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Overview

This course offers you an ideal opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a range of specialist areas within biomedical science. You will enrich and update your knowledge, gaining a postgraduate qualification which will help you achieve progression at work. 

This IBMS accredited course is carefully tailored to maximise your employability within bioscience and offers an unrivalled range of professional expertise and top class facilities. You will learn both practical and theoretical aspects of clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology and haematology. It will offer you the chance to study a core MSc alongside a specialisation within different areas of biosciences. 

This course is designed and tailored to your own preferred specialism in either of the following: Clinical Biochemistry and Toxicology, Health and Disease of Physiological Systems, Clinical Microbiology and Infectious disease control and Immunology and Immunotherapy. 

You will learn about research methods and how to use diagnostics when detecting diseases or other medical conditions in order to assess potential treatments. Teaching will be based on lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities. The broad field of learning also suits people who are simply interested in furthering their knowledge of the subject. The course can be worked around a full-time job and there are intermediate awards available - a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate.

What makes this course different

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Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) - this recognition enhances future career opportunities.

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Tailored to maximise employability

This course is designed and tailored to your own preferred specialism.

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Top UK Modern university for Research Quality*

Bioscience made a major contribution to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It deems us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country. *(Biological Sciences, CUG, 2018)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This IBMS-accredited course equips you with knowledge of the practical as well as the theoretical aspects of specialist areas of biomedical science: clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology and haematology. As in other areas of biology, the cutting edge of research in medicine is primarily focused at the molecular level, using the recently developed - and constantly improving - techniques in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics.

For your MSc, you will need to complete the three core taught modules - Biology of Disease 1 and 2, and Research Skills - plus one optional module. You will then complete a research project. For the PG Diploma, which can also be studied either full or part-time, you will need to complete four taught modules including one optional. To obtain the PG Certificate - one year part-time - you must complete both the Biology of Disease modules. The optional modules are Immunology and Bioinformatics, though you will need to take them if you have not already studied Immunology at degree level.
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

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MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The focus of the course is not simply on acquiring a depth of current knowledge in the subject but also on the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge. We make use of recent research papers to inform class discussion.

In addition to taught modules in the field, we will give you training in research processes, including the generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, literature searching and the study of statistics. If you are doing the MSc, this will lay the groundwork for your individual research project which will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your individual skills and abilities.

The course requires two days of study per week, from 9am to 5pm, or one day a week part-time. We arrange visits to major drug companies, hospitals and other potential employers. Representatives from these organisations also deliver lectures on site. Your learning environment will involve lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Small projects and group work exercises are a highly enjoyable feature throughout the programme. 

This course is either a good way for people with degrees that don't tick all the boxes to tick the boxes so they can progress, or for people who have already done an accredited first degree and gone into working as a biomedical scientist who want to hitch their careers up. After a few years' working, you can refresh and update your knowledge of the subject.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed using a mixture of practical coursework and a theory exam. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including laboratory work, data analysis, essays and oral presentations. The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework including a presentation and research proposal, while the Research Project is assessed mainly on a final written report, plus a poster presentation and portfolio.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Amrutha Chilumuri

Amrutha Chilumuri is a lecturer in Infection and Immunity in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

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What we're researching

We have three research groups : The Medicine Research Group, The Infection and Immunity Research Group and the Clinical Research Group. While each group has their own specific areas of investigation we share labs, equipment and technical expertise. We have a lively internal communication agenda with weekly seminars and journal clubs where you will be welcome to join in.

Some of the key areas of ongoing research in the biomedical science area are: inhibitors of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, vaccine development in yeast vectors, genetic determination of pathogens in ticks, mechanisms antibiotic resistance and search for new antibiotics from natural compounds, molecular mechanisms of drug addiction, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, identification of immunopeptides, mechanisms of rejection in organ transplant, inflammation and its control with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. For a full list of projects please visit our staff pages.

Bioscience research played a major part in our successful performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. The work of our researchers was rated the best in London among modern universities. The expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as 'internationally excellent' and 19 percent of it as 'world-leading', the highest possible accolade.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Our goal is to equip you to progress in any science-based career or, if you have other career goals, to enrich you with the investigative, analytical, and communication skills that are sought by most employers.

As a biomedical scientist you can expect to work in publicly funded or private laboratories which provide an essential service to medical care for disease diagnosis and evaluation of treatment. Screening, diagnosis and analysis services are rapidly evolving in both structure and technologies and they require a dynamic and knowledgeable workforce.

Our Biomedical Science MSc can facilitate you to be part of and progress within that workforce. Because of our strong emphasis on research, the MSc may lead you to a research-based career whether through the PhD academic route or to working in pharmaceutical or in biotech companies.

Bioscience is playing an increasingly large role in society and your biomedical science expertise will be sought after by a variety to of industries and services including insurance and legal services, investment banking, public health bodies and local authorities to name just a few.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.