MSc in Clinical Biochemistry

General

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Program Description

Overview

Our best defence against disease isn’t a new therapy, wonder drug or technological miracle. It’s knowledge. With our MSc Clinical Biochemistry course, you will gain the technical skills and in-depth understanding to explore, harness and add to that knowledge.

It’s a course that offers both a theoretical understanding of clinical biochemistry concepts, together with the practical techniques to apply those theories in research – equipping you for practice at the specialist level.

You’ll study a range of units, taking a systematic approach to disorders, developing expert analytical techniques and exploring the essential concepts around general, specialist and diagnostic clinical biochemistry.

From there, you’ll tackle a Research Project on a topic of your choice – exploring the issues that fascinate you, while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific inquiry. Along the way, you’ll have the support of an expert team and access to specialist, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. You’ll also benefit from our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester, offering the chance to do your research in clinically relevant areas.

So, by the time you leave us, you should have everything you need to open doors for your career – ready to make your impact in clinical biochemistry.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Non-means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master's students.

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent standards – Reflecting the quality of our teaching and our curriculum, the course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • Recognised expertise – Our Bioscience Research Centre represents one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK, with a reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system.
  • Leading research – Our research is internationally recognised, with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Cutting-edge facilities – We have an extensive range of equipment in our specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell & molecular biology and tissue culture.
  • Practical connections – We work in partnership with hospitals across the region, offering the chance to organise research projects in clinically relevant areas.
  • Industry links – We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West, ensuring our biomedical science curriculum is up-to-date.
  • Athena SWAN award – Manchester Metropolitan University’s commitment to promote and advance gender equality in STEM subjects has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.
  • Online learning – Our online virtual learning platform 'Moodle' provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.

Career Prospects

The programme can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas like hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or public health and transfusion laboratories. The subjects you’ll cover will not only help you prepare for you the Institute of Biomedical Science Higher Specialist examination and for the advanced practice that follows, but can also lay the groundwork for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both in the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

Professional Accreditation

Across the Department of Life Sciences we ensure maximum quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and strong employment prospects for our graduates through accreditation, approval and recognition from professional, regulatory and statutory bodies including the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the National School of Healthcare Science, the Royal Society of Biology and Health Education England.

All of our postgraduate degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Clinical Links

Our local connections are also an important part of our strength and identity. We have extensive links with the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region. Our degree programmes build on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The Department of Life Sciences was the first in the UK to design and receive accreditation for the new Practitioner Training Programme Healthcare Science degrees commissioned by Higher Education England's Modernising Scientific Careers. The programme combines academic study and work-based training and is a professional qualification required to practice as a healthcare science practitioner in a number of areas.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you a have an equivalent professional qualification or substantial relevant professional experience, or if you have an HNC medical laboratory science plus at least 10 years’ experience. If you are a Fellow of Biomedical Science, you’ll be eligible for exemption from some of the units on the course.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

You’ll study a total of eight units over the course of this year-long programme. That includes six units based around various aspects of Clinical Biochemistry, from analytical techniques and recent advances in Biomedical Science to specialist and diagnostic approaches vital in the clinical environment. From there, you’ll take a unit designed to help you develop the research methods and explore the ethical framework you’ll need to tackle the last unit of the course: an in-depth, independent research project.

Our research in Life Sciences

We represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole-body studies of human movement.

We conduct basic and translational research to understand biological systems in disease, sensing and detecting by-products of disease and contemporary challenges, including ageing and development of new technologies for personalised medicine.

Scientists in our Bioscience Research Centre are pioneering new ideas with real-world application and global potential to improve health and wellbeing and make a positive difference to people's lives.

Year 1

Core Units:

  • Disorder Case Study
  • Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
  • Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
  • General Clinical Biochemistry
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Research Project
  • Specialist Clinical Biochemistry
  • Diagnostic Clinical Biochemistry
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
Additional information about this Course

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science as masters level study. Please note that this qualification cannot be used as leading to eligibility for HCPC registration you should refer to the guidance on the IBMS website if this is your aim.

Placement Options

While this course doesn’t include a placement, we encourage all our students to gain work experience during their studies. Whether it’s a scientific role to help you develop your technical skills in the lab environment or the kind of job that will help you develop useful employability skills like teamwork or leadership, we can help. Between the Careers and Employability service and the staff within the School of Healthcare Science, we offer careers-focused events and plenty of support for arranging work experience, searching for opportunities and getting through applications and interviews.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, an outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

  • £110

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year, however, there are PCs on campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year (one year if FT), including the dissertation in the final year. Full-time students will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of their project-if you lose or damage these, replacement is your responsibility.

Professional Costs

You may wish to join the Institute of Biomedical Science. The level at which you join will depend upon your individual circumstances/ background. The annual cost can vary from £10 to £100.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less