Taught course

Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences

University of Bristol · Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in medicine, biomedical science/clinical laboratory science or related subjects. A lower second-class honours or non-degree qualifications may be considered with evidence of laboratory experience and other academic achievement.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers a fascinating range of subjects, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, laboratory management and statistics.

It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and is based at one of the largest transfusion centres in the world, enabling visits to manufacturing, testing and tissue typing sections. You will learn from specialist lecturers based at the University, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), and NHS hospitals, and have an opportunity to become fully embedded in an NHS environment while you develop your knowledge.

The programme will give you extensive practical experience of transfusion and transplantation, allowing you to gain skills that directly relate to your future career. As well as being academically interesting, this continually developing area of healthcare science has a major impact on patients' quality of life.

The programme:

  • is one of just two specialist full-time courses in transfusion and transplantation, and is a recommended course at level seven in the Career Framework for Health
  • gives you the opportunity to carry out your MSc project with NHSBT research staff within the transfusion centre
  • has high contact hours, with teaching each day and practical classes
  • includes a large skills component (eg writing in different formats, conference and publication skills, assignments with specific study aims)
  • includes laboratory management, a key skill required at level seven
  • attracts a diverse range of students (about 50 per cent overseas students), including new graduates, those working in blood centres or blood transfusion/haematology in hospitals, or training to lecture in transfusion

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £9,900 Part time: £4,950
International students

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available for Overseas Commonwealth applicants (around January 2017). Students must fulfil the English language requirements for the course before applying for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships available for many overseas students.

Marshall Scholarships are available for US citizens.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
6 months
part time
6 months


full time
9 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

Education Administrator
+44 (0) 117 331 1534