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Blood Science - MSc

Why study this course?

The Blood Science MSc course is designed to promote a deep understanding in the emerging mixed disciplinary area of blood science. You'll develop knowledge and skills which will empower you to be an autonomous professional practitioner. The course will foster high level reasoning skills and promote lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD).

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The Blood Science MSc course at London Metropolitan University is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to practice biomedical science at the highest level in the emerging multidisciplinary area of blood science. It is a flexible modular course designed to promote your personal and professional development.

You can choose to start in the autumn or spring following either a part-time or full-time study route, allowing you to fit study around your life.

All modules are taught by experts in their field and are supported by online web-based learning environment accessible from home any time day or night. Learning support is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical workshops.

You are likely to be working in biomedical science environment, either as part of a health service or in industry. People take the course for various reasons, but mainly for career advancement or continuing professional development.


You'll be assessed through self-diagnostic testing, debates, group work, 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

Individual modules are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

You will be required to have:

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

An applicant who can demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level equivalent to up to one third of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert required modules may apply, through the Department’s APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) coordinator, for appropriate transfer of credit.

Students are advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the pathway leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

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.

You will take five core modules, including a research project and two optional modules.

Core modules include:

  • Scientific Frameworks
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Research Project

Optional modules include:

  • Integrated Pathology
  • Biomedical Diagnostics
  • Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science
  • Epidemiology of Emerging Infections
  • Medical Genetics

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. Graduates with two years relevant professional experience can apply for the member grade of membership of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS).

The course develops professional skills which enhance employability. You can use the modules taken to complete IBMS top-up education towards your competency portfolio or as continued professional development (CPD).

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

Use the apply button to begin your application.

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.

Fees and key information