MSc Clinical Biochemistry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.
Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.
They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit.
Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.
You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.
We aim to give you:
- an advanced understanding and applied knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical biochemistry;
- a critical understanding of how biochemical investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
- the necessary professional and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.
We utilise mobile technology in our teaching by providing you with an iPad for you to use throughout your studies. You will benefit from interactive teaching environments that simulate the clinical laboratory where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life clinical case scenarios.
Laboratory research experience
You have the option to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory conducting research to present in your dissertation.
Professional teaching and learning
Most of the course is taught by NHS professionals working in the field of clinical biochemistry. You will also learn alongside students from a variety of health science backgrounds within pathology, helping you to integrate within a health service laboratory team in the future.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.
The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.
Course unit details
The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.
There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:
PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)
- Analytical Methods (15 credits)
- Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits)
- Major Organs (15 credits)
- Endocrinology (15 credits)
PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)
- Diseases of Major Organs (15 credits)
- Endocrinology (15 credits)
- Nutrition and Drug Monitoring (15 credits)
- Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits)
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Diseases of Major Organs||MEDN61050||15||Mandatory|
|Nutrition and Drug Monitoring||MEDN61600||15||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry||MEDN61701||15||Mandatory|
|Research Skills Masterclass||MEDN63011||30||Mandatory|
|Clinical Biochemistry Dissertation||MEDN63220||60||Mandatory|
|Research Methods (Non-Credit)||MEDN69920||0||Mandatory|
You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
You will undertake your theoretical learning on the main University campus.
Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development. Please see the Clinical Biochemistry CPD units page for further details.