About this course
The course provides a number of optional routes which lead to IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science)-accredited awards for those currently in, or planning a career in, the Medical Laboratory profession. The route options are: Cellular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Medical Microbiology and a generic route. The course offers you the opportunity to address the developing areas of biomedical science common to all associated disciplines, including recent advances in genetics and immunology, and to equip yourself with the research skills necessary to complement your clinical laboratory responsibilities. The Professional Doctorate course combines analytical appraisal of your continuing practice with a major research project, which may be undertaken in the workplace laboratory, or with one of the active Biomedical Science research groups in the Research Institute in Healthcare Science. Part-time students study core (and most optional) modules on one full day of the week, minimising the time away from work.
Normally, you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, although substantial professional experience may be acceptable when combined with another qualification. We look for graduates with an appropriate honours degree in biomedical subjects, or biological subjects with an appropriate biomedical content. Admission to the Doctoral component (year 3 onwards) of the DBMS course requires successful completion of the MSc programme (or an equivalent MSc at another institution), and you will normally be expected to have a minimum of five years experience working in a Biomedical Science laboratory. You should have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).