Mastering the science of blood – exploring its characteristics and disorders, and understanding how it’s transfused – offers an impact far beyond the laboratory.
This is a course is designed to enable you to develop an advanced theoretical understanding, together with the practical techniques you’ll need to apply those theories in a research or clinical context. You’ll start off by developing a well-rounded understanding of biomedical topics, learning about analytical techniques and human disorders. You’ll then look at a range of specialist units – offering an in-depth look at everything from blood cells and diseases of the blood, to blood groups, transfusion methods and immunological aspects of blood. From there, you should be ready to tackle the issues that fascinate you, with an independent masters research project.
Whether you study full-time for a year or part-time for up to three, this Institute of Biomedical Science accredited course can open doors for your future. From furthering your career in a hospital laboratory or working in a research facility, continuing your studies or moving into teaching, management or any of the other paths open to you, you should be ready for a career full of impact.
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.
- 1 year: full-time
- 2-3 years: part-time
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.
- Practical connections – We work in partnership with hospitals across the region, offering the chance to organise research projects in clinically relevant areas.
- 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 and molecular biology, and tissue culture.
- Industry links – We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, 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.
This programme offers an avenue into a range of specialist fields 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.
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. Re-accreditation of MSc Biomedical Science by the Institute of Biomedical Science is in progress.
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.
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.
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.
This course is based around ten core units – which you can study within one year if you’re studying full-time, or spread over the course of up to three years part-time. You’ll cover eight units based around various aspects of haematology and transfusion science, from analytical techniques and recent advances in Biomedical Science to haemostasis and haematological malignancies
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.
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.
This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time 2-3 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.
- Disorder Case Study
- Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
- Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
- Clinical Haematology
- Transfusion 1
- Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
- Research Project
- Haematological Malignancies
- Transfusion 2
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:
- Full-time: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study
- Part-time: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study
- Full-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
- Part-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 (www.ibms.org) if this is your aim.
While this course doesn’t include a placement, we encourage all our students to gain work experience during their studies. Whether it’s a biomedical related 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 focussed events and 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.
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).
- UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied 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).
- Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied 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).
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.
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.
There is no placement associated with this programme.
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.