Professional/Short course Applied Transfusion Science

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Applied Sciences
NHS Blood and Transplant (Filton)
One semester
Face-to-face learning/Online
Course Director
Jen May (NHS Blood and Transplant)

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Top-up

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Modules can be offered either individually or collectively if you have had your first degree evaluated by the IBMS and require further Top-up studies in order to complete the educational requirement for IBMS accreditation.

This 30 credit Applied Transfusion Science module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of blood transfusion. On completion of the module, you will have a sound understanding of haematopoiesis and haemostasis; clinical laboratory practice and management of blood transfusion therapy.

This module focuses on the understanding and application of laboratory transfusion practice and clinical application in the blood transfusion process which is underpinned by knowledge of the pre-requisite biology and pathophysiology of the haematopoietic system.

For an applicant looking to top-up an undergraduate degree to obtain an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accreditation, please refer to the Biomedical Science module top-up for IBMS/HCPC accreditation for more information.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Applied Transfusion and Transplantation Science.



The course syllabus typically covers the following broad topics and sub-topics:

  • The biology of blood transfusion
  • Laboratory aspects of blood transfusion
  • The process of blood transfusion (vein to vein)
  • Transfusion transmitted infections
  • Blood transfusion therapy
  • Management of blood transfusion therapy.


Learning and Teaching

Teaching will be delivered in blocks with additional tutorials and interactive lectures. Face-to-face teaching will include practical classes, case studies and scenario-based teaching, using tools such as Resimion.

Teaching will be practice-led, embedding the application of transfusion science theory, together with current clinical management of blood transfusion therapy.


Assessment of this level 7 (Masters level) module will include a written examination and a portfolio of laboratory case studies.

Learners will be supported in this assessment by in-session guidance from the teaching team and formative feedback on work completed in the initial practical session.


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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Home fee (30 credit) = £1,626.

Overseas/Offshore fee (30 credit) = £2,416.


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How to apply

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Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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