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Degree Accreditation

Ten reasons for Institute accreditation

  1. Advances professional practice to benefit healthcare services and professions related to biomedical science.
  2. Develops specific knowledge and competence that underpins biomedical science.
  3. Provides expertise to support development of appropriate education and training.
  4. Ensures curriculum content is both current and anticipatory of future change.
  5. Facilitates peer recognition of education and best practice and the dissemination of information through education and employer networks.
  6. Ensures qualification is fit for purpose as an academic qualification acceptable for statutory regulation.
  7. Recognises the achievement of a benchmark standard of education.
  8. The degree award meets education requirements for professional body membership.
  9. Strengthens links between the professional body, education providers employers and students.
  10. Provides eligibility for the Institution (HEI) to become a member of HUCBMS (Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science)

Specific Requirements of Programme Content

The programme must include relevant basic scientific core subjects, together with a study of the biomedical science specialist subjects, integrated through a study of the biology of disease. The subject headings are not intended to imply module titles and the subject matter is not intended to constrain module content. An Honours project at final year level is an essential component.

Core subject areas

Primarily anatomy and physiology i.e. the study of the structure, function and control of the human body, its component parts and major systems. It includes cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and immunology.

Essentially the study of chemical processes which support life. It includes the structure, function and metabolism, including its control, of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins.

Numeracy, Statistics and Computing
Including IT skills to promote independent learning.

Instrumentation/Analytical Technique
There should be a broad treatment of the principles of instrumentation, separation techniques, identification and quantitation procedures of a wide range of analytes.

Key subject areas

The programme should cover adequately the main traditional pathology specialisms: cellular pathology/cytology, clinical chemistry, haematology, immunohaematology and transfusion science, medical microbiology/virology and immunology. Key subjects are not necessarily taught to the same level and programme specifications will indicate this.

Cellular Pathology
The microscopic examination of cells (cytology) and tissues (histology) and knowledge of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Clinical Biochemistry
The qualitative and quantitative evaluation of analytes to aid the diagnosis, screening and monitoring of health and disease, including hereditary malignant disease and therapeutic drug monitoring.

Clinical Immunology
The study of immunological disease or disorders, and including organ transplantation, prophylaxis and immunotherapy.

The study and investigation of the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states, including nature and diagnosis of anaemias, haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias, haematological malignancy, haemostasis and thrombosis.

Immunohaematology and Transfusion Science
The identification of blood group antigens and antibodies (immunohaematology) and the safe supply of blood and blood components (blood transfusion).

Medical Microbiology
The study of pathogenic micro-organisms and including the role of ‘normal flora’, epidemiology and laboratory investigation of infectious diseases, environmental microbiology, vaccination and immunisation.

Biology of Disease

A fundamental requirement of biomedical science degrees is an integration of the core science and specialist subject areas through a study of a pathophysiology or biology of disease component, which should consider the following human disorders and disease processes together with their investigation: cancer, haematological disorders, infection, autoimmunity, neurological disease, and endocrine disorders.

It is essential that this material is included throughout the programme. Discrete modules would be preferred but an integrated approach is acceptable, providing its existence is adequately demonstrated.

Accreditation publications

Criteria and Requirements for the Accreditation and Re-accreditation of BSc (Hons) degrees in Biomedical Science

Criteria and Requirements for the Accreditation and Reaccreditation of MSc degrees in Biomedical Science

QAA Benchmark Statement for Biomedical Science

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