Module details for Professional Studies 2


This module is designed to provide all BMS students, on both Applied and Standard programme routes, with [a] an understanding of information relevant to professional work in the clinical environment, and [b] an understanding of bioethics (medical ethics). The module covers essential aspects of the profession that are mandatory for all students on both programme routes, in order to meet IBMS accreditation requirements. the module is an essential pre-requisite for students undertaking subsequent hospital placements on the Applied route, in order to meet HCPC approval requirements.


The aim of this Module is to: [a] provide the student with an understanding of [a] career structure, professional codes and good laboratory management in Health Service Biomedical Science and other bioscience industries; and [b] provide reflective education in bioethics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate the functional role of Biomedical Scientists 

2.  Discuss and explain the professional scope of practice and conduct in Biomedical Science and other Bioscience Industries and outline the functional roles of the IBMS and HCPC. 

3.  Evaluate relevant Health & Safety legislation and its appropriate implementation for Bioscience employees. 

4.  Discuss and explain the importance of specimen integrity on receipt into the laboratory. 

5.  Discuss and explain clinical governance and accreditation in laboratories.

6.  Evaluate the ethical issues arising from developments in medicine and biology.

Indicative Content

1 Management and Professional Issues in the NHS context

Professional regulation and conduct, role of the Biomedical Scientist, user demand and management of staff and workload, training and CPD, effective team working. 

2 Health and Safety

Legislation governing laboratory Health and Safety, hazard identification and risk assessment, COSHH, biological safety.

3 Bioscience industry

The role of the ICH Guidelines (Quality, Safety, Efficacy), FDA Regulations and their role in Biotech/Biological Product Development and Manufacture.

4 Bioethics

Ethical approaches: deontological and teleological. Ethical systems: intuitive responses, religious laws, rights, utilitarianism. Application of ethical approaches and principles to contemporary bioscience and biomedical issues.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 45
Independent 119
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.