Biomedical Science

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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The online MSc Biomedical Science degree offers you the choice of discipline specific content; blood, infection, and cellular science. The course will facilitate critical reflection and evaluation of current practice and policy, aiding your development and skills in laboratory management, human factors and research.

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the critical role Biomedical Scientists play in healthcare and the wider society; developing tests, performing laboratory investigations, researching novel disease and developing treatments. RGU is the first university in Scotland offering this course through online delivery.

A Master’s level degree is essential to progress to a senior laboratory role within the NHS and is therefore an attractive option if you’re looking to progress in your career.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September

Course Length

24 months

Full Time

In semester 1 you will learn the key scientific principles underpinning the biomedical sciences and develop a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease in more of the core pathology specialisms of biomedical science. You will have the option to study one of the following: Advanced Biomedical Practice in Blood Science, Cellular Science, or Infection Science.

You will develop your ability to communicate and critically evaluate current advances in biomedical science. You will also develop professional skills in the design, analysis, interpretation and crucial appraisal of research studies.

In semester 2 you will develop your knowledge of human factors and ergonomics and an advanced understanding of evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of healthcare systems and processes. You will gain the skills to conduct and critically analyse organisational development, including its consequences in human resource management. You will also gain an advanced understanding of quality management and regulation within clinical laboratories.

In semester 3 you will undertake an independent research project relevant to biomedical science. For students currently working within a Biomedical laboratory, the expectation is that the Research Project will normally be undertaken within the workplace.

Part Time

YEAR 1

In semester 1 you will you will learn the key scientific principles underpinning the biomedical sciences and develop a systemic knowledge of core cellular and molecular processes underlying health and disease in more of the core pathology specialisms of biomedical science. You will have the option to study one of the following: Advanced Biomedical Practice in Blood Science, Cellular Science, or Infection Science.

In semester 2 you will gain the skills to conduct and critically analyse organisational development, including its consequences in human resource management. You will also gain an advanced understanding of quality management and regulation within clinical laboratories.

In semester 3 you will develop your knowledge of human factors and ergonomics and an advanced understanding of evidence-based tools and techniques to improve the reliability and safety of healthcare systems and processes.

Year 2

In semester 1 you will develop your ability to communicate and critically evaluate current advances in biomedical science. You will also develop professional skills in the design, analysis, interpretation and crucial appraisal of research studies.

In semester 2 and 3 you will undertake an independent research project relevant to biomedical science. For students currently working within a Biomedical laboratory, the expectation is that the Research Project will normally be undertaken within the workplace.

 

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

Taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical exercises, discussions, data analysis exercises and self-directed learning. You will be taught via our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, allowing considerably flexibility to you enabling you to undertake the course from home or the workplace.

Activity Summary

  • Tutorial – approximately 15 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision – individual project, 2 hours per week

How long is a Biomedical Science course?

The Biomedical Science MSc can be successfully completed in 12 months full time or 24 months part time.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Staff delivering this course are practiced academics, many with appropriate professional body registration, including membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science, and the Royal College of Biology. Most of our staff members are research-active or have connections to industry. Professional involvement in the design of this course ensures its alignment with the requirements of the industry and increases your employability. Our school has unique relationships with, for example NHS Grampian and NHS Highland, and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

The Course Leader is your central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. The learning material has been designed in collaboration with practicing Biomedical Scientists. They review the learning materials and provide real-life clinical case studies.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed:

  • 3 written assignments, including essay
  • 3 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 4 oral assessments and presentation
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.

Independent Study

All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs.

 

Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

 

Job Prospects

The course will produce highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates who are equipped for a career in Biomedical Science, enabling lifelong learning and professional development.

A Master’s level degree is considered essential in order to progress to a senior laboratory role as per NHS Agenda for Change therefore this degree is needed if you’re looking to progress within a hospital laboratory.

A Master’s level degree is also transferrable, and has value in the wider industrial perspective. The course also fulfils the required qualifications to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci), which will demonstrate your ability to lead, use specialist knowledge and an appreciation of the application of science and technology to design, develop and improve laboratory provision.

 

What is needed for MSc Biomedical Technology?

  • Applicants should normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject area such as, but not limited to, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Life Sciences and must include Biology and Chemistry.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 6.0, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 

Academic Year 2022/2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

Online
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,200

Part Time

Online
Over 2 years Year 1 £3,100
Year 2 £3,100

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

Online
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,200

Part Time

Online
Over 2 years Year 1 £3,100
Year 2 £3,100

EU Students

Full Time

Online
Over 1 year Year 1 £6,200

Part Time

Online
Over 2 years Year 1 £3,100
Year 2 £3,100

International Students

Full Time

Online
Over 1 year Year 1 £16,440

Part Time

Online
Over 2 years Year 1 £8,220
Year 2 £8,220

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • Purchase of Laboratory coat

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.

There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

NES Postgraduate Scientist Training Award Bursary

If you’re a practicing NHS Biomedical Scientist in Scotland you may qualify for the NES Postgraduate Scientist Training Award Bursary.

Other Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for an other scholarship or financial award:

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

 

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