M.Sc. Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences

University of Bristol

Application deadline: Not fixed
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This programme aims to develop your interest, knowledge and understanding of the theory, practical techniques and research relating to the science of transplantation and transfusion medicine. For example: How is blood processed? When do we give platelet transfusions? How is tissue engineering being used to replace heart valves? What causes haemolytic anaemia? How do we reduce the transfusion-related risk of HIV and vCJD?


The MSc programme consists of five units. A, B and D are taught through informal lectures, interactive tutorials and assignments. Transfusion and Transplantation in Practice (C) is a course of practical work and hands-on demonstrations in research and service labs in Bristol. The research project (E) allows you to plan, execute, analyse and write up an original investigation as a thesis under guidance from a supervisor.

For the award of MSc, a pass in all units is mandatory. For the award of Diploma, a pass in units A, B, C and D is mandatory. For the award of Certificate, you must pass units A, C1 and D1.

The lecture subject areas are:

* Haemopoiesis
* Immunology
* Platelets and Coagulation
* Blood Groups
* Haematological Diseases
* Blood Donation
* Blood Components
* Clinical Transfusion
* Transfusion-Transmitted Infections
* Stem Cell Transplantation
* Solid Organ Transplantation
* Tissue Engineering

Core units

* A: The Principles of Transfusion and Transplantation Science

The scientific principles that provide the foundation of transfusion and transplantation science. Includes lectures on the molecular genetics of blood groups and the structure of antibodies.

* B: The Application of Transfusion and Transplantation Science

Applied aspects of contemporary clinical and laboratory practice used in service provision and research. Includes lectures on blood processing and how antibodies cause transfusion reactions.

* C1 & C2: Transfusion and Transplantation in Practice

Uses Bristol's status as a centre of excellence for service provision and research in transfusion and transplantation sciences. Comprises laboratory placements with handson experiences recorded in a logbook.

* D1 & D2: Research Methods and Biostatistics

The principles of experimental design, including basic and intermediate statistical methods required to interpret published data and analyse new data generated from research. Includes sessions on presenting scientific data, writing grant applications and project management.

* E: Research Project

Supervised research, undertaken by full-time students at Bristol and by part-time students in their home institution. Enables you to develop an understanding of the principles of biomedical research and scientific method.


An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Medicine, or Biomedical Science/Clinical Laboratory Science or related subjects such as Biochemistry and Microbiology. Lower second-class honours or non-degree qualifications may be considered if proof of relevant laboratory experience and other academic achievement is provided.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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