Reasons to choose this course
- This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
- Our Biomedical Sciences team has over 30 years' experience of delivering high quality professionally accredited courses in this area of study. The team are always available to support you with your studies.
- This course offers the perfect opportunity for professionals within the biomedical industry to develop their qualifications whilst working.
- CPD points - it is possible to enrol for single modules in order to gain continuing professional development points.
- You can study at your own pace - no attendance required.
- You can start your course at different times during the year - choose the most convenient date for you.
As the majority of study is undertaken online through eLearning materials there is no attendance required at Nottingham Trent University during this course. This allows you to fit your study in around your other commitments.
Undertaking a distance learning course requires a self-disciplined approach to engaging with the self-guided eLearning materials that have been specially designed to deliver the course content.
Each module has an academic team which is responsible for developing the curriculum, producing the eLearning materials, providing online and telephone support, and assigning coursework and grades. You can contact your tutor and discuss ideas with other students via email, discussion boards, and over the telephone.
The research project is conducted in your place of work with joint supervision provided by your laboratory training officer and a member of staff from the School of Science and Technology.
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Starting: October, January and April
Course length: Two years part-time
Study location: Clifton campus
Fees and funding:
Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.
The MSc consists of a number of core modules including:
- Research Project
- Scientific Analysis, Review and Presentation
- Research Methods.
The core modules are studied consecutively throughout the programme and underpin the technology and theories of Biomedical Science.
The specialist subjects are chosen from the following options:
- Cellular Pathology
- Clinical Chemistry
- Haematology and Transfusion Science
- Medical Microbiology
- Heart Disease and Cancer
- Molecular Biology and DNA Technology
- Cell Culture and Antibody Technology
- Special Topics in Molecular Biology.
The specialisms are studied over the whole duration of the course and allow you to compile your Institute of Biomedical Specialist Portfolio, which is required for professional recognition.
The modular nature of the course allows you to enrol for a single module in order to gain CPD (continuing professional development) points, if you do not wish to register for the full MSc.
You will undertake self-guided and formal assessments, enabling us to monitor your progress. Various work-based learning tasks will be set, and evidence of completion will be submitted along with a reflective log. The reflective log will also be submitted along with the specialist portfolio, which is required for the award of Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Diploma. These will also be accompanied by a 10,000 word dissertation based on your chosen specialism.
The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University has a long association with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and more than 30 years' experience in delivering IBMS-accredited postgraduate courses in Biomedical Science.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, 90% of our research work in subjects allied to Medicine was judged to be of international standard, with 20% being recorded as world class.
The course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.
Graduates of this course develop a number of specific skills relevant to Biomedical Science. Knowledge and skills acquired will depend on the modules you choose, reflecting your interests, and be directly relevant to your career and professional development.
The course also aids your understanding of the advantages, limitations and applications of a range of fundamental and specialised biomedical techniques. It will teach you how to identify and resolve scientific and technical problems associated with the application of Biomedical Science, and enable you to design, execute and prepare critical written reports.
Graduates will be equipped to:
- deal with complex scientific issues with confidence, independence and originality
- continue advancing their knowledge and understanding
- develop new skills in the application of Biomedical Science
- adapt to future developments in this field of study
- communicate effectively with a range of personnel in management, research and academic contexts.
Although this course does not offer any formal placements, this course is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with the IBMS and industry.
- a UK honours degree in a Biological subject (minimum 2.2) or equivalent
- a professional qualification of equivalent status
- You will already be working in pathology or industrial biomedical laboratories or have a strong interests in Biomedical Science.
- International students please see the English language requirements section
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