Postgraduate study

Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking Under review

Awards: Under review

Accreditation

Funding opportunities

This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). SNBTS has a leading international reputation in the fields of transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking.

The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.

The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Transfusion Science
  • Quality and GMP
  • Blood Donation Processing and Testing
  • Immunology and Molecular Biology of Transfusion
  • Clinical Blood Banking
  • Transplantation and Tissue Banking
  • Information technology and Donation
  • Biopharmaceutical Transfusion and Clinical Trials
  • Management and Communication
  • Governance/Ethics/Risks of Transfusion
  • Research skills

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.

The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.

Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.

After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.

This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant biological science. You should also have at least two years' experience working in a relevant discipline, in a healthcare setting, and currently be working in a transfusion, transplantation or tissue-banking environment.

We will also consider candidates who do not meet the above qualifications provided they are practising Biomedical or Clinical scientists registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) or international equivalent. In addition They must have professional qualifications to a suitable level with a relevant profession ( eg The British Blood Transfusion, Society or the Institute of Biomedical Science for example.) Please check with the programme team before applying as these applications are considered on a case by case basis.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • The Jack Copland Centre, 52 Research Avenue North
  • Heriot-Watt Research Park
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4BE

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • The Jack Copland Centre, 52 Research Avenue North
  • Heriot-Watt Research Park
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4BE