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Biomedical Blood Science (MSc)


Course Description

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/

Visit the Biomedical Blood Science (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!



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Student Profiles
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Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

Eligibility
Students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.The Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Available on taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this award, it is automatically applied.The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016. For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact [email protected]; if you are an international student contact [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS) scheme - 20+ Awards

EligibilityThe Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:
Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experience
This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.Exceptions
Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where an application is awarded more than one Keele scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees

Eligibility

The Keele International Student Scholarship for postgraduate students is worth GBP3000 deducted from the cost of your tuition fees. Last year our successful applicants came from a variety of countries including China, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Vietnam and they applied for a diverse range of courses including Biomedical Blood Sciences; Finance and Management; Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice; and International Relations.

Application Procedure

To apply for the KIS Scholarship you must have applied to Keele and been offered a place to study here. You must then complete a separate application form (download KISS Application Form using the link below) Applications must have been received and processed before the start of academic year for which the application is made. KISS Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already started their degree at Keele.The International Scholarships Panel, which consists of Academic and International Office staff, will consider applications on a monthly basis. Only one application may be made and any applications made after the relevant deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. The Panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/kiss/


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North American Bursary - 20+ Awards

About the Award
Applicants from the USA and Canada intending to study a taught master’s course are automatically entitled to a 10% reduction on the published tuition fee.Eligibility
Applicants will be required to prove their nationality.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.How to apply
There is no application form, the award is automatically applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of overseas fees

Eligibility

Open to all American and Canadian students

Application Procedure

Automatic process - please flag eligibility during application

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/northamericanbursary/


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Keele Graduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele Access Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Value of Scholarship(s)

850

Eligibility

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Early Payment Incentive - 20+ Awards

About the Award
For students enrolling in January 2016 and September 2016 Keele University offers an Early Payment Incentive for all new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees (total tuition fees for taught postgraduates) before 5th January 2016 and 1st September 2016 respectively. The incentive will take the form of £500 on a KeeleCard for use in all campus facilities, to pay groceries, café and restaurant meals, printing and other services across all of the shops and food outlets at Keele.Exceptions
This offer is not valid for students enrolling on the International Foundation Year Programme or students transferring from StudyGroup. Students enrolled under full sponsorship or 100% scholarship cannot avail of this incentive. Research students and students on study abroad or exchange are not eligible. If a student subsequently withdraws from the University, the incentive will be deducted from any refund to which they are entitled.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

All new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees before the 5th January 2016 if they are enrolling in January 2016, and before 1st September 2016 if they are enrolling in September 2016.

Application Procedure

How to apply
To get your hands on a KeeleCard pre-loaded with £500 all you have to do is pay for a year of your tuition fees before 1st September 2016. You can do this by bank transfer or over the phone with a credit card. You will find our bank details in your offer letter. Please remember to include your application number with your payment.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/earlypaymentincentivepg/


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International Smart Minds Scholarship - 5 Awards

About the AwardSmart Minds choose Keele!Keele University is pleased to offer 5 International Smart Mind Scholarships for taught postgraduate students at the value of £5,000 each. These Scholarships will be awarded to the best 5 entries to the International Smart Minds essay competition. The scholarships will be distributed amongst applicants from the following regional areas:
2 x East & South East Asia
1 x South Asia
1 x Africa
1 x UK International*
The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount and no cash alternative is available.ExceptionsCurrent Keele undergraduate students are not eligible but will automatically be entitled to a Keele Graduate Bursary. More information can be found using the link below.Students who are sponsored by a third party outside of the family are not eligible for this scholarship.
The International Smart Minds scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where students are eligible for more than one scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Before applying for the scholarship, applicants must have already made an application for a taught Master’s degree at Keele University, to begin in September 2016.It applies to international fee paying students who are expecting to graduate from their undergraduate degree at another UK university in July 2016 and are looking to progress on to a Master’s degree at Keele University.Any offer of scholarship will be conditional upon applicants meeting the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course as set out in the offer letter.

Application Procedure

Submit an essay of no more than 250 words to [email protected] telling us which Smart Mind has inspired you to pursue further studies in your subject area of choice. This could be your professor at university, a Nobel Prize winner, or another well-known figure in your area.
Essays should be typed/word processed and not handwritten.
Please remember to include your Keele ID number in your scholarship application.
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday 31st March 2016.
Essays will be considered alongside the original application to study at Keele, personal statement and academic achievements and the awards made to the best all round candidates. The judging panel will comprise academic and professional staff representing all Schools and the International Office.
The judging panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/internationalsmartmindsscholarship/


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Santander Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

About the AwardIn partnership with Banco Santander, Keele University will be offering a number of postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from South America. Each scholarship is worth £5000 and will be open to students applying to study a taught master’s degree in any discipline commencing January or September.For more information about the Santander Scholarships please email Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment: [email protected] read an interview with one of our 2014-2015 Santander Scholars, Fabian from Columbia, click here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/international/studentprofiles/scholarsstories/meetour2014-15scholars/ Exceptions
Students studying an MPhil or Masters by Research are not eligible.
Please note that the Santander Scholarship can be combined with a Keele International Student Scholarship and the Early Payment Incentive but no other awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

In order to be considered you must:Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for study on a postgraduate taught master’s degree at Keele University before November 30th 2014 for the January 2015 intake or by 30 June 2015 for the October intake.
Be resident in one of the following countries and liable to pay fees at the overseas student rates: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Application Procedure

How to apply
There is no application form, all eligible students will automatically be considered and scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence.Deadline: 30th June 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/santanderscholarships/


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Keele in the USA and Keele in Canada Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Each year Keele University is delighted to welcome excellent students from the USA and Canada. Many Keele alumni live in North America and their generosity has enabled The Keele in the USA Foundation and Keele in Canada to extend exciting opportunities for students to benefit from a unique educational experience at Keele.Each Scholarship is currently the equivalent of $4,000 US (US Students) or $4,000 CDN (Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$4,000

Eligibility

Applicants must show evidence of scholarly, academic or professional excellence and give good reasons for wishing to pursue study at Keele University.
Since 2011 these Scholarships have run in parallel with programmes offering further opportunities, including the Fulbright Commission and the Marshall Commission.
Keele in the USA Scholarships are offered to US citizens and Keele in Canada Scholarships are offered to Canadian citizens.

Application Procedure

Please see the application forms on the website link below.Deadline: 31st October 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/keeleintheusaandkeeleincanada/



Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold either a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Biomedical Science, or equivalent Life Science bachelor programme. Applications from candidates who do not meet this criteria, but can demonstrate appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will also be considered. Note that applicants who have attained the IBMS Specialist Diploma may be eligible to enrol with accredited prior certified learning with reduced tuition fees and limited module exemption. International applicants are expected to have a attained an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Full-time £5,865, Part-time £3,225; International: £13,585


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