Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Blood Science - Distance Learning

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing

Entry requirements

A successful applicant will normally be required to have: A First or Second Class Honours first degree, or equivalent, in biomedical or life sciences subjects (that included appropriate biomedical content), although other less relevant subjects may be considered. Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience may be considered at interview.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course overview

This MSc distance-learning course is designed to promote a deep understanding of the emerging mixed disciplinary area of blood science. You will examine different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications within the subject area, as an independent learner.

Designed with input from current practitioners in the field, the course is suitable for biomedical science practitioners and graduates of biomedical or related life sciences. The programme covers areas relevant to staff working within or wishing to work in blood science departments within pathology.

Delivered as a flexible distance-learning programme through our e-Portal WebLearn, you will be able to continue to work whilst studying. The self-guided eLearning materials have been specially designed to support your engagement with the course content.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for developing the curriculum and coordinating the production of the eLearning materials. Some sessions are ‘broadcast live’ with modules running face-to-face so you can engage with tutors, lecturers and other students. You can also contact your module leader and discuss ideas with other students via email, discussion boards, and during live peer-to-peer support sessions.

Your final research project is to be conducted in your place of work with joint supervision provided by your laboratory training officer and a member of staff from the School of Human Sciences. For those not working in a suitable laboratory, research may be conducted at London Metropolitan University with additional bench fees for materials.

The course is designed to support professionals in their career development in the healthcare profession, biomedical/biotechnology industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to doctoral studies.

This course has many benefits:

You can study at your own pace, with the support of our Biomedical Science team - no attendance required.

Single modules can be undertaken to gain continuing professional development (CPD) points.

You can start your course either in the September or January of the academic year.

Course structure

Stage 1 modules include:

  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Transfusion Science
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Research and Grant Proposal

Career opportunities

This course provides an extension of knowledge allowing practising biomedical scientists to be considered for promotion at work. Healthcare scientists are training in this discipline area too.

Career opportunities include employment in NHS hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for research studentships.

This course allows students to be considered for promotion at work.

Graduates with two years relevant professional experience can apply for the Member grade of membership

PhD research, pharmacology, biotechology and similar employment opportunities are available.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

Qualification and course duration


full time
0 months
distance learning
12/24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202