Biomedical Science MSc

Postgraduate (12 months, 15 months, 3 years distance learning, part-time)

Distance learning

January, September

Duration: September start 12 months, January start 15 months (full time)

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.

Full description

Careers

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

  • Biomedical Specialisms 1 - Epidemiology and Pathogenesis
    This module provides an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and expertise to a subject specialism of your choice: Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, Cellular Pathology, or Medical Microbiology. If your circumstances best suit a cross-disciplinary choice, that can also be accommodated. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of your specialist subject area, you should be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory (such as a pathology laboratory, pharmaceutical company, clinical trials unit, industrial work facility etc.). In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice, not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment. Contact with other academic centres and centres of clinical excellence are likely to be a valuable learning resource that should be utilised. You will be required to produce a Portfolio of Evidence that will provide proof that you have achieved the Learning Outcomes as listed in the module definition form. The module Canvas site provides a range of activities designed to help you gather appropriate evidence. Any compulsory activities must be performed as stated in the Canvas site because they have been designed to ensure that you have found and assimilated a broad range of relevant knowledge and that you can present it in a range of formats commonly used by Biomedical Scientists. For other activities, you are encouraged to negotiate any proposed changes in activity content or presentation manner with module tutors, and also to submit, for approval, plans outlining the work you intend to perform to achieve each activity. 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. The experience gained in this module will clearly enhance your employability, in terms of acquiring both subject specific knowledge and understanding, and Level 7 skills. For suitably qualified students the module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.
  • Biomedical Specialisms 2 - Diagnostics and Treatment
    This module provides an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and expertise to a subject specialism of your choice (Haematology, Clinical Chemistry, Cellular Pathology or Medical Microbiology) within the context of disease diagnosis and subsequent treatment and control. If your circumstances best suit a cross-disciplinary choice, that can also be accommodated. As some of the activities designed to demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes require practical knowledge and experience of your specialist subject area, you should be working in, or have access to, a relevant laboratory (such as a pathology laboratory, pharmaceutical company, clinical trials unit, industrial work facility etc.). In addition, you will need to seek specialist advice, not only from leading journals and books but also from other colleagues within your establishment. Contact with other academic centres and centres of clinical excellence are likely to be a valuable learning resource that should be utilised. You will be required to produce a Portfolio of Evidence that will provide proof that you have achieved the Learning Outcomes as listed in the module definition form and the Canvas site. The module Canvas site provides a range of activities designed to help you gather appropriate evidence. Any compulsory activities must be performed as stated in the Canvas site because they have been designed to ensure that you have found and assimilated a broad range of relevant knowledge and that you can present it in a range of formats commonly used by biomedical scientists. For other activities, you are encouraged to negotiate any proposed changes in activity content or presentation manner with module tutors, and also to submit, for approval, proposals outlining the work you intend to perform to achieve each activity. 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. The experience gained in this module will clearly enhance your employability, in terms of acquiring both subject specific knowledge and understanding, and Level 7 skills. For suitably qualified students the module can also be taken on its own for CPD or other professional purposes.

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 & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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, 2017-18

£6,700

UK & EU students, distance learning (total cost)

£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

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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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.

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.

International students

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

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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