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Blood Science (Distance Learning)

London Metropolitan University · School of Human Sciences

Entry requirements

You will 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 subjects may be considered

Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience, may be considered at interview.

Accelerated study

Transfer of credit may be possible. If you can demonstrate knowledge and skills at a postgraduate level equivalent of up to one third of the master of science, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate-required modules, then you may apply for appropriate transfer of credit through our APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) coordinator.

You are advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the course leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why study this course

London Met’s innovative Blood Science (Distance Learning) MSc focuses on the diagnostic techniques, quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) and regulatory issues within this emerging field. This master's course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), offering you the advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development this respected body provides. Delivered as a flexible online programme through our online portal, WebLearn, you’ll be able to fit your studies around your working life.

Course overview

The Blood Science (Distance Learning) MSc course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the emerging, mixed-disciplinary field of blood science.

This master's specialisation combines haematology, immunology, transfusion and clinical biochemistry developed from the increasing automation within pathology.

Created with input from current practitioners in the field, the course is suitable for biomedical science practitioners, graduates of biomedical or related human sciences and those who want work or already are working in blood science departments within pathology.

Taught entirely online, your physical attendance will not be required on campus and you can learn at your own pace with the support of our biomedical science team.

You’ll examine different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for developing the curriculum and coordinating the production of the online learning materials. Some sessions are broadcast live with modules running as taught sessions in the University, 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 will 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 and their career development in the healthcare profession, biomedical/biotechnology industry or in academia, with the ability to take individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD). The course also has the potential to lead on to doctoral study.

Course structure

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Immunology
  • Bioethics, Research and Grant Proposal
  • Clinical Biochemistry

Option modules include:

  • Haemoglobinopathies
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease
  • Introduction to Cell Biology

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

Career opportunities

The extension of knowledge this course provides allows practising biomedical scientists to be considered for promotion at work. Increasing numbers of healthcare scientists are benefiting from training in this discipline too.

You career opportunities will include employment in National Health Service (NHS) hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Roles include those in pharmacology, biotechnology and similar areas.

Our graduates have also been well placed to apply for research studentships and PhD research scholarships .

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

An innovative MSc for biomedical scientists, focusing on diagnostic techniques, and covering clinical biochemistry, haematology, and transfusion science, taught by experts in the field.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7133 4202