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Programme structure: Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences (MSc) - what's running in 2017/18

The MSc programme consists of nine units. A1 and A2, B1 and B2 and D1 and D2 are taught through informal lectures, interactive tutorials and assignments. Transfusion and Transplantation in Practice (C1 and C2) is a course of practical work and hands-on demonstrations in research and service labs in Bristol. The research project (E) allows you to plan, execute, analyse and write up an original investigation as a thesis under guidance from a supervisor. For the award of MSc, a pass in all units is mandatory. For the award of Diploma, a pass in units A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2 and D1 and D2 is mandatory. For the award of Certificate, you must pass units A1 and A2, C1 and D1.

This degree is offered to students (usually from Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science) as an intercalating award, normally taken after 2 or 3 years of study.1

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Transfusion and Transplantation Science (TTS-A1) PANMM0016 20 Mandatory
Pathology of Transfusion and Transplantation Science (TTS-A2) PANMM0017 20 Mandatory
Provision of Blood, Cells, Tissues and Organs (TTS-B1) PANMM0018 20 Mandatory
Clinical Transfusion and Transplantation (TTS-B2) PANMM0019 20 Mandatory
Transfusion and Transplantation Science in Action 1 (TTS-C1) PANMM0010 10 Mandatory
Transfusion and Transplantation Science in Action 2 (TTS-C2) PANMM0011 10 Mandatory
Biostatistics (TTS-D1) PANMM0020 10 Mandatory
Research and Laboratory Management (TTS-D2) PANMM0021 10 Mandatory
Research Project (TTS-E) PANMM0005 60 Mandatory
MSc Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

Pass mark for Merit is a weighted average of 60% in taught Units with at least 60% in TTS-E

Pass mark for Distinction is a weighted average of 70% in taught Units with at least 70% in TTS-E

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