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Education and professional training in the biomedical sciences.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas Hospital
  • Lothian Health Service
  • North Bristol National Health Trust
  • NHS
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
  • Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Research Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician

Overview

Education and professional training in the biomedical sciences.

Summary

The programme provides graduates who possess a relevant degree (or equivalent) with appropriate education and professional training in the biomedical sciences. The course enables students to top-up their current degree to a standard equivalent to a BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences at a level acceptable to the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Holders of the Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Biomedical Scientist. Students who wish to study this course to gain IBMS registration should always check their top-up requirements with the relevant body that it will meet their needs.

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About this course

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About

The course primarily caters for students wishing to become HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists. However, it also provides a wide range of scientific modules in the biomedical science area and is, therefore, suitable for anyone interested in supplementing their existing knowledge in this varied and interesting field.

For the award of Graduate Certificate you must complete modules worth at least 60 credits. A suite of 6 modules is currently available: Biology of Disease - Pathology (15 credits); Clinical Immunology (15 credits); Medical Microbiology (15 credits); Cellular Pathology (15 credits); Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits); Haematology & Transfusion Science (15 credits). Students can choose any combination of credits for the award of Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences. Students are advised that IBMS registration may require successful completion of modules totalling greater than 60 credits and are advised to seek specific clarification from the IBMS.

Attendance

Part Time - typically 1 year.

This is a distance learning programme and can be started in September or February of each academic year. This course has a practical laboratory component which may be carried out within the student's workplace or by attending campus.

Start dates

  • September 2018
  • February 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Molecular Pathology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module presents an in-depth consideration of the pathology, cellular and molecular biology of the major non-infectious diseases of humans. The module enables students to integrate practical and theoretical information gained in earlier modules. Current and emerging strategies in disease diagnosis, treatment and monitoring are also discussed, which underpin further study in Biomedical Sciences.

Haematology and transfusion science

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides a comprehensive overview of key concepts in haematology and transfusion science, with emphasis on their relevance in health and disease, as well as an appreciation of the application of these concepts in clinical practice. It provides the student with the appropriate knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to work in a routine or research laboratory setting and underpin further study in the biomedical sciences.

Clinical biochemistry

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module is designed to provide an understanding in clinical biochemistry sufficient to underpin clinical practice or further study in the biomedical sciences.

Medical Microbiology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides an introduction to the biology of microorganisms that cause human infection. The module explores the diversity of pathogenic mechanisms in operation across a range of diseases and there is an important focus on recent advances in our understanding of host-microbe interactions. A major goal of the module is to provide examples of how this knowledge can be translated into practical ways to diagnose and control microbial pathogens. This is accomplished by an in-depth consideration of; the principles of disinfection and sterilisation, the theoretical background to current diagnostic techniques and an appreciation of how epidemiological monitoring can be used to control Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI).

Clinical Immunology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides knowledge of key concepts in fundamental and clinical immunology and understanding of the value of applying such knowledge in clinical environments.

Cellular Pathology

Year: 1

This module is optional

This module provides a foundation in Cellular Pathology encompassing core aspects of professional practice from gross specimen to slide, and microscopic examination of normal and abnormal tissues (histopathology) and cells (cytopathology) for structural changes and indicators of disease. The module is designed to meet the changing needs of the cellular pathology laboratory and as such will provide up-to-date theoretical knowledge combined with practical laboratory based work experience.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

School leavers cannot apply for this course.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

You must:

(1) have gained an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education Training and Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognized as being of an equivalent standard or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification. The degree must be in a relevant subject such as Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, General Science or an equivalent discipline.

(2) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent)

(3) normally be employed as a biomedical scientist, trainee biomedical scientist or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory, or have access to similar biomedical facilities

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas Hospital
  • Lothian Health Service
  • North Bristol National Health Trust
  • NHS
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust
  • Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Research Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician

Career options

The course primarily caters for students wishing to become HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists.

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

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How to apply

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Start dates

  • September 2018
  • February 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£2,004.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£3,395.00
International:
£6,840.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.