module specification

BM7117 - Haematology (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Haematology
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
200 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Case study (1500 words)
Coursework 50%   Written Report (1500 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

Module summary

This module focuses on the practice of haematology in a clinical setting. Providing the understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of haematology. The module also explores the epidemiology, causes, consequences and monitoring of haematological and haemostatic disease. A focus on QA/QC, GLP and BSH guidelines for current practice.

Prior learning requirements



Red cell physiology

- Red blood cell production & kinetics, Haemoglobin synthesis, Red blood cell metabolism

Red cell morphology and haematopoiesis; destruction of red cells; fragility; inherited and acquired anaemias; haemoglobinopathies; primary and derived haematological indices. Haematinic assays.

White cell morphology; production of white cell lines; causes and characteristics of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma; myeloproliferative disorders. Impact of molecular diagnostics.

Haemostasis and thrombosis: the vascular endothelium; platelet aggregation; coagulation. Selected bleeding and clotting disorders; treatment options.

Regulation and control of laboratory procedures linked to haematology.


Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students' knowledge and understanding of haematology will be developed through a programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with the guided use of student centred learning resources. Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework. Student centred assignments; including the execution of a substantial research assignment will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge and develop subject skills and competence.  

Activities include: Online lectures, tutorials and seminars, computer based learning, formative and summative assessments, other activities including: independent learning tasks; library searches.  These activities when summarised in the form of personal development portfolio

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:

1.  Discuss, report, present and defend the importance of haematological investigations to our understanding of the diagnosis and monitoring of haematological disorders and describe the nature, functions, turnover and diagnostic values of blood cells and associated indicies.

2. Recognise and relate the aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiological features of particular haematological, haemostatic or thrombotic diseases and demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues within the role of practicing healthcare scientists in clinical and diagnostic Blood Sciences, particularly Haematology

3. Understand and discuss some of the principles of QA/QC, GLP, NEQAS, and BHS guidelines for laboratory practice and provide a critical and balanced review on a research topic in respect to haematology.


Hoffbrand, A. V., and Moss, P. A. H., (2015), Essential Haematology, Willey-Blackwell Publishing.

Howard, M. R. and Hamilton, P. J. (2007), Haematology (An Illustrated Colour Text), 3rd edition. Churchill Livingstone.

Mehta, A., and Hoffbrand, A.V. (2014) Haematology at a Glance.Willey-Blackwell.

Proven, D.(2007), ABC of Clinical Haematology, BMJ Books (Blackwell Publishing)

You are also referred to articles, such as those below in selected learning centre journals: BMJ, Lancet, Clinical Haematology, Blood, Medicine and the web haematology links in the student directed learning tutorial.