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Research Biobanking MSc

Course Description

The first Research Biobanking MSc of its kind will start in September 2015, run in a central London location and developed by leading experts in the field. This postgraduate programme, managed by King's College London, is ideal for scientists and medical practitioners looking to gain the skills to deliver an evolving biobank service - or tissue bank service - that meets regulatory and user requirements.

Key benefits

- Exceptional expertise in biobanking across King's Health Partners, including state-of-the-art breast biobank and infectious diseases biobank.

- Opportunity to undertake translational research projects with a clinician or scientist from our leading specialist centres.

- Access to exciting seminar programmes offered by the Division of Cancer Studies and the Division of Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease.

- Based in a central London location.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/research-biobanking-msc.aspx

Students will undertake a six- to twelve-month placment in one or more of the King's Health Partners Biobanks to learn the skills of practical banking. These biobanks include:

- Breast Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Infectious Diseases
- Prostate Cancer
- Thoracic Cancer

Emphasis is also placed on developing core skills to further career progression, including critical appraisal of research literature, experimental design and presentation skills.

Required modules:

- Biobanking and Molecular Pathology
- Fundamentals of Biobanking & Translational Research
- Research and/or Laboratory Project

- Course purpose -

The programme is suitable for scientists from a clinical or non-clinical background wishing to gain knowledge and skills to set up and run an effective and compliant research biobank.

- Course format and assessment -

Biobank placement; lectures; consent taking workshop; research project; group meetings; Divisional lectures, seminars and journal clubs.

Assessment is by oral examination of biobank training logbook; essay with oral presentation; written and oral presentation of case studies; observed assessment of informed consent taking; research project oral proposal and written report.

Career prospects

We expect that graduates will go on to deliver biobank services that meet appropriate regulatory and user requirements.

Some graduates might return to existing employment in biobanks, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve and further develop their organisation's work.

Other graduates might go on to research positions in either a university of research institute as PhD students or graduate research assistants.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Research Biobanking MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A second class UK honours degree in a biomedical science or a degree in Medicine, Dentistry or other relevant subject, or an overseas equivalent. MBBS students may also enter this programme interrupting their medical degree and therefore have already met their host institution's entry requirements. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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