Biomedical Science MSc

Postgraduate Degree (3 years)

Online

January & September

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

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

Cost:
£6,700

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Overview

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and guided by an employers’ panel (including the NHS), this course is a great asset to your professional development, whether you’re working in healthcare or industry.

Full Description

You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing a specialist pathology area. Through this you can either enhance your knowledge and understanding of your current field, or open up a career path into a new area such as management.

Our tutors will teach you through our Learning Management System (LMS), where you can download study materials, organise your studies and access online classrooms and study groups.

Course Details

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 LMS, 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.

Dissertation

You'll plan an independent research project (which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up) from an
area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) that you will conduct in year 3.

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.

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 module

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.

Features
  • Professional Recognition - Accredited by the IBMS
  • Study the MSc Biomedical Science online successfully 
  • Study at a pace to suit you
  • Choose your specialist pathology area
  • Study individual Postgraduate Biomedical Science Modules for CPD.
Meet your Tutors

Dr Richard Jones

Richard has over 15 years postdoctoral experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and cell biology. 

Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Richard completed four Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at Yale University (USA) and at the universities of Leeds, Manchester and York.

Qualifications

  • PGCLTHE, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MB ChB Medicine, University of Leeds School of Medicine
  • PhD in NMR Spectroscopy, University of Manchester Department of Chemistry and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Department of Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Research
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Molecular Physics, University of Nottingham

Richard's research interests include biochemical and biophysical studies of extracellular matrix and membrane proteins implicated in human eye, skin and vascular diseases. He collaborates with Professor Clair Baldock and Dr Tao Wang (University of Manchester, UK) and Professor Gladys Ko (Texas A&M University, USA) investigating the structure and function of eye proteins, the dysfunctions of which are implicated in different macular degenerations.

Richard's broad background has enabled him to supervise students' final year bioinformatics and meta analyses projects in areas including dystonia; Huntington's disease; myasthenia gravis; generalized anxiety disorder; legal and illegal highs; infection of cardiac rhythm management devices; foods for treatment of diseases; bioinformatics analyses of a variety of proteins; myocardial infarction; cancer biomarkers; fluid bag seal strength; diabetes and diabetic retinopathy; and amblyopia.

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, whether in health services, biotechnology or pharmaceuticals. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Biomedical Science PhD or Biotechnology PhD.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in Biomedical Science, FIBMS or Primary, HNC with bridging course, or HNC plus laboratory experience. Applicants must be employed in an appropriate laboratory as Biomedical scientists. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis. All applicants are advised to contact Richard Jones (richard.jones@anglia.ac.uk) prior to application. Two references must be supplied.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £6,700 in total.

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