Taught course

Transfusion, Transplanting and Tissue Banking

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

A relevant UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, is required. Applicants should also, preferably, have at least two years experience of working in a relevant discipline, in a healthcare setting, and be working in a transfusion, transplantation or tissue- banking environment. Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time programme is organised with the support of both the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the British Blood Transfusion Society. Both have leading international reputations for transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking.

It has also been designed to be aligned to NHS requirements and stipulations for career progression for biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.

The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • donation of blood, organs and tissues
  • components, reagents and products–principles and processes
  • clinical transfusion practice
  • clinical laboratory practice (as it relates to transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking)
  • transfusion microbiology
  • quality, information technology and planning skills
  • management and research skills

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Anne Thomson (Programme Director)
+44 (0) 141 357 7700