Module Overview

Near Patient Testing

This module will provide an overview of the development, design and potential application of Near Patient Testing (NPT), building on the topics covered in the Biosensor and Bio-product development module in stage three. The module will also cover the development and use of in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, pre-clinical analysis and validation of NPT. The development of array and biochip assays will be explored in addition to the miniaturisation and use of microfluidics in the design of Near Patient tests and devices. Emerging trends and technologies in NPT will be explored. Students will engage in discussion around the future of NPT and its role in enabling the progression of personalised medicine and the impact of NPT on global health, with a focus on low-resource settings and sustainability goals.

Module Code

BIOL 4006

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  • Introduction to In vitro diagnostics and the role of NPT.
  • Historical perspective on the evolution and development of NPT.
  • Focus on array and biochip assays.
  • Application of Microfluidics and Biosensor technologies.    
  • Pre-clinical analysis of NPT.   
  • Home-based testing – the patient and NPT.
  • Impact of NPT diagnostics on global health.
  • Emerging trends and technology in POC diagnostics e.g. molecular NPT, mobile devices, connected health, e-health.
  • The impact of NPT and miniaturised diagnostics on the evolution of personalised medicine e.g. wearables, the Sensor Revolution.

Lectures, workshops, case studies, discussion forums, student presentations, student response polling technology.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100