This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist areas of Biomedical Science: Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Cellular Pathology and Haematology.
The modules comprising the Postgraduate Certificate programme centre around the biology of disease, and aim to provide the skills and knowledge in all the subject specialisations of Biomedical Science necessary to bring a student with a non accredited degree in a molecular based biological science subject to a suitable level to be able, after the prescribed laboratory training, to achieve State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist. In addition to these modules, students taking the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc programmes study an option module which can be selected from Immunology or Bioinformatics and a module teaching Research Skills, which includes generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, and literature searching, together with a study of statistics.
The optional module will be selected to complement the subjects studied on the students first degree programme. Students who have not studied Immunology at degree level will take that option. Those who have already taken an Immunology programme will have the opportunity to take a different option. Students taking the MSc programme additionally complete a research project.
The programmes have been designed for students with non-accredited degree qualifications who wish to start a career as Biomedical Scientists, and for students at the start of a Biomedical Science career who aim to progress to a higher level. As in other areas of biology, the cutting edge of research in medicine is primarily focussed at the molecular level using the recently developed, and constantly improving, techniques in molecular biology, genomics and proteomics. Knowledge in this area is expanding rapidly leading to a better understanding of disease processes and how they can be treated. In this programme these areas are studied in some depth.
The focus of the MSc programme in particular is not simply on the state of current knowledge but also the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge, making use of recent research papers to inform class discussion. In addition to taught modules in the field training in research processes is given, culminating in an individual research project which will give the students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their individual skills and abilities.
For entry to this programme, students are required to have qualifications equivalent to a honours degree from a UK university in a relevant subject or experience. For overseas students there is a requirement for an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent), TOEFL score of 650 or an equivalent. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to these criteria may be admitted to the programme at the admission tutors discretion which will normally involve an interview.
No work experience is required.
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