University of Bristol

This is an ideal programme for those considering haematology, transfusion or organ donation as a speciality. It is one of only a handful of specialist programmes in this area and encompasses a fascinating range of subject areas, such as molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine and statistics. This is a continually developing area of healthcare science and has a major impact on patients’ quality of life. Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, the programme is based at one of the largest transfusion centres in the world.

You will be taught by specialists from the University of Bristol, NHS Blood and Transplant and a range of NHS hospitals.

You will take the following units:

  • Transfusion and Transplantation Science looks at the basics of haemopoiesis, blood group molecular genetics, the structure and function of platelets, haemostasis and HLA genes and proteins.
  • Pathology of Transfusion and Transplantation Science covers the basis of haematological diseases such as sickle cell disease and haemophilia.
  • Provision of Blood, Cells, Tissues and Organs reviews how materials are sourced and tested. It also covers how blood components are made and stored safely.
  • Clinical Transfusion and Transplantation covers organ transplantation, engineered tissues, stem cell transplants and clinical blood transfusion, as well as laboratory investigation and management of complications.
  • Transfusion and Transplantation in Practice (two units): these units comprise practical classes designed to expose students to many different types of technology used in transfusion and transplantation laboratories.
  • Biostatistics covers the principles of experimental design, including some advanced statistical methods required to interpret published data and to analyse new data generated from clinical and laboratory research.
  • Research and Laboratory Management provides an understanding of the manager’s role in maintaining a quality system in a blood bank or blood establishment and how this is applied, as well as the manager’s role in accreditation and licencing.

All students complete a final research project supervised by University or NHS research staff at the transfusion centre.

Entry requirements

You can study a Masters’ level degree after three or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

12 noon, Friday 3 May 2019.