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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Biomedical Sciences

Course Description

If you have a background in biomedical science, biology, medicine and life sciences, this course allows you to develop your knowledge in selected areas of biomedical science.

You gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of disease, with focus on the underlying cellular processes that lead to disease. You also learn about the current methods used in disease diagnosis and develop practical skills in our well-equipped teaching laboratories.

As well as studying the fundamentals of pathology, you can choose one specialist subject from:
Cellular pathology
-Microbiology and immunology
-Blood sciences.

Your work focuses on the in vitro diagnosis of disease. You develop the professional skills needed to further your career. These skills include: research methods and statistics; problem solving; the role of professional bodies and accreditation; regulation and communication.

This course is taught by active researchers in the biomedical sciences who have on-going programmes of research in the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre together with experts from hospital pathology laboratories.

Most of your practical work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which contain industry standard equipment for cell culture, quantitative nucleic acid and protein analysis and a sophisticated suite of analytical equipment such as HPLC and gas chromatography.

Many of our research facilities including flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and mass spectrometry are also used in taught modules and projects and our tutors are experts in these techniques.

The teaching on the course is split between formal lectures and tutorials, and laboratory-based work. A third of the course is a laboratory-based research project, where full-time students are assigned to a tutor who is an active research in the biomedical research centre. Part-time students carry out their research project within the workplace under the guidance of a workplace and university supervisor.

Three core modules each have two full-day laboratory sessions and the optional module applied biomedical techniques is almost entirely lab-based. Typically taught modules have a mixture of lectures and tutorials. The research methods and statistics modules are tutorial-led with considerable input from the course leader who acts as personal tutor.

The course content is underpinned by relevant high quality research. Our teaching staff regularly publish research articles in international peer-reviewed journals and are actively engaged in research into: cancer; musculoskeletal diseases; human reproduction; neurological disease; hospital acquired infection; immunological basis of disease.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-biomedical-sciences

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) who commended us on:
-The excellent scientific content of our courses
-The supportive nature of the staff which provides a positive student experience
-The laboratory and teaching facilities, which provide an excellent learning environment

Course structure

Full time – 14 months to Masters. Part time – typically 2 years to Masters. The certificate and diploma are shorter January and September intakes.

Course structure
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Core modules
-Biomedical laboratory techniques (15 credits)
-Evidence based laboratory medicine (15 credits)
-Cell biology (15 credits)
-Molecular diagnostics (15 credits)
-Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
-Research project (60 credits)

Optional modules
45 credits from
-Applied biomedical techniques (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of disease (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of cancer (15 credits)
-Human genomics (subject to approval) (15 credits)
-Blood sciences (30 credits)
-Cellular pathology (30 credits)
-Microbiology and immunology (subject to approval) (30 credits)

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework such as: problem solving exercises; case studies; reports from practical work; presentations. Research project assessment includes a written report, presentation and portfolio.

Visit the MSc/PgDip/PgCert Biomedical Sciences page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

One of the following: a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a biological subject or equivalent; a professional qualification of equal standing to an honours degree, for example MIBiol by examination, FIML; other qualifications such as HND, HNC or unclassified degree in biological subject, plus significant relevant work experience. IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

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