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This MSc is for biomedical scientists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council wishing to undertake flexible, part-time study towards a masters qualification in a specialist area of clinical pathology. Read more
This MSc is for biomedical scientists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council wishing to undertake flexible, part-time study towards a masters qualification in a specialist area of clinical pathology.

The degree programme has been informed by consultation with laboratory managers and NHS training staff. It consists of specialist modules in the cellular sciences that explore the theoretical, applied and professional aspects of clinical histopathology and cytopathology.

Designed to complement the professional qualifications of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course allows you to expand your knowledge and skills in diagnostic laboratory medicine; to apply these skills to clinical diagnosis, laboratory management and research; and to develop as a reflective practitioner, all within the context of the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) initiative.

Course structure

You will attend university for a maximum of one day per week. A typical week consists of six hours of teaching time (lectures, seminars and workshops) and a further six hours of student-centred learning, for example directed reading and assessment preparation.

Assessment methods vary between modules, but all contain coursework assignments such as essays and presentations, while only some have examination components.

The course is designed to be flexible and to fit in with your personal and professional circumstances. For example, you can study the blood sciences modules alone to qualify for a PGCert, take additional modules for a PGDip or commit to the research project for the full MSc.

The MSc qualification is normally achieved after three years of part-time study.

Areas of study

You will study:

• two cellular sciences modules: exploring theoretical, applied and professional aspects of clinical histopathology and cytopathology
• two modules that focus on the professional area of practice and work-based learning to deepen your knowledge of biomedical science. These modules are only available to part-time students who are employed in clinical pathology departments
• applied molecular biology modules
• service delivery in clinical pathology modules
• a special topic option: you can select a topic from a range available in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences; examples include diabetes, biomedical statistics, and oxidative stress and human disease
• research methods module: you will focus on research methods and project design. This module includes preparation for the research project
• a laboratory-based research project: so you can explore the discipline of blood sciences in depth. The project is based on a topic within blood sciences and includes work conducted in the clinical pathology laboratory workplace.

You will study some of the listed modules with students from the Infection Sciences and Blood Sciences masters, allowing for a multidisciplinary environment where different perspectives on clinical pathology can be shared.

Modules:

Cellular Pathology and Special Topics in Pathobiology
Seminars in Cellular Sciences
Applied Molecular Biology
Service Delivery in Clinical Pathology
Advanced Professional Practice in Clinical Pathology
Research Methods
Research project

Options include:

Diabetes
Oxidative Stress and Human Disease
Pharmacogenomics
Advanced Instrumental Analysis
Biomedical Statistics
Clinical and Applied Immunology

Careers and Employability

The Cellular Sciences MSc contains both professional elements and discipline-specific content, and is a suitable part of training and development for the role of a band 7 healthcare scientist.

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This course builds on many years of biomedical science provision at DMU. The overall aims are to improve your laboratory speciality knowledge, research, and management skills in an atmosphere of ongoing scholarship and research. Read more
This course builds on many years of biomedical science provision at DMU. The overall aims are to improve your laboratory speciality knowledge, research, and management skills in an atmosphere of ongoing scholarship and research.

•Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS)
•Gives depth of background to bioscience graduates
•Enhances opportunities for progression within the pathology services or bioscience/biotechnology industries both in the UK and overseas
•Provides biomedical science professionals with an enhanced portfolio of skills
•Choose specific areas of speciality study to direct your own learning
•Interaction with other healthcare professionals, learning from others in the field
•Variety of visiting lecturers from many disciplines

Modules:

First year core modules:
•Research Designs in Health
•Evidence-Based Practice

Plus a choice from two of the following:
• Advanced Molecular Biology and Genomics
• Cancer Biology
• Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

The second year brings in general topics in Biomedical Science including:
•Strategic Leadership and Effective Management

Plus, one pathology speciality module from a choice of:
• Advanced Haematology and Transfusion Science
• Advanced Medical Microbiology
• Advanced Chemical Pathology
• Advanced Immunopathology
• Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology
• The Research Project

You will study your chosen specialism at an advanced level, through selecting your optional modules. In the final year you will carry out a research project (dissertation) in one of our laboratories or in your NHS laboratory (if you are an existing practitioner). This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation and questions.

These modules examine the underpinnings of a modern research-based health service and provide the foundation for the dissertation. Several other cohorts of students also take these modules from a health service background, and inter-professional discussion will be encouraged, so as to ensure that topics are examined from a range of perspectives.

Teaching and Assessment:

Teaching will normally be delivered though formal lectures, more informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages.

Assessment will be via essays, presentations, seen exams, poster presentations, plus a final dissertation.

Free English language tuition delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning is available both before and during the course. To find out more, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international

Expertise:

The course is delivered by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, many of whom have come from NHS hospital laboratory experience or dedicated
research institutions.

Graduate careers:

This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable Health Professions Council (HPC) registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services. It has been developed in conjunction with local health trusts who support this initiative and contribute to the teaching.
Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from learning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice. It will assist managers and staff to meet their objectives in relation to agenda for change.

Ultimately the objectives are to produce biomedical scientists that are suitably qualified for entry to postgraduate research programmes leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, and be able to apply for appropriate employment in hospitals pathology laboratories.

Funding:
Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commissioning Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.


“Some of the modules were shared with other health professionals and learning alongside others in the sector has taught me a lot and made me appreciate how we all have to work together to provide better patient care. The lecturers are fantastic and are ready to give you help anytime you need it.”

Edina Chiriseri, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc graduate

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