Biomedical Science MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

Various - see overview section

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 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience)

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Faculty:

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Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321

 

ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

 

Overview

You can now study this course via multiple pathways:

HLST228 Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences pathway
HLST229 with Professional Experience

HLST230 Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology pathway
HLST232 with Professional Experience

HLST231 Infection Science pathway
HLST233 with Professional Experience


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.

Currently 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. This course aims to 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.

Ranked 12th for Graduate Prospects - Guardian University Guide 2020.

See the facilities available in our new Alison Gingell Building. 

*Coventry University’s accreditation with IBMS shall be up for renewal in 2021 Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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 currently 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.

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our alumni say

The support provided to us has really helped our journey as postgraduate students and the career choices we make.

Henna Nabi, MSc Biomedical Science 2018/19

Course information

This master’s course aims to 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 upon successful completion build to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Biomedical Science, Master’s (MSc) Biomedical Science, or as an extended MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience. You can choose one of three specialist pathways all of which aim to advance your knowledge and link to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) specialist training portfolio: Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; and Infection Science. Part-time study is available for all programmes except the extended course with Professional Experience.

This Biomedical Science course includes the opportunity to gain extensive hands on experience in the laboratory, including use of diagnostic instruments encountered in a clinical setting and contemporary techniques in molecular biology. You should appraise current developments in genomics and regenerative medicine and their application to biomedical science, and explore the professional requirements for laboratory management including quality assurance, laboratory accreditation and regulation.

An additional exciting and innovative feature of this course is the inclusion of a module focussed on Entrepreneurship and Strategic Leadership. This module should enable you to understand and apply business management principles in problem-based scenarios. This should give you added skills and promotes innovative thinking which can be applied in many sectors of life, including biomedical science laboratories. This Entrepreneurship and Strategic Leadership module is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)** and students who successfully complete the module and meet CMI evidence requirements will gain a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management.

MSc Biomedical Science students undertake a research-based project involving planning, realisation, analysis and reporting of an independent research investigation. Within the School of Life Sciences, a range of project opportunities are available, linked to staff research, including specialist areas of biomedical science such as sickle cell anaemia, cancer genetics and parasitology. 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. Projects may also be carried out in the workplace if you are working alongside your studies.

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience aims to produce master’s graduates who are not only knowledgeable about their chosen field of study but also have the skills and competencies, backed by real world experience, to apply these to the workplace. Thus, it aims to provide an innovative course structure for you to evidence your preparedness for future career options. The Professional Experience aspect involves two semesters (semesters 3 and 4 of the course) in a professional environment, which may be either on campus or with external providers***, followed by a final semester in which a research investigation, carried out as part of the Professional Experience, is reported in a formal thesis. A variety of different Professional Experience opportunities are offered***, allowing you to develop particular skills and competencies and extend your particular interests.

***External provider and professional experience opportunities are subject to competitive application and availability.

94%

of students agreed the course is intellectually stimulating

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Diploma:

    • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Biomedical Science
    • Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training
    • Global Professional Development - Entrepreneurship
    • Genomic and Regenerative Medicine
    • Research Principles and Preparation

     

    Optional module (1 of the following):

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

  • Master’s degree:

    As PGDip plus

    • Research project

  • Master’s degree with Professional Experience:

    As PGDip (minus Research Principles and Preparation) plus

    • Professional Experience Preparation for Biomolecular Science
    • Life Sciences Professional Experience 1
    • Life Sciences Professional Experiences 2
    • Life Sciences Professional Experience Report and Reflection

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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 Sports, Life and Exercise Sciences research centre (CSELS), 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include essays, laboratory or project reports, seminar presentations, posters, data analysis exercises, formal examinations and portfolio based assessments.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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. 

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

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 (2.i for the professional experience course)

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 (2.i for the professional experience course)

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.

Note: For January 2020 applications onwards IELTS requirements for the professional experience course will be 7 overall, with no component lower than 6.

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 (2.i for the professional experience course)

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.

Note: For January 2020 applications onwards IELTS requirements for the professional experience course will be 7 overall, with no component lower than 6.

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.

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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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


UK 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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £14,000
£16,700 (with prof. experience) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The course aims to prepare 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 should acquire during and on successful completion of 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 previous 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. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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