Taught course

Perfusion Science

North East Surrey College of Technology · Department of Health and Care Sciences

Entry requirements

Students commencing this programme will normally be working in a clinical environment as a perfusion scientist. The following entry requirements would usually apply:

Employment as a Perfusion Scientist, plus one of the following:

An honours degree or postgraduate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline awarded by a British HE Institution. The qualification would normally be in a relevant biological science, but other subjects such as chemistry or physical science may be appropriate if accompanied by relevant clinical experience.

Lower levels of academic achievement may be accepted if accompanied by substantial professional achievement within the guidelines specified by the Credit Accumulation and Transfer scheme (CATS) regulations for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Employment/experience as a Perfusion Scientist.

Months of entry


Course content

The course addresses both academic and professional needs by integrating academic knowledge and understanding with the practical requirements of the working professional perfusion scientist and the demands of SOPGI for professional registration and accreditation.
The emphasis of the course is on cardiothoracic physiology and pathology and cardiopulmonary bypass.
The Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland (SOPGI) has accredited the PGD course in Perfusion Science for registration purposes.
Students will attend college for nine one-week blocks each academic year, spaced out at approximately monthly intervals. The course is designed in a series of modules, each of which has 15 level M credits.
The total MSc course has a credit rating of 180 credits (8 taught modules and a research project of 60 M level credits); the PGD of 120 credits (8 taught modules) and the PGC of 60 credits (4 taught modules).
Four modules will be taught in Year 1. A further four modules will be taught in Year 2. To complete the MSc, a research project needs to be completed during Year 3 at the student's place of work.
Assessment is by examination and coursework.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months


part time
18 months


part time
9 months

Course contact details

Advice and Guidance
020 8394 1731