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De Montfort University, Full Time MSc Degrees in Biological Sciences

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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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The course provides detailed insight into the technologies that allow development and production of biopharmaceuticals from start to finish (from pre-clinical studies, to clinic, through to marketing) that could lead to cures to most major diseases. Read more
The course provides detailed insight into the technologies that allow development and production of biopharmaceuticals from start to finish (from pre-clinical studies, to clinic, through to marketing) that could lead to cures to most major diseases. A high practical content prepares graduates to quickly enter an industrial setting.

The course is inter-disciplinary and is based on the teaching/research expertise of staff in the disciplines of pharmacy, biotechnology, pharmacology, toxicology, bioinformatics and business. In the global sphere, pharmaceutical biotechnology courses are rare and no other course offers such a broad scope.

•This course provides a response to the rapidly expanding field of biopharmaceuticals (DNA and protein-based medicines) by running an intensive taught programme covering the first two semesters with the opportunity of conducting independent research in this area in the third semester
•Suitable for students progressing on from undergraduate study, professionals in the sector, and international students looking to further their knowledge in this subject area in the UK
•The course has received positive feedback from international experts in higher education, large pharmaceutical companies, and agents involved in recruiting foreign students for the UK/US
•We have received major Government and private funds to develop our state-of-the-art laboratories and purchase specialist equipment to match that in the best industrial labs

Learning outcomes are not only targeted in terms of knowledge but also skills matched for employment, such as being confident, self-motivated, self-starting and a team player.

The learning environment for the first two semesters will be varied with lectures, tutorials, laboratories and computer laboratories. You can expect to spend about half of your directed study time working at the bench in our research laboratories. In the third semester the learning venue will depend on your dissertation topic and will be aimed at guided self-study.

Modules include:
• Biopharmaceuticals and Molecular Toxicology
• Microbial Fermentation/Downstream Processing, Drug Development
• Gene Cloning, Expression and Analysis
• Bioinformatics I and II
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Research Methods
• Research Dissertation

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