You will benefit from teaching methods including:
- Computer-based learning
- Extensive laboratory-based work
Our Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) skills package also enables you to develop practical laboratory skills in a virtual environment.
Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, you will normally attend around 20 hours of timetabled, taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions each week as well as be expected to undertake at least 15 hours of independent study.
The accredited programme of study is usually taken over three years with an opportunity to spend an additional year (usually between years 2 and 3) either in industry or in a NHS laboratory.
In addition, specialist modules can also be taken by individuals seeking continuing professional development or as a ‘top up’ to make their own degrees suitable for registration purposes.
A MSc programme is available for experienced biomedical scientists in all the major pathology specialities who require a postgraduate qualification for career advancement. A professional doctorate programme is also available for NHS pathology biomedical scientists.
Students pursue their own research interests in a final year project working closely with staff at the university, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 6 hours of tutorials (or later in the year, project supervision) each week.
Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week.
Personal study: approx. 15 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.