Advanced Haematology and Transfusion Science (861C1)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Haematological malignancies are a heterogeneous group of devastating cancers affecting all ages. This unit will describe the molecular processes active in normal haematopoietic development and explain how these mechanisms are disrupted during malignant transformation. Students will learn the techniques commonly adopted in haematological research, and understand the cross-disciplinary investigations performed in diagnostic laboratories to identify blood cancers. Finally, this unit will describe the fundamental concepts of blood transfusion science allowing the student an understanding of blood grouping and the compatibility testing necessary to select blood products in a clinical setting.


75%: Lecture
25%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 23 hours of contact time and about 127 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: