MSc Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences

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Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

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 regular teaching 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 Faculty of Life Sciences web pages to find out more about this programme and watch a video featuring interviews with students.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time (MSc)
Overseas: full-time (MSc)
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (MSc)
UK/EU: full-time (PG Dip)
Overseas: full-time (PG Dip)
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (PG Dip)
UK/EU: full-time (PG Cert)
Overseas: full-time (PG Cert)
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time (PG Cert)

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

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 2019 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.

Programme structure

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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content of our:

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in medicine, biomedical science/clinical laboratory science or related subjects, such as biochemistry or microbiology. A lower second-class honours degree or non-degree qualifications may be considered if proof of laboratory experience and other academic achievement is provided.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Some of the career paths that graduates have followed include: blood transfusion and fetal medicine research, working for a bone marrow donor laboratory or bone marrow registry, biostatistics, graduate entry to medical school, NHS Clinical Scientist Training programme, NHSBT Graduate Management Scheme, and progression to PhD study in several areas including cancer biology and stem cell regeneration.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2019

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • Clinical Medicine:
  • 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 48% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 20% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Dr Ann Pullen Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 2025 Email:


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