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Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Enhance your career opportunities and develop your knowledge and skills of life sciences focusing on human health, disease pathophysiology, emerging diagnostics, therapeutics and state-of-the-art research.

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Overview

Due to high application demand and COVID restrictions for teaching on campus, we have now closed applications for international student places onto our Postgraduate Taught 12 month programmes starting in September/October 2020, and are no longer accepting deposits for this intake. If you have already paid your deposit and requested (but not received) your CAS we will be in touch to clarify your individual situation. Many of our courses benefit from multiple intakes, including options to start in January 2021, please contact us for more information.


Please note: The September 2020 intake for this course has moved. The new start date is January 2021.

This course explores the contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic procedures and aspects of therapy.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course will provide you with an enhanced portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of a senior biomedical scientist in healthcare, academia, research, industry and other sectors. Benefit from the opportunity to tailor the course content specifically to your career interests by choosing optional modules in areas such as Cancer Biology, Nutrition, Environment and Public Health and Advanced Biotechnology.

During this course you will increase your interaction with other healthcare professionals and enhance your transferable skills with teaching from a team of experienced practice-based academic staff and researchers, some of whom have come from dedicated research institutions and have ongoing research projects while others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience.

This course is an ideal progression route for graduates of the Biomedical Science BSc or other bioscience disciplines and will enhance your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries. Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, while others who are HCPC registered biomedical scientists have increased their opportunities for progression within pathology services (subject to relevant training).

Key features

  • Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, so you can enrich your skills and qualifications sought by employers.
  • Enables Health and Care Professions Council registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.
  • Access extensive NHS links with NHS pathology centres to develop your understanding of the sector.
  • Developed in conjunction with local health trusts and taught by a team of experienced practitioner-based academic staff ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.
  • Benefit from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment equivalent to what is used in industry.
  • An ideal progression route for graduates of Biomedical Science BSc or other bioscience disciplines, helping to enhance your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries.

“Some of the modules were shared with other health professionals and learning alongside others in the sector has taught me a lot and made me appreciate how we all have to work together to provide better patient care. The lecturers are fantastic and are ready to give you help anytime you need it.”

Edina Chiriseri, Advanced Biomedical Science MSc graduate

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration:
Full-time: One year
Part-time: Three years

Start date: January 2021

Attendance:
Full-time: Students are expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and teaching sessions throughout the year.

Part-time: Students are expected to attend term-1 in year-1, term-2 in year-2 and term-3 in year-3.

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

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £6,450
Part-time - 15 credit taught module: £442

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship:
Up to 50 per cent off tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU graduates who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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.

 

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Key facts for International students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B90074

Duration: One year for full-time; up to three years for part-time

Start date: January 2021

Attendance:
Attendance is mandatory for all timetabled sessions

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 full-time tuition fees will be £14,600

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

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.

 


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Entry criteria

  • Minimum 2:2 Hons or equivalent in relevant subject
  • In addition to this, part-time students will also need relevant professional experience (this would be normal practice as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist working in the NHS)
  • Experienced practitioners are encouraged to apply

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no elements below 6.0, is essential when you start the course. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Upon successful completion of the MSc, if you want to register as a biomedical scientist, you will need to improve your IELTS score to 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, in order to meet the HCPC requirements. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Science alone does not confer eligibility for HCPC registration.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

2018/19 intake:

Semester 1:

You will study the following three modules

  • Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics - this core module gives students a grounding in the specialist core biomedical laboratory discipline knowledge, as well as a deeper understanding of the principles behind normal and diseased processes 
  • Molecular Biology and Genomics -  gives insight into modern diagnostic techniques and a critical overview of current concepts
  • Evidence-Based Practice - ensures biomedical practice is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practices

Semester 2:

In the second semester, you will study one core module and three of four elective modules:

  • Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – provides advanced biomedical practical skills as well as preparing students for the research projects

  • Nutrition, Environment and Public Health – this elective module teaches the latest updates on the impact of nutritional and environmental factors on biomedical science and public health

  • Leadership and Quality Management – this elective module focuses on the development of quality standards for medical laboratories, and the regulatory and professional bodies in place to monitor these compliance with standards

  • Advanced Biotechnology - this elective module is designed to discuss current concepts, controversies and the latest methodological advances in the medical and biomedical biotechnology area. The module will also explore the ethical issues associated with modern biotechnology

  • Cancer Biology – students will be expected to understand and appraise the current developments in the field. In this elective module you will gain knowledge of cancer disease processes and the diagnostics

Semester 3:

  • Research Project (Dissertation) - This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Projects are likely to be in areas such as microbiology, drug discovery, immunology, cancer biology, cell signalling and other advanced subjects. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation and questions.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching consists of formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will be through essays, presentations, seen exams, poster presentations, plus a final dissertation.

You will work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and are encouraged to be a proactive independent learner. You will also engage with our dedicated virtual learning environment using tools such as blogs and discussion boards to exchange ideas.

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of our teaching is among the best in the world. You may find that our teaching style is very different to that in your home country and we will help you adapt.

You will need to be prepared to work in groups, deliver presentations, challenge and discuss ideas with your tutors, and motivate to study many hours outside the classroom.

 

Academic expertise

The course is delivered by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals, some of whom have come from dedicated research institutions and have on-going research projects whilst others are practitioners with extensive hospital laboratory experience.

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course has been developed in conjunction with local health trusts who contribute to the teaching. Input from practitioners means that you will benefit from leaning the most current debates, concerns, issues and topics in the field of practice.

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.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

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. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.

Name
Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 

Description

To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

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Graduate careers

This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.

Please be aware that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a biomedical scientist. In the UK registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.

Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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50% off selected PG courses

If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open evenings or events. Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

You can also watch and ask questions in one of our postgraduate live streams.

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Research at DMU

The Institute of Allied Health Sciences Research carries out nationally and internationally recognised research into a wide range of disciplines from ‘bench to bedside’ and beyond into global society. 

We have many diverse approaches to research within the institute, including laboratory-based science, clinically focused studies and research into the social aspects of health.

The main areas of focus are removing contaminants from water, reducing human exposure to harmful chemicals, identifying safe and nutritious foods as well as developing advanced biomedical approaches to tackle the global burden of disease and hunger.

Researchers within the institute have collaborations with UK and overseas universities, and are innovative and creative about seeking new cross-disciplinary links.

 

 
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