M.Sc. Medical Diagnostics

Cranfield University

Tuition fee:
  • € 8,120 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Medical diagnostics is the study of the procedures that provide information to aid the screening, detection, diagnosis and monitoring of disease. This dynamic discipline includes pathology, clinical biochemistry, immunology and radiology.

Technological advances, increased expectations for medicine, longer life expectancy and legal, ethical and economic factors are all playing a role in this burgeoning multi-million pound industry.

Uniquely, the course brings together biomedical and analytical science with production technology, business management, economics and ethics. It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) to assist with the career development of State-registered Biomedical Scientists. The programme comprises introductory lectures, a formal taught ten-module course, an integrating component and a four-month research project and thesis.

Students benefit from formal training support from key figures in industry and leading hospitals and we provide placements for all students wishing to carry out their research project in industry.

Suitable for both recent graduates and healthcare professionals, this course will prepare you for a career in this expanding industry with prestigious companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Unipath or Bayer and provides a route to novel and innovative higher research (MPhil/PhD) to drive medical diagnostics forward.


The course is divided into three parts:

Taught modules

A formal taught component comprising ten modules, each of two weeks duration and consisting of one week of lectures, practical work and site visits and one week for private study.

Modules are as follows:

* Biomedical Basis of Disease
* Research Design and Methodology
* Statistical Analysis and Interpretation
* Business Principles
* Analytical Technology
* Translational Medicine
* Diagnostic Methods I
* Diagnostic Methods II Molecular Methods
* Diagnostic Methods III
* Principles of Design and Production in the Diagnostics Industry

Integrating component

This element brings together the major themes of the MSc, leading to a conceptual awareness of key aspects within Medical Diagnostics.

Research project and thesis

The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.
The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as an opportunity for you to meet potential future employers and to apply your new knowledge.


1st or 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as anatomy, biology, biomedicine, biochemistry, chemistry, medical physics, medicine, pharmacology, physiology or radiology. Where applicable, students must achieve a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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