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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Biomedical Laboratory Science

Work in industry-standard facilities, gaining an understanding of human disease from the biological mechanisms that underpin disease pathology to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.


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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of modern biomedical laboratory sciences.
  • Develop applied research techniques using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
  • Build confidence in presenting your work to academic and professional audiences.
  • Enhance investigative skills including the design, execution and interpretation of practical work.

Biomedical science plays a pivotal role in healthcare. This course has been designed to respond to the increasing need for highly skilled biomedical researchers across a range of industries. The programme aims to explore normal and pathological cell processes and relate these to clinical features, diagnostic procedures and responses to therapy in a range of model diseases.

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How you learn

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The course provides grounding in a range of scientific disciplines applicable to modern Biomedical Laboratory Science including cell biology, molecular biology, immunology and microbiology. You will develop an understanding of the pathogenesis of different diseases from a cellular to whole system level and discuss methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. 

You will apply your theoretical knowledge of disease systems to conduct a practical investigative research project. The programme provides you with the opportunity for career development within the area of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, either as a researcher within a clinical or commercial setting or as a PhD student within the biomedical field. 

Modules may include Mechanisms of Disease, Case Studies in Pathology and Applied Diagnostics.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • academic advice
  • a programme of laboratory-based practical classes
  • full semester research project

Course leaders and tutors

Sarah Forbes
Sarah Forbes
Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

I am a lecturer in biomedical sciences working within the fields of antimicrobial chemotherapy and microbial ecology

Applied learning

You will have the opportunity to conduct a semester-long investigative research project within the biomedical field. This work will take place in cutting-edge, industry-standard laboratories and teaching labs under the supervision of world-renowned active research staff.

This work will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within our specialist Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. The project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, design of research methods and the analysis, presentation and interpretation of experimental data.

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. All practical classes are led by expert academic staff whose research incorporates the latest techniques. Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the programme and applied to relevant healthcare problems/case studies.


Future careers

This courses prepares you for a career in

  • health biotechnology sector
  • industrial biotechnology sector
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • academic research

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • NHS
  • Public Health England
  • Novartis
  • ThermoFisher Scientific

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with 

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • an analytical and mass spectrometry unit
  • multicolored flow cytometry
  • professional standard cell culture facilities
  • a state of the art microscopy suite

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Diagnostics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Applied Laboratory Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Case Studies In Pathology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mechanisms Of Disease Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Research Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Case Studies In Infectious Disease Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cell And Molecular Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Current Laboratory Applications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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