University of Manchester
This is provided by the University of Manchester in a block release fashion. Students spend six weeks in their first year undertaking modules in general laboratory techniques, research skills and core physiology. This is complemented by an overview of clinical biochemistry, haematology, genetics and immunology. The first year modules are shared with haematology, immunology and H&I clinical scientist trainees.
The second and third year modules are delivered in two blocks of four weeks and cover the specialist biochemistry areas such as endocrinology, paediatric biochemistry, drug monitoring, nutrition and toxicology. There is more of an emphasis on case studies and group problem based learning exercises.
A masters practical project is undertaken between the second and third years of study.
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham MSc Clinical Science (Blood Science) programme delivers the academic component of the Modernising Scientific Careers scientist training programme for trainees in clinical biochemistry. It runs alongside training in the base laboratories as well as secondments to other laboratories. Course content is delivered on block release and through distance learning assessments. In the first year trainees are required to attend three teaching blocks.
In the second and third years of the programme, trainees are required to attend two teaching blocks. Trainees are assessed by written and oral assessments throughout both years as well as end of year examinations. A research project is undertaken by trainees over the course of the second and third years.
The Academic Programme Leads are Dr Alex Richter and Dr Vivek Dhir. Dr Richter is a Consultant Clinical Immunologist based at the Clinical Immunology Service at the University of Birmingham. Dr Vivek Dhir is a lecturer in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and a fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA). He is experienced in leading Programmes and Modules on professional health care programmes. Professor Jonathan Berg, Pathology Director, SWBH NHS Trust is the Professional Lead for the course.
University of Manchester
This is provided by the University of Manchester in a block release fashion. Students spend six weeks in their first year undertaking modules in general laboratory techniques, research skills and core physiology. This is complemented by an overview of clinical biochemistry, haematology, genetics and immunology. The first year modules are shared with haematology, biochemistry and H&I clinical scientist trainees.
The second and third year modules are provided by a mixture of face-to-face material and distance learning. Modules include autoimmunity, allergy & hypersensitivity, haematological malignancies & transplantation and immunology & infection. A masters project is undertaken between the second and third years of study.
Queen Mary, University of London
An MSc course is available at Queen Mary, University of London. Students are delivered lectures and practical material one day per week. First year modules include research skills, an introduction to microbiology, molecular biology and pathogenesis.
Second year modules are delivered on day release and include clinical microbiology and infection, antimicrobial therapy, epidemiology and public health. A research project is undertaken in the third year after the taught components have been completed.
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham also delivers an MSc course. This is delivered entirely by distance learning, with trainees typically being given one day a week to review lectures and case-based discussions. First year modules cover the basics of infection sciences and modules are shared with the clinical genetics course.
Second and third year modules include research methods, antimicrobial therapy, high risk groups, worldwide public health, mycology and parasitology. A research project is carried out between years 2 and 3.
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