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Haematology introduction

Haematology introduction
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Introduction

The BSc in Medical Sciences with Haematology is directed at students who have an interest in the scientific basis of medical practice. While directed particularly at students with an interest in the blood and its disorders, it also provides generic skills and provides transferable knowledge that can be readily applied to other disciplines.

This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 12-week research project. 

The Course Directors are Dr Carolyn Millar (c.millar@imperial.ac.uk), Dr Tom McKinnon (t.mckinnon03@imperial.ac.uk) and Professor Letizia Foroni (l.foroni@imperial.ac.uk)


Aims and objectives

To gain an understanding of the scientific method and of the scientific basis of haematology

After taking this course students will:

  • Be able to analyse data and critically review scientific articles
  • Be able to explain the principles of research techniques commonly used in haematology
  • Be able to discuss and explain the scientific basis of many aspects of
  • haematology, including thalassaemia, haemoglobinopathies and other disorders of red cells, malaria and its relationship to red cell polymorphisms, bone marrow failure syndromes, the science of blood transfusion, thrombosis and normal and abnormal haemostasis, leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma
  • Be able to explain how recent research has contributed to knowledge of haematological disorders and how scientific advances are now influencing the diagnostic approach, the design of drugs and the management of the patient
  • Be able to relate the underlying science and the results of recent research to the clinicopathological features of haematological disorders and their management
  • Be able to write clear, accurate, scientific English
  • Be able to make a scientific presentation

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 12 week research project within their specialism.