Lancaster University has developed a flexible postgraduate portfolio providing a suite of 24 topic modules to meet the diverse needs of individuals and businesses in the biomedical sector. The courses are applicable to real work needs and issues and accessible in terms of timing, location and method of delivery.
The courses develop knowledge and understanding in:
A Bioscience & Technical skills – lab techniques, research methods & bioscience
B Business skills – leadership, project management
C Core Skills – communication, team work and personal effectiveness
All modules carry a 10 credit rating and can be taken as stand-alone courses. This may plug a gap in the skills portfolio of an individual trainee or as part of a management development program.
For further details please see the downloadable course brochures and fees for academic year 2012/13.
Postgraduate Certificate: Applied Bioscience and Business Management
Six modules can be combined to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Bioscience and Business Management (60 credits).
The six modules must include one module from Group A and one from Group B and the remaining 4 modules can be chosen from groups A, B or C.
Bioscience and Technical Skills
Applied mathematics and statistics for the biomedical sector
Analysing drivers for change
Communication and presentation skills
Laboratory practice: essential practical skills and techniques
Creative thinking and problem-solving
Cell Biology research skills
The Biomedical sector in context and emerging trends
Developing as an independent learner
Ethics research skills
The commercial business environment - strategic perspectives
Personal effectiveness and team-working
Molecular Biology research skills
Leadership and management
Drug discovery and development
Leading and managing people
The Biomedical sector: regulatory and ethical frameworks
Leading others through change
Models of disease
Work based project (Action research)
Diseases of the brain
Molecular basis of cancer
Students who enter onto the course normally have at least a second class honours degree or equivalent. Depending on your qualifications and experience, we may require some additional information or ask you to undertake a pre-entry assessment.
There are no exams. For each module there will be an assessment activity requiring some reading and some investigation/evaluation of processes and practices in participants’ own work settings.
Each topic is worth 10 credits at level 7 (postgraduate)
£355 + VAT per module or £2120 + VAT for the Certificate
How to apply
Negotiated Work based learning route to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc
This is an innovative work-based postgraduate programme which allows you to build your own programme based on your specific needs and the needs of your business. You may claim Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) where applicable. The programme is described in detail in the Continuous Professional Development brochure in downloads.
You may choose to complete the Certificate via the Topic modules (60 credits), then progress to the Diploma or MSc. Or depending on your qualifications or experience, you may be able to commit to the Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) at the outset.
There are four components for the Diploma and MSc as follows:
1. Module: Self review and programme planning (20 credits)
2. Topic modules / APL for Diploma and Masters options
Unless already completed within the Certificate relevant topic modules are chosen from the Groups A, B and C as listed above. Topic modules plus any APL credit must make a total of 60 credits.
3. Module: Work Based research methods (20 credits)
Knowledge and skills to carry out your work based project
4. Module: Work Based Project
Complete a work-based project supported by your tutor. Project modules vary in size depending on the target of the award, the APL claim and the progression route chosen. Typically a Diploma involves a 20 or 40 credit project and an MSc an 80 credit project. You will develop project management skills through planning, costing and resourcing the project and will write a report including background, aims and rationale, methods used and an analysis of the findings.
To apply for any of the Negotiated Work Based Learning courses
Contact CETAD for an application pack on 01524 593318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to complete the application form, and a 500 word statement.