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Haematology introduction

Haematology introduction
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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.

The course starts with a two-week introductory course that provides generic skills and some core knowledge. This is followed by three five-week taught modules and either a research project or a specialist taught course (two five-week modules). The course content includes:

  • Introductory two weeks
  • Module on haemostasis and thrombosis
  • Module on leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma
  • Module on red cells and their disorders
  • Research project or specialist taught module

The Course Directors are Professor Barbara Bain (b.bain@imperial.ac.uk), Professor David Lane (d.lane@imperial.ac.uk) and Dr Carolyn Millar (c.millar@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 are split into Parts A, B and C. Parts A and B run from September until February and comprise teaching on the BSc course topic. Part C, which runs from March until May, gives students the opportunity to undertake a project.

The BSc project is a ten-week research project, which gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about scientific research. The project is assessed via an oral presentation of the project (25% of Part C marks) and a 5000-word project write-up (75% of Part C marks). Examples of the type of projects available can be found in this list of past BSc project titles (PDF).