Biomedical Science - MSc

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Why study this course?

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), this postgraduate master's course is designed for biology, medicine, biomedical and life sciences graduates who are keen to develop their knowledge in this field. Studying in London, which is renowned for its medical institutions, presents you with ample opportunity for career development.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

On the Biomedical Science MSc, you’ll carry out studies on biomedical science, develop a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of disease processes and enhance your intellectual development through research projects.

By learning these advanced scientific concepts and improving your understanding of disease processes, you’ll develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in relation to diagnostic laboratory pathology.

Where options are available, we will also help you gain additional specialist knowledge in areas such as ageing, epidemiology and medical genetics.

The research project and dissertation will present you with an opportunity to focus and enhance your intellectual development to a high standard, worthy of the IBMS accreditation.

The London Met 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 this fascinating subject.

Overall, the Biomedical Science MSc will provide you with an advanced study of biomedical science that will underpin your professional development and progression.

Assessment

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

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

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

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the IBMS, the leading professional body of biomedical scientists with over 20,000 members in over 30 countries.

Successfully passing the course will also make you eligible to sit the IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma, which in turn allows you to upgrade and become a Fellow of the IBMS, a level of membership reserved for those working at the highest level of their profession.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

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

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday 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

    BM7042 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:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    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:
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module provides an opportunity for student-lead problem solving applying knowledge acquired to a specific research question.

    The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply and develop previously acquired knowledge and skills to a laboratory or IT-based biomedical research problem; and undertake, critically evaluate, reflect, and report on, an individual research programme.

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

    The aims are to provide students with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate published scientific research. To review a variety of statistical tests commonly applied to quantitative data sets, together with their respective assumptions and outlines of their underpinning theoretical basis. To consider the impact on scientific research of a variety of issues including safety, ethical and resourcing implications, data protection and intellectual property rights.

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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 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 - Wednesday afternoon

    This module 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:
    • 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).

    The module aims to provide an appreciation of the genetic basis of inherited diseases and, wherever possible, relate disease phenotype to mutations in gene products or to aberrations in gene expression. The material covered emphasises how an understanding of human biology has advanced through the study of genetic diseases, explores the development of therapeutic strategies using up-to-date primary sources and discusses the latest technological innovations.

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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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What our students say

“The content is up-to-date with the latest advancements in science and technology, and therefore the material provided by lecturers is new. The academics don’t hold my hand throughout the degree, and they have high expectations of my capabilities and I truly respect them for that. This also provides me with confidence that is applicable to the real world where I would be set a task and expected to complete it with my own initiative.”
National Student Survey

“Lecturers have drop in hours every week, while module information is clearly listed and very useful. With the biggest lab in Europe, London Met was very well suited to delivering my course with its equipment and lab technicians. Events with guest lecturers and fairs are available. There was always an availability of computers and printers and a vast amount of help overall.”
National Student Survey

After the course

Graduates of this course have gone on to new roles and promotions including biomedical scientist and Oncologist at institutions such as Guy’s and St Thomas’ National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre.

Many of our graduates are also well placed to apply for a Research Degree.

Scholarships

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

Additional costs

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.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

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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