Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
In this unit you will study the analytical techniques used in modern biomedical science practice at Masters level. The topics cover underlying principles and applications of the essential analytical techniques including chromatography, electrophoresis, immunotechniques, cell culture, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, molecular techniques and recombinant DNA technology.
Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
This unit offers the opportunity for self-directed independent study on a particular area of topical interest in biomedical research. A broad range of topics will be available, reflecting the diverse current research interests of the academics within the School. You will work independently with guidance from an academic supervisor.
Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
This unit enables you to develop advanced skills in research methods and work towards an independent research project proposal. The unit delivery features a blended learning approach with both taught and web-based directed study. You will be expected to review and apply statistical analyses relevant to your area of practice and apply knowledge and awareness of the roles of evidence-based and ethical frameworks for the experimental design, systematic review and dissemination of scientific research.
This unit allows all full-time Masters students to complete an independent piece of research which is allied to their specialism, named award, employment aspirations and specific academic interests.
Advanced Biological Aspects of Disease
This unit covers aspects of immunology, cancer biology, reproductive health, infectious diseases and medical genetics. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the pathology and aetiology of these areas by investigating the philosophical concepts of biological systems in states of dysfunction. On completion of the unit you will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the interrelations of the pathological sciences and how, for example, a genetic predisposition can increase an individuals risk of susceptibility to a specific cancer or immune disorder.
Likely Optional Units
General Clinical Biochemistry
In this unit you will cover essential concepts relevant to the practice of modern clinical biochemistry, enabling development of a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current practice. A systems approach is taken to study the biochemical disorders of the major human organs. You will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of general clinical biochemistry and originality in the application of knowledge to clinical problem solving.
In this unit you will study the normal role of red cells, white cells and platelets in haematological processes and the changes in these roles in disease states. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information. On completing this unit, students will have gained confidence in evaluating new knowledge and strategies for characterising disease and will be better equipped to judge the relevance of new methods to current haematological practice.
In this unit you will study blood groups and disease, blood group biochemistry, transfusion science methods used in the laboratory and legislation affecting the management of transfusion laboratories. On completion of this unit, it is expected you will be better equipped to analyse, evaluate and adapt methods in transfusion science practice, research and development. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information.
Human Infectious Disease
In this unit you will study the host parasite interaction, healthcare associated infections and pathogenesis of infectious disease. You will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the essential concepts of medical microbiology and an awareness of current strategies and methods for laboratory diagnosis of microbiological disorders. Regular use is made of journal articles to develop, through discussion, the ability to analyse and critically evaluate published information.
Pathological Basis of Disease and Systematic Investigation of Pathological Specimens
In this unit you will develop 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. You will gain experience of interpreting results from patient investigations. This unit is also part of histopathology specialist training and may be delivered as a combined unit or as separate units with appropriate clinical context.