Medical biochemistry

Key information

Duration: Duration times vary. Use the contact details below to enquire about this.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Fee: £550 per delegate

To register: Please complete an online application form.

The Biomedical Science top-up modules are for people who have a science degree but wish to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist. Prior to registering for any top-up modules you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science for advice about which modules you require:

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7713 0214 or email: mail@ibms.org

Further information: Contact LHS Admissions lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk or telephone 0121 204 3000

Course content information: please contact Dr Corinne Spickett c.m.spickett@aston.ac.uk 

Aims of this module

To increase understanding of the application of chemical, biochemical and immunological methods to the study of disease.

Knowledge and understanding

Lectures will provide basic awareness.  Directed reading from recommended texts will amplify understanding and student managed learning will allow formulation of concepts and encourage independent understudy of methodology.  Familiarisation of clinical biochemistry practice in the hospital environment.

Intellectual skills

On completion of the course, students will have developed and practiced a variety of clinical biochemistry skills utilised in biological and biomedical sciences including serum enzyme determination, electrophoresis, ion exchange chromatography and ELISA techniques.

Professional/subject specific skills

Sampling, storage and preservation of body fluids.  Preparation of body fluids for biochemical analyses.  Serum enzyme diagnostics - principles and practice.  Biochemical basis of disease, diagnosis; disorders of CHO metabolism, diabetes.  Blood lipids and hydrogen ion homeostasis.  Organ function tests: detection and monitoring of diseases of liver, kidney, exocrine pancreas and GI tract.  Theory and practice of basic instrumentation for analysis, i.e. GLC.  HPLC.  Computerisation of patients’ biochemistry profile.

Transferable skills

  • Verbal and written communication
  • Numerical skills
  • Interpersonal skills – team work
  • Information technology
  • Self-analysis and criticism