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This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer. Three core modules encompass biological and social sciences. Read more
This MSc course offers an innovative interdisciplinary perspective on the study of cancer.

Three core modules encompass biological and social sciences. These equip you to apply key theories and concepts critically, and to develop the skills required to engage in debates about the impact of cancer on the individual, the family and society.

A wide range of additional modules offers the opportunity to examine aspects of cancer in greater detail from different perspectives, ranging from professional practice to historical perspectives, from epidemiological and medical research to biotechnology.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/cancer-studies/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links in their specialist areas locally, regionally and nationally.

- You will have access to state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- The department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care and the Cancer Care research group.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- You will be undertaking advanced study in Oxford, which has a new Cancer Centre and a range of expert practitioners working in the cancer field.

- "Students on this course will gain important insights into the nature of cancer research and its broader implications." Sir Paul Nurse

Teaching and learning

You will be given opportunities to be involved in all aspects of your programme - its management and delivery.

Different students will bring varied experiences and cultures and will be encouraged to share these with each other. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning and also to contribute to the learning of your fellow students.

The programme includes a taught element, informed by relevant national and international research and evidence-based literature, designed to be a starting point for critical reading and reflection. Mutual support between students enhances the learning experience and will be strongly encouraged.

In order to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group, a variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed.
- Lectures introduce you to new areas of study and provide the context for further independent reading and practical work.

- Group activities (eg seminars, workshops, presentations) are used as a means of sharing knowledge and experience, developing critical skills, and emphasising the inter-disciplinary nature of the course.

- Presentation skills are developed through student-led seminars, presentations to your fellow students for some of the assessments.

Studying on this course will give you in-depth knowledge of cancer from the molecular level to the personal, social, societal and international levels. In doing so, you will draw on knowledge from life sciences, psychology, sociology, history, and the health care professions. This means that the course requires a flexible mind and a willingness to see familiar subjects in challenging new ways.
This course does not provide a specialised clinical training in medicine or any other health profession, but it does provide professionals with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of cancer.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is designed to ensure that you develop and demonstrate the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete your programme. Types of assessments within your programme are varied and appropriate for individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and different learning styles.

Assessment is mainly by essay writing, helping you to develop high levels of critical analysis, original thinking and clarity of expression.

Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice. You will be given the opportunity to submit draft work for feedback and formative assessment.

Endorsements

Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Laureate and former chief executive of Cancer Research UK)

"Students on this course will gain important insights into the nature of cancer research and its broader implications. As the influence of science on society continues to grow, such insights are as important to scientists as they are to the wider public."

Jon Snow (Journalist, broadcaster and former Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University)

"Cancer and how it is dealt with needs to be seen in its wider social and political context. Oxford Brookes University provides a great environment in which students can engage with these issues."

Attendance pattern

Most modules on the programme involve attendance in the classroom once a week over a 12-week semester period.

How this course helps you develop

You will be given opportunities to develop your academic abilities at master's level, including critical reading and writing skills, digital literacy, communication and teamwork skills. Your contact with other students from different disciplines will provide you with networks that may be of value to you in the development of your future career.

Careers

You will be provided with additional knowledge and expertise to enable you to pursue your chosen career, whether this is in the biological, social sciences or humanities.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Cancer research is a key focus and the department hosts the prestigious HRH Prince Sultan Chair in Cancer Care. This is a very exciting addition to our portfolio, as it enables us to play a leading role in research development and education to improve the experience of patients undergoing cancer treatment and palliative care.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.

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Our part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients. You will study treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Read more

Course overview

Our part time, online course covers all aspects of delivering care to patients. You will study treatment modalities, biological, psychosocial and ethical perspectives. Well-established cancer institutes and oncological and palliative care experts developed and deliver the course. You will enjoy a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating experience wherever you are worldwide.

This course is designed to provide oncology, palliative care and oncology pharmaceutical industry professionals with detailed knowledge about the interrelationship between oncology and clinical cancer service provision.

Through the course you will develop clinical leadership, clinical excellence and the ability to cultivate interdisciplinary collaboration in the delivery of evidence based oncology and palliative care. This includes sharing mutually valuable information to help develop clinical practice. You will be introduced to the basis of research in oncology and palliative care, preparing you for further research within the fields.

We have designed this course in collaboration with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) and it is delivered in association with the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cancer-studies-pgcert/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cancer-studies-pgcert/#howtoapply

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The Cancer MSc reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the UCL Cancer Institute. Read more
The Cancer MSc reflects the depth and breadth of research interests, from basic science to translational medicine, within the UCL Cancer Institute. The programme, taught by research scientists and academic clinicians, provides students with an in-depth look at the biology behind the disease processes which lead to cancer.

Degree information

This programme offers a foundation in understanding cancer as a disease process and its associated therapies. Students learn about the approaches taken to predict, detect, monitor and treat cancer, alongside the cutting-edge research methods and techniques used to advance our understanding of this disease and design better treatment strategies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), four specialist modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks) is offered.

Core modules
-Basic Biology and Cancer Genetics
-Cancer Therapeutics

Specialist modules
-Behavioural Science and Cancer
-Biomarkers in Cancer
-Cancer Clinical Trials
-Haematological Malignancies and Gene Therapy

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake a laboratory project, clinical trials project or systems biology/informatics project, which culminates in a 10,000–12,000 word dissertation and an oral research presentation.

Teaching and learning
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of cancer through lectures, self-study, database mining, wet-lab based practicals, clinical trial evaluations, laboratory training, assigned reading and self-learning. Each taught module is assessed by an unseen written examination and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by the dissertation (75%) and oral presentation (25%).

Careers

The knowledge and skills developed will be suitable for those in an industrial or healthcare setting, as well as those individuals contemplating a PhD or medical studies in cancer.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Technician, NHS Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
-Cancer and Genetics, ETH Zurich
-PhD Cancer Research, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
-Clincial Trial Project Manager, Beijing Lawke Health Laboratory Inc.
-Research Scientist, SporeGen

Employability
Skills include critical evaluation of scientific literature, experimental planning and design interpretation of data and results, presentation/public speaking skills, time management, working with a team, working independently and writing for various audiences.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of Europe's largest and most productive centres of biomedical science, with an international reputation for leading basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

The UCL Cancer Institute brings together scientists from various disciplines to synergise multidisciplinary research into cancer, whose particular areas of expertise include: the biology of leukaemia, the infectious causes of cancer, the design of drugs that interact with DNA, antibody-directed therapies, the molecular pathology of cancer, signalling pathways in cancer, epigenetic changes in cancer, gene therapy, cancer stem cell biology, early phase clinical trials, and national and international clinical trials in solid tumours and blood cancers.

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This course provides you with the opportunity to work within a world class Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, to master the discipline of experimental cancer medicine. Read more
This course provides you with the opportunity to work within a world class Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, to master the discipline of experimental cancer medicine.

You will spend a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie. During this year, you will participate in four structured taught modules.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie experimental cancer medicine team. You will have a named trainer and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

As a nursing and physician student enrolled on this course, you will be expected to participate in patient care, with physicians and nursing staff participating in new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care giving episodes with patients.

For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

Aims

The primary purpose of the MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is to provide you with the opportunity to work within a premier UK Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, master the discipline of Experimental Cancer Medicine.

Teaching and learning

Our course is structured around a 2:1 split between clinical-based research projects and taught elements respectively.

Taught course units will predominantly use lectures and workshops, with e-learning limited to parts of course unit 1.

For the research projects, teaching and learning will take place through one-to-one mentoring from a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team.

The clinical and academic experience of contributors to this course will provide you with an exceptional teaching and learning experience.

Coursework and assessment

You will be are assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and dissertation.

Career opportunities

The MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is relevant to physician, nursing and clinical research students who are considering a career in Phase 1 clinical studies.

The course provides a theoretical and experiential learning experience and offers a foundation for roles within other experimental cancer medicine centres within the UK and EU, as well as careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

The MRes is ideal for high calibre graduates and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.

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Upon graduation from the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) you can be expected to. -Be fluent in medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher. Read more
Upon graduation from the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) you can be expected to:
-Be fluent in medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher.
-Be familiar with up-to-date translational research methodologies.
-Be adept at scientific reasoning and critical analysis of scientific literature.
-Acknowledge the regulatory and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research.
-Have mastered scientific and medical terminologies.
-Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to find employment in an international and interdisciplinary professional setting.

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees: https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/higher-education/higher-education-institutions-will-introduce-tuition-fees-in-autumn-2017/am-i-required-to-pay-tuition-fees/

Programme Contents

The TRANSMED studies are built upon three core educational themes:
Development of Research Skills
These include an introduction to current methodologies, which are further developed during a training period in a research group; research ethics: principles of clinical investigation; and writing of research or grant proposals.

Studies in Human Disease
These range from normal human physiology and anatomy, and basic biomedical courses, to more specialised studies covering various topics pertinent to the specialist option. You supplement these studies with clinical rounds, during which you have an opportunity to study selected patient cases in hospital wards, under the supervision of a clinician mentor.

Development of Communication Skills
These are promoted throughout the curriculum, through utilisation of interactive approaches and discussions, problem-based learning and oral presentations. The multidisciplinary TRANSMED community encompasses a wide range of educational backgrounds and provides ample opportunities for direct interactions with medical students, science and clinical teachers to enable you to practice and adopt interdisciplinary communication skills. At the end of the course of study, your communication skills will be evaluated in the final exam, during which you will orally present your research plan to expert examiners.

Selection of the Majors

The major of the programme is Translational medicine. During your first study year you can choose any of the five available specialisation options. These options and their specific goals are:
Neuroscience and Psychobiology
-To acquire knowledge on research methodology and state-of-the-art information in systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in clinical neuropsychology.
-To learn to produce new scientific information in the fields of psychobiology of human life, health, and stress, and to transfer the results between basic research and clinical settings.

Cancer
-To acquire basic knowledge of the principles of neoplastic growth, cancer progression and dissemination.
-To acquire basic understanding of the interplay between different cell types during neoplastic growth.
-To acquire knowledge of major research methodologies and disease models in cancer biology.

Regenerative Medicine
-To understand the principles of developmental and stem cell biology and regenerative pharmacology as the basis of regenerative therapies.
-To be familiar with the major technologies applied in regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, cell and organ transplantation and transplantation immunology.
-To understand the ethical principles of clinical translation of basic research and application of regenerative medicine therapies.

Metabolic Disorders
-To be able to understand the basic metabolic pathways.
-To understand the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
-To be able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders.

Cross-Disciplinary Translational Medicine
-To achieve a broad understanding of topics and methods in the field of Translational medicine.

Programme Structure

The scope of the programme is 120 credits (ECTS) and can be completed within two academic years (60 ECTS / year).

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree includes 60 ECTS of advanced and 60 ECTS of other studies. Both of these include both obligatory and optional studies.

The majority of the advanced studies are related to the chosen specialist option and include:
-Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
-Placement in a research group for learning advanced methods in your selected field of study
-Methodological and human health and disease-related courses
-Clinical rounds in Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) clinics
-Final examination in your field of specialisation

The other studies include e.g.
-Article analysis, scientific writing and presentation
-Biomedicine and introductory courses in research methods
-Career planning and orientation
-Individual study coaching and personal study plans
-Research ethics

You can select the optional courses based on your personal interests, or to support your chosen specialisation option. You can also include courses from other suitable Master’s programmes at the University of Helsinki, such as:
-Life Science Informatics
-Genetics and molecular biosciences
-Neuroscience
-Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour

You can also include studies in other universities under the flexible study right-agreement (JOO).

Career Prospects

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree provides excellent opportunities to apply for and attend postgraduate studies. Currently, 50% of TRANSMED graduates are continuing their studies in doctoral programmes, either at the University of Helsinki or abroad.

TRANSMED graduates are also highly valued in the private sector. Around 35% of graduates have been employed directly by bioindustry, pharma or other health sector enterprises either in Finland or abroad. Titles include product manager, product specialist, personalised health care manager etc. All such enterprises usually recruit both at the graduate (MSc) and postgraduate (PhD) levels.

The health and health technology sectors represent a rapidly emerging field, and one of the areas with a growing importance as the population ages and the costs of new therapies steadily increase. Thus, the demand for well-trained specialists in the field of translational medicine is likely to increase in the near future, providing excellent career prospects globally.

Internationalization

The Translational Medicine major is only available in this international programme, making the programme attractive to both Finnish and international students. Indeed, opportunities for personal interaction with students from different cultures are an integral feature of the studies. During your studies, you can also volunteer to act as a tutor for the incoming international students.

The international research community in The Academic Medical Centre Helsinki actively participates in teaching in TRANSMED. You complete the research group practice for your Master’s thesis in multicultural research groups.

It is also possible to complete your Master’s thesis work or research group placement abroad, or to include coursework done at a foreign university.

Research Focus

The specialisation options of the programme – Neuroscience and psychobiology, Cancer, Regenerative medicine, Metabolic disorders, and Cross-disciplinary translational medicine – are closely aligned with the research focus areas of the Faculty of Medicine: malignancy, inflammation, metabolism, degenerative processes as well as psychiatric disorders and their mechanisms. You therefore have an opportunity to learn from, and be supervised by, the leading experts and professors in their fields.

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Improved global life expectancy has resulted in a cancer epidemic. It is well recognised that accurate early diagnosis is an essential aspect of the administration of increasingly expensive and tailored cancer treatment care plans. Read more
Improved global life expectancy has resulted in a cancer epidemic. It is well recognised that accurate early diagnosis is an essential aspect of the administration of increasingly expensive and tailored cancer treatment care plans.

The Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Biology) MSc programme has been devised to provide knowledge of key aspects of this increasingly important disease area.

You will become familiar with the genetic and cellular changes occurring in both solid and blood-borne cancers, the current and emerging technological approaches for diagnosis of the disease and the effect on pertinent cellular changes on patient prognosis. Studies on populations and the influence of genotypic variation will ensure that you are qualified to make sense of cancer statistics.

You are able to tailor your programme by selecting from a menu of option modules and pursuing a research project in an area ranging from molecular through to cellular or tissue-based aspects of cancer.

During the course you will join our thriving research environment and will have access to excellent laboratory facilities within the Faculty. On successful completion of the course you will be equipped to take forward your career with an in-depth knowledge of this increasingly common disease area.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-ADVANCED CANCER BIOLOGY
-CELL SIGNALLING AND GENETICS
-MOLECULAR SCIENCE AND DIAGNOSTICS
-POSTGRADUATE PROJECT
-POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS

Option modules
-COMMUNICATING SCIENCE
-EXTENDED POSTGRADUATE PROJECT
-IMMUNOPATHOLOGY
-IMMUNOTHERAPY
-MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR THERAPEUTICS
-SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

Associated careers

After graduation, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of cancer-focused careers including appointments in diagnostic laboratories, academic, biotechnological and pharmaceutical research.

As a graduate of this course, you will be ideally placed to play an essential role in both diagnosis and improved care of cancer patients. Opportunities are also available to pursue a career in clinical trials and in areas such as data analysis and public health.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

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Clinicians, scientists and students engaged in cancer research at Newcastle share a common purpose. to improve treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. Read more

Programme Overview

Clinicians, scientists and students engaged in cancer research at Newcastle share a common purpose: to improve treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. Work covers a broad spectrum - understanding the biological and molecular differences between normal and malignant cells and using this knowledge to develop new anti-cancer drugs.

Research Supervision

Exploratory biology, target and biomarker discovery
Molecular genetic and mechanistic studies are used to identify critical molecular changes in cancer and their relevance to disease development and progression, and to validate these as biomarkers and targets for therapeutic intervention. A wide range of contemporary genomic, bioinformatic, molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology techniques are used.

Studies focus on haematological malignancies (leukaemia and lymphoma), paediatric solid tumours (neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma), and adult solid tumours (eg breast, ovarian, prostate, bladder and liver cancers).

Drug development
The exploitation of novel targets is achieved by the use of rational drug design, notably the use of structure-based design, in conjunction with medium-throughput screening. Target molecule synthesis and multiple parallel synthesis approaches are used for lead optimisation, and candidate drugs are evaluated in cell-free and whole cell target-based assays.

Biomarker development
We exploit critical molecular defects as biomarkers to enhance disease detection and diagnosis, prediction of disease course, sensitivity to specific drugs and therapeutic monitoring. We play leading roles in molecular diagnostics, biomarker assessment and therapeutic monitoring for national and international clinical trials.

Clinical trials
Clinical trials (Phase I/II/III) are undertaken in both adults and children. Trials have a strong hypothesis-testing translational research component and are performed under the auspices of national or international research networks (eg CR–UK, CCLG, EORTC), as well as directly in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry.

Training and Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cancer-mphil-phd-md/#training&skills

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cancer-mphil-phd-md/#howtoapply

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This module is suitable for students from a range of clinical backgrounds, who follow up and care for people who have received a diagnosis of skin cancer. Read more
This module is suitable for students from a range of clinical backgrounds, who follow up and care for people who have received a diagnosis of skin cancer. This module aims to:
-Develop knowledge and skills related to the principles of anatomical examination and pathophysiology underpinning patient assessment
-Enhance clinical skills associated with assessment, in order to undertake safe examination for people diagnosed with skin cancer
-Develop a critical understanding of the disease processes for skin cancer and the skills required to assess and manage these clients within professional boundaries and protocols
-Identify opportunities to enhance patient care and service delivery

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Modules

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Learning activities and assessment

Module assessment includes written case studies, and the achievement of clinical competencies (for which a clinical assessor is required).

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. Read more

Research profile

Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. The programme also has a strong tradition of welcoming students from overseas, as well as the UK.

Our main areas of research activity and development currently relate to the themes of experience of health and illness, and organisation and policy for person-centred care.

The main areas of study we can supervise for doctoral research are:

critical care
emotions and care
maternal health
addictions and substance misuse
public health
community care and leadership
pain management
cancer care
nursing education
patient safety and quality issues.

We have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods research approaches.

Nursing Studies research

Training and support

The MSc by Research in Nursing Studies provides students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing.

The programme is designed for qualified practitioners and graduates and enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to nursing and related fields.

The distinctive features of this degree include:

-integration of generic social science and discipline-specific nursing studies research training and development;
-social science approaches to research training in nursing studies; and
-close links with other disciplines including medicine.

The PhD/MPhil programme is an advanced research degree enabling you to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of your choice.

Normal progression for PhD/MPhil in nursing involves spending the first year preparing for the main research work; taking research training courses, reviewing literature, and developing your research proposal.

Progression to year two of the programme is dependent on a satisfactory outcome from a review board. Typically, the second year is spent doing the body of the research, usually empirical data collection and analysis, and the third year is spent completing the analysis and writing the thesis.

You will be able to attend a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses from across the College of Humanities & Social Science. There is the opportunity to attend other courses in Nursing Studies as well as a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses within the College of Humanities & Social Science and related disciplines across the University.

Nursing studies PhD and MPhil students join a 50-year tradition of scholarship. Our students share courses with others from a wide variety of disciplines.

Those doing higher degrees by research usually undertake research training courses, as well as carrying out their own research. PhD students normally have two supervisors, one of whom may be from a different discipline relevant to your interests.

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This module develops knowledge and understanding of cancer and cancer treatment by examining the pathological processes involved in cancer, and how this influences diagnosis and treatment. Read more
This module develops knowledge and understanding of cancer and cancer treatment by examining the pathological processes involved in cancer, and how this influences diagnosis and treatment.

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Modules

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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If you are a healthcare professional, this course gives you the knowledge and expertise to develop as a specialist prostate cancer practitioner. Read more
If you are a healthcare professional, this course gives you the knowledge and expertise to develop as a specialist prostate cancer practitioner. Through a combination of online learning and (if appropriate) taught study days you learn how to provide, promote and develop high standards of care.

The postgraduate certificate stage focuses on developing your clinical knowledge and skills. The prostate cancer module gives you an in-depth understanding of managing the stages of the disease including:
-The physical and psychosocial impact.
-Treatment.
-The needs of those affected.
-How these needs can be addressed.

As advanced communication is essential to your clinical role, you take one of two modules on the subject. This helps you develop your knowledge of the concepts underpinning advanced communication strategies used in practice. If you choose to take the advanced communication skills in practice module, you have the opportunity to practice your communication skills during intensive role play, the key learning approach.

During the postgraduate diploma stage you develop your understanding of the wider specialist and advanced practice role in areas such as:
-Leadership.
-Peer support.
-Education.
-Service development and improvement.

You also expand your knowledge of high risk or high priority areas in practice such as:
-Care of African Caribbean men.
-Needs relating to sexual function.
-Survivorship.
-End of life care.

This stage of the course also prepares you for undertaking research by improving your understanding of research methods and helping you develop a research question for investigation.

In the final masters stage you research a specific area of interest relevant to your professional role and priorities in practice. This enables you to specialise in your chosen topic, develop expertise and hopefully influence practice or policy.

Throughout your studies you are encouraged to reflect on your role as:
-An ambassador for your patients and their families.
-A peer supporter for other healthcare professionals involved in caring for people affected by the disease.
-An educator.

You also evaluate your own practice and the practice of others to help you develop ideas for service improvement within your practice and workplace.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-prostate-cancer-care

Course delivery

This is primarily a distance learning course using online learning. You must have internet access and be prepared to engage with technology. We supply you with a range of online learning and teaching resources, including access to library resources and information databases.

Each module provides clear guidance on how to approach your self-directed study. This learning is enhanced by online, tutor facilitated group discussions allowing you to share views and practice experiences with other students. These sessions are a popular and valuable learning resource, and are also used to support you in your final marked assessment.

Professional recognition

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 2653887.

Course structure

Distance learning – 3 years. Starts September and January.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits. The Masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.

Postgraduate Certificate core modules
-Prostate cancer (15 credits)
-Advanced communication and information in supportive care (30 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma core modules
-Advancing practice in prostate cancer care (30 credits)
-Research methods for practice (15 credits)

Masters
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (you choose a further 30 credits from the following modules)
-Loss, grief and bereavement (15 credits)
-Complexities in symptom management (15 credits)
-Collaborative working in supportive care (15 credits)
-Informed consent in healthcare practice (15 credits)
-Evidencing your continuing professional development (15 credits)

Assessment: online activities and discussion; essays; project and research work; presentations.

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This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. Read more
This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. It is open to UK, EU and international nursing professionals who wish to undertake advanced postgraduate study with a premier academic institution that has close links with nationally and internationally recognised clinical settings and expert practitioners.

The course can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over three years. There are two intakes: September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/nursing-studies-clinical-leadership-in-practice/

Why choose this course?

- One of our students said: "Every module encourages a direct relationship to the student's current / recent practice. The fact that students can choose their own scenarios for some assignments (for example) is a HUGE selling point - the knowledge students gain from this approach is fantastic."

- Students are encouraged to develop their digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.

- It is delivered by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region as well as colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- We offer students opportunities such as the development of teaching skills and we have an established pathway for exceptional students to write for peer-reviewed publication.

- Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

This course in detail

This MSc in Nursing Studies is designed to raise your practice to an advanced level, enabling you to progress as a senior practitioner, educator, researcher or manager. You will develop your practice with confidence, knowing that it is based on the best available evidence to allow you to make effective nursing interventions.

The course covers modules in each of the following:
- Mastering Professional Practice (compulsory)
- Evidence-based Practice (compulsory)
- Health Promotion (compulsory)
- Leadership (compulsory)
- Advanced Research Design (compulsory)
- Dissertation (compulsory for MSc, triple module)
- Infection Prevention and Control (optional)
- Work-based Learning (optional)
- Independent Study (optional)
- Creating Frameworks for Learning (optional)

One optional module can be chosen from the above four to make up the 9-module MSc or 6-module PGDip. For the three module PGCert, you would take Mastering Professional Practice, Evidence-based Practice and Leadership. In addition, for the PGDip, you would do all of the compulsory modules (except the dissertation), plus one optional module.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

Coursework assessments are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations. MSc students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Additional materials are provided to distance learning students to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment.

On-campus course

If you choose to enrol on the on-campus course, four of your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach involving attendance at our Marston Road site in Oxford, and two of your modules will be delivered via distance learning.

Distance learning

The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities if you are unable to attend university full-time but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the librarians and learning technologists.

Careers

This course is aimed at experienced nurses who may be working in any area of the world. The skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to develop your career further as a nurse leader, nurse researcher or nurse educator.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Current research activity within the programme team includes:
- reflective practice in nursing
- threshold concepts
- diabetes and technology
- online learning.
- academic research writing

This course is run by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.

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Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre (ECRC) strives to take a comprehensive approach to cancer research, combining both laboratory-based research and clinical approaches. Read more

Research profile

Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre (ECRC) strives to take a comprehensive approach to cancer research, combining both laboratory-based research and clinical approaches.

Overall the centre studies the genetic and biological basis of cancer and disease pathology, and devises and test new forms of therapy arising from our basic, translational and clinical research programs.

Our ultimate aim is to carry out high quality research into effective cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as the symptoms associated with cancer.

ECRC is part of the School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences at the Western General Hospital. This centre, as part of a unit of Hospital-Based Clinical Subjects, was rated 5* in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

We have 18 academic staff, 40 research staff, 35 support staff and 22 students.

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This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. Read more
This exciting and dynamic MSc in Nursing Studies (Clinical Leadership in Practice) is offered as an online distance learning or on-campus course. It is open to UK, EU and international nursing professionals who wish to undertake advanced postgraduate study with a premier academic institution that has close links with nationally and internationally recognised clinical settings and expert practitioners.

The course can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over three years. There are two intakes: September (Semester 1) and January (Semester 2).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/nursing-studies-clinical-leadership-in-practice/

Why choose this course?

- One of our students said: "Every module encourages a direct relationship to the student's current / recent practice. The fact that students can choose their own scenarios for some assignments (for example) is a HUGE selling point - the knowledge students gain from this approach is fantastic."

- Students are encouraged to develop their digital literacy and are therefore introduced to a range of technologies such as Moodle, Skype, real time classrooms, social networking and electronic bibliographic software.

- Students are given an opportunity to develop their academic research writing with the aim of peer-reviewed publication and we offer students the opportunity to become involved with the patient-centred research that the team undertake. This is particularly within the sphere of ehealth.

- It is delivered by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region as well as colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- We offer students opportunities such as the development of teaching skills and we have an established pathway for exceptional students to write for peer-reviewed publication.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Oxford Brookes Department of Clinical Health Care had 98% of research internationally recognised, with 82% of research being world leading or internationally excellent. 90% of impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent, with 80% more 4* and over double the percentage of 3* research compared to 2008.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

- There are a range of university-wide scholarships, and a 10% tuition fee discount for alumni of Oxford Brookes University.

Teaching and learning

Coursework assessments are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and virtual presentations. MSc students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. Additional materials are provided to distance learning students to guide you during your studies; these include study guides and access to an interactive online learning environment and real-time classrooms.

- On-campus course
If you choose to enrol on the on-campus course, four of your modules will be delivered using a blended learning approach involving attendance at our Marston Road site in Oxford, and two of your modules will be delivered via distance learning.

- Distance learning
The distance learning course provides exciting opportunities for learners who do not attend on-campus but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment. In addition to accessing our virtual learning environment you will have the use of a range of technologies such as online real-time video and audio communication tools. This means that students can feel supported by a variety of staff including the librarians and learning technologists.

Careers

This course is aimed at experienced nurses who may be working in any area of the world. The skills and knowledge you will develop will enable you to develop your career further as a nurse leader, nurse researcher or nurse educator.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Current research activity within the programme team includes:
- Leadership in health care
- Health-care professional education
- Models of care delivery
- Resilience and vulnerability in health care
- Health workforce resilience and adversity
- Health management
- Patient safety and health care quality
- Social and cultural diversity in health care
- diabetes and technology
- online learning
- academic research writing

This course is run by a team of lecturers and researchers with a wealth of practice and research experience and a rich track record of research publications in areas of relevance to nursing.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

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This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health. Read more
This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health.

About the programme

This programme is designed for midwives, nurses and other healthcare practitioners with an interest in maternal and child health. You will explore the issues surrounding maternal and child health and have a widespread positive influence by developing the quality of maternal and child healthcare across the gradient of health inequality. Part-time online delivery enables you to study at your convenience.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council approved Supervisor of Midwives Programme and the module Effective Clinical Practitioner and Motivational Enhancement Skills have some class sessions at Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses. Student support is actively encouraged via online or by face-to-face meeting.

Your learning

You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) after completing six modules (120 credits); or the MSc Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (180 credits). You will complete core and option modules:

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health (core): examines current and relevant issues affecting women and the wider maternity services to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population
• Responding to Public Health Challenges (core): introduces public health theory and practice in addition to health improvement interventions

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Research for Health and Social Care (core): covers a range of methodological issues relevant to research in health and social settings
• Supporting Normality in Childbirth (core): promotes and supports normality in practice, enabling you to reflect upon and appraise the role of the midwife within the multi-disciplinary team

Option modules include:
• Advanced Work-based Learning
• Case Management within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Effective Clinical Practitioner
• Health Economics
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Social Marketing
• Supervision of Midwives (Action)^
• Supervision of Midwives (Theory)^
• The Business of Health Care
• Working with Families

- MSc:
You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module. Duration is normally one year part-time.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to work in management and clinical leadership roles in practice, and pursue career development in research and education.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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