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Biomedical Science - MSc

Why study this course?

This course is designed for biology, medicine, biomedical and life sciences graduates, keen to develop their knowledge in a city renowned for its medical landmarks.

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You will carry out studies of biomedical science, develop a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes and enhance intellectual development throughout research projects.

The team delivering the course have an exceptional research profile, particularly in oncology, molecular medicine, immunology and virology. Specialist guest lecturers will add their own enlightenment and passion to a fascinating schedule.

The course aims to:

  • provide you with advanced study of biomedical science, which underpins professional progression and development
  • provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes
  • develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology
  • enable you, where options are available, to gain additional specialist knowledge in areas such as ageing, epidemiology and medical genetics
  • enhance your intellectual development throughout the research project and dissertation

Assessment

Students undertake a variety of assessment methods including case studies, literature evaluations, self diagnostic testing, debates, group work, presentations, coursework, essays, and cumulative exams.

Practical skills are summatively assessed through the coursework assignments, including those in the final Project module.

Data handling skills are assessed by, practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations, exams and seminar presentations.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body of Biomedical Scientists.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK undergraduate degree in biomedical science, though applications are welcome from other related subjects and will be considered on an individual basis

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    The module focuses on the development and operation of the immune system in both health and disease and explores current research in immunopathology, stem cells and immunotherapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Biomedical Diagnostics focuses on current and emerging wet techniques used to analyse disease biomarkers, with an emphasis on genomic markers, for diagnosis in medicine. It runs in the Autumn semester and is assessed by an in-course test and an essay. There are no pre-requisites other than satisfaction of general entry requirements, and it includes a component of laboratory work.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module reviews the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical investigation of selected systems diseases that make a significant contribution to morbidity and mortality within healthcare. It gives an evaluative systems approach to disease (including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune disorders and cancer) with reference to underlying molecular and cellular perturbations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies
    • autumn semester

    This module provides an opportunity for student-lead problem solving applying knowledge acquired to a specific research question.
    Teaching period: Autumn, Spring, or Summer

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills needed for the planning, organisation and practice of research in science. Different analytical approaches to problems will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. Students will consider the impact of appropriate safety, ethical and resourcing implications in the design and operation of a project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Biomedical Informatics applies in silico approaches to explore the relationship between genotype and phenotype in the context of human disease and health. It includes an analysis of the influence of genetic variation in human populations to the penetrance of disease phenotype and to responses to environment, lifestyle and therapy. It runs in the Spring semester and is assessed by two pieces of coursework and a presentation. There are no pre-requisites other than satisfaction of general entry requirements.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides a review of the principles and practice of clinical biochemistry. It draws student’s attention to evolving technologies and expands understanding of biochemical analysis, metabolism and physiology to those situations commonly encountered in the clinical chemistry laboratory.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the occurrence of emerging infectious diseases, their origins, evolution and epidemiological features that facilitates their adaptation to, and transmission within, human populations. A range of microbial pathogens will be reviewed and emphasis will be placed on their impact on public health and strategies for disease control. GIS will be covered as an example of an epidemiological tool.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides an opportunity for a formal examination of ethical theories (eg deontology, utilitarianism, care ethics, virtue ethics, etc), and to apply these theories to selected topics in contemporary biomedical science

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module focuses on the practice of haematology in a clinical setting. Providing the understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology. The module also explores the epidemiology, causes, consequences and monitoring of haematological and haemostatic disease. A focus on Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Good Laboratory Practice and British Society for Haematology guidelines for current practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module focuses on human diseases with a genetic component, from monogenic disorders to complex, multifactorial diseases. Consideration is also given to hereditary mechanisms not linked to DNA sequence (e.g. genomic imprinting).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of transfusion and transplantation. Investigating the scientific principles of immunology, microbiology, haematology and medical technology which underlie the practice of transfusion and transplantation, with attention to current trends and research. The module also explores the ethical issues associated with transfusion and transplantation.

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The MSc is a one year, full-time course involving 30 weeks of taught modules divided into two 15-week semesters. The part-time mode follows a similar pattern over two years. You take four taught core modules and two optional taught modules.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Immunology
  • Biomedical Diagnostics
  • Integrated Pathology
  • Scientific Frameworks for Research
  • Research Project

Optional modules:

  • Haematology
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Genetics
  • Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science

To qualify for the MSc award you will need to carry out a Research Project during the summer period and then submit a 10,000-word dissertation. Postgraduate Diploma students take six modules in total and Postgraduate Certificate students three modules. Individual modules may be taken for the purpose of continuing professional development.

Read more details about the modules from our course specification.

Career opportunities include employment in NHS hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for research studentships.

This course allows students to be considered for promotion at work. It also allows them to be eligible to sit the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) higher specialist diploma leading to fellowship of the IBMS (FIBMS).

A number of partial scholarships are available for international students from outside the EU.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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