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Biomedical Science MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST132 MSc
HLST139 MSc (with Professional Experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time
20 months full-time with professional experience

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

May 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms.

This course offers postgraduate training in a selected biomedical science discipline, either Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology or Infection Science, together with opportunities to advance skills and knowledge in laboratory management and accreditation, plus modern developments such as genomics and stem cell technology.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

The MSc course is accredited by the IBMS; individual modules may also be studied for CPD accreditation.

Accreditations and approvals shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant body's standard review process and subject to the University maintaning the same high standards of course delivery.

Course information

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

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Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

Modules

Overview

Students will study Professional and Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science, Research Skills plus they elect to study the modules outlined.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST132), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Modules

  • One of the following

    • Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences
    • Infection Science
    • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology
  • Two of the following

    • Genomics and Regenerative Medicine
    • Independent Study in Biomedical Science
    • Evidence Based practice in Biomedical Science
    • Quality Management and ISO standards
    • Laboratory Management, Leadership and Training (suitable for current HCPC practitioners in management roles)
    • Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training (suitable for students who are not currently in management roles) 

In more detail...

The subject specific topics will be taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Specialist visiting lecturers including HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists from local hospitals will contribute to the course delivery, and there may be some opportunities for visits to specialist laboratory facilities.

The University's online learning environment will be used for links to relevant resources and online discussions. Some modules will require you to collate and analyse data from your workplace or from the University. Skills modules will encourage you to identify and address personal development needs with support from tutors, plus improve your skills in data analysis and statistical evaluation. These professional and scientific skills will be utilised in your independent research project and also in the module Independent Study in Biomedical Science.

You will be expected to spend a significant proportion of your time in self-guided and guided study, and to discuss your learning with your peer group both informally in workshops and formally through seminars and other presentations.

Assessment will be by a mixture of course work and examinations. The course work will be varied and will include written work (essays, laboratory reports, project reports etc), seminar presentations and posters, and data analysis exercises.

Portfolio based assessments will be used to document your skills development and laboratory record keeping.

Examinations are held in the three subject discipline specialist subjects.

As a full time student you can expect to have approximately 12 hours per week of contact teaching.

In addition you will be expected to engage with directed and self-directed study, plus preparation of assignments.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission for PgCert/PgDip and MSc Biomedical Science are:

  • An Honours degree in a Biomedical Science undergraduate course; with a minimum of a lower second class (2.ii) classification;

or

  • An equivalent appropriate qualification that includes substantial clinical or biomedical content. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: clinical biochemistry, microbiology and virology, clinical immunology, haematology.

The requirements for admission for PgCert/PgDip and MSc Biomedical Science are:

  • An Honours degree in a Biomedical Science undergraduate course; with a minimum of a lower second class (2.ii) classification;

or

  • An equivalent appropriate qualification that includes substantial clinical or biomedical content. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: clinical biochemistry, microbiology and virology, clinical immunology, haematology

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The requirements for admission for PgCert/PgDip and MSc Biomedical Science are:

  • An Honours degree in a Biomedical Science undergraduate course; with a minimum of a lower second class (2.ii) classification;

or

  • An equivalent appropriate qualification that includes substantial clinical or biomedical content. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: clinical biochemistry, microbiology and virology, clinical immunology, haematology

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

MSc Biomedical Science graduates will be well placed to consider employment in several different areas of life sciences including the NHS, for example as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist in a pathology discipline or entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

Employment in commercial diagnostic laboratories, research organisations and sales and marketing are also options graduates may wish to consider. Opportunities are available both in the UK and overseas.

Examples of possible career routes include:

  • NHS laboratories and similar private laboratories, PHE laboratories, the Blood Transfusion service.
  • University research laboratories.
  • Bioscience/Life Sciences private companies.
  • Laboratory Quality Assurance and Management


Work Placements

If you elect for the Extended Masters programme MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience (HLST139) you may apply for an internship lasting 2 semesters.


Global Leaders Programme

The Global Leaders Programme is not applicable to this course.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.