This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). In the fields of Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking, SNBTS has a leading international reputation and the programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.
The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.
The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.
The programme covers the following areas:
Fundamentals of Transfusion Science Quality and GMP Blood Donation Processing and Testing Immunology and Molecular Biology of Transfusion Clinical Blood Banking Transplantation and Tissue Banking Information technology and Donation Biopharmaceutical Transfusion and Clinical Trials Management and Communication Governance/Ethics/Risks of Transfusion Research skills
The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.
Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.
After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.
This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.
An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in a relevant biological science. Applicants should also, preferably, have at least two years' experience of working in a relevant discipline, in a healthcare setting, and currently be working in a transfusion, transplantation or tissue- banking environment.
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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