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Management of Transfusion Medicine

The Management of Transfusion Medicine (MTM) Master's programme is a unique, two-year programme for current and potential leaders of blood banks in medium- and low-income countries.

Are you interested in transfusion medicine and blood supply organization management? Do you feel committed to developing safe, efficacious and sustainable blood supply systems in developing countries? Then the postgraduate Management of Transfusion Medicine programme may suit you! The focus lies on the individual development and personal growth of our students. After graduation, students will be able to contribute to a safer, more efficient and more sustainable blood supply system in their home country.

The Management of Transfusion Medicine programme is a result of the WHO initiative to improve blood supply organizations around the world. The MTM programme was set up in 2001 by the Academic Institute IDTM (International Development of Transfusion Medicine) and embedded in the University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen and Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation. The MTM programme was also the first blood management programme to be endorsed by the International Society of Blood Transfusion. Sponsors include international organizations like Terumo, Griffols, the Swiss Red Cross and Pepfar.

Do you have any questions? Contact us at info.idtm

Facts & Figures
Course type
24 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Medical Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The first year consists of e-learning and drafting a research topic (Thesis I). The programme consists of a total of 8 Courses, which students follow from their home country, followed by an exam for every Course. The Courses cover the following topics

  • General Introduction and basic methodology
  • Organization and structure
  • Legislative and Regulatory aspects and Policymaking
  • Human Resources Management
  • Health and Economy
  • Blood Donor Management
  • Clinical Interface
  • Process and Quality Management

In the second year of the MTM programme, students will deepen their knowledge in 4 tutorial courses, a traineeship and the drafting of a thesis including the research (II) and data collection (II) for the final thesis.

  • Internship 1 (8 weeks)
  • Tutorial 9. IT and Automation
  • Tutorial 10. Operations Management
  • Tutorial 11. Modernization in the blood transfusion service
  • Tutorial 12. Knowledge Management
  • Internship 2 (8 weeks)
  • Thesis II and III

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry requirements

Registration procedure

Your eligibility for the programme will depend on certain criteria, as listed below:

  • Academic degree or function at Master level
  • Experience in the field of transfusion medicine
  • Formal support and recommendation from a regional/national blood supply organization or health institution
  • Motivation letter
  • Leadership capacity/experience
  • Sufficient level of English

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

Leadership capacity/experience

knowledge minimum

Academic degree or function at Master level

professional experience

Experience in the field of transfusion medicine

reference letter

Motivation letter

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92
Tuition fees

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After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation, students generally return to their home country, where they will be able to contribute to a safer, more efficient and more sustainable blood supply system

Job examples

  • Blood Supply Organization Manager
  • Regional Blood Bank Director
  • Director National Blood Transfusion Service
  • Laboratory manager National BTS
  • Quality manager National BTS

Research Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to choose an individual research topic in line with your particular field of interest, under the supervision of a qualified staff member. After your research topic has been approved, you can start your online courses while simultaneously working on your research proposal. To support your research, you will gain access to various Course Materials and the University Medical Library.

Examples of research subjects

  • Assessment of Education and Training in Blood Transfusion in Qatar; baseline measures along the chain in preparation of the introduction of a haemovigilance system.
  • Cost-benefit analysis of complementing copper sulphate test with HaemoCue for pre-donation hemoglobin screening of blood donors in Uganda.
  • The impact of platelet transfusion on platelet increment in cancer patients in Uganda.
  • The impact of the introduction of clinical guidelines and training in the appropriate use of blood and blood components (AUB) on the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of blood prescribers in Eritrea.
  • The role and contribution of socio-cultural characteristics to the prevalence of Hepatitis B viral infection amongst the blood donor population; a case study in Northern and South Western regions of Uganda.
  • Perceived barriers to donating blood amongst secondary school and college students and regular donors in Southern Tanzania.
  • Implementation of Pathogen Inactivation Technology for Safer Blood Supply in Singapore.
  • Factors influencing supply and demand of blood; a case study of Eastern Zone
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If you want to know more about the programme Management of Transfusion Medicine, please contact:

  • Management Of Transfusion Medicine Office (If you have any questions, please send us a message)
    Email: info.idtm
Student profile

Students of Management of Transfusion Medicine are interested in transfusion medicine, blood supply and organizational management. They are committed to developing safe, efficacious and sustainable blood supply systems in developing countries. Students have an academic degree or function at Master level, formal support from a regional/national blood supply organization and excellent leadership skills.