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Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months FT
Entry requirements

The programme is suitable for graduates in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and other biological subjects which contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology. Graduates in chemistry are accepted onto the programme but do have to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during their undergraduate degree.

An honours degree (2:1 minimum), or overseas equivalent, is required for direct entry to the programme. Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances candidates will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enrol initially on the Diploma track.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20
How to apply

Apply online

Application deadline for the 2014 course: 30 June 2014.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

The programme is specifically designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry as conducted within the modern health science laboratory. In particular, the programme seeks to develop a student's academic, practical, professional and communication skills so that he/she can seamlessly integrate into, and thereby form a productive part, of a health service laboratory team.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,850
    International students (per annum): £20,100

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Rebecca Riley
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5438
Email
Website
www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/programmes/taughtmasters/clinbiochemistry/?code=02113

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The programme is suitable for graduates in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and other biological subjects which contain elements of biochemistry and/or physiology. Graduates in chemistry are accepted onto the programme but do have to have studied significant elements of biochemistry and/or physiology during their undergraduate degree.

An honours degree (2:1 minimum), or overseas equivalent, is required for direct entry to the programme. Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances candidates will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to enrol initially on the Diploma track.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL.  International students should refer to entry requirements for your country .  

We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing

orTOEFL:

  • 577 paper-based (TWE* - 6.0)
  • 233 computer-based (TWE* - 6.0)
  • 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

* TWE - Test of Written EnglishSome English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your course.Applicants who do not meet the minimum IELTS or TOEFL scores may wish to attend pre-sessional English language courses .

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

Apply online

Application deadline for the 2014 course: 30 June 2014.

Advice to applicants

  • Two academic references (references should be signed by your referee, dated within the last 6 months and on letterhead paper). The reference should comment on your suitability for postgraduate study (specifically for the MSc Clinical Biochemistry)
  • We reserve the right to request a referee report form. The form is used to determine your ranking within your graduating year. Please ensure your referee provides an employment or academic email address on their reference for the University to contact.
  • Photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study (where available)
  • Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate). Please note if any documents are in a language other than English, official translations need to be provided

International Students: Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Without these documents a decision cannot be given.Please upload any supporting documents with the online application. If unable to do this, submit the application online and either post or email copies of the documents separately to pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk

Please note: A place on this course cannot be guaranteed if offers made are not accepted within 4 week of the date of offer.

How your application is considered

Interview requirements

Applicants may be asked to undertake a 15-minute interview.

Returning to education

Individual taught units can be used for CPD. For further information please contact Rebecca Riley .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these, and general requirements including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Deferrals

Successful applicants can defer entry onto the programme for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The programme is specifically designed to provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry as conducted within the modern health science laboratory. In particular, the programme seeks to develop a student's academic, practical, professional and communication skills so that he/she can seamlessly integrate into, and thereby form a productive part, of a health service laboratory team.

Aims

  • provide students with advanced understanding and applied knowledge in the theory and practice of Clinical Biochemistry
  • equip students with a critical understanding of how biochemical investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis
  • provide students with the necessary professional and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development

Special features

The programme provides unique opportunity for students to undertake core professional and research skills education and  training with students from  the other health science disciplines within the pathology services of the health service. 

Through shared taught units students will benefit from inter-professional multi-disciplinary learning whilst at the same time gaining the ability to apply core knowledge and understanding specific to clinical biochemistry.

Teaching and learning

Coursework and assessment

A range of formative and summative assessments (e.g. MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations, closed and open book exams) will be employed by the programme.

The assessments will be constructed to assess a student's knowledge and understanding whilst at the same time refining and expanding his/her intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

Core Taught Units

Healthcare science 1 - Introduction to human biology and disease  (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the physiology and biochemistry of the major organ systems and the molecular basis of common diseases.

Analytical methods (15 credits): This unit equips students with key analytical skills plus knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and use of the major analytical technologies and diagnostic platforms used in clinical biochemistry

Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits): This unit provides students with an introduction to the theory and practice of Clinical Biochemistry and the role the Clinical Biochemistry laboratory plays in the investigation, diagnosis and management of disease.

Practical Masterclasses (15 credits): This unit is designed to provide students with hands-on experience of techniques used in the research laboratory.

Subject Specific Taught Units Diseases of the Major Organs  (15 credits) Endocrinology (15 credits) Nutrition and Drug Screening (15 credits)

Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits) Together these units equip students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry.

Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits) This permits students to develop and refine core research and transferable skills in addition to expanding their knowledge and understanding of clinical biochemistry.

Facilities

The taught component of the programme will be delivered on the main University campus and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The research project may be undertaken within the University or the teaching hospitals within Greater Manchester.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

Email: rebecca.riley@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The programme provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain positions in health service and private section diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceutical industry or academic research.

Accrediting organisations

The programme is accredited by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.