University of Bristol

Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences

This programme covers a fascinating range of subjects, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, clinical medicine, laboratory management and statistics. It is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and is based at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in Filton, one of the largest transfusion centres in the world, enabling visits to manufacturing, testing and tissue typing sections. You will learn from specialist lecturers from the University, NHSBT and NHS hospitals, and have an opportunity to become fully embedded in an NHS environment while you develop your knowledge. The programme will give you extensive practical experience of transfusion and transplantation, allowing you to gain skills that directly relate to your future career. As well as being of academic interest, this continually developing area of healthcare science has a major impact on patients' quality of life. The programme: + is one of just two specialist full-time courses in transfusion and transplantation, and is a recommended course at level seven in the Career Framework for Health + gives you the opportunity to carry out your MSc project with NHSBT research staff within the transfusion centre + has high contact hours, with teaching each day and practical classes includes a large skills component (eg writing in different formats, conference and publication skills, assignments with specific study aims) + includes laboratory management, a key skill required at level seven + attracts a diverse range of students (about 50 per cent of whom are from outside the UK), including new graduates, those working in blood centres or blood transfusion/haematology in hospitals, or training to lecture in transfusion Visit the school web pages to find out more about this programme and watch a video featuring interviews with students. (

Course modules

The programme comprises eight taught units that run from September to March and a research project that begins in May and runs until August. As an example, project topics have included: A study on red cell antibody formation in trauma patients Optimisation of platelet antigen detection using recombinant proteins Expression of red cell membrane proteins during large-scale red cell culture A comparison of stem cell mobilisation drugs for stem cell transplantation. Assessments are designed to teach skills such as comprehension, scientific writing in different formats and conference skills, and to further knowledge in subject areas not covered in the lectures. Students must pass the taught component to be able to progress to the project. Part-time students complete the Postgraduate Certificate components in their first year and the Postgraduate Diploma in the second. The project is usually taken during year three to complete the MSc. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content of our: Postgraduate Certificate in Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences (

Sponsorship information

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available for applicants from developing Commonwealth countries. Students must fulfil the English language requirements, ideally before applying or by 30 June 2018 at the latest. ( Chevening Scholarships available for many overseas students. Marshall Scholarships are available for US citizens. ( Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 19,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 10,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 19,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,434 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 - 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 - 6 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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