Biomedical Professional Practice - PgCert - Video
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Part-time postgraduate provision in professional practice in biomedical science.
To provide advanced education and a critical awareness of the principles of professional practice required to gain advancement and progress to management positions in both the health and other bioscience sectors. This part-time distance learning course is suitable for those in full-time employment.
The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course is currently being ‘refreshed’, with changes being put in place for students entering from September 2019 onwards. Module selection may vary.
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About this course
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The part-time PgCert in Biomedical Professional Practice consists of three modules (60 credit points) and will be taken over two academic semesters. In semester one, students will study Quality Management (15 credit points). In semester two, the modules Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences (30 credit points) and Advances in Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare Delivery (15 credit points) are taken. The flexible nature of the course allows students to study at their own pace. Students may choose to study just one module at a time in semester two. Following successful completion of all modules (60 credits), the student will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Biomedical Professional Practice.
This postgraduate certificate in biomedical professional practice course is part-time by online distance learning and is taken over two semesters.
- September 2019
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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Advances in Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare Delivery
This module will introduce students to medical biotechnology as applied to the delivery of healthcare. Both historical and developing biotechnologies will be examined. The influence policies, regulation and bioethics will be explored. The UK's current health services will be the primary focus however global contexts will also be considered. Students will be encouraged to explore possible future scenarios which are driven by technological change or where technology is developed to meet healthcare service needs.
Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences
A work-based module where students review, after consultation with their line manager, an aspect of their professional practice identifying evidence to support their recommendations, initiate the keeping of a professional reflective diary and submit a report of evidence to support their action research plan. Students currently not in employment will be given advice on suitable topics from the module co-ordinator.
This module provides an in-depth understanding of the key concepts of Quality management as it applies to organisations.
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) have gained
(i) a degree in Biomedical Science or in another science subject which contains a significant element of biological sciences 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 and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;
or (ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and for non-native English speakers, IELTS students whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with no contributing band at less than 5.5) or equivalent
or as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and /or (b)
(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject- specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
(d) Students should normally be employed as a biomedical scientist, trainee biomedical scientist, or equivalent in a hospital or research laboratory and should have at least two years of appropriate work experience.
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.
Teaching and learning assessment
Teaching will be delivered through online lectures complemented by private study and module assignments.
Exemptions and transferability
In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject- specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Careers & opportunities
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The PgCert in Biomedical Professional Practice (part-time) has been designed for those in full time employment looking to increase their expertise. This flexible short course provides students with the opportunity to develop key skills for employability and professional development.
Dr Jayne Devlin
Teaching Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
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Additional mandatory costs
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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.
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