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Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #49 (QS) Bristol, United Kingdom
This Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences programme at the University of Bristol covers a fascinating range of subjects, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, laboratory management and statistics. 

Overview

The Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences programme at the University of Bristol 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 of academic interest, 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 regular teaching 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 of whom are from outside the UK), including new graduates, those working in blood centres or blood transfusion/haematology in hospitals, or training to lecture in transfusion

Careers

  • Some of the career paths that graduates have followed include: blood transfusion and fetal medicine research, working for a bone marrow donor laboratory or bone marrow registry, biostatistics, graduate entry to medical school, NHS Clinical Scientist Trainingprogramme, NHSBT Graduate Management Scheme, and progression to PhD study in several areas including cancer biology and stem cell regeneration.

Accreditation

It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and is based at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in Filton.

Programme Structure

Course overview:

The programme comprises eight taught units that run from September to March and a research project that begins in May and runs until August. As an example, project topics have included:

  • A study on red cell antibody formation in trauma patients
  • Optimisation of platelet antigen detection using recombinant proteins
  • Expression of red cell membrane proteins during large-scale red cell culture
  • A comparison of stem cell mobilisation drugs for stem cell transplantation.
Assessments are designed to teach skills such as comprehension, scientific writing in different formats and conference skills, and to further knowledge in subject areas not covered in the lectures. Students must pass the taught component to be able to progress to the project. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in medicine, biomedical science/clinical laboratory science or related subjects, such as biochemistry or microbiology. A lower second-class honours degree or non-degree qualifications may be considered if proof of laboratory experience and other academic achievement is provided.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23004 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10704 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10700 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU: full-time (PG Dip)£8,560
  • Overseas: full-time (PG Dip)£18,400
  • UK/EU: full-time (PG Cert)£4,280
  • Overseas: full-time (PG Cert)£9,200 

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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