The course offers you the opportunity to address the developing areas of biomedical science common to all associated disciplines, including recent advances in genetics and immunology, and to equip yourself with the research skills necessary to complement your clinical laboratory responsibilities.
This course is delivered by specialists, who are engaged in cutting-edge research, and a variety of visiting specialist lecturers, ranging from Hospital Consultants to Senior Biomedical Scientists. These sessions, which specifically focus on developing areas of biomedical science common to all associated disciplines, include recent advances in genetics and immunology, which will equip you with the skills necessary to either complement your clinical laboratory responsibilities if you are currently employed, or to provide you with essential skills needed for seeking future employment or starting a research career. The course is also a suitable stepping-stone for those considering a career in biomedical research.
IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science)-accredited
The course provides a number of optional routes which lead to IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science)-accredited awards* for those currently in, or planning a career in, the Medical Laboratory profession. The route options are: Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Medical Microbiology and a generic route. As an Institution we have held accredited status for this award for over 25 years, and this is borne out by its continued accreditation by our professional body.
*Please note: although this MSc is accredited by the IBMS, completion of this course does not allow you to practice as a registered Biomedical Scientist. To do that, you would need to have studied out Accredited Undergraduate Award and completed your registration portfolio. If you are interested in our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science award please visit: http://courses.wlv.ac.uk/course.asp?code=BM021H31UVD
What happens on the course?
Typical modules may include
- Molecular Genetics & Genomics
- Principles of Integrated Biomedical Science
- Clinical Immunology
- Specialist Module (from Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology or Medical Microbiology)
- Independent Study Module 1 or 2
- Research Methods in Biomedical Science
- Biomedical Science Research Project
Part-time students study core (and most optional) modules on one full day of the week, minimising the time away from work.
- IBMS accredited for over 25 years
- Extensive local hospital links
- Cutting edge lectures from hospital consultants and senior biomedical scientists
- Innovative teaching methods
- Highly research-focused environment: you can take projects in the workplace or in our state-of-the-art new laboratories
The full-time MSc Biomedical Science route is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable in a research laboratory, University Laboratory or in the pharmaceutical industry. You may also wish to continue with a research career, and study towards a PhD.
The part-time route (also available as specialist routes in Medical Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology or Haematology) is designed for students in full-time employment in biomedical laboratories who are allowed day-release by their employers to improve their professional knowledge.
Normally, you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, although substantial professional experience may be acceptable when combined with another qualification. We look for graduates with an appropriate honours degree in biomedical subjects, or biological subjects with an appropriate biomedical content. You should have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).