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Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) - MSc

Why study this course?

This Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) MSc is a flexible online course designed to help you undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD), top-up your qualifications or progress to a postgraduate qualification in biomedical science. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), this course is ideal if you are already working in a biomedical science environment.

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Our Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) MSc is delivered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Weblearn so you can sign up for one module at a time, allowing you to stay flexible and maintain your work commitments.

Members of the academic staff are often ex-practitioners of biomedical science, and you’ll find many of our researchers and staff members are conducting cutting-edge research. The team is also involved in an active biomedical science research group covering areas such as immunology, haematology, microbiology and biochemistry.

Like many of our applicants, you may already be working in a biomedical science environment, either as part of a health service or the broader industry. While people take the course for various reasons, it is most ideal for career advancement and CPD.

You can use the modules taken to complete IBMS top-up education towards your competency portfolio or as CPD. If you complete the MSc core modules and 80 credits from option modules, then you'll be entitled to the MSc qualification.

The distance learning modules in this course can be used to convert from less relevant BSc routes by undertaking studies in appropriate subject areas such as biochemistry, immunology and microbiology. See the Accelerated study section for more information.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through quizzes, personal learning logs and assessments which can include essays, posters, leaflets and online presentations.

Professional accreditation

Every module on this course is accredited by the IBMS.

You will be required to have:

  • a first or second class honours first degree (or equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences subjects (that included appropriate biomedical content), although other subjects may be considered

Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience, may be considered at the interview stage.

You may be able to convert from less relevant BSc routes by undertaking study in appropriate subjects. See the Accelerated study section for more details.

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.

Accelerated study

If you can demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level equivalent to up to one third of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert required modules, then you may apply through our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) coordinator for appropriate transfer of credit.

You’re advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the pathway leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 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:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of immunology. Reviewing the development and operation of the immune system in both health and disease. Exploring current ideas in immunopathology, immunosuppression, stem cells and immunotherapy. Exploring recent developments in immunoassays and immunocytochemical techniques for detection of antigens and disease markers.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills needed for the planning, organisation and practice of research in science. Bioethical considerations to developing a research project, and proposals for funding such as approaching an organisation for a grant are tacked. 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 provides an opportunity for student-lead problem solving applying knowledge acquired to a specific research question.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology. Examining the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, investigating the causes and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis.

    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (500 words)(30%), reflective learning log (500 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of human anatomy and physiology and the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation, treatment and diagnosis of diseases affecting human body systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module aims to expose students to some of the key questions of cell biology concerning the structure of cells and intracellular activities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    Introduction to Cellular Pathology
    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of Cellular Pathology. This module surveys the incidence and cause of human diseases. Diseases are characterised by comparing pathological with non-pathological states, with particular reference to underlying molecular and cellular perturbations.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry
    This module provides experience, knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of clinical biochemistry. It explores the rationale for laboratory testing in routine and specialised investigations, the methodologies used and quality assurance
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of clinical genetics. It explains UK NHS current approaches to clinical genetics and explores how cutting edge research in this field may impact human health and disease management in the future.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical immunology. It expandes on the mechanisms of the mammalian immune system in defence and evasion of microorganisms, the diagnosis and monitoring of immunological disease or disorders, organ transplantation, prophylaxis and immunotherapy, and immunological techniques

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module focuses on the structure and classification of a selected range of microorganisms and their impact on human society.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    Introduction to Haematology
    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology.Examining the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, investigating the causes and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Assessment: Quizzes (500 words)(30%), reflective learning log (500 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of immunology. It addresses the mechanisms of the mammalian immune system in defence against disease, the consequences of inappropriate responses of the immune system, immunological disease or disorders, organ transplantation, prophylaxis and immunotherapy, and immunological techniques.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module focuses on the structure and classification of a selected range of microorganisms and their impact on human society.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (20 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (500 words) (30%), reflective learning log (500 words) (30%), coursework (2000 words) (40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of molecular biology and genetics. It explains the underlying mechanisms of molecular biology and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (30%), reflective learning log (30%), coursework (1000 words; 40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of toxicology. It explains the underlying mechanisms of xenobiotic (drug) metabolism and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (300 words)(30%), reflective learning log (750 words)(30%), coursework (1000 words)(40%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of transfusion and transplantation. It addresses the identification of blood groups and antibodies, other haemopoetic cell antigens and their clinical significance, the safe supply of blood and blood products, the principles of stem cell and solid organ transplantation, tissue and bone banking, organ transplantation, prophylaxis and immunotherapy, and quality issues
    Semester: Autumn, Spring, Summer (10 credit)
    Required prior Learning: None
    Assessment: Quizzes (300 words)(30%), reflective learning log (800 words)(30%), coursework (900 words)(40%)

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This course is made up on 180 credits. Students self-select various modules from a list of 14 designate modules as well as taking three core modules over their study period.

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Immunology (20 credits)
  • Bioethics Research Grant Proposal (20 credits)
  • Research Project (Biomedical Science) (60 credits)

Option modules include:

  • Introduction to Haematology (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Immunology (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Transfusion and Transplantation
  • Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Cellular Pathology (10 credits)
  • Introduction to General Microbiology (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Immunology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Genetics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health  and Disease (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Cell Biology (10 credits)
  • Toxicology (10 credits)
  • Haemoglobinopathies (10 credits)

Successful completion of these modules has helped our graduates be considered for promotion at work, usually within biomedical science environments for employers such as the National Health Service (NHS).

If you have two years of relevant professional experience, you’ll also be able to apply for membership of the IBMS.

The fees are £625 per 10 credit module and £850 per 20 credit module, with the exception of:

  • the Research Project module, costing £2,490 plus a work bench fee charge if conducted in our laboratories (or £2,000 for IBMS members, but this requires the Bioethics Research and Grant Proposal module to have been passed first)
  • the Advanced Immunology module, costing £605

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

You must apply for part-time study only and pay in advance as you register for each module.

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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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