MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PG Dip 2Yr PT
    PG Cert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

The Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion courses aim to:
• prepare professionals to achieve the level of expertise detailed by the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) in its curriculum framework for nurses and transfusion practitioners working in UK Blood Services and the wider NHS
• support transfusion professionals through the provision of career development and learning opportunities

Key Features


  • Swansea is the only UK university to offer a British Blood Transfusion Society approved degree in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice

Teaching and Employability:

  • part-time postgraduate course delivered via the work-based learning (WBL) route
  • developed in collaboration with the BBTS
  • Members of the BBTS work in partnership with colleagues from the College of Human and Health Sciences in providing appropriate support for students


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM46Academic Year30Advanced Specialist Practice in Blood Transfusion
SHHM47Academic Year30Advanced Clinical Governance and Contemporary Issues

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHHM48Academic Year60Professional Practice in in Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice


Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion Practice is undertaken within a variety of healthcare settings - predominantly the student’s own clinical environment.

The course provides academic support and facilitation of WBL with work-based clinical facilitators providing clinical guidance. Students are able to work at their own pace and in a setting distinct from the College.

Formal training and education for doctors, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists specialising in transfusion medicine have been available for some years.

However, nurses and transfusion practitioners have had limited access to formal programmes of education in blood transfusion. This is regarded as critical to promoting safe and effective transfusion practices.

The programme of study encompasses, in part, the content of the original framework for the BBTS Specialist Certificate in Blood Transfusion Science Practice (2008). The framework was compiled by representatives from the BBTS Professional Affairs and Education nursing sub-committee, the UK Blood Services and NHS hospital transfusion team representatives.

Entry Requirements

  • a UK 2.2 degree or higher (negotiable)
  • work as a registered practitioner
  • have a minimum of two years’ experience post qualification
  • employed in an appropriate role and deemed competent by their employer to undertake the course
  • approved by the programme manager and a member of BBTS
  • have written confirmation of support from their employer
  • identify an appropriate clinical facilitator to support them in practice (negotiated by the programme manager and a member of the BBTS)
  • part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer
  • applicants with non-standard entry requirements may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience

This qualification is for staff working in a predominately Clinical Transfusion environment (i.e. Nurses, Transfusion/ Haemovigilance Practitioners). It is not suitable for  those who work in a laboratory environment (e.g. BMS, MLT or equivalent) and require a Scientific Transfusion Practice qualification. 

How To Apply

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact and click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Specialist Blood Transfusion are not currently available for international applicants.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £1,950 N/A
PG Dip Part-time £1,950 N/A
PG Cert Part-time £1,950 N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • overnight stays and travelling costs
  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

This course is offered on a part-time basis, and will normally take three years to complete.

Staff Expertise

The core team for the College of Human and Health Sciences has professional backgrounds in either haematology and/ or work-based learning.

The programme manager, Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, has extensive clinical experience in general medical nursing, and has developed expertise in the care of cancer patients, including palliative care. She teaches on many palliative care and oncology modules and is the designated lead for haematology nursing in the College. 

Mrs Heulwen Morgan-Samuel has published a number of research studies in peer reviewed journals specifically on infection control for the immune-compromised patient and the role of the nurse lecturer in supporting students.

Sally Hore is part of the academic team who has extensive experience in work based learning and the use of a blended learning approach to facilitate learning in the workplace.

Sally leads work based learning for the CHHS and supports the programme. She is a module lead and acts as an academic supervisor to some of the students.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.