Biomedical Science at University of East London - UCAS

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Course summary

This course offers you an ideal opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a range of specialist areas within biomedical science. You will enrich and update your knowledge, gaining a postgraduate qualification which will help you achieve progression at work. This IBMS-accredited course is carefully tailored to maximise your employability within bioscience and offers an unrivalled range of professional expertise and top-class facilities. You will learn both practical and theoretical aspects of clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, cellular pathology, and haematology. It will offer you the chance to study a core MSc alongside a specialisation within different areas of biosciences. This course is designed and tailored to your own preferred specialism in either of the following: Clinical Biochemistry and Toxicology, Health and Disease of Physiological Systems, Clinical Microbiology and Infectious disease control, and Immunology and Immunotherapy. You will learn about research methods and how to use diagnostics when detecting diseases or other medical conditions in order to assess potential treatments. Teaching will be based on lectures, seminars, workshops, independent web-based learning, and laboratory-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities. The broad field of learning also suits people who are simply interested in furthering their knowledge of the subject. The course can be worked around a full-time job and there are intermediate awards available - a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate.


Experimental Techniques and Laboratory Practice This module will help you develop an in-depth knowledge, understanding and ability to apply key laboratory techniques used within the disciplines of Bioscience science. Core competencies in the planning and implementation of experimental activities, processing and analysis of results as well as the interpretation and critical evaluation of findings will be reinforced and further developed. This module will give you the opportunity to master a wide range of experimental techniques widely used within the Biological Sciences. The Biology of Disease and Clinical Diagnosis Within this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the clinical and diagnostic aspects of human disorders and disease commonly encountered in a clinical setting. Areas including cellular pathology, cytology, haematology, chemical pathology and the underlying legislative and regulatory framework governing clinical pathology laboratories will be explored. Patient-based case studies will be used to help you understand the causes of disease, its diagnosis and therapy. You will also gain hands on experience developing laboratory competencies in core techniques commonly utilised within this discipline. Evidence-based Practice and Career Development This module aims to provide you with the tools and experience to appraise and critically evaluate the methodological quality of scientific studies and published literature. You will develop your ability to identify the key parts of a scientific study, understand, interpret and critically evaluate experimental designs and results, and assess their relevance to the wider body of knowledge within a discipline. As part of this training process you will also build a theoretical and practical knowledge of the application of different statistical analyses, gaining an appreciation of their importance and role in the evaluation of study results. In collaboration with a member of the faculty, you will develop and present your own in-depth critical literature review and project proposal/bid enabling you to further hone a number of key transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers for many different sectors. Clinical Biochemistry and Toxicology Within this module you will develop a critical understanding of chemical pathology of disease and understanding of how biochemical changes are monitored and used in the assessment of human health and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will also develop a deep understanding of the biochemical basis and various mechanisms underlying toxicity and its consequences including organ toxicity and carcinogenesis. Pharmacokinetics, clinical toxicology and the importance of drug regulation and toxicity testing will also be explored. You will gain hands on experience in a variety of laboratory techniques relevant for these disciplines. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Control Within this you will extend your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between pathogens and their human hosts. You will also become familiar and conversant in the different strategies used to prevent, diagnose and treat of infectious diseases and challenges faced within modern clinical settings. You will gain hands-on experience in the isolation, cultivation and diagnostic techniques used to identify and characterise infectious organisms in a clinical setting. Health and Disease of Physiological Systems This module will provide you with a critical understanding of human physiology, with a theoretical and methodological framework for more advanced study of the function and disease of selected major physiological systems. Immunology and Immunotherapy You will also gain hands-on experience in a set of immunological laboratory techniques which are broadly used in a variety of clinical settings and scientific disciplines.

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a mixture of practical coursework and a theory exam. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including laboratory work, data analysis, essays and oral presentations. The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework including a presentation and research proposal, while the Research Project is assessed mainly on a final written report, plus a poster presentation and portfolio.

Professional bodies

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with minimum Second Class (2:2) or equivalent in a relevant subject with a significant component of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or genetics, or a related biological science. The following degrees are also accepted: Medical Laboratory Science, Biomedical Engineering, MBBS, Pharm Science and Education Biology. We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications.

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Biomedical Science at University of East London - UCAS