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Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) MSc

Code
PGB90X
Start
October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Zhanzhong Shi

Haematologists specialise in disorders of the blood and blood-forming tissues, and their contribution to patient care is fundamental and wide-ranging. Whether you're analysing data from patients' samples, matching donated blood with someone who needs a transfusion or researching cures for blood cancers, your work will improve and save countless lives.

Why study MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) at Middlesex University?

This Masters programme has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on developing laboratory skills and gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques. It also incorporates elements of microbiology and clinical biochemistry and you'll be able to study and learn within the University's specialist laboratories which include a modern, well-equipped cell culture facility, fully-equipped proteomics facilities and a microbiology lab. You will have access to a molecular biology laboratory for techniques such as DNA sequencing, real-time PCR, electrophoresis and HPLC. You'll also learn to use cutting-edge techniques such as MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers and flow cyto meters.

The Biomedical Science courses at Middlesex have a burgeoning international reputation and the University's strong links with London hospitals and NHS Laboratories ensures that you will be studying the latest developments, practices and research. Our Centre for Investigative and Diagnostic Oncology has pioneered techniques for cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the Haematology department is very active in research into blood cancers, HIV and AIDS.

If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you study only eight modules, omitting the Dissertation, or a PGCert where you study only four modules.

Course highlights

  • The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • You'll have the opportunity to visit diagnostic laboratories
  • Our location gives you easy access to the British Library, the Science Museum, the Royal Institution and more
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

What will you study on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science)?

This course will cover the components of human blood and the disorders that affect them, techniques for diagnosing and monitoring disease, and the analysis of blood test results. You’ll look at blood cell formation, blood count, haemoglobinopathies and types of anaemia such as clotting abnormalities, cancers of the blood and bone marrow, myelodysplasia and MPD. You’ll also study blood transfusions and blood donation including blood types, blood typing and tissue typing techniques as well as haemolytic disease of new-borns, reactions to transfusions, and safety measures and care of blood products. In addition, you will explore the ethical and legal issues which can surround specific types of research such as assisted reproduction and genetics, and human or animal research.

What will you gain?

As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, you will also gain a sound understanding of how to design and carry out experiments, statistical analyses as well as techniques for analysing samples and molecules. You will also be proficient and capable in all aspects of managing a laboratory, including people management, business plans and budgets, safety regulations, and quality management.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to examine advanced bioanalytical techniques that are used in biomedical research, for the analysis of products, for improving diseases understanding and for the analysis of disease biomarkers. It also provides a detailed understanding of the principles, theory and practice of bioanalytical techniques, including safety, instrumentation, sample preparation techniques together with analysis and interpretation of analytical data.

    • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide insight into a range of ethical and legal issues that relate to professional practice, to research with human and animal subjects and to human reproduction, particularly various forms of reproductive technology. It will also aim to give students a broad overview of the relevant current UK ethical and legal regulations for research using human tissues. The module will further explore the ethical issues present in the rapidly developing area of genetic technology, including genetic testing and selection, genetic engineering, and the concept of genetic disease. After an introduction to basic ethical theory and legal principles, the focus of the module will be on exploring ways in which, by applying theoretical considerations to practice, ethical and legal issues can be critically analysed and addressed.

    • Blood Analysis and Pathology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce principles and diagnostic techniques of general haematology. It looks at the individual components of normal human blood in detail, and explains the molecular mechanisms of haematological diseases affecting each component. The module also analyses the role of the haematology laboratory in diagnosis and treatment of patients with haematological abnormalities.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide students with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip students with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.

    • Haemato-oncology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce specialist diagnostic techniques used in haemato-oncology. It provides deep appreciation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas. It also analyses the role of the haematology laboratory in diagnosis and treatment of patients with these conditions.

    • Laboratory Leadership and Management (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide students with current theories and approaches to leadership and management in order they can bring about effect positive change in the team or organisation that they lead or manage.

    • Research Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      Module aims to develop students' skills in planning and execution of an analytical, laboratory-based study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on their acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop students' communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings in written and oral form.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How will the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) be taught?

As well as doing practical work in our laboratories and visiting working diagnostic labs, you’ll be introduced to core knowledge and concepts at interactive lectures, which you’ll explore further through discussions and problem-solving exercises in seminars and workshops. You’ll submit written work and give presentations; you’ll also attend computer sessions and learn how to carry out literature searches and analyse research literature. In your spare time you’ll be able to undertake independent study and use the resources on the university intranet, which include quizzes, links to research papers and interactive tutorials.

Assessment

As well as practical and theoretical exams and your research project and dissertation, you’ll be assessed through presentations and written assignments, including essays, laboratory reports and logbooks, critical reviews, data analysis and problem-solving exercises, quizzes, and papers made up of a literature review, hypothesis and research question. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work, from your tutors and sometimes from fellow students. You will also be asked to evaluate your own work.

For your dissertation, you'll design, conduct, evaluate and present the results of your own independent and original research project in a clinical or laboratory setting. You can base your project at your workplace if you’re in relevant employment. You will present your finding through a 12,000 to 15,000 word report and a presentation to your tutors and fellow students.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

How can the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) support your career?

Biomedical science is the second largest profession registered by the Health Professions Council, and there is a high demand for well-qualified graduates. This course will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to work in a wide range of roles such as management, consultancy, lab supervision, or in international roles within hospitals, schools and universities. There are also opportunities in diagnostic laboratories within both the public and private sectors.

If you're currently working in haematology, this Masters programme will help you progress to a more senior position. You might also wish to explore your options in research or academia, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

There are many opportunities available in a variety of sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, academia, education, biotechnology, and even areas like patent law, forensic science and science journalism. Biomedical scientists also work in primary care, in doctor’s surgeries and clinics, or there are opportunities with the National Blood Service, Public Health England, the Medical Research Council, and the Health and Safety Executive.

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