Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc

Cellular Pathology

2016 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Our biomedical research group is amongst the top 12 in the UK. In the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework, biomedical science research was rated highly with some of our research rated as world leading.
  • Our Centre for Healthcare Science Research represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.
  • The School offers excellent facilities including specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell & molecular biology and tissue culture.
  • We collaborate extensively with hospitals in Greater Manchester and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas.
  • The programme includes opportunities for flexible learning supported by tutorials.
  • You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a biomedical science specialism together with a broad knowledge of the subject base.
  • We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Sciencethe Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region, which keep our biomedical science curriculum up-to-date. Re-accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science is in progress.
  • The programme includes opportunities for flexible learning supported by tutorials.
  • You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a biomedical science specialism together with a broad knowledge of the subject base.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

All of our postgraduate degree programmes in Healthcare Science are built on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals and they are underpinned by the latest research within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We collaborate extensively with hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and can offer opportunities for research projects in clinically relevant areas. Re-accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science is in progress.

You will be assessed by critical reviews, presentations, self-managed study, extended essays and examinations. Evidence based practice and a major research project complete the MSc.

Meet the lecturers: Dr Michael Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Science.

Read a graduate profile: Dr Nadia Ali, MSc Biomedical Science.

Our research in Healthcare Science

We represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole body studies of human movement.

We conduct basic and translational research to understand biological systems in disease, sensing and detecting by-products of disease and contemporary challenges, including ageing and development of new technologies for personalised medicine.

Scientists in our Centre for Healthcare Science Research are pioneering new ideas with real-world application and global potential to improve health and wellbeing and make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time 2-3 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.

Click below for unit information.

Core Units
Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to study the analytical techniques used in modern biomedical science practice at Masters level. The topics cover the essential analytical techniques relevant to the practice of modern biomedical science, enabling students to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current techniques used in biomedical science. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of biomedical analytical techniques and their limitations.

Disorder Case Study

In time, healthcare scientists accumulate knowledge about a large range of disorders. Often, especially in the early days of experience, the acquisition of this knowledge is fragmented. This unit component provides the opportunity to make a systematic, comprehensive study of a disorder. In addition to advancing your knowledge about the individual disorder, you will come to realise what a disorder study is. This change in attitude to disorder study will remain with you. You will be able to call on the generic aspect of the experience to guide your disorder studies in the future.

Histopathology and Cytology

This unit looks at the role of histopathology and cytology in the diagnosis of disease. It focuses on the knowledge and understanding of tissue and organ systems and the pathological changes that occur in these systems.

Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens

This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the pathological basis of disease and the use of histopathology and cytopathology to detect and diagnose disease as part of the clinical investigation of patients. Students will gain experience of interpreting results from patient investigations. This module is also part of histopathology specialist training. The module may be delivered as a combined module or as separate modules with appropriate clinical context.

Recent Advances in Biomedical Research

This is a supervised independent study unit, which enables students to focus on a particular area of topical aspect of Biomedical Research.

Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science

This unit develops students’ skills in research and prepares for the project. A range of research methods will be identified. Using a web-based, blended learning approach, study of the unit will involve a range of statistical analysis relevant to Biomedical Science and will demonstrate the role of an evidence-based framework for the systematic review and dissemination of scientific research and information. The unit also enables the students to design experimental research which is ethically acceptable and become aware of moral issues highlighted by developments in science. Case studies will be explored using web-based material and a framework for ethical decision making will be developed.

Research Project

This unit is the culmination of the Masters award and involves the design, conducting and communication of a major piece of independent research.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

You will be assessed by critical reviews, presentations, self-managed study, extended essays and examinations. Evidence based practice and a major research project complete the MSc.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.shs.mmu.ac.uk/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

At least an upper second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in biological or biomedical science is usually required. Alternatively, you may be admitted with an equivalent professional qualification or significant relevant proven professional experience. Existing Fellows of the Institute of Biomedical Science are eligible for exemption from certain units of study. Students applying with HNC medical laboratory science plus 10 years’ experience will be considered on an individual basis.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

The programme creates wide-ranging opportunities for employment in fields such as hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries or public health and transfusion laboratories. It provides preparation for the Higher Specialist Institute of Biomedical Science examination and Advanced Practice in Biomedical Science. You will also be well placed for careers in research or teaching or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps shape our curriculum, transfers our expertise and ensures our graduates are ready for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us,  throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Healthcare Science and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Professional Accreditation

Across the School of Healthcare Science we ensure maximum quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and strong employment prospects for our graduates through accreditation, approval and recognition from professional, regulatory and statutory bodies including the Institute of Biomedical Science, theHealth and Care Professions Council, the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the National School of Healthcare Science, the Royal Society of Biology and Health Education England. Re-accreditation of MSc Biomedical Science by the Institute of Biomedical Science is in progress. 

Clinical Links

Our local connections are also an important part of our strength and identity. We have extensive links with the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region. Our degree programmes build on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The School of Healthcare Science was the first in the UK to design and receive accreditation for the new Practitioner Training Programme Healthcare Science degrees commissioned by Higher Education England’s Modernising Scientific Careers. The programme combines academic study and work-based training and is a professional qualification required to practice as a healthcare science practitioner in a number of areas.

 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.