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Biomedical Science by Flexible Learning MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Practitioner; Professional
  • UCAS Code(s): HM23 /
  • Start Date(s): January 2022 / April 2022; September 2022; January 2023
  • Duration: Two-three years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Study part-time and online for an accredited Biomedical Science Masters qualification while continuing to work.

This flexible programme is designed to further your career in the healthcare profession, biomedical industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to a professional doctorate. 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.

  • Our Biomedical Sciences team has over 30 years' experience of delivering high-quality professionally accredited courses. The team is always available to support you with your studies.
  • You can enrol for individual modules and gain continuing professional development (CPD) credits.
  • If you are working in the biomedical industry, this course offers the perfect opportunity for you to develop your qualifications whilst working.
  • Study at your own pace - no attendance is required. The course starts in January, April and September each year - choose the most convenient date for you.

Course accreditation:

  • IBMSlogo

What you’ll study

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.

An MSc is 180 credit points. Students must choose 180 credit points of modules spread across the two years of the course initially. It is suggested there is an even split across the two years with Research Methods in the 1st Year and Research Project in the 2nd Year.

You will continue to study part-time in the second year from the modules listed below.

The MSc consists of a number of core modules including:

Research Methods and Bioethics (15 cp)

This module encourages you to think beyond your own subject, and interact accordingly. You'll gain a solid foundation in literature review, research design and planning, data analysis and a poster presentation by focusing your studies on a related ethical issue. Ethical issues in research will also be explored, as you discover when and how to obtain ethical clearance in accordance with ethical governance at NTU.

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Research Project (60 cp)

You will undertake a laboratory-based scientific investigation on a topic of your choice, subject to the approval of the Module Leader. The project work will be assessed as a piece of scientific research and will require an extensive literature survey and synthesis, appropriate experimental work, and an in-depth analysis and discussion of the findings.

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Scientific Analysis, Review and Presentation (30 cp)

This module enables you to gain the relevant skills required for high quality academic reporting of scientific research. Through a series of seminar sessions, you’ll learn how to research, analyse and report on scientific findings related to your specialist subject. During this module, you’ll decide upon a suitable thesis topic with guidance from your supervisor, and you’ll present your completed work as a written thesis and poster presentation.

The core modules are studied consecutively throughout the programme and underpin the technology and theories of Biomedical Science.

Optional modules are chosen from the following:

You should choose the balance of modules to a total of 180 credit points, which also include the optional specialist modules and optional professional studies modules.

Optional modules

Students can choose one or more of these modules.

Cancer and Heart Disease (30 cp)

Carry out in-depth analysis of cancer and cardiovascular disease, the two major causes of premature death in the UK. These diseases are examined at the physiological, biochemical and the molecular levels – you’ll explore the techniques available for the analysis, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, many of which are applicable to other disease states.

Pharmacology (30 cp)

In this module, you’ll see how genes can influence our physiology, and hence our pharmacological response to drugs used to treat pathological conditions. You’ll develop the concept of tailoring therapeutic drugs as the future of drug design, enabling physicians to prescribe personalised medical treatments based on an individual’s genome.

Molecular Biology and DNA Technology (15 cp)

This module provides valuable information for those who have not previously studied molecular biology, by developing your skills in one of the fundamental disciplines of modern theoretical and experimental biology. The aim of the module is to consolidate knowledge of the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and to illustrate how genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease.

Cell Culture and Antibody Technology (15 cp)

You'll explore the scientific basis of cell culture and antibody technologies, and assess how they're used to solve problems in biotechnology, molecular biosciences, and biomedical sciences. You'll look at the relationship between cell and antibody technologies, as well as other technologies, particularly recombinant DNA technology and how these may develop in the future.

Special Topics in Molecular Biology (15 cp)

You’ll explore the use of yeast and plant vectors and engineering for a variety of purposes, encompassing recombinant protein and metabolite production, research and crop improvement. Analysing how this knowledge can be applied to bioscience and biomedical sciences will enable you to make reasoned evaluations of the future scientific and commercial developments in both plant and yeast biotechnology.

Optional specialist modules

Students can choose one or more of these modules which run each year. These modules cover major disciplines of clinical pathology. You will learn the diagnostic applications in disease and develop a critical approach to the subject. The modules are assessed by coursework and online tests.

Cellular Pathology (30 cp)

Through distance learning, you’ll explore the key topics in cellular pathology, with particular relevance to current medical and diagnostic practice. You’ll apply your specialist knowledge to critically analyse data and information. This will include an appreciation of the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, alongside the fundamental issues associated with modern laboratory.

Clinical Chemistry (30cp)

By distance learning, you’ll study a variety of disorders. You’ll cover clinical symptoms and biochemical/molecular defects, as well as diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the fundamental role of biochemical analysis in the achievement both of clinical diagnosis and disease management is central to this module.

Haematology and Transfusion (30 cp)

This eLearning module aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the key topics in haematology and transfusion science. You’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, and a high-level of understanding of the subject with particular relevance to current medical and diagnostic practice.

Medical Microbiology (30 cp)

Interactive and interesting eLearning material will be the basis for the module. You’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of medical microbiology in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, and gain a high-level of understanding of the subject.

Cytology (30 cp)

On this module, you’ll explore the key topics in cytology, with a particular focus on current medical and diagnostic practices. This will include an appreciation of the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, alongside the fundamental issues associated with the modern laboratory. The two main areas of cytology – cervical cytopathology, and non-cervical cytopathology – will be covered.

Optional professional studies modules

These modules are for students who are studying or have completed the IBMS Specialist Diploma. The academic content is the same as the modules above with the same name but in addition there is advice on the types of evidence you can collect to complete your Specialist Diploma. Please note that if you have already done the IBMS Specialist Diploma, it must have been completed within the last 5 years to be valid for the course.

You cannot study one of these modules with the same name above e.g. you cannot study Cellular Pathology (30 credit points) and Cellular Pathaology with Professional Studies (45 credit points). Students would normally only study one of the professional studies modules.

You can choose only one Professional Studies module from:

Cellular Pathology with Professional Studies (45cp)

Develop an appreciation of the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness alongside the issues associated with the modern laboratory e.g. quality and governance. Specific areas covered will include: Professional roles and responsibilities; Health and safety; Quality assurance; Laboratory IT and equipment.

Clinical Chemistry with Professional Studies (45 cp)

Learn to critically analyse data and information in this module alongside studying the laboratory role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. Specific areas covered will include: Professional roles and responsibilities; Sample receipt and processing including data protection; Endocrine disorders; Drugs and toxicology; and Investigation of nutrition

Haematology and Transfusion with Professional Studies (45 cp)

Study the role of the laboratory in the role of diagnosis and treatment of illness. Specific areas covered will include: Iron deficiency anaemia and iron overload; Haemolytic anaemia; Abnormal haemoglobins and thalassaemia; Megaloblastic anaemia; Haemostasis abnormalities and Hospital transfusion practice

Medical Microbiology with Professional Studies (45 cp)

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.

We are one of twelve institutes who are education providers for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR). If you are a post registration healthcare professional, our LBR funded modules can help you gain progression in your career.

To find out more about our LBR provision, contact SST PG Enquiries.

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Student Profiles

Emma Copperwaite

Being awarded an NTU bursary was a huge privilege. It has allowed me to concentrate on the course instead of worrying about the next payment.

How you’re taught

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Further information

If you have questions regarding the course, please contact the course team at SST PG Enquiries.

Online learning

This course is taught completely online without the need for attendance at University.  The course material will be studied online with support via email or online meetings with your course tutor.  You will develop your knowledge and skills developed in your workplace.

Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Diploma

You will complete a portfolio of work that will be assessed by the IBMS. This is a requirement of the Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Diploma.

Feedback

Each module has a specialist team who are 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.

Staff Profiles

Mike Palmer

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Mike Palmer - Senior Lecturer in Bioscience. He teaches Haematology and Transfusion Science and a number of other areas related to biomedical science.

How you’re assessed

To monitor your progress you will take self-guided and formal assessments. Your exams can be taken in your workplace or a suitable venue as agreed by the university.

Coursework (865), written (12%) and practical (2%)

Careers and employability

Graduates of this postgraduate degree 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.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

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Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • a UK honours degree in a Biological subject such as biology, biomedical science, pharmacology or microbiology (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.
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200

What are we looking for?

  • a UK honours degree in a Biological subject such as biology, biomedical science, pharmacology or microbiology (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.
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2022, January 2023, April 2023 entry:

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time £4,400 (for Year One*) £4,400 (for Year One*)
CPD £735 per 15 credit points £735 per 15 credit points

* Please note that this fee is based on two years of study and the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study only. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our funding page will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Course fees for September 2022, January 2023, April 2023 entry:

Study route UK / EUInternational
Part-time £4,400 (for Year One*) £4,400 (for Year One*)
CPD £735 per 15 credit points £735 per 15 credit points

* Please note that this fee is based on two years of study and the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study only. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200

Talk to the Course Team

If you have questions regarding the course, please contact SST PG Enquiries.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Talk to the Course Team

If you have questions regarding the course, please contact SST PG Enquiries.

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