Biomedical Studies (Distance Learning) - MSc

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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. This course is ideal if you are already working in a biomedical science environment.

More about this course

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 especially well-suited for those seeking 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

All modules on this course are accredited by the IBMS.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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.

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a 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 2021/22 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 currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    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.

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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)

    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

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

    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.

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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 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)

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Where this course can take you

Successful completion of these modules has helped our graduates to 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.

Fees

The fees are £670 per 10-credit module and £910 per 20-credit module, with the exception of:

  • the Research Project module, costing £2,510 plus a work bench fee charge if conducted in our laboratories (or £2,020 for IBMS members), but this requires the Bioethics Research and Grant Proposal module to have been passed first

All fees for this course are subject to standard university rules and regulations for distance learning courses.

Should you exercise your statutory right to cancel your enrolment within 14 days, no fees or charges will apply and any payments made will be refunded.

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.

If you require a Student 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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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