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Biomedical Science MSc 2018/19 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:

September 2018
May 2019

Fees:

£15,050
£15,900 (with prof. experience)

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Overview

As key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms, specialist and senior biomedical scientists are in great demand both within the NHS and private hospital laboratories.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), this Master’s course offers postgraduate training in a selected discipline – Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology or Infection science. You can advance your skills and knowledge in laboratory management, together with modern scientific developments, such as genomics and stem cell technology.

Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

See the facilities available in our new Alison Gingell Building

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 maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

Course information

This master’s course provides an in-depth understanding of disease processes from the molecular to the body/systems level, alongside the practical applications of biomedical science and recent scientific developments in diagnostic laboratory pathology.

The programme is composed of a combination of modules which progressively build to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or master’s. You can choose one of three specialist routes in biomedical science, all of which aim to advance your knowledge and link to the IBMS specialist training portfolio: Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; and Infection Science.

Core modules will familiarise you with the theoretical and practical aspects of molecular medicine as it is used in research and hospital laboratories. You will learn about the principles and practice of laboratory management, acquiring the skills required for researching and communicating in biomedical science, while optional modules allow you to gain additional specialist knowledge in areas such as quality management or genetics. 

Our extensive links with leading healthcare and research laboratories, such as NHS and private laboratories, enable us to ensure course content is kept up-to-date and relevant to employers. You will be introduced to some of the contemporary issues facing the industry, such as use of new technology and management of workload.

We provide hands-on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. You will be trained in biotechnology research strategies and gain a sound understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, their opportunities for innovation and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.

To qualify at master’s level, you will undertake a research project/dissertation, which may be carried out in the University labs or in the workplace if you are currently employed. We offer a range of projects in biomedical science as well as more specialist research areas such as sickle cell and malarial parasites as we have staff and practitioners currently investigating topics in these expanding areas. Previous students have chosen topics such as investigation of natural products to improve antioxidant levels in sickle cells and the anticancer properties of natural products on a leukaemia cell line. 

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Postgraduate Certificate:

    • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Biomedical Science


    Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science
    • Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology
    • Infection Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma

    • Research Skills


    Optional modules (2 of the following):

    • Evidence-Based Practice in Biomedical Science
    • Independent Study in Biomedical Science
    • Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training
    • Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training
    • Quality Management and ISO Standards
    • Genomic and Regenerative Medicine 
  • Master’s degree:

    • Project/Dissertation
  • Master’s degree with Professional Experience:

    • Professional Experience in Life Sciences 1         
    • Professional Experience in Life Sciences 2         
    • Life Sciences Professional Experience Project and Reflection 

In more detail...

  • Teaching links with the local National Health Service (NHS) cardiac rehabilitation team and with staff in hospital diagnostic laboratories.
  • For overseas students, it demonstrates your proficiency in laboratory medicine to IBMS and Clinical Pathology Accreditation laboratory training standards.
  • Flexible admissions: you can study on either a full-time or part-time basis and individual modules can also be taken for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Biology and related Sciences’ – 89% for the quality of teaching, compared to a sector average of 83% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTSE) 2016.
  • Regular guest lectures from current practitioners in the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including pharmacogenomics, neuropharmacology, pharmacovigilance and drug transport and development.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences research centre, which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.
  • Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will get hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.

The programme is composed of three named Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) qualifications which offer the opportunity to study one of three specialist areas in biomedical science, all of which aim to advance knowledge and link to the IBMS specialist training portfolio: Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; and Infection Science.

You can either enrol onto the full master’s course and select one of the three specialist routes or choose to start with a PgCert and later top up to Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s qualification, which has proved popular among students who are working full-time alongside their studies. 

The course can be studied over three semesters and one year as a traditional full-time master’s programme and two years part-time, starting in September and January. It can also be studied over 20 months as an extended full-time programme ‘With Professional Experience’. This incorporates two additional professional experience modules, in which you gain experience throughout either an internship with an external organisation or with the University.

Internships, subject to competitive application and selection, will normally be undertaken for three to five days per week for 18-22 weeks over two semesters, though shorter internships are subject to approval.

Teaching and learning incorporates lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, group and individual problem-based learning projects, and practical laboratory sessions to improve your skills in data analysis and statistical evaluation, all supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians. 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 and you will be expected to spend a significant proportion of your time in self-guided and guided study, discussing your learning with your peer group both informally in workshops and formally through seminars and other presentations. 

Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of drug dose response data to assess therapeutic and lethal ranges. The course also offers the opportunity for industry visits and fieldtrips, which have previously included a subsidised daytrip to look around the biotechnical laboratories within Nottingham’s BioCity, the UKs largest bioscience business incubator in the UK, or other professional laboratories.

You will receive a series of lectures and seminars on selected contemporary topics in modern biomedical science, delivered by University teaching, research staff and specialist visiting lecturers, including HCPC registered biomedical scientists from local hospitals. For example, we recently hosted a session on current blood transfusion methods with a HCPC registered practitioner from the local hospital and an expert from a well-known toxicology department in the West Midlands.

Assessment will be by a mixture of coursework and examinations. The coursework will be varied and include written work, such as essays, laboratory or project reports, seminar presentations, 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.


On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Advances in Biomedical Science.
  • Current methodologies and quality assurance in biomedical science.
  • Structure, regulation and organisation of biomedical science within the NHS and health-based industries (both public and private).
  • Research methodology, including design and management of scientific research.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audience.
  • Collect, analyse and present data using appropriate methods.
  • Apply scientific methods to the critical analysis of literature, reflection, information searching, and research methodology in areas of biomedical science.
  • Apply scientific/clinical methods to conducting and management of research.
  • Formulate and present a critical argument using a variety of methods (e.g. a presentation or essay) that would stand up to critical review and scrutiny in academic and professional settings.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, establishing fundamental techniques and carry out progressively more advanced laboratory-based investigations based on competence in biomedical technologies, including microbiology, cell culture and differentiation, biochemical, molecular and analytical techniques that are particularly relevant to contemporary approaches to disease diagnosis.
  • Operate, to lead and collaborate with others in order to solve problems of a practical nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Design a research study, including demonstrating awareness of safety and ethical issues.
  • Conduct an independent research project, including collection, analysis and presentation of data.

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 approximately 4 hours per week of directed study and approximately 12 hours per week of self-directed study, plus preparation of assignments. 

Throughout the world, there is an increasing demand for highly trained biomedical scientists who can supply a quality service based on UK NHS/IBMS standards for laboratory training linked to recognised Clinical Pathology Accreditation schemes and UK Assurance Standards. In China, India and especially Africa, for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, healthcare and healthcare training with quality assurance of standards within laboratory practice is now a prime concern. Indeed, many of our international students plan to return to their home countries and work in or open their own diagnostic laboratories. 

Our links with universities in Tanzania have led to the development of an online international learning (OIL) project so that our students can share ideas with Master’s students studying in this African country on topics including ethics in genetics, diagnosis and screening for conditions including albinism, sickle cell disease and Down Syndrome. Our Centre for Global Engagement supports students undertaking projects internationally and there is the possibility of joining staff and students on a field trip to Malawi to contribute to a variety of community based projects, including one on albinism. 

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


September 2018

£10,650
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (per year)


May 2019

£10,650
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (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


September 2018

£10,650
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (per year)


May 2019

£10,650
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (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


September 2018

£15,050
£15,900 (with prof. experience) (per year)


May 2019

£15,050
£15,900 (with prof. experience) (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

The course prepares you for a wide range of careers spanning government, academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences.

Examples of possible career routes include working in laboratory quality assurance and management or becoming a researcher or biomedical scientists for the NHS, public health laboratories, commercial diagnostic laboratories, the Blood Transfusion service, university research laboratories and bioscience/life sciences private companies. Within the NHS, a master’s qualification is required for further career progression to apply for Senior Biomedical Scientist positions at Band 7 and above. 

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. The course is also an excellent foundation for further studies leading to a PhD. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, research, for organisations including the Armed Forces and the NHS, as well as companies like The Binding Site.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.