Applied Biomedical Science MSc

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UKPASS code: 052233 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time day
Start: 14 September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Alumni discount.


Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £1,075.00
Overseas: £1,500.00

This course has been specifically designed as, a 'top-up' qualification for individuals who wish to become Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered biomedical scientists but who do not hold an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)-accredited BSc Honours degree. This programme is accredited by the IBMS and, in combination with a suitable first degree, the Applied Biomedical Science MSc will ensure that you possess the required academic knowledge for HCPC registration.

When you have completed both this course and the IBMS registration training portfolio (and been awarded your Certificate of Competence from the IBMS) you will then meet the HCPC standards of competency and can apply to become registered as a Biomedical Scientist.

The combination of modules that you study will be based in part upon your requirements for supplementary education as identified by the IBMS but, depending on the number of compulsory modules required, there is still some scope to tailor the course to match your own interests. The course also includes the opportunity to study Masters-level research projects in an area of your interest.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS

You will be able to develop your skills in information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation relevant to your research topic, and form a clear plan for your project.

POSTGRADUATE PROJECT

This module aims to enhance your skills of self-management, experimental design, critical analysis and interpretation of data, enabling you to present and justify your research

Option modules

CELLULAR PATHOLOGY

The aim of this module is to encourage you to evaluate the aetiology and pathogenesis of nonneoplastic disease at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. You will gain a broad and critical understanding of the current and future needs of your department in the continually evolving field of scientific support and diagnostic confirmation of malignant disease.

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY

You will discuss and debate current issues in the field of clinical chemistry, emphasising new technologies, assays and biochemical markers of pathology. The module aims to integrate aspects of physiology, biochemistry and chemical analysis of clinical samples for understanding disease processes and discipline based inter-relationships for their investigation.

CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY

This module aims to build on your knowledge of basic immunology and apply that knowledge clinically by relating the concepts and mechanisms of immunology to disease diagnosis and pathogenesis. It will provide you with the underpinning language skills to successfully study biosciences at postgraduate level.

HAEMATOLOGY AND TRANSFUSION SCIENCE

The module presents the three main fields of transfusion science: immunohaematology; blood donations (to include preparation of blood components, their appropriate use, and quality assurance); and the developments in stem cell/ tissue transplantation and related legislation. Emphasis will be given to diagnostic blood transfusion science, to enable you to work competently and develop professional skills in areas of transfusion science.

MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

You will gain greater insight into the factors determining the importance of infectious diseases and to develop a critical approach to contemporary literature on selected diseases, enabling an evaluation of the relative importance of routine laboratory investigations, laboratory-based research, clinical diagnosis and control of infectious diseases.

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR THERAPEUTICS

This module reviews and discusses the ways in which molecular biology has been used to treat inherited and acquired diseases. You will investigate the ethics and legislation involved in the use of novel therapies in humans.

MOLECULAR SCIENCE AND DIAGNOSTICS

This module is designed to make you aware of the impact of molecular biology on the diagnosis of human diseases. You will critically review the technologies and determine the advantages and disadvantages associated with each diagnostic strategy. Issues of accuracy, implementation, ethics and safety will be addressed.

PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR MEDICINE

The module provides you with a critical appreciation of the human genome, its regulation, functional significance of gene mutations and current approaches of identification of human genetic disorders. Topics covered include: molecular basis of host-pathogen interaction; molecular pathology of disease with simple genetics; molecular genetics of disease; complex systems, immunogenetics and disease; and molecular genetics of cancer.

Course team

Dr Ian Locke, Principal Lecturer

Associated careers

If you do not already have an IBMS accredited BSc Honours degree in Biomedical Science then this MSc programme is the next step on your path to becoming an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. Biomedical Scientists have the knowledge and skills to provide the crucial laboratory diagnostic service central to modern medicine and will be involved in over 70 per cent of all disease diagnoses from ante-natal care to emergency medicine. More information about biomedical science, the role of the Biomedical Scientist and the process of HCPC registration can be found on the IBMS website at www.ibms.org.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). 

Length of course

One year full-time, or part-time on a flexible basis.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

DateTitleLocation
07 June 2017Postgraduate Information EveningCavendish, Harrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street
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Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

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Postgraduate student funding

Find out about new student loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate master’s study.

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