Biomedical Science MSc

Postgraduate (3 years distance learning, part-time)

Distance learning

January 2017, September 2017


Overview

Develop your scientific skills and explore new specialisms. If you’re a working biomedical scientist take a step towards being a Chartered Scientist status by studying on our Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited distance-learning course.

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Careers

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Our course will enhance your career prospects and provide a major step towards Chartered Scientist status. You can personalise your studies to reflect your career goals as a biomedical scientist. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Biomedical Science PhD.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • General Pathology
    Our module is designed to enable you to understand fully the principles of pathology and to illustrate the required knowledge base and principles via case studies. These can be based on your specialist area or, by negotiation, in a different area. Examples of case studies are taken from all of the major organ systems. A full understanding of disciplinary methodologies both theoretical and research based will be developed. You’ll make a study of immunopathology and transplantation to illustrate the interaction of pathology and immunology. You’ll prepare a Portfolio of Evidence, indicative of your ability to reach Mastery, by carrying out a number of suggested but negotiable activities which are built around the Learning Outcomes as set out in the module guide. Self evaluation is an important part of the whole learning process, so you must back up your evidence by providing a critical reflective commentary that justifies the way in which you have approached, analysed, evaluated and reflected on the learning process. Negotiation and feedback on drafts is available via VLE, the distance-learning package on which the course is based. A number of activities are carried out in the workplace and aimed at evidence gathering coupled with improving employability skills appropriate to your work environment and thus of benefit to your employer. For suitably qualified students the module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.
  • Moving towards Mastery
    This module enables the learning which you must undertake in order to provide a foundation for your post-graduate study; using subject related examples as tools for your learning. You'll learn to develop the style and techniques which are essential to your success in the MSc and to practice the assessment methods which are used throughout the course. You'll learn to appreciate the concept of Mastery and demonstrate the depth and systematic understanding of knowledge in applied areas and across areas and the ability to work with theoretical and research-based knowledge at the forefront of your academic discipline. You'll prepare a Portfolio of Evidence, indicative of your ability to reach Mastery, by carrying out a number of suggested but negotiable activities which are built around the Learning Outcomes of the module. Self-evaluation is an important part of the whole learning process, so you must back up your evidence by providing a critical reflective commentary that justifies the way in which you have approached, analysed, evaluated and reflected on the learning process. Your Portfolio of Evidence must clearly demonstrate autonomy, ability to utilise and manage the full range of learning resources, problem solving both individually and as part of a group and self evaluation. A number of activities are carried out in the workplace and are aimed at evidence gathering coupled with improving employability skills appropriate to your work environment. For suitably qualified students the module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.
  • An Introduction to Management in Biomedical Science
    This module is designed to help you develop a range of management skills that can be applied to your own work in any of the pathology specialisms. It is based on a scenario in which an accreditation visit to a laboratory has been failed. You will produce a business plan to correct the deficiencies identified and, in so doing, provide the evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. In the module guide, activities are suggested that will help you to achieve the outcomes. These are not compulsory and can be modified, subject to negotiation and feedback, to suit your individual needs. An important resource will be your own working environment and you are encouraged to make full use of all facilities and staff, not only within your own laboratory but also within other areas such as human resources and finance.
  • Research Methods in Biomedical Science
    Here, you’ll gain skills to confidently carry out biomedical research by investigating the selection, application, analysis and evaluation of a range of research methods. You’ll consider ethical aspects and discover development and implementation of your future research project in biomedical science. You’ll prepare a portfolio of evidence and focus on self evaluation via critical reflection. You’ll also use work based activities in your exploration of applied research to benefit both you and your employer. For suitably qualified students our module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.

Year two, core modules (choose one of the following pathways)

Cellular Pathology Pathway

  • Diagnostic Histopathology Techniques
    This module looks at the role of histopathology techniques in the diagnosis of disease, particularly interlinking techniques to give "added value", diagnostic applications and training using selected areas. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Immunohistochemistry
    This module looks at the rapidly expanding field of immunohistochemistry which uses immunologic and histologic techniques within the laboratory to detect antigens in tissues. In particular, Immunohistochemistry exploits the principle of antibodies binding specifically to antigens within biological tissues and as such is used to confirm, or exclude, disease diagnosis within the patient as well as to provide accurate prognostic information. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Molecular Histopathology
    This module looks at the principles of molecular genetic techniques and how they are applied to the study, diagnosis and prognosis of human disease. In particular, the module examines the utilisation of PCR-based methodologies and, as such, also examines in-depth methodological aspects such as nucleic acid extraction from particular human tissues. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Systemic Pathology
    This module looks at the pathological processes that underpin the effective study of the role of histopathology in the diagnosis of disease, particularly clinical management of the patient, pathological processes in a range of organ systems and diagnosis and monitoring of malignant disease. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.

Clinical Chemistry Pathway

  • Control Mechanisms in Health and Disease
    This module looks at metabolic controls, their function and analysis, particularly the Hypothalamic-Pituitary axis, hormones and hormonal diseases, homeostasis and aspects of medicinal chemistry including pharmacokinetics. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Decision Making in Clinical Chemistry
    This module is part of the Clinical Chemistry cluster and looks at the quality and standards issues which inform decision making, particularly Quality Assessment applied to assays, equipment and test selection, screening, diagnosis, monitoring and education.As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Metabolic Basis of Disease
    This module looks at the principles of metabolic disease, particularly proteins, immunoglobulins, lysosomal and genetic diseases. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.

Haematology Pathway

  • Blood Transfusion and Haemostasis
    This module looks at blood transfusion and haemostasis, particularly current trends and models, assay systems, pre-transfusion testing, treatment options and management of haemophilia and the current EU regulations. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of cellular pathology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment.
  • Cellular Haematology
    In this module we'll look at normal and abnormal haematology, particularly erythrocytes, haematopoiesis, haematological malignancy and relevant laboratory evaluations. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of haematology, you should, therefore, be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory. In addition, you'll need to seek specialist advice not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment. You'll be required to produce a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate your learning. The module guide provides a range of activities designed to help you gather appropriate evidence. Self-evaluation is an important part of the whole learning process, so you'll back up your evidence by providing a critical reflective commentary that justifies the way in which you have approached, analysed, evaluated, applied and reflected on the learning process. The experience gained in this module will clearly enhance your employability. For suitably qualified students the module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.

Medical Microbiology Pathway

  • Epidemiology and the Control of Infectious Disease
    This module addresses the nature of, and issues surrounding the spread of Infectious disease. An understanding of the mechanisms by which infectious diseases are spread locally, nationally and globally will be required. Investigation of the various agencies associated with Epidemiological monitoring and control of Infectious disease and the methods employed will also be required. Consideration and evaluation of current national and international problems, strategies and policies regarding the containment of Infectious disease will be undertaken.
  • Medical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Action
    This module addresses the nature of, and issues surrounding, antimicrobial therapy. It will investigate the mechanisms of action of antimicrobial agents and how the biochemical, structural and replicative properties of micro-organisms provide specific targets and contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance. The impact of this resistance in a clinical environment and how it can be identified, treated and controlled will be studied. Consideration and evaluation of current national and international problems, strategies and policies regarding antimicrobial action will be undertaken.
  • Molecular and Serological Diagnosis of Microbial Infection
    This module looks at genetic make up of microorganisms, how this component together with its phynotypic expression can be utilised for various laboratory diagnostic methods. What small changes at molecular level gives rise to organism diversity and mechanisms that leads to resistance to antimicrobial agents. You will look at various genomic databases as part of an introduction to Bioinformatics and utilise various tools to design a real time PCR assay of your choice.
  • Principles of Medical Microbiology and Pathogenesis
    This module addresses the nature of, and issues surrounding, medical microbiology and pathogenicity. There is a particular emphasis on the major pathological changes in infectious disease, the interaction of microorganisms and host, the immune response and microorganism identification. It will explore the emergence of new pathogenic microorganisms and how they have arisen. Consideration and evaluation of current national and international problems, strategies and policies affecting the emergence of pathogens will be undertaken.

Year three, core modules

  • Masters Project
    You'll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress using the portfolios you’ll create for each taught module, as well as your final year dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Distance Learning, 2016/17

£6,500

Distance learning, 2017-18

£6,700

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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