This professionally focused and accredited master’s course has been designed in response to employer feedback over current skills gaps and engages with current trends in disease diagnostics, as well as areas such as quality assurance, laboratory accreditation and work based training to engender a safe and accountable service.
It is intended for biomedical science graduates who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and professionalism. If you are already a Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered practitioner, it can aid career progression by providing the postgraduate qualification needed for senior level posts. Alternatively, if you wish to pursue employment within research or biomedical science laboratories, you will be eligible to undertake the IBMS Biomedical Scientist Training portfolio and register with the HCPC after completion.
You’ll be taught by an experienced teaching team, most of which have worked in the NHS in laboratories as scientists or as doctors, who will bring their medical experience with them. Staff will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem-based learning activities.
There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, giving you the opportunity to learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers. Other scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics are integrated within the course.
You will use diagnostic equipment in haematology and biochemistry, working with instruments you would see in a real clinical laboratory setting. These instruments offer a ‘hands on’ approach to testing clinical samples, setting up the instrument, calibration, quality control and result validation. We also offer visits to laboratories, including specialist, commercial and those within the NHS.
Our practical, vocational approach to teaching has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction among ‘Biology and related Sciences’ students – 95% overall satisfaction, compared to a sector average of 83% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTSE) 2016.
If you choose the extended ‘With Professional Experience’ route, you will have the opportunity to gain substantive professional experience and have the option of applying for an internship with a host of different organisations or participate in supervised, campus-based projects. Internships are being organised within the public and private sector, including the NHS, private laboratories, healthcare providers, medical research, university research centres and more.