-Research Project

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The course aims:
-To educate engineering, physical science, life science, medical and paramedical graduates in the broad base of knowledge required for a Biomedical Engineering career in industry, healthcare or research in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world
-To underpin the knowledge base with a wide range of practical sessions including laboratory/experimental work and applied visits to expert health care facilities and biomedical engineering industry
-To develop skills in critical review and evaluation of the current approaches in biomedical engineering
-To build on these through an MSc research project in which further experimental, analytical, computational, and/or design skills will be acquired

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate breadth and depth of awareness and understanding of issues at the forefront of Biomedical Engineering
-Demonstrate broad knowledge in Human Biology, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, and Professional and Research skills
-Demonstrate specialist knowledge in Implants, Motion analysis and rehabilitation, and Medical signals
-Understand how to apply engineering principles to conceptually challenging (bio)medical problems
-Appreciate the limitations in the current understanding of clinical problems and inherent in adopted solutions
-Understand routes/requirements for personal development in biomedical engineering including state registration
-Understand key elements of the concept of ethics and patient-professional relationships, recognise, analyse and respond to the complex ethical issues

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Evaluate a wide range of applied engineering and clinical measurement and assessment tools
-Design and implement a personal research project; this includes an ability to accurately assess/report on own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies, showing insight and understanding of alternative points of view
-Carry out such research in a flexible, effective and productive manner, optimising use of available support, supervisory and equipment resources, demonstrating understanding of the complex underlying issues
-Apply appropriate theory and quantitative methods to analyse problems

Professional practical skills
-Make effective and accurate use of referencing across a range of different types of sources in line with standard conventions
-Use/ apply basic and applied instrumentation hardware and software
-Correctly use anthropometric measurement equipment and interpret results in the clinical context
-Use/apply fundamental statistical analysis tools
-Use advanced movement analysis hardware and software and interpret results in the clinical context
-Use advanced finite element packages and other engineering software for computer simulation
-Program in a high-level programming language and use built-in functions to tackle a range of problems
-Use further specialist skills (laboratory-experimental, analytical, and computational) developed through the personal research project

Key / transferable skills
-Identify, select, plan for, use and evaluate ICT applications and strategies to enhance the achievement of aims and desired outcomes
-Undertake independent review, and research and development projects
-Communicate effectively between engineering, scientific and clinical disciplines
-Prepare relevant, clear project reports and presentations, selecting and adapting the appropriate format and style to convey information, attitudes and ideas to an appropriate standard and in such a way as to enhance understanding and engagement by academic/ professional audiences

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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This general route focuses on the biological aspects of disease processes. Graduates will gain up-to-date, relevant and applied experience of biomedical science, acquire broad knowledge of the subject base and acquire skills for practice at Higher Specialist Level. Read more

Description

This general route focuses on the biological aspects of disease processes. Graduates will gain up-to-date, relevant and applied experience of biomedical science, acquire broad knowledge of the subject base and acquire skills for practice at Higher Specialist Level.

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas. The completion of a research project enables the graduate to understand the process and communication of scientific enquiry.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Core units

- Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
- Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease
- Recent Advances in Biomedical Science
- Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
- Disorder Case Study
- Research Project

Option units

- Clinical Haematology
- General Clinical Biochemistry
- Human Infectious Disease
- Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens
- Transfusion 1

You will be assessed by critical reviews, presentations, self-managed study, extended essays and examinations. Evidence-based practice and a major research project complete the MSc.

Career prospects

The programme creates wide-ranging opportunities for employment in fields such as hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or public health and transfusion laboratories. It provides preparation for the Higher Specialist Institute of Biomedical Science examination and Advanced Practice in Biomedical Science. You will also be well placed for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps shape our curriculum, transfers our expertise and ensures our graduates are ready for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Healthcare Science and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

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Imaging has contributed to some of the most significant advances in biomedicine and healthcare and this trend is accelerating. Read more
Imaging has contributed to some of the most significant advances in biomedicine and healthcare and this trend is accelerating. This MSc, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, will equip imaging students from all science backgrounds with detailed knowledge of the advanced imaging techniques which provide new insights into cellular, molecular and functional processes, preparing them for a PhD or a career in industry.

Degree information

Imaging is essential for diagnosis of disease and development of novel treatments. This programme focuses on translational medical imaging, and the development and use of preclinical imaging technologies to detect, monitor and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart diseases and neurodegeneration. Students will undertake an independent research-based project in UCL’s world-class laboratories and develop their communication skills in biomedical science.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques I & II
-Practical Preclinical Research (including Home Office Personal Licence)
-Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease and Therapy I & II
-Science Communication for Biomedicine
-Statistical Methods in Research
-Ethics and Regulation of Research

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words or a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.

Careers

UCL is involved in the dynamic and successful London-based entrepreneurial activity in biomedical imaging. It has a strong track record in placing postgraduates in key positions within industry (e.g. Siemens, Philips, GE Healthcare, GSK, SMEs and start-ups) and at other leading academic institutions with preclinical imaging facilities, including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and MIT and NIH in the US. This MSc will provide ideal training for students who wish to apply to UCL’s EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging.

Employability
This programme belongs to the School of Life and Medical Sciences; one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. Our close links with major hospitals and industry allow students to perform significant research projects.

Students will foster an awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications using imaging. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial science, as well as providing transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

The first cohort of students on the Advanced Biomedical Imaging MSc are due to graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class environment in medical imaging and hosts several medical and biomedical imaging centres of excellence.

The UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging is one of the world’s most advanced imaging centres, with 11 state-of-the-art imaging technologies, and is dedicated to developing imaging techniques of the future. Biomedical imaging is an interdisciplinary field drawing together biology, medicine, physics, engineering, and art.

The MSc is linked to University College London Hospitals (UCLH), including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This will provide an ideal training for further research and applications for a PhD at UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging.

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As a biomedical engineer you develop new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medical doctors, engineers, biologists and biochemists. Read more
As a biomedical engineer you develop new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medical doctors, engineers, biologists and biochemists.

Current-day medical practice relies increasingly on technology. You can think of microelectronics, information technology, and mechanical and material engineering. As a biomedical engineer you develop new methods; from ever more advanced imaging instruments to scaffolds for tissue engineering; and from modelling software to new surgical appliances.

If you are interested in health care and technology, the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth information on a broad-range of topics. You will study topics in the fields of imaging techniques, physiological control engineering, rehabilitation engineering, implant engineering, cell and tissue engineering and infection prevention, as well as aspects of medical ethics and law. You also become well-versed in medical and biological basic knowledge.

In addition, the University of Groningen offers you state-of-the-art medical facilities and a unique professional cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

We also offer an Erasmus Mundus programme in Biomedical Engineering: A joint project between four European universities. Students will start the programme at one of these universities and will spend at least one semester at a partner university.

Why in Groningen?

- State-of-the-art medical facilities
- Unique cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen

Job perspectives

When you have completed the Master Biomedical Engineering, there a numerous employment possibilities in both research and management-oriented jobs. The multidisciplinary nature of Biomedical Engineering adds significantly to employment possibilities in both research and management-oriented jobs in:
- Industry
- Research agencies
- Hospitals
- Universities
- Government organizations dealing with health-related products and services

Biomedical engineers may contribute to research, to engineering design and product development, or to business aspects of engineering and technical management. They are also experts who may advise on the development of long-term strategies and policies in the field of medical life sciences.

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Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Read more
Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Specialists in this area are trained to face scientific and technological challenges that significantly differ from those related to more traditional branches of engineering. Nevertheless, at the same time Biomedical Engineering makes use of more traditional engineering methodologies and techniques, which are adapted and further developed to meet specifications of biomedical applications.

This MSc programme covers the following topics:

• Fundamentals of human physiology;
• Ethics and regulatory affairs in the biomedical field;
• Advanced aspects of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and biomaterials;
• Advanced techniques to synthesize and/or characterise materials for biomedical engineering;
• Mechanics of tissues, cells and sub-cellular components;
• Biocompatibility of implantable materials and devices;
• Materials and techniques for nanotechnology and nanomedicine.

Applications are welcome from students with a background in physical sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Materials Science) or Engineering.The programme has strong roots within the well-recognised expertise of the academics that deliver the lectures, who have international standing in cutting-edge research on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

This fact ensures that the programme is delivered with the highest standards in the field. The students also benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation in the areas of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, while undertaking research projects in brand-new large laboratories that are the result of a recent multi-million investment from the College.

The programme is designed with a careful balance of diversified learning components, such that, on completion of their studies, the postgraduates acquire extensive knowledge and skills that make them able to undertake careers in a wide range of professional ambits within the biomedical field, including health care services, industry and scientific research

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Our rankings. No 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK. You'll receive the highest-quality teaching in the leading Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Scotland. Read more
Our rankings: No 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK

Why this course?

You'll receive the highest-quality teaching in the leading Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Scotland.

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences was ranked No 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK (REF 2014).

Our course will provide you with a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training.

Firstly, unlike many MSc courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of bioinformatics and practical laboratory skills. They will not only be great preparation for future research careers, but also a way to make the most of your summer research project.

Secondly, our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields.

The substantial choice of classes means that you'll get to select a clinical-oriented or basic life science research pathway to suit your future aspirations.

Together, the course provides the perfect springboard to future training at PhD level or gives you a range of experience that will prove attractive to employers from industry or the health-care provision sector.

You’ll study

This course will provide training on fundamental techniques for the four disciplines:

biochemistry
immunology
microbiology
pharmacology

Aligned with the taught component of this course, these disciplines will form the grounding for your summer project.

You'll also learn vital transferable skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing and critical analysis of data – the perfect way to prepare for any future career.

Facilities

The course is taught in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. It’s located in our new building with state-of-the-art laboratories.

Course content

This is a new course design and so there may be minor adjustments to content before September 2016.

Our aim is to provide you with classes that present the cutting-edge of our subject area, delivered using exciting and engaging teaching methods matched to the needs of postgraduate-level students. Please feel free to contact us if you want further details in the meantime.

Careers

Biomedical scientists work in healthcare to diagnose disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment through the analysis of fluids and tissue samples from patients.

They work at the heart of modern medicine, with 70% of diagnoses based on the pathology results provided by laboratory services.

After graduating you should be ideally qualified for positions in biomedical and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

You may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD.

This course provides the background training for a career in:

-clinical biochemistry
-pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
-laboratory technical support
-medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales
-academia – following a further PhD route

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Overview. The MRes courses are designed to provide students with intensive laboratory-based training in research methods, supported by in-depth understanding. Read more
Overview
The MRes courses are designed to provide students with intensive laboratory-based training in research methods, supported by in-depth understanding. The aim is to prepare graduates to make contributions, as individuals and members of a team, to research-oriented activities in the biomedical industries and related service sectors, or academia. The courses are also well-suited to students wishing to upgrade a first degree, change field, or gain valuable laboratory experience before employment or a PhD. The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences represents the largest Pharmacy research group in the UK, with 55% of its staff rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour (data: Research Assessment Exercise 2008). The University of Strathclyde has invested £30M in a world-class, pioneering centre for biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences teaching and research, opened Aug 2010. Students will find themselves in stimulating, unique environment on account of the strongly multidisciplinary nature of the Institute. Combining fundamental and applied research across the areas of bioscience and pharmacy, SIPBS builds on its record of success in drug and vaccine discovery and development. The Institute engages with industry and the health services, ensuring that its excellent fundamental research is translated into products that are of benefit to health and society. For more information on SIPBS go to http://www.strath.ac.uk/sipbs

Course outline

An MRes degree is focussed on research and students will spend 8 months undertaking a laboratory-based project.
To support their chosen research project, students choose advanced-level taught courses in a named specialisation, from the following areas:

Taught classes delivered through lectures, workshops and practical classes in four areas:
1. Transferable skills training in data mining, interpretation and presentation; experimental planning, personal effectiveness, ethics in research
2. Commercialisation and entrepreneurship
3. MRes-specific classes relevant to subject area

Biomedical Sciences

Example research projects:
1. Antileishmanial activity of extracts and compounds from Monodora myristica
2. Imaging and modelling of cancer development
3. Endothelial progenitor cell expression and differentiation
4. Targeted radiotherapy for cancer
5. The involvement of pulmonary veins in atrial fibrillation: electrical properties
6. Reducing bacterial resistance to antibiotics
7. Development of neural stem cells with increased levels of the autophagy cell survival pathway
8. Investigating the role of Sigma 54 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence
9. Transcriptional network analysis of the Escherichia coli core stress response.
10. Identification of novel anti-microbial compounds targeted at biofilm formation

Drug Delivery systems

Example research projects
1. Nanoparticulate formulations of insulin and their analysis
2. Mesoporous silicas for oral delivery of cyclosporine
3. Bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals
4. Modified and time-delayed oral solid-dose release formulations
5. Nasal formulations of poorly soluble compounds
6. Reducing bacterial resistance to antibiotics: establishing, optimising and implementing a high throughput assay to discover natural product derived inhibitors of metallo beta-lactamase.
7. Imaging of dermal formulations using Raman microscopy techniques
8. Antileishmanial activity of extracts and compounds from Monodora myristica
9. Anti-trypanosomal active triterpenoids from some African Propolis
10. Investigation into the potential therapeutic properties of marine organisms
11. Photo-triggered adhesion of mammalian cells

Drug Discovery

Projects in the areas of :
1. Drug Delivery
2. Molecular Biology
3. Pharmacology
4. Pharmaceutical Materials and Formulation
5. Toxicology

Neuroscience

Projects in the areas of:
1. Electrophysiology
2. Stem cell biology for regenerative purposes
3. Cell biology
4. Inflammation
5. In vitro culture systems
6. Functional genetics

How to Apply
Applicants should apply through the University of Strathclyde on-line application form: http://pgr.strath.ac.uk indicating "Masters by Research", and named specialisation as appropriate. Applicants are not required to submit a detailed research proposal at this stage.

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Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Read more
Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Specialists in this area are trained to face scientific and technological challenges that significantly differ from those related to more traditional branches of engineering. Nevertheless, at the same time Biomedical Engineering makes use of more traditional engineering methodologies and techniques, which are adapted and further developed to meet specifications of biomedical applications.

This MSc programme covers the following topics:
• Fundamentals of human physiology;
• Ethics and regulatory affairs in the biomedical field;
• Medical imaging modalities and digital signal processing, their uses and challenges;
• Analysis and design of instrumentation electronics present in a wide range of medical devices;
• Instrumentation and technologies used for clinical measurements;
• Design, analysis and evaluation of critical systems in the context of clinical monitoring, including safety;
• Origin of biological electricity, measurement of bioelectric signals, principles of bioelectric stimulation, and their applications. Applications are welcome from students with a background in Engineering or Physics.

The programme is a joint effort of the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. It has strong roots within the well-recognised expertise of academics from the two Schools that deliver the lectures, who have international standing in cutting-edge research on Imaging and Instrumentation. This fact ensures that the programme is delivered with the highest standards in the field. The students also benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation while undertaking their research projects.The programme is designed with a careful balance of diversified learning components, such that, on completion of their studies, the postgraduates acquire extensive knowledge and skills that make them able to undertake careers in a wide range of professional ambits within the biomedical field, including health care services, industry and scientific research.

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Biomedical science focuses on our understanding of the human body in health and disease. It's the basic science that underpins medicine and helps us unlock discoveries such as new treatments for cancer patients, innovative advances in reproductive technologies and regenerative medicine. Read more
Biomedical science focuses on our understanding of the human body in health and disease. It's the basic science that underpins medicine and helps us unlock discoveries such as new treatments for cancer patients, innovative advances in reproductive technologies and regenerative medicine.

Over the last twenty years, research into the human genome and molecular processes has revolutionised our understanding of biological systems.

This course is for you if you have a strong interest in modern biology and are keen to study at the forefront of the discipline.

Our MSc programme offers practical and theoretical training in areas associated with the understanding of the human body in health and disease. Examples are drawn from the forefront of biomedical research in our department.

Core modules

Critical Analysis of Current Science
Ethics and Public Awareness of Science
Literature Review
Laboratory Research Project

Examples of optional modules

Tissue Engineering in Biomedical Science
Stem Cell biology
Cancer biology
Epithelia in health and disease
Physiology of ion channels and disease
Membrane Receptors
Sensory Neuroscience
Developmental Neurobiology
Modelling human disease
Practical Cell Biology
Neuroscience Techniques
Practical Developmental Genetics
Practical Physiology and Pharmacology

Teaching

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Practical training
Research training

Assessment

Essays
Debates
Practical work
Exams
Dissertation
Oral presentations

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Advances in biomedical technology, changing moral attitudes, and developments in law, combine to generate difficult ethical, legal, policy challenges for those involved in the delivery of healthcare. Read more

Overview

Advances in biomedical technology, changing moral attitudes, and developments in law, combine to generate difficult ethical, legal, policy challenges for those involved in the delivery of healthcare. This programme provides an opportunity to gain a deeper and more systematic understanding of these issues and to explore the moral problems faced by healthcare professionals and those involve in healthcare management and policy. It also aims to provide a foundation for pursuing further study at doctoral level for those interested in doing so.

Applications are welcome from people with a professional or other serious interest in Medical Ethics and Law, including (but not limited to) doctors, nurses, health care managers, intercalating medical students, radiographers, chaplains, charity and voluntary workers, social workers, hospice directors, medical and pharmaceutical researchers, dentists, veterinary practitioners and health care educators. While the programme is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals, it is open to anyone who is suitably qualified and who can demonstrate sufficient academic aptitude.

The MA in Medical Ethics and Law is run by the Centre for Professional Ethics and School of Law at Keele University. It is one of England’s longest established master’s programmes in this subject area, having first been presented in 1987.

The programme is available part-time, full-time, by modular study, and by intercalation within a medical degree. It is taught in short, intensive blocks to make it accessible to those in full-time employment and from across the country and beyond.

Teaching staff also work at the forefront of research in medical ethics, which helps to give the course a contemporary edge. In the recent 2014 REF, staff from Keele's Healthcare Law and Bioethics cluster who teach on the MA were part of Keele's Philosophy submission, which was ranked first in the country for its Impact work. The impact submission was based on staff's work in the field of Biomedical ethics, with 80% of this work judged as being world-leading and the remaining 20% as being of internationally excellent.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicalethicsandlaw/

Course Aims

This course aims to deepen students’ understanding of health care ethics and law, and to enhance their ability to think systematically about the moral and legal issues that health care professionals may face in the course of their work. It also aims to provide a foundation for pursuing further study at doctoral level for those interested in doing so.

Undertaking an MA in ethics will not give you a list of answers to moral problems. What our courses can do is help you to work out answers for yourself, answers that are worth having because they’re based on the best ethical thinking and reasoning we can manage, answers you can justify, to yourself and others. The MA course will give you an introduction to a number of different (rival) moral theories - all of which have their strengths and their weaknesses - as well as providing you with a range of analytical tools with which to assess different ethical and legal claims. It will also help you to communicate ethical and legal arguments to others in a clearer way.

Although ethical issues are rarely out of the headlines, much public 'debate' about ethics in the media is (with occasional honourable exceptions) of very poor quality. Our courses will help you to construct, categorise and criticise different ethical arguments and to spot common fallacies. Ethics at Keele is a participatory activity, not a spectator sport!

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching for the four taught modules is delivered in short intense blocks, enabling those in full-time employment to do the course part-time and to fit it around the demands of their work wherever they are based. Each student is assigned a personal supervisor from the outset, whom they can contact for help or advice at any time during the course.

We regard high levels of student participation in discussion as particularly important for teaching and learning in this area, and employ teaching techniques which encourage this wherever possible. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and report that meeting and exchanging ideas with others who work in different fields and in different parts of the country is one of the major benefits of the course.

From time to time, experts from outside Keele are invited to speak on the course; this provides an insight into academic work in healthcare ethics and law taking place in other institutions and professional perspectives. In addition, Keele's Centre for Law, Ethics and Society hosts a wide range of seminars, workshops and lectures, which students are welcome to attend.

Each of the four taught modules is assessed through a 5,000-word essay. The essay question is chosen from a list reflecting the main themes of the module, enabling students to focus on the issues that are most interesting to them or relevant to their work. For each essay, students submit a plan (required for modules 1 and 2; optional for modules 3 and 4), on which feedback is provided. In addition, students receive written feedback on each of their essays, aimed at helping them to improve their performance as they progress through the programme, and have the opportunity to discuss the feedback with their supervisor.

For the dissertation module, students are allocated a supervisor to provide support and advice during the writing process, and attend a one-day Research Methods Workshop in Semester 1.

Additional Costs

Students not living within daily travelling distance of Keele will need to arrange accommodation during the teaching blocks.

Although recommended readings are available in the library or on-line, students may wish to purchase some books for themselves.

We do not anticipate any other additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Mills & Reeve Dissertation Prize

The Mills & Reeve Dissertation Prize is awarded each year to the student who produces the best dissertation. The winner receives a cash prize of £100 sponsored by the law firm Mills & Reeve, and an invitation to lunch at the firm.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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