This course explores the contemporary understanding of disease pathophysiology, current and emerging diagnostic procedures and aspects of therapy.
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, this course will provide you with an enhanced portfolio of knowledge and skills relevant to biomedical science in clinical and research environments[ME1] . Benefit from the opportunity to tailor the course content specifically to your career interests by choosing optional modules in areas such as Cancer Biology, Nutrition, Environment and Public Health, Leadership and Quality Management, and Advanced Biotechnology.
During this course you will enhance your transferable skills and employability with teaching from a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists.
This course is an ideal post-graduate progression route for graduates of a BSc. in Biomedical Science or other relevant bioscience disciplines and will enhance your career prospects. Many of our recent graduates have progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science, while others who are HCPC registered biomedical scientists have increased their opportunities for progression within their speciality (subject to relevant training).
- Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, so you can enrich the skills and qualifications sought by employers
- Enables Health and Care Professions Council registered biomedical scientists to enhance their opportunities for progression within their practice
- Access extensive NHS links with NHS pathology centres to develop your understanding of the sector
- Developed in conjunction with local health trusts and taught by a team of experienced research-active academic staff and practising biomedical scientists ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
- Benefit from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment equivalent to what is used in industry
- An ideal progression route for graduates of BSc. Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, helping to enhance your career prospects in the bioscience and biotechnology industries
Structure and assessment
You will study the following three modules
- Advanced Pathobiology and Diagnostics – this core module gives students a grounding in the specialist core biomedical laboratory discipline knowledge, as well as a deeper understanding of the principles behind normal and diseased processes
- Molecular Biology and Genomics – gives insight into modern diagnostic techniques and a critical overview of current concepts
- Evidence-Based Practice – ensures biomedical practice is based on the best available evidence rather than personal opinion and past practices
In the second semester, you will study one core module and three of four elective modules:
- Research Methods and Biomedical Techniques – provides advanced biomedical practical skills as well as preparing students for the research projects
- Nutrition, Environment and Public Health – this elective module teaches the latest updates on the impact of nutritional and environmental factors on biomedical science and public health
- Leadership and Quality Management – this elective module focuses on the development of quality standards for medical laboratories, and the regulatory and professional bodies in place to monitor these compliance with standards
- Advanced Biotechnology – this elective module is designed to discuss current concepts, controversies and the latest methodological advances in the medical and biomedical biotechnology area. The module will also explore the ethical issues associated with modern biotechnology
- Cancer Biology – students will be expected to understand and appraise the current developments in the field. In this elective module you will gain knowledge of cancer disease processes and the diagnostics
- Research Project (Dissertation) – This will enable you to choose and research a particular topic in-depth. Projects are likely to be in areas such as microbiology, drug discovery, immunology, cancer biology, cell signalling and other advanced subjects. Following the submission of the dissertation there will be an oral presentation and questions.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the university’s commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.
Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum.
To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.
This course will enhance career prospects for graduates of Biomedical Science or other bioscience disciplines, and will enable HCPC registered biomedical scientists to increase their opportunities for progression within pathology services.
Please be aware that the course by itself does not qualify you for registration as a biomedical scientist. In the UK registration with the HCPC requires evidenced training in a pathology laboratory as well as a relevant degree.
Many of our recent graduates have also progressed on to postgraduate research courses, leading to PhD or professional doctorates in Biomedical Science.
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