This course is for you if you need to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a module on molecular biology to develop your knowledge molecular techniques used in the research laboratory as part of your continuing professional development.
Credit value: 10 undergraduate level credits
Specific level: This is a Level 6 module, equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree
Mode of delivery: Distance Learning
Course type: Standalone Module
Number of places available: Up to 10
Start date: September
Duration: Registration covers one academic year. Course delivery is scheduled over approximately 10 weeks, with an examination in May. Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around five hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course delivery, with an additional 50 hours spent on directed learning and revision prior to the May examination, equivalent to around 100 hours of study in total.
General entry requirements: In order to study this module you must have a non-accredited undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences or an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as biology or biochemistry).
Taking this module in order to “top-up” your existing degree for IBMS registration: Prior to registering for a top-up module (or modules) you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science. They will assess your degree in order to confirm that it is eligible for “Top-Up” and to determine the additional subject areas in which you need further qualifications. You will need to contact the IBMS by April in the year of application to ensure that you have confirmation of your module requirements in time to register for your modules with Aston University.
Degrees not eligible for Top-up: If your degree is not eligible for top up but you still wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, we recommend that you apply to take our accredited BSc Biomedical Science undergraduate degree.
Taking this module for professional development: No additional requirements apply.
Application to IBMS (if applicable):
This course allows you to develop your knowledge in molecular biology, exploring topics such as the identity of genes, the nature and properties of nucleic acids and proteins. It is ideal if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development.
This module is taught via distance learning. We welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa; however we are not able to accept those who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. Students taking this course by distance learning must be based in the UK.
Students must attend a BMS Top-up Induction session on campus in week zero (mid-September), at which we will show you how to access your university record and Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment). All the learning material can be accessed and the coursework assessments completed remotely via Blackboard.
The module is examined on campus during the May examination period.
This module aims to give an in-depth understanding of research methodologies applied in modern molecular biology. It is therefore intended primarily as preparation for postgraduate research, but also serves to highlight and increase understanding of the key processes applied within the biotech industry. Knowledge of techniques for gene cloning, Protein engineering (site-directed mutagenesis, saturation mutagenesis, molecular evolution, phage display), generation/purification of recombinant proteins is given in addition to an understanding of core techniques such as QPCR and next generation DNA sequencing.
Module content throughout will be related to both historical and current research.
All course material, including recorded lectures, self-assessment quizzes, timetables, and some directed reading will be available on Blackboard online; coursework submission and feedback are also mainly via this route. Blackboard allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
This module is examined on campus during the May examination period.
Our CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.
These modules will allow you to obtain the academic competences that are required to apply to the Health Professions Council for Registration as a Biomedical Scientist.
Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.
Biomedical Sciences Top Up Modules Course Director: Dr Jonathan Cox
Module Coordinator: Dr A.V. Hine
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