MSc Biomedical Science

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to provide an advanced education and training in biomedical science and allows specialisation in a specific area of Biomedical Science such as Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science or Medical Microbiology. In addition the MSc programme allows the planning and undertaking of original research into a specific biomedical problem. Students will be given the choice whether to graduate with a MSc in Biomedical Science or in their chosen discipline i.e. MSc in Biomedical Science (Cellular Pathology), MSc in Biomedical Science (Clinical Chemistry), MSc in Biomedical Science (Haematology and Transfusion Science) MSc in Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology), provided they have accumulated at least 120 credits in their chosen specialism.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Students currently holding a BSc Hons Biomedical Science or a BSc Hons Science degree or equivalent with a pass mark of 50% or more or equivalent from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, or from an institution which is recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or an equivalent standard (i.e. 50% or more) in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences or an approved professional or other qualification; or applicants holding a third class BSc Hons degree in Biomedical Sciences (IBMS accredited) may be admitted to the PGDip course with the option to transfer to the MSc if successful in all the taught module. Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy the requirements above and who hold other qualifications and professional experience approved by the Senate may be admitted.
  • Academic title
    MSc Biomedical Science
  • Course description
    Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities

    The MSc Biomedical Science meets the need for lifelong learning and continual professional development. It has been re-accredited in 2007 by IBMS and the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences. In addition, all the modules in the programme can be taken individually as CPD activity. This course provides the academically challenging and vocationally relevant science education to follow careers as Biomedical Scientists in the Health Service, pharmaceutical or biotechnologies industries. Graduates could also choose to proceed to higher postgraduate degree programmes (MPhil/DPhil/DMedSc) within the biomedical sciences. Applicants who undertake this course with the objective of becoming a Registered Biomedical Scientist should contact the IBMS of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science directly to ensure that satisfactory completion of this course will lead to professional registration.

    Structure and Content

    The course has been designed to facilitate full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study.

    Students must undertake one 30 credit point module in their specialist discipline plus one 30 credit point module in Evidence Based Healthcare Practice in their specialist discipline

    Specialist disciplines are:

    o Cellular Pathology

    o Clinical Chemistry

    o Haematology and Transfusion Science

    o Medical Microbiology

    In addition to this students must undertake four 15 credit point modules:

    o Current Controversies in Biomedical Science

    o Immunology

    o Recombinant DNA Technology and Oncology

    o Research Design and Statistics

    and an MSc Project (in their discipline) 60 credit point module.

    MSc Project

    Full-time MSc students have the opportunity to undertake training in laboratory techniques during semester 2 and then work full-time on their projects for 16 weeks until the end of semester 3. For part-time and distance learning students this work takes place over semesters 2 and 3 of the second year.

    The on-campus students carry out their project within the Biomedical Science research laboratories at the University of Ulster. Part-time and distance learning students carry out their projects at their place of work, under the supervision of an approved member of staff and with the support of an e-tutor and an academic supervisor at the University. Students undertake an independent research project which is an original, in-depth, hypothesis-driven investigation of a problem in any area of biomedical science that will facilitate student training in the methods and application of a number of advanced and specialised research techniques. Student projects must be original, postgraduate, hypothesis-based investigations within an area of biomedical science which will facilitate training in the methods and applications of a number of advanced and specialised research techniques.

    Professional Recognition

    The course, which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) UK and approved by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Ireland, facilitates the career prospects of students within clinical and industrial environments.

    Please note that accredition of a programme by a professional body is not equivalent to registration to practice as a Biomedical Scientist in the UK and/or Ireland. It is the sole responsibility of the prospective student to determine whether attainment of a particular qualification is an acceptable route to registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

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