As key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms, specialist and senior biomedical scientists are in great demand both within the NHS and private hospital laboratories.
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), this Master’s course offers postgraduate training in a selected discipline – Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology or Infection science. You can advance your skills and knowledge in laboratory management, together with modern scientific developments, such as genomics and stem cell technology.
Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.
This master’s course provides an in-depth understanding of disease processes from the molecular to the body/systems level, alongside the practical applications of biomedical science and recent scientific developments in diagnostic laboratory pathology.
The programme is composed of a combination of modules which progressively build to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or master’s. You can choose one of three specialist routes in biomedical science, all of which aim to advance your knowledge and link to the IBMS specialist training portfolio: Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion; Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology; and Infection Science.
Core modules will familiarise you with the theoretical and practical aspects of molecular medicine as it is used in research and hospital laboratories. You will learn about the principles and practice of laboratory management, acquiring the skills required for researching and communicating in biomedical science, while optional modules allow you to gain additional specialist knowledge in areas such as quality management or genetics.
Our extensive links with leading healthcare and research laboratories, such as NHS and private laboratories, enable us to ensure course content is kept up-to-date and relevant to employers. You will be introduced to some of the contemporary issues facing the industry, such as use of new technology and management of workload.
Why choose this course?
This professionally focused and accredited master’s course has been designed in response to employer feedback over current skills gaps and engages with current trends in disease diagnostics, as well as areas such as quality assurance, laboratory accreditation and work based training to engender a safe and accountable service.
It is intended for biomedical science graduates who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and professionalism. If you are already a Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered practitioner, it can aid career progression by providing the postgraduate qualification needed for senior level posts. Alternatively, if you wish to pursue employment within research or biomedical science laboratories, you may be eligible to undertake the IBMS Biomedical Scientist Training portfolio and register with the HCPC after completion.
You’ll be taught by an experienced teaching team, most of which have worked in the NHS in laboratories as scientists or as doctors, who will bring their medical experience with them. Staff will bring their professional and research expertise into their teaching through the use of contemporary clinical case studies as the basis for problem-based learning activities.
There is a focus on developing laboratory and other scientific skills, giving you the opportunity to learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling and reporting skills required in biological and other careers. Other scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics are integrated within the course.
International experience opportunities
Throughout the world, there is an increasing demand for highly trained biomedical scientists who can supply a quality service based on UK NHS/IBMS standards for laboratory training linked to recognised Clinical Pathology Accreditation schemes and UK Assurance Standards. In China, India and especially Africa, for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, healthcare and healthcare training with quality assurance of standards within laboratory practice is now a prime concern. Indeed, many of our international students plan to return to their home countries and work in or open their own diagnostic laboratories.
Our links with universities in Tanzania have led to the development of an online international learning (OIL) project so that our students can share ideas with Master’s students studying in this African country on topics including ethics in genetics, diagnosis and screening for conditions including albinism, sickle cell disease and Down Syndrome. Our Centre for Global Engagement supports students undertaking projects internationally and there is the possibility of joining staff and students on a field trip to Malawi to contribute to a variety of community based projects, including one on albinism.
The course prepares you for a wide range of careers spanning government, academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biomedical sciences.
Examples of possible career routes include working in laboratory quality assurance and management or becoming a researcher or biomedical scientists for the NHS, public health laboratories, commercial diagnostic laboratories, the Blood Transfusion service, university research laboratories and bioscience/life sciences private companies. Within the NHS, a master’s qualification is required for further career progression to apply for Senior Biomedical Scientist positions at Band 7 and above.
The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. The course is also an excellent foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.