Professional/Short course Applied Transfusion Science

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Applied Sciences
One semester
Face-to-face learning
Course Director
Tom Bullock (NHS Blood and Transplant)

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Study this professional short course created in collaboration with the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

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.

Careers / Further study

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



The course syllabus 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.


The assessment will include a written examination and a portfolio of laboratory case studies.

The written examination will assess your knowledge on the breadth of the syllabus and evidence your ability to critically analyse and apply current research literature and clinical guidelines.

The portfolio will evidence interpretation of data obtained in laboratory practical classes and understanding of practical application of theoretical concepts, which are critical skills for transfusion specialists. 

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.


Study facilities

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

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

How to apply

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