Biomedical Science - Continuous / Modular

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Provision of flexible learning opportunities is a key aim of this programme, along with providing students with up-to-date information on and insights into research, addressing fundamental questions in the biomedical, clinical, tissue regenerative, engineering, technology and pharmaceutical fields. Aimed at individuals employed in the biomedical device and pharmaceutical sectors, this course has been developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill or change careers. Credit may be accumulated over a period of up to six years.

A full module list is available on the course website. For each module, content is delivered in one five-week block, in face-to-face lectures/ tutorials (up to nine hours per module) and via online information posted to a virtual learning environment known as Blackboard. A maximum of six modules are completed each academic year, three over a 15-week period in Semester 1 and three over a second 15-week period in Semester 2. Students must complete 12 taught modules and a research project within six years to gain an MSc.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Students can join the programme in any academic year, registering and paying for individual modules in a 'select and pay-as-you-go' fashion.

2. Lectures for this course are normally held on a Friday afternoon and/or a Saturday morning every five weeks, which facilitates full- or part-time working and course-participation.

3. The distance-learning version of this course won the national Postgraduate Science Course of the Year Award in 2013.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 primary degree in a related subject area (Science, Engineering, Technology, Maths) or hold a primary four-year degree in a related area (which is acceptable to college) without honours and have three years' relevant practical experience in the subject area. In some instances, recognition of prior learning may be applied to those with level 7 qualifications, but with extensive relevant experience. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).


MSc (students may exit with a PgCert after accumulating 30 ECTS, or a PDip after accumulating 60 ECTS); distance learning option: MSc, up to 6 years, part-time.

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Career opportunities
Candidates who work in the medical device, technological, pharmaceutical or health sectors may use this programme to upskill, or to gain knowledge about a new field. For example, engineers may learn about cell and molecular biology, while those with a background in biology can learn about tissue engineering, biomaterials and biomechanics. This knowledge may facilitate a move, for example, from a production environment to research and development. On the other hand, knowledge of innovation and technology transfer, project management, data analysis, or product development, validation and regulation may enable a transfer from production or research to higher levels of management.

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