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Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Enhance your career opportunities and develop your advanced knowledge and skills of biomedical science focusing on human health, disease pathophysiology, emerging diagnostics, therapeutics and state-of-the-art research. The overall aims are to improve your laboratory speciality knowledge, research, and management skills in an environment of ongoing scholarship and research.

Overview

Watch: Programme Leader Dr Naomi Martin discuss what to expect in Advanced Biomedical Science at DMU.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course will provide you with a portfolio of advanced knowledge and skills relevant to biomedical science in clinical and research environments. 

You will integrate and explore the contemporary knowledge and understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic and monitoring procedures and therapeutic strategies in relation to human health and disease. You will be taught by a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists.

Benefit from the opportunity to choose optional specialisms such as Cancer Biology, Nutrition & Public Health, Leadership & Quality Management and Advanced Biotechnology and associated assessments.

Develop your transferable and employability competencies with the Advanced Professional Laboratory & Employability Skills module, for example additional laboratory skills, cv surgery, interrogating the scientific literature. 

This course is an ideal post-graduate progression route for graduates of a BSc. in Biomedical Science, Medical Laboratory Science or other relevant bioscience disciplines and will enhance your career prospects. Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, working as Biomedical Scientist practicioners or in scientific sales or scientific writing.

Subject to relevant further training, you may also progress as an HCPC registered biomedical scientist.

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Key features

  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Developed in conjunction with local health trusts and taught by a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Benefit from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment
  • An ideal progression route for graduates of Biomedical Science BSc or other relevant bioscience disciplines
  • Develop advanced employability skills valued by the NHS and other employers in medical laboratory science and research
  • Develop laboratory skills with research techniques and a semester-long laboratory project
  • Enables Health and Care Professions Council registered biomedical scientists to enhance their opportunities for progression within their practice 

 

“I liked the broad focus on work both in and out of the laboratory. The scientific posters, presentations and newsletter I produced were incredibly useful in helping me communicate scientific information to diverse audiences. My skills developed further on the Advanced Biomedical Science programme, I don’t think I’d have got a job without being able to talk about my research project to employers for example.”

 

Araju Gorania, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc 

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year full time, two or three years part time

Start date: September 2023

Attendance:
Full-time: Students are expected to attend all teaching and laboratory practical sessions throughout the year.

All students are also expected to do self-directed reading.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2023/24 full-time tuition fees for UK students: £8,200

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year full time, two or three years part time

Start date: September 2023 

Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory for all timetabled sessions

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 full-time tuition fees for EU and international students: £16,300

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

Entry criteria

  • Minimum 2:2 Hons or equivalent in relevant bioscience subject
  • Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Science alone does not confer eligibility for HCPC registration.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

In semester one you will study the following two modules:

  • Advanced Molecular Biology and Genomics – This module consolidates advanced knowledge of principles, established and emerging diagnostic techniques in molecular biology and their applications in various biomedical disciplines. The molecular diagnosis of both infectious and non-infectious diseases are explored. Students study molecular diagnosis in various stages: prenatal, disease predisposition, disease detection, disease monitoring and personalized medicine. Quality control and management in molecular diagnostics laboratories are also discussed.
  • Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics - This module aims to consolidate and deepen students’ understanding and evaluation of current practice, research, diagnosis and emerging technologies in pathobiology in the main Biomedical Science disciplines, including blood sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cellular sciences. Students develop critical analysis and appraisal of existing and emerging diagnostic technologies and research. Students will also have the opportunity to further advance their research, enquiry and analytical skills in a practical workshop.

In semester two you will study the following two modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – This module is designed to enhance  students’ skills in research methods as well as to provide an advanced understanding and practice of current techniques used in Biomedical Science laboratories. Lectures will give an overview of research methods and techniques commonly used in Biomedical Science that students will then gain hands on experience with. By the end of the module, students will be able to carry out specialist biomedical science techniques competently, analyse data and critically present and interpret laboratory results.
  • Advanced Biomedical Science Specialisms – This module is designed to provide an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of specialisms of Biomedical Science: Leadership & Quality Management, Nutrition & Public Health, Applied Biotechnology and Cancer Biology. Students will develop a critical awareness of these subject areas and be able to exercise an independent and scientifically justified opinion. Students will choose three out of four specialism assessments to complete and submit. Students will have the opportunity to further advance their knowledge and critical analysis skills in a workshop.
    • Leadership & Quality Management - Describes the application of quality management, leadership and project management in healthcare to ensure effective patient and healthcare service outcomes. Leadership and Quality Management principles are fundamental to the delivery of safe, cost-effective and fit for purpose healthcare based on clinical excellence.

    • Nutrition & Public Health - Designed to debate current concepts, controversies and latest methodological advances in the fields of nutrition and public health. Research in these subject areas will be used to illustrate current challenges, developments and their importance and role in improving future diagnostic practice and disease management.

    • Applied Biotechnology - Designed to critically evaluate and interpret current concepts, controversies and latest methodological advances in biotechnology. Studies in a selected number of subject areas will be used to illustrate current challenges and developments in biotechnology.
    • Cancer Biology - Appraises the processes that underlie tumourigenesis, with a focus on the molecular & biochemical basis, causes and diagnosis of cancer.

In semester three you will complete the following:

  • Postgraduate Research Project - This module provides students with the opportunity to design, execute and report upon a laboratory-based scientific project. It is essentially a student-centred and student-directed project. Students will be able to work safely and independently in a laboratory environment.


 

Across all three semesters a non-credit bearing module is offered:

Advanced Professional and Laboratory Skills – Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their academic, professional and laboratory skills to support and enhance their personal and professional development, this module culminates in a skills portfolio and offers sessions in interrogation of the scientific literature and referencing, additional laboratory skills, statistics, employability activities including a CV surgery and interview practice.

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions laboratory practicals. Assessment will be through critique essays, oral presentations, review essays, poster presentations, dissertation etc.

You are encouraged to be a self-directed, proactive and independent learner. You will be expected to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with academics.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will offer pastoral support.

Academic expertise

The course is delivered by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, have extensive track records of research in biomedicine. The research active teaching staff work in all the areas of the biomedical specialisms and offer expertise and research projects in each of these subjects. Others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience and bring particular insight and experience of working in such environments.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course has been developed in conjunction with local health trusts some of whom contribute to the teaching. Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from the insight into current practice in healthcare.

As an Institute of Biomedical Science accredited course, the content and teaching on the programme is regularly monitored and validated by the professional organisation for Biomedical Scientists in the UK. 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Facilities such as scanning electron microscopy, tissue culture, analytical chemistry (HPLC, GC ,mass spectrometry, NMR), a dedicated microbiology suite, confocal microscopy, RT-PCR and flow cytometry are used by students on the course.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an alumni scholarship programme.

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Graduate careers

Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, working as Biomedical Scientist practitioners, in scientific sales and scientific writing.

Subject to relevant further training, you may also progress as an HCPC registered biomedical scientist.

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