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The Postgraduate Certificate in Blood Component Transfusion enables experienced non-medical Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs) to make the clinical decision and provide the written instruction for blood component transfusion to patients within their own clinical specialty, and within their own areas of competence and expertise. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Blood Component Transfusion enables experienced non-medical Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs) to make the clinical decision and provide the written instruction for blood component transfusion to patients within their own clinical specialty, and within their own areas of competence and expertise.

Key Features of PGCert in Blood Component Transfusion

- An All Wales programme and a core component of the preparation of non-medical staff for the role of authorising transfusion of blood components
- The course underpins the All Wales Policy for non-medical authorisation of blood component transfusion

Teaching and Employability:

- Developed in conjunction with the Welsh Blood Service on behalf of the Welsh Government
- Students must be working in a relevant clinical area whilst completing this programme

This innovative course prepares appropriate non-medical practitioners to adopt an extended role in making the decision to transfuse and in providing the written instruction for transfusion of blood components thereby;

- Streamlining the patient pathway
- Providing a holistic approach
- Safeguarding the patient, the Healthcare professional and the employer

The Blood Component Transfusion course is accredited by Swansea University and delivered in conjunction with the Welsh Blood Service Better Blood Transfusion Team.

The Blood Component Transfusion course will run over one academic year, comprises one theoretical and one work based learning module and is jointly delivered by a clinical teaching team and lecturers from the College of Human and Health Sciences. Participants are assessed by multiple choice examination, observed clinical practice with formal assessment, and a portfolio of evidence.

Modules

Modules on the Blood Component Transfusion may include:

Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
Developing Autonomous Practice
Advancing Your Own Practice

Postgraduate Community

Students on the Blood Component Transfusion course will benefit from the staff expertise of he core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences who has professional backgrounds in either haematology and/ or work-based learning.

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, Blood Component Transfusion students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

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Key Features of the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion. A part-time postgraduate course delivered via work-based learning (WBL). Read more

Key Features of the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion

  • A part-time postgraduate course delivered via work-based learning (WBL)
  • A 3 year Msc level course with the opportunity for students to opt out at both Post-graduate Certificate and Post-graduate Diploma levels
  • Develops your skills, knowledge and understanding of blood transfusion
  • Can be undertaken within a variety of healthcare settings
  • Delivered in partnership with British Blood Transfusion Society

Who is the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course aimed at?

This qualification is for staff working in a predominately Clinical Transfusion environment (i.e. Nurses, Transfusion/ Haemovigilance Practitioners) and is open to students from across the UK.

How is the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course structured?

After an initial induction period of 4 days at Swansea University, each module will be predominately work-based learning. You will be required to attend a number of face to face sessions throughout the year. Assessment method is through submission of a portfolio of evidence, including a critical narrative of the evidence provided in relation to the student’s learning journey.

The MSc element normally takes three years to complete, although you can opt out at PGCert and PGDip levels.

What to expect?

The Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course is broken down into 3 years. Year one contains 3 modules at 20 credits each (opt out here for PGCert), year two contains 2 modules at 30 credits each (opt out here for PGDip) and the final year contains one module at 60 credits for a full MSc.

Modules

Modules on the Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion course may include:

  • The Work Place Learning Journey
  • The History, Science and Practice of Blood Transfusion
  • Clinical Governance and its Impact on Managing Adverse Events in Blood Transfusion
  • Advanced Specialist Practice in Blood Transfusion
  • Advanced Clinical Governance and Contemporary Issues
  • Professional Practice in in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice

Staff Expertise

The core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences has professional backgrounds in either haematology and/ or work-based learning.

The programme manager, Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, has extensive clinical experience in general medical nursing, and has developed expertise in the care of cancer patients, including palliative care. She teaches on many palliative care and oncology modules and is the designated lead for haematology nursing in the College. 

Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel has published a number of research studies in peer reviewed journals specifically on infection control for the immune-compromised patient and the role of the nurse lecturer in supporting students.

Sally Hore is part of the academic team who has extensive experience in work based learning and the use of a blended learning approach to facilitate learning in the workplace.

Sally leads work based learning for the CHHS and supports the programme. She is a module lead and acts as an academic supervisor to some of the students.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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This programme offers a fascinating range of subjects, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, laboratory management and statistics. Read more
This programme offers a fascinating range of subjects, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, laboratory management and statistics.

It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and is based at one of the largest transfusion centres in the world, enabling visits to manufacturing, testing and tissue typing sections. You will learn from specialist lecturers based at the University, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), and NHS hospitals, and have an opportunity to become fully embedded in an NHS environment while you develop your knowledge.

The programme will give you extensive practical experience of transfusion and transplantation, allowing you to gain skills that directly relate to your future career. As well as being academically interesting, this continually developing area of healthcare science has a major impact on patients' quality of life.

The programme:
-Is one of just two specialist full-time courses in transfusion and transplantation, and is a recommended course at level seven in the Career Framework for Health.
-Gives you the opportunity to carry out your MSc project with NHSBT research staff within the transfusion centre.
-Has high contact hours, with teaching each day and practical classes.
-Includes a large skills component (eg writing in different formats, conference and publication skills, assignments with specific study aims).
-Includes laboratory management, a key skill required at level seven.
-Attracts a diverse range of students (about 50 per cent overseas students), including new graduates, those working in blood centres or blood transfusion/haematology in hospitals, or training to lecture in transfusion.

Programme structure

The programme comprises eight taught units that run from September to March and a research project that begins in May and runs until August. Example project topics have included:
-A study on red cell antibody formation in trauma patients
-Optimisation of platelet antigen detection using recombinant proteins
-Expression of red cell membrane proteins during large-scale red cell culture
-A comparison of stem cell mobilisation drugs for stem cell transplantation

Taught units
-Transfusion and Transplantation Science:
-Pathology of Transfusion and Transplantation Science
-Provision of Blood, Cells, Tissues and Organs
-Clinical Transfusion and Transplantation
-Transfusion and Transplantation in Practice (two units)
-Biostatistics
-Research and Laboratory Management

Assessments are designed to teach skills such as comprehension, scientific writing in different formats and conference skills, and to further knowledge in subject areas not covered in the lectures. Students must pass the taught component to be able to progress to the project.

Part-time students complete the Postgraduate Certificate components in their first year and the Postgraduate Diploma in the second. The project is usually taken during year three to complete the MSc.

Careers

Some of the career paths that graduates have followed include: blood transfusion and fetal medicine research, working for a bone marrow donor laboratory or bone marrow registry, biostatistics, graduate entry to medical school, NHS Clinical Scientist Training programme, and progression to PhD study in several areas including cancer biology and stem cell regeneration.

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This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). Read more

This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). In the fields of Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking, SNBTS has a leading international reputation and the programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.

The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.

The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Transfusion Science
  • Quality and GMP
  • Blood Donation Processing and Testing
  • Immunology and Molecular Biology of Transfusion
  • Clinical Blood Banking
  • Transplantation and Tissue Banking
  • Information technology and Donation
  • Biopharmaceutical Transfusion and Clinical Trials
  • Management and Communication
  • Governance/Ethics/Risks of Transfusion
  • Research skills

Programme structure

The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.

Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.

After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.



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The course is designed to give graduates specialist knowledge (both theoretical and practical) of the strategies and techniques of haematology and transfusion science as practised in research and clinical contexts. Read more
The course is designed to give graduates specialist knowledge (both theoretical and practical) of the strategies and techniques of haematology and transfusion science as practised in research and clinical contexts. Graduates will gain up-to-date, relevant and applied experience of haematology and transfusion science, acquire in-depth knowledge together with a broad knowledge of the subject base, and acquire skills for practice at Higher Specialist Level. The completion of a research project enables the graduate to understand the process and communication of scientific enquiry.

Features and benefits of the course

-Our postgraduate Biomedical Science, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology & Transfusion degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
-Our biomedical research group is amongst the top 12 in the UK. In the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework, biomedical science research was rated highly with some of our research rated as world leading.
-Our Centre for Biomedicine represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.
-The School offers excellent facilities including specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell & molecular biology and tissue culture.
-We collaborate extensively with hospitals in Greater Manchester and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas.
-The programme includes opportunities for flexible learning supported by tutorials.
-You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a biomedical science specialism together with a broad knowledge of the subject base.
-We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region, which keep our biomedical science curriculum up-to-date.
-The programme includes opportunities for flexible learning supported by tutorials.
-You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a biomedical science specialism together with a broad knowledge of the subject base.

About the Course

All of our postgraduate degree programmes in Healthcare Science are built on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals and they are underpinned by the latest research within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas.

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.

Assessment details

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

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Haematologists specialise in disorders of the blood and blood-forming tissues, and their contribution to patient care is fundamental and wide-ranging. Read more
Haematologists specialise in disorders of the blood and blood-forming tissues, and their contribution to patient care is fundamental and wide-ranging. Whether you’re analysing data from patients' samples, matching donated blood with someone who needs a transfusion or researching cures for blood cancers, your work will improve and save countless lives.


Why study MSc Biomedical Science -Haematology and Transfusion Science at Middlesex?

Our Biomedical Science courses have a burgeoning international reputation, due to our world-class research in areas including biomarkers, public health and bio modelling. Our Centre for Investigative and Diagnostic Oncology has pioneered techniques for cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the Haematology department is very active in research into blood cancers, HIV and AIDS.

Our course has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on developing laboratory skills and gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques. Our 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.

Course highlights

- Course leader Dr Colin Casimir is famed for his research into the biology of haemopoietic stem cells and gene therapy for haematologic conditions. He is the holder of a number of international patents, and his research has been published in top international journals, including the British Journal of Haematology.
- Other teaching staff include Dr Stephen Butler, a world expert on cancer biomarkers and reproductive biochemistry; Dr Ajit Shah, a former principal scientist at GlaxoSmithKline; and Dr Lucy Ghali, an expert in immunohistochemistry. Guest lecturers include Peter Gregory, haematology services manager at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust.
- Our staff are supportive and hands-on – ever-ready with advice on your studies, they’re also known for their strong pastoral care and for going the extra mile for their students. All our teaching staff are involved in research.
- The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, so on graduation you’ll have fulfilled the academic requirement for Licentiate membership of the institute; you can apply for student membership while you study.
- We work with London hospitals and NHS laboratories to ensure you’re fully versed in both the latest practice and the latest research. - You’ll visit diagnostic laboratories and of course, our location gives you easy access to the British Library, the Science Museum, the Royal Institution and more.

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With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Read more
With constant developments across all disciplines, biomedical science is a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Looking for a programme that will help you deepen your theoretical knowledge, hone your clinical skills and broaden your professional experience? We give you a suite of award pathways that allow you to explore different research areas, develop your specialisms and focus your study into a practical clinical research project.

Key features

-Tap into the expertise of academic lecturers and tutors actively researching and developing new techniques in modern biomedical science. Our programme has a strong international reputation in translational research, with significant financial investment in laboratory infrastructure.
-Hone your skills and critical thinking, and grow your clinical experience.
-Work with high specification, regularly updated facilities serving post-genomics and proteomics, cell biology and imaging.
-Enrich your learning with teaching, expertise and insight from our NHS partners, plus members of Plymouth University School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences.
-Deepen your understanding with modules that explore modern practice, emerging techniques and the impact of new technologies on research methods.
-Benefit from a programme that’s reinforced by the research, facilities and expertise of the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre. Attend research events and work with leading scientists in a wide range of fields, including immunology, haematology and genomics.
-Focus your specific interests under the guidance of your personal project advisor and develop an individual final project within the Centre for Biomedical Research and the Systems Biology Centre.
-Gain the skills needed to study at masters level with specialist modules on research techniques and project development.

Choose from our modules to follow a path of study resulting in one of following MSc awards:
-Biomedical Science (Cellular Pathology)
-Biomedical Science (Clinical Biochemistry)
-Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion)
-Biomedical Science (Immunology)
-Biomedical Science (Medical Genetics)
-Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)
-Begin your career with the confidence that the MSc Biomedical Science suite of awards are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
-Take the course as a full-time intercalated degree programme for those wishing to interrupt their studies as a medical or dental student.

For more information about the part-time version of this course, view this web-page: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/msc-biomedical-science-2

Course details

You’ll take five modules: three core modules, one diagnostic research applications module, plus one discipline-specific module to determine your final award. You'll design and execute a research project, supported by your project advisor. Other core modules include molecular biology (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics) and project design and development, where you’ll also critically review scientific literature. Options for the diagnostic research applications include bioinformatics, contemporary applications of cell biology, and contemporary science of infection and immunity. Focussing in on the discipline that interests you the most for your final award, you can choose from a range of modules including: clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, haematology and transfusion, medical genomics and personalised medicine, molecular and cellular pathology and clinical biochemistry.

Core modules
-BIOM5005 Project Design and Development
-BIOM5001 Molecular Biology: Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics
-BIOM5006 Research Project

Optional modules
-BIOM5008 Clinical Microbiology
-BIOM5002 Contemporary Applications of Cell Biology
-BIOM5003 Contemporary Science of Infection and Immunity
-BIOM5014 Bioinformatics
-BIOM5007 Cellular Basis of Clinical Immunology
-BIOM5009 Haematology and Transfusion
-BIOM5010 Medical Genomics and Personalised Medicine
-BIOM5011 Molecular and Cellular Pathology
-BIOM5012 Clinical Biochemistry

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms. Read more
Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms. This course offers postgraduate training in a selected biomedical science discipline, either Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology or Infection Science, together with opportunities to advance skills and knowledge in laboratory management and accreditation, plus modern developments such as genomics and stem cell technology. The MSc course is accredited by the IBMS; individual modules may also be studied for CPD accreditation.

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This IBMS accredited course allows students who have studied biomedical sciences at undergraduate level both at home and overseas to develop their skills and knowledge, whether they are considering future employment within biomedical science laboratories or research routes. It will also benefit practitioners already in HCPC registered posts to aid career progression. The course can be studied on either a full time or part time basis, and individual modules can be taken for CPD.

The course offers the opportunity to specialise in a key area of biomedical science, extend practical laboratory experience and develop transferable and research skills to enhance future employability.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Students will study Professional and Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science, Research Skills plus they elect to study one of the following modules:
-Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences
-Infection Science
-Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology

And two of the following modules:
-Genomics and Regenerative Medicine
-Independent Study in Biomedical Science
-Evidence Based practice in Biomedical Science
-Quality Management and ISO standards
-Laboratory Management, Leadership and Training (suitable for current HCPC practitioners in management roles)
-Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training (suitable for students who are not currently in management roles)

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST132), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

MSc Biomedical Science graduates will be well placed to consider employment in several different areas of life sciences including the NHS, for example as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist in a pathology discipline or entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

Employment in commercial diagnostic laboratories, research organisations and sales and marketing are also options graduates may wish to consider. Opportunities are available both in the UK and overseas.

Examples of possible career routes include:
-NHS laboratories and similar private laboratories, PHE laboratories, the Blood Transfusion service
-University research laboratories
-Bioscience/Life Sciences private companies
-Laboratory Quality Assurance and Management

WORK PLACEMENTS

If you elect for the Extended Masters programme MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience (HLST139) you may apply for an internship lasting 2 semesters.

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Either biomedical science Masters offered at Nottingham Trent University are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. This. Read more

Either biomedical science Masters offered at Nottingham Trent University are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

This MSc Biomedical Science course provides a biological understanding of human disease processes, the treatment principles of such diseases, and the underlying biological disciplines that enable their study and explanation. It has extensive links with BioCity Nottingham, the city's groundbreaking healthcare and biosciences centre. One of the largest innovation and incubation centres of its kind in Europe.

This course can be taken full-time for one year or add an additional work placement year to make it two years; or go part-time.

If you would like to study part-time and through distance learning for a Masters qualification while continuing to work, then this flexible programme is for you - MSc Biomedical Science (Flexible Learning). It is designed to further your career in the healthcare profession, biomedical industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to a professional doctorate.

With multiple entry points in September, January and April, take this Masters as a part-time option or study individual modules for continuing professional development points.

Modules

  • Cell culture and antibody technology
  • Research methods and bioethics
  • Research project
  • Microbial diagnostics
  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biology of disease
  • Cellular pathology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Haematology and transfusion science
  • Medical microbiology
  • Scientific analysis, review and presentation
  • Cytology
  • Cancer and heart disease
  • Molecular biology and DNA technology
  • Special topics in molecular biology
  • Cellular pathology with professional studies
  • Clinical chemistry with professional studies
  • Haematology and transfusion science with professional studies
  • Medical microbiology with professional studies

COME VISIT US ON OUR NEXT OPEN DAY!

Visit us on campus throughout the year, find and register for our next open event on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgevents.



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This course will focus on the physiology and pathology of blood and its use as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. A variety of areas of molecular and cellular bioscience will be covered with an emphasis on new technologies and developments in Haematology and related disciplines such as Transfusion Science. Read more

This course will focus on the physiology and pathology of blood and its use as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. A variety of areas of molecular and cellular bioscience will be covered with an emphasis on new technologies and developments in Haematology and related disciplines such as Transfusion Science. You will expand your knowledge of the basic science and analytical techniques relating to Haematology and gain an up-to-date understanding of the application of Haematology in bioscience / pharmaceutical research, as well as in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine.

There will be an emphasis in the course on development of critical analysis skills in the assessment of scientific literature and laboratory data. In addition you will have the opportunity to design and execute your own research project. The course team is supported by visiting lecturers who are practising scientists in the field, which helps ensure that taught material is current and relevant.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Career path

As well as gaining specialist knowledge in Haematology and related disciplines, you will develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance your employment prospects and research opportunities in the UK or overseas.

The course is relevant to career pathways in diagnostic haematology, immunology and transfusion laboratories, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies.



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Biomed Online is aimed at employees across the health sector who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in biomedical science, healthcare management and related subjects. Read more

Biomed Online is aimed at employees across the health sector who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in biomedical science, healthcare management and related subjects. The Biomed Online Learning programme is managed by a consortium of:

  • NHS Trusts
  • Pathology Joint Ventures
  • Public Health England, and the
  • University of Greenwich.

Courses are approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the leading body for those working in the field.

Degree structure

There are 16 structured online courses currently on offer, with more in the pipeline. Each has been specifically tailored to meet workplace needs and each is delivered online with full support from an experienced practitioner. Together they provide a flexible, practical way to learn, either for CPD or towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master's degree (MSc).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Complete two 12 week online modules and gain either a PGCert Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Cert in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Cert in Healthcare Management. Each course comprises two components:

  • Two face-to-face workshops held at the Greenwich Campus: 
  • Workshop 1: an introduction to e-learning, your tutor and your course 
  • Workshop 2: course consolidation.
  • Guided online study.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

Complete four 12 week online modules and gain either a PGDip Biomedical Science (Online) award, a PG Diploma in Healthcare Quality Management or a PG Diploma in Healthcare Management. You can take it further by applying for the MSc programme after completing four online courses and once you have your project idea established.

Master's degree (MSc)

Complete four online modules and complete a research project and gain an MSc Biomedical Science (Online) award. The MSc can be completed over six years and is validated by the University of Greenwich and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Project work

Your project will be an independent piece of work, laboratory based and audit focused. A significant aspect of the project will be critical evaluation and comparison with material published in journals or where appropriate, work done in other comparable hospitals.

The project will be relevant to your profession and potentially life changing. You will be supported all the way through from how to get started, structuring your project, write up and submission.

What you'll study

Year 1

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Students are assessed through:

  • Case study orientated reports
  • Production of posters
  • Presentations
  • Contributions to online discussions
  • Tests
  • Online assessments
  • Research project.

Careers

The programme is directed mainly towards those working in NHS / healthcare laboratories, with the intention of providing opportunities for professional advancement following registration and for continuing professional development.

Biomed Online Learning Programme is open to national and international students but due to the nature of the project, the MSc Programme is only open to students working in a hospital/laboratory setting in the UK.



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The Pre-Masters in Biomedical Science (Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science) provides a discipline-specific pathway (a pre-masters year) into the taught Biomedical Blood Science masters level programme. Read more

Overview

The Pre-Masters in Biomedical Science (Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science) provides a discipline-specific pathway (a pre-masters year) into the taught Biomedical Blood Science masters level programme. It is a one-year full-time programme designed for both home and international students, with a background in life sciences, who wish to study at postgraduate level for the MSc in Biomedical Blood Science. The programme is open to science graduates who do not meet the academic criteria for a direct entry into the MSc. The MSc in Biomedical Blood Science is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The IBMS is 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 the best possible service for patient care and safety.

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

Course Aims

The overall aim is to provide the students with the academic background necessary for the masters programme and to enable them to develop and practise the subject specific academic skills required for the intensive pace of study at masters level. The course also aims to allow international students to benefit from English language support that will help them to develop their academic English language skills.

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 provide students with core knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to Biomedical Science

- To produce skilled and motivated graduates who are suitably prepared for the MSc in Biomedical Science and for further study.

- To cultivate interest in the biosciences, particularly at the cellular and molecular level, within a caring and intellectually stimulating environment.

- To get an accurate insight into the role of Biomedical Scientists in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

- To develop an understanding of the analytical, clinical and diagnostic aspects of Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Blood Transfusion, Clinical Immunology and Haematology pathology laboratories.

- To promote the development of a range of key skills, for use in all areas where numeracy and an objective, scientific approach to problem-solving are valued.

- 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.

- To promote the development of critical thinking, autonomous learning, independent research and communication skills to help prepare the students for the MSc in Biomedical Blood Science and for a lifetime of continued professional development.

Course Content

All the modules in this one year programme are compulsory. The programme consists of a total of 90 credits made up of one 30 credit module and four 15 credit modules. An additional English module (English for Academic Purposes) will be offered for non-native English speakers if required. This module will not form part of the overall award, but successful completion is required for progression to the Masters programme.

Modules:
- Biomedical Science and Pathology (30 credits):
The module provides the student with the knowledge and understanding of the pathobiology of human disease associated with Cellular Pathology, Clinical Immunology, Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Clinical Virology. It also examines the analytical and clinical functions of three more of the major departments of a modern hospital pathology laboratory, including Haematology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Immunology, Blood Transfusion, Clinical Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology. In addition, the module will give an accurate insight into the role of Biomedical Scientists and how they assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

- Biochemistry Research Project (non-experimental) (15 credits):
This module aims to introduce students to some of the key non-experimental research skills that are routinely used by biochemists and biomedical scientists, such as in depth literature searching, analysis of experimental data and the use of a computer as tool for both research (bioinformatics) and dissemination of information (web page construction). The student will research the literature on a specific topic, using library and web based resources and will produce a written review. In addition, the student will either process and interpret some raw experimental data provided to them.

- Advances in Medicine (15 credits):
This module will describe and promote the understanding of advances in medicine that have impacted on diagnosis, treatment, prevention of a range of diseases. It will highlight fast emerging areas of research which are striving to improve diagnosis including nanotechnology and new biochemical tests in the fields of heart disease, cancer and fertility investigations which will potentially improve patient care.

- Clinical Pathology (15 credits):
The majority of staff that contribute to the module are employees of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS). Students will benefit from lectures and expertise in Clinical Diagnostic Pathology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Inflammatory Diseases. Students will gain an insight into how patients are managed, from their very first presentation at the UHNS, from the perspective of diagnosis and treatment. The course will cover both standardised testing options and the development of new diagnostic procedures with a particular emphasis on genetic and epigenetic aspects of disease. Students will also gain an appreciation of the cost benefit of particular routes for diagnosis and treatment and the importance of identifying false positive and false negative results. Finally, the students will have the opportunity to perform their own extensive literature review of a disease-related topic that is not covered by the lectures on the course.

- Case Studies in Biomedical Science (15 credits):
This module aims to give you an understanding of the UK health trends and the factors that affect these trends. Through clinical case studies and small group tutorials, you will explore why the UK has some of the highest incidences of certain diseases and conditions in Europe and consider what factors contribute to making them some of the most common and/or rising health problems faced by this country. This will include understanding the relevant socioeconomic factors as well as understanding the bioscience of the disease process and its diagnosis and management. You will also focus on what is being done by Government and the NHS to tackle these major health problems.

- English for Academic Purposes (EAP ):
For non-native English speakers if required

Teaching & Assessment

In addition to the lecture courses and tutorials, problem based learning (PBL) using clinical scenarios is used for at least one module. Students will also be given the opportunity to undertake an independent non-experimental research project, supervised and supported by a member of staff. Web-based learning using the University’s virtual learning environment (KLE) is also used to give students easy access to a wide range of resources and research tools, and as a platform for online discussions and quizzes. Students will be given many opportunities to become familiar with word processing, spreadsheets and graphics software as well as computer-based routes to access scientific literature.

All modules are assessed within the semester in which they are taught. Most contain elements of both ‘in-course’ assessment (in the form of laboratory reports, essays, posters) and formal examination, although some are examined by ‘in-course’ assessment alone.

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 innovative distance learning MSc in Blood Science focuses on the diagnostic techniques, QA/QC and regulatory issues within this emerging field combining haematology, immunology, transfusion and clinical biochemistry developed from increasing automation within pathology. Read more
This innovative distance learning MSc in Blood Science focuses on the diagnostic techniques, QA/QC and regulatory issues within this emerging field combining haematology, immunology, transfusion and clinical biochemistry developed from increasing automation within pathology.

The course now benefits from accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science enabling students to take full advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development that this affords.

More about this course

This MSc distance-learning course is designed to promote a deep understanding of the emerging mixed disciplinary area of blood science. You will examine different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications within the subject area, as an independent learner.

Designed with input from current practitioners in the field, the course is suitable for biomedical science practitioners and graduates of biomedical or related life sciences. The programme covers areas relevant to staff working within or wishing to work in blood science departments within pathology.

Delivered as a flexible distance-learning programme through our e-Portal WebLearn, you will be able to continue to work whilst studying. The self-guided eLearning materials have been specially designed to support your engagement with the course content.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for developing the curriculum and coordinating the production of the eLearning materials. Some sessions are ‘broadcast live’ with modules running face-to-face so you can engage with tutors, lecturers and other students. You can also contact your module leader and discuss ideas with other students via email, discussion boards, and during live peer-to-peer support sessions.

Your final research project is to be conducted in your place of work with joint supervision provided by your laboratory training officer and a member of staff from the School of Human Sciences. For those not working in a suitable laboratory, research may be conducted at London Metropolitan University with additional bench fees for materials.

The course is designed to support professionals in their career development in the healthcare profession, biomedical/biotechnology industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to doctoral studies.

This course has many benefits:
-You can study at your own pace, with the support of our Biomedical Science team - no attendance required.
-Single modules can be undertaken to gain continuing professional development (CPD) points.
-You can start your course either in the September or January of the academic year.

Exercises and short phase tests will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress. Summative assessment of students’ knowledge base and their understanding will be incorporated into formal in-course tests/exercises, personal learning logs and end of module assessments completed at the end of each unit.

MSc research project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a poster presentation (via face-to-face messaging system or similar technology).

Professional accreditation

This course is accreditated by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), enabling students to take full advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development that this affords.

Students are eligible for eStudent Membership of the IBMS. Single modules taken for CPD obtain 100 points per 10 credits with the IBMS. It is also recommended by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advanced Immunology (core, 20 credits)
-Bioethics, Research and Grant Proposal (core, 20 credits)
-Clinical Biochemistry (core, 20 credits)
-Haematology (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project (Biomedical Science) (core, 60 credits)
-Transfusion Science (core, 20 credits)
-Haemoglobinopathies (option, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease (option, 20 credits)
-Introduction to Cell Biology (option, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Cellular Pathology (option, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Clinical Genetics (option, 20 credits)
-Introduction to General Microbiology (option, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Medical Microbiology (option, 20 credits)
-Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics (option, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Toxicology (option, 10 credits)

After the course

This course provides an extension of knowledge allowing practising biomedical scientists to be considered for promotion at work. Healthcare scientists are training in this discipline area too.

Career opportunities include employment in NHS hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for research studentships.
This course allows students to be considered for promotion at work.

Graduates with two years relevant professional experience can apply for the Member grade of membership

PhD research, pharmacology, biotechnology and similar employment opportunities are available.

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The Advanced Critical Care Practice course aims to. further develop experienced critical care nurses to become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy; . Read more

The Advanced Critical Care Practice course aims to:

  • further develop experienced critical care nurses to become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy; 
  • provide practitioners with the clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe, ethical, competent, evidence based care and treatment at an advanced level in the critical care environment.

Key Features of the Advanced Critical Care Practice Course:

Performance:

  • access to over 20 years accumulating extensive knowledge and experience in Advanced Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • complies with the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and its high standards of course delivery
  • students are taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor

The MSc Advanced Critical Care Practice will prepare experienced nurses and other appropriate health care professionals in collaboration with the local health service to become a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. The Advanced Critical Care Practice course will draw on the skills and knowledge of those who contribute to the established MSc Advanced Practice in Health Care and will also share the core clinical modules of that programme. A further three new modules have been developed in order to meet the particular needs of the clinician in the critical care environment.

This part-time Advanced Critical Care Practice programme will enable the development of experienced critical care nurses to:

  • become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy.
  • provide practitioners with the clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe, ethical, competent, evidence based care and treatment at an advanced level in the critical care environment.
  • develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their roles as managers and leaders in the context of advanced practice.
  • develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their role as educators.
  • develop practitioners’ skills and knowledge in relation to working in partnership with patients, families and other professionals in the provision of the highest standard of health care.

Modules

Modules on the Advanced Critical Care Practice course may include:

  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 1
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2
  • Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (HCPC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (HCPC)
  • Non-Medical Prescribing (GPhC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice
  • Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC)
  • Pharmacology Principles and Practice (NMC)
  • Advancing Your Own Practice
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Clinical Transfusion Management
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Practice Portfolio Dissertation

Advanced Critical Care Practice Course Structure

The MSc/PGDip in Advanced Critical Care Practice course draws on the skills and knowledge of those who contribute to the established MSc/PGDip Advanced Practice in Healthcare and shares the same core clinical modules.

MSc students complete parts 1 and 2, PGDip students complete part 1 only.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas.

This degree is accrredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students.

Features and benefits of the course

-Our postgraduate Biomedical Science, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology & Transfusion degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
-Our biomedical research group is amongst the top 12 in the UK. In the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework, biomedical science research was rated highly with some of our research rated as world leading.
-Our Centre for Biomedicine represents one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.
-The School offers excellent facilities including specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell & molecular biology and tissue culture.
-We collaborate extensively with hospitals in Greater Manchester and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas.
-The programme includes opportunities for flexible learning supported by tutorials.
-You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a biomedical science specialism together with a broad knowledge of the subject base.
-We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region, which keep our biomedical science curriculum up-to-date.

About the Course

All of our postgraduate degree programmes in Healthcare Science are built on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals and they are underpinned by the latest research within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas. All of our postgraduate degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

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.

Assessment details

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.

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