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Learn the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in cardiology, and will be relevant to researchers, day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice. Read more
Learn the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in cardiology, and will be relevant to researchers, day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice.

Why Study Cardiovascular Disease with us?

The incidence of cardiovascular disease has been increasing worldwide.

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidence-based practice.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles. Our aim will be to develop these to publication with you if suitable.

The content of the course is mapped to The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Speciality Training Curriculum for Cardiology.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.

What will I learn?

Our modules investigate in detail the likely causes and effects of cardiovascular disease as well as the various complications and treatments. You will review current guidelines and their evidence base in the therapeutic management of cardiovascular disease, and explore potential new therapies.

Seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers. You will also attend cardiovascular clinics in one of our partner hospital trusts.

How will I be taught?

Our course consists of taught modules and a Research Dissertation.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning – all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall on the Countess of Chester Hospital Campus.
The total number of contact hours for the whole course are 360 hours, out of a total study time of 1,800 hours.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may focus on clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, oral presentations, or data manipulation exercises.

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Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. Read more
Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. This established MSc programme, taught by scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their field, offers students the opportunity to learn about topical areas in cardiovascular science, preparing them for further research or a career in industry.

Degree information

Students will develop a detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular cardiovascular science, animal models of cardiovascular disease, microvascular biology and mechanisms by which the heart and vasculature function in health and disease, as well as laboratory and statistical methods. They will gain valuable research skills and an awareness of the ethical, legal and social aspects of developments in cardiovascular disease.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Cardiovascular Diseases
-Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
-Congenital Heart Disease - Fundamentals
-Heart and Circulation (30 credits)
-Basic Statistics for Medical Science

Optional modules - 30 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:
-Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
-Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
-Drug Discovery II
-Microvascular Biology
-An introduction to Molecular Laboratory Methods in Cardiovascular Research
-Clinical Cardiology (open to clinicians only)

Clinical Cardiology is an academic MSc module rather than a standard clinical placement. The emphasis is to appreciate the impact of advances in cardiovascular science upon clinical practice.

Dissertation/research project
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and an oral presentation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, journal clubs, a quiz, statistical and laboratory practicals and anatomical examination of human congenital heart disease specimens. Assessment is through written and oral examinations, coursework essays, case reports, journal club and other oral presentations and the dissertation.

Careers

All graduates of this programme will be well placed for a PhD in this field and a career in research, and will have a sound basis for entry into the pharma industry.

Basic scientists may use the MSc as a stepping stone to MBBS studies. The programme also provides an excellent training for related fields such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Senior Lecturer, Lahore Medical & Dental College
-Doctor, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
-GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), BPP
-PhD Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Surrey
-PhD Cardiovascular Science, University College London (UCL)

Employability
In addition to the academic insight into Cardiovascular Science, this programme supports the development of a wide range of skills which students will use at work. Oral and written communication skills are enhanced. Writing essays and the research project dissertation involves searching the literature, selection and interpretation of publications, and organisation of complex ideas into the final report.

Learning activities in the Statistics module develop quantitative analytical skills. Student develop group and independent projects. They gain insight into research planning and time management. They are supported by a personal tutor and informed by careers events and the UCL Careers Service.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science brings together world-leading scientists and clinicians working in cardiovascular research to conduct innovative research for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation, and provide world-class teaching and training, and forward-thinking policy development.

UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. This interdisciplinary programme is taught in collaboration with UCLH, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Heart Centre, offering students access to a world-leading community at the forefront of cardiovascular research.

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Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. Read more
Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. This Masters in Cardiovascular Sciences will include specialist training in the epidemiological nature of the disease, in combination with analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie its development.

Why this programme

-This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. Cardiovascular Medicine at Glasgow is rated in the UK’s top ten and has a research grant income of £50M.
-Research for the MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
-We have exciting scholarship opportunities.
-You will undertake a research project with an established cardiovascular researcher.
-This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.
-The Cardiovascular Science Degree has a modular based course containing taught elements, tutorial sessions, critical review sessions and hands-on demonstration of current laboratory techniques.
-Tailored laboratory projects to suit student’s expertise and interests.
-If you are a science or medicine graduate looking to gain knowledge and new skills in the field of cardiovascular medicine, this programme is designed for you.
-You will have the opportunity to acquire and integrate a knowledge base in many new techniques for research in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including established risk factor measurements, novel imaging techniques, gene therapy, stem cells and the evolving genomics and proteomics fields.
-Cardiovascular science is a priority area for research funding, in recognition of the fact that new, improved treatments are required and that these can only arise through better understanding of its development. The University of Glasgow has a world-renowned reputation for expertise in cardiovascular research and education.
-Research is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
-Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD Studies.

Programme structure

In addition to the taught courses you will take part in student-led critical review sessions where you will provide a critical appraisal of a scientific research paper taken from current literature.

You will also take part in an introductory session on how to review a scientific paper, designed to give you experience of reading, summarising and presenting the findings of a scientific publication in a critical manner.

Core courses
-Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease
-Established and novel research techniques
-Evidence based research in medicine
-Medical statistics
-Topics in therapeutics - general topics and cardiovascular disease
-Topics in therapeutics - commonly used drugs
-Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - fundamentals of molecular medicine
-Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - applied pharamcogenomics and molecular medicine

Optional courses
-Basic science diabetes and vascular disease
-Clinical and research audit

Career prospects

Successful graduates will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular research. Career opportunities include education, clinical translational cardiovascular research, public health bodies or commercial industrial research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Students who have completed course are currently employed in NHS, PhD programmes, academia and industry.

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The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases. Read more

Research profile

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases.

We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies.

In 2008, the Centre was designated as one four British Heart Foundation Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and was awarded £7.6M over a six-year period.

Major research efforts are directed at:

the metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease
mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and disruption
prenatal programming of cardiovascular disease
renal dysfunction and hypertension
mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction
circadian biology
cell biology

Training and support

The Centre has an excellent track record for training provision to basic scientists and clinicians. Trainees on our programmes receive direct support from at least two academic advisors during their studies and a dedicated thesis committee provides guidance throughout the programme of research. In addition to research training, the Centre boasts both an active seminar series and a forum for presentation of research in progress.

The Centre offers training to clinicians and basic scientists from biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds. Several training schemes are offered, covering full- and part-time study.

In addition, there are three distinct 4-year PhD programmes, applications for which should be made directly to the Centre.

Facilities

The CVS is situated in the £50 million, purpose-built Queen's Medical Research Institute adjacent to the new Medical School and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France. Trainees can access the BHF Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities. In addition, the Centre supports a high quality suite for in vivo physiological studies.

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Our Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. Read more

Course Overview

Our Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.

Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.

The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cardiovascular-science-in-health-disease-mres/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/cardiovascular-science-in-health-disease-mres/#howtoapply

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*Please note that it is our intention to transform this programme into a new programme Biology of Cardiovascular Disease from September 2017 onwards. Read more
*Please note that it is our intention to transform this programme into a new programme Biology of Cardiovascular Disease from September 2017 onwards. The option to focus on areas other than cardiovascular disease then will be limited.*

The Master's in Biology of Disease focuses on the translation of disease into a scientifically secure experiment/model, in order to study its underlying mechanisms and reveal potential therapies.

The Master's programme in Biology of Disease offers the opportunity to study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense via internships in pre-clinical and clinical research in medical, biomedical, biological, industrial and veterinary labs; and to focus on more than one clinical specialty enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases. Alternatively this programme offers the possibility to focus on cardiovascular research.

This two year research programme comprises theoretical courses, elective courses, seminars, a major and minor research project, and the writing of a Master's thesis. The core component of this two year research programme consists of independently planning and conducting the two research projects, which will take 15 months in total. The minor research project may be completed elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad; or it may be replaced by a specific profile: Management, Teaching and Communication or Drug Regulatory Sciences. Graduates of this programme are prepared for PhD studies (approximately 65% choose for this option); or to take on a position in the medical-technical or pharmaceutical industry, or in science journalism.

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This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists. Read more
This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists.

It offers a sound theoretical background together with skills training in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to transfer and extend your studies to a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or a full MSc in Preventive Cardiology.

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Help tackle the big public health issues of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by becoming an expert in food and nutrition. Read more
Help tackle the big public health issues of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by becoming an expert in food and nutrition. By looking at how lifestyle affects food and nutrition, the vested interests of the food industry, and the role of food and nutrition in disease, you will gain a solid understanding of the current issues, allowing you to make a positive difference in a variety of nutritional-related roles around the world.

You will develop practical skills such as the ability to devise programmes for interventions, secure funding from commissioners, and report your findings to wider audiences. By working face-to-face with local community groups, and using marketing tools such as journals, websites, media presentations, workshops and social media, you will understand how to successfully engage with audiences and influence behaviour change.

Our links with employers in the nutrition field ensures that you have an opportunity to integrate work experience alongside your academic study, enhancing your employability when you qualify and enabling you to meet the Association for Nutrition competencies.

If you have a degree in a health, science, psychology or sport related subject, along with an interest in food and nutrition and its application in the workplace, we can widen your knowledge to give you greater career options.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/nutritioninpractice

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Your future job options are varied and can meet your own professional interests. You could work in nutritional research at a charity, in the food industry with a major retailer, or in international public health delivering nutrition programmes. Other options are also available to you in public health departments, local government, the NHS, consultancy work, specialist service provision or in the media.

- Nutritionist
- Community Development Worker
- Nutrition Researcher
- Food Industry Nutritionist

Careers advice: the dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll undertake a four to six-week placement either in the UK or abroad. It's an opportunity to gain significant work experience in areas such as food product development, weight loss and healthy lifestyles, and consultancy in either the private, public or charity sector. You'll also have access to our state-of-the-art biomedical science laboratories, clinical skills suite and kitchens, which will allow you to hone your practical skills further.

You'll be taught by an experienced team of professionals including Professor Pinki Sahota, an expert in childhood nutrition and obesity with 17 years' experience in the NHS, and Professor Alan White, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Men's Health Forum.

You'll also hear from other leading professionals in the field as we host regular guest speakers from nutritional practice, the food industry, public health departments, hospital settings and research.

Core Modules

Enterprise in Public Health Nutrition
A population and lifespan based approach to the nutritional needs of individuals and communities, and contemporary issues influencing these.

Food Systems and Policy
Study the food systems currently operating across the food chain in agriculture, processing, distribution, retailing and food service. We will increase your awareness of the properties and behaviour of food, and how various systems are managed and operated.

Lifestyle Disease and Social Context
Examine lifestyle conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity and analyse the health, psychosocial, cultural and socioeconomic determinants associated with prevalence.

Nutrition Advances in Practice
Explore the theory and principles of human nutrition. You'll focus on integration of nutritional science, clinical science, and food science. Alongside theory, you will develop skills to critically evaluate and integrate current research.

Nutrition Epidemiology
Examine the role of nutrition in the aetiology and trends of nutrition-related diseases. You'll look at the strengths and weaknesses of nutritional epidemiological methods, design concepts and application of appropriate statistical methods.

Research and Practice Development
An opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and / or development that supports your health-related practice within nutrition.

Research Methods in Health and Wellbeing
Develop both theoretical and practical skills that you will use in your dissertation module.

Nutritional Placement
A four to six week work experience placement taking place either in the UK or abroad over the summer.

Professional and Collaborative Practice

Kate Austin

Senior Lecturer

"I'm passionate about raising the profile of the preventative nutrition agenda, working to develop strategies and services to halt the rise in obesity and prevent the development of nutrition-related disease in the UK. This passion extends into my teaching where I enjoy facilitating the development of students into competent practitioners."

As well as a Course Leader and lecturer, Kate is also the regional representative for the Association for Nutrition. Her main area of research is nutrition in early years and links to appetite regulation.

Facilities

- Nutrition Laboratories
Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
Make use of our well equipped community living area allowing you to practice first hand the application of your skills and knowledge.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences is targeted at students who have studied the core disciplines of nutrition and food science related to health and wellness. Read more
MSc Nutrition and Food Sciences is targeted at students who have studied the core disciplines of nutrition and food science related to health and wellness. This course is highly relevant as there is a need for high quality postgraduate Nutritional and Food Scientists that will serve the North West and the current epidemic of nutrition-related health problems (Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer). It is recognised that good nutrition and a healthy balanced diet are important to health. An in depth understanding of nutrition is inextricably linked to the foods consumed and underpinned by an understanding of the science behind food production, processing and safety.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Our courses draw upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across health, science and social sciences within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Learning and assessment is via a combination of case studies, presentations, research reports, critical reviews and a research dissertation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This postgraduate course in Nutrition and Food Sciences consists of core modules in advanced human nutrition and applied food sciences as well as advanced research methods and a research project. A choice of options allows for specialism in nutrition and food law.

MSc Nutrition and Food Science requires you take nine modules in total, all at Level 7. The modules will be taken through a combination of single semester and double semester delivery. The triple research project module will be undertaken during Semesters 2 and 3.

OPPORTUNITIES

With an increasing importance placed on the preventative medicine sectors and emphasis on the food industry to develop novel and innovative products high quality postgraduate Nutrition and Food Scientists are needed in the UK to serve the current climate of increasing non-communicable nutrition-related health problems (Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cancer) and the increase in consumption of functional foods. From an international perspective postgraduates from this course will also learn to appreciate the nutritional challenges in developing countries. Access to physiology and biochemistry labs, food industry field trips and engagement with Internationally recognized Professors in Nutrition and Food Safety are some of the experiences on offer to students on this course.

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As healthcare professionals we know that environment has an influence on all processes. Read more
As healthcare professionals we know that environment has an influence on all processes. Thus this postgraduate degree wishes to position cardiovascular risk in relation to our social environment and our daily life, in addition to using other scientific information to reach a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular disease. We work with and for people and our knowledge is for their benefit. It is for patients and society that we require deep and updated knowledge, so that we can open up new scientific horizons in order to improve the health of our patients, and society in general.

Cardiovascular disease, with its added risk factors, today accounts for 35% of routine medical activity in both doctors' surgeries and hospitals and is therefore a highly prevalent pathology with very high healthcare costs and repercussions on the daily lives of patients and their families, and on the healthcare system and employment market. Currently, diagnosis and follow up is very fragmented and involves many medical specialities; our patients are thus seen as having their pathology spread over various specialities.

The objective of this postgraduate degree is to learn to see these patients holistically. The course is therefore organised according to the parameters of everyday medical practice and seeks to provide the student with the maximum number of skills so as to be able to be at the centre of the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for these patients.

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Medicines Management has been at the top of our agenda since its inception in the early 1990s. Now it is at the top of the national pharmacy agenda. Read more

Overview

Medicines Management has been at the top of our agenda since its inception in the early 1990s. Now it is at the top of the national pharmacy agenda. Our Clinical Pharmacy programme for hospital pharmacists was first established in 1981, and we are proud of our high completion rate.

We are continually updating the programme to meet the changing requirements of the health service and individual practitioners. We are happy to put you in touch with some of our former students for their independent view. It is highly acclaimed by students, employers, purchasers and external course assessors for its structure, content and end value in relation to service, professional and career development.

In the fast changing world of Pharmacy and health care provision, standing still is not an option, but you may, understandably, feel under-equipped to meet the new challenges. Let Keele help you meet the challenges set by the Government’s plan for the profession, Pharmacy in England. Our distance learning programme in Clinical Pharmacy for hospital pharmacists aims to provide you with a wider view of health care, and equip you with sufficient knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to develop and extend your clinical and professional role as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. The programme links to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to enable you to meet the relevant competencies and provide evidence for your continued professional development.

The Clinical Pharmacy Programme is designed to allow you choice and flexibility in your progression to Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards, to meet your specific professional development needs and advance your professional practice.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/clinicalpharmacy/

Course Aims

Keele’s Pg Clinical Pharmacy Programme aims to:
- Build on your existing knowledge of disease states, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics to enable you to apply this in a clinical setting

- Equip you to assess drug therapy for effectiveness, safety, compatibility, patient acceptability and cost, and use this information to make effective interventions and develop and document pharmaceutical care plans

- Encourage you to develop an understanding of the principles of pharmaceutical care and problem-solving approach to clinical practice

- Provide you with a wider view of health care and equip you with sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to develop and extend your professional role

- Increase your confidence in your ability to contribute to patient care as part of the multidisciplinary health care team

- Provide you with a structured learning programme that will help you apply your knowledge and skills in daily practice

- Encourage you to develop a reflective approach to your clinical pharmacy practice

- Encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study and self-directed learning that will be continued beyond Keele’s Programme in your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as an independent learner

In addition, you will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design a project, collect, analyse and interpret data.

Course Content

The Clinical Pharmacy programme can be completed via the following flexible pathways to accumulate academic credits at Masters Level:
- CPD Plus+ – register for individual short courses of 10 credits. You can register on a number of occasions in any academic year. Completing 6 CPD Plus+ courses will provide the postgraduate Certificate award and 12 courses the Diploma award.

- CPD Plus+ Open Learn – provides opportunity to negotiate some or all of the content and learning outcomes to meet your specific needs (available as 10, 15 and 30-credit modules)

- Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy – register for 9 months and you’ll complete your choice of 6 of the optional modules from our CPD Plus+ portfolio.

- Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy – register for 21 months and in the first year you will complete the 6 modules as described for the Certificate and an additional 6 modules of your choice in Year 2.

- Professional MSc – Building on the Diploma course students study a further three modules: Research Methods (15 credits), Advanced Practice Development (15 credits) and Independent Learning Project (30 credits)

The CPD Plus+ short courses that are currently available, and which also form the course content for Certificate and Diploma courses are:
- Cardiovascular Disease 1
- Cardiovascular Disease 2
- Central Nervous System Diseases
- Critical Care and Parenteral Nutrition
- Education Theory and Practice for Health Professionals (includes two f2f study days)
- Endocrine Disease
- Quality in Healthcare & Evidence-Based Practice (includes Critical Appraisal)
- Gastrointestinal Disease
- Hepatic Disease
- HIV & AIDS
- Infections
- Joint Disease
- Malignant Disease
- Medicines Optimisation and Patient Centred Care
- Mental Health
- Monitoring Therapy
- Neonatal and Child Health
- Personal Effectiveness and Collaborative Working
- Renal Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Surgical

Teaching & Assessment

The Clinical Pharmacy Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.

The Clinical Pharmacy Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. The Programme is also supported by our network of experienced, practising hospital pharmacists who fulfil the roles of clinical co-ordinators and tutors. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact. You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.

Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. A variety of assessment methods are used.

All of the modules contain Practice-Based Assignments that will assess your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case Presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice.

An Audit Project, Practice-Based Assignments , Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. Your Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%. The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions, formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio, contributions to study days and feedback on draft proposals.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. Read more
The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. COPD is predicted to quickly rise ‘up the charts’ after 2020 because it is unique in being currently untreatable, with four people a minute worldwide dying of this condition.

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease. The RCVS stream covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

Laboratory-based research projects will be directly related to advancing our understanding of heart and lung function and/or dysfunction. Dedicated RCVS sessions on data interpretation are designed to facilitate and complement the project experience.

Most of the tutors on the RCVS stream work at the National Heart & Lung Institute, and represent the largest ‘critical mass’ of research-active, respiratory or cardiovascular science academics in Europe. For example, Professor Peter Barnes (FRS) is the most cited published author for COPD in the world. Consequently, students will be in a premier, cutting-edge environment of respiratory and cardiovascular teaching and research.

After completion of the RCVS stream the student will be able to:

-Describe the basic physiology of cardiac function
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major cardiovascular diseases (for example, cardiac ischaemia)
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major respiratory diseases, including asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis
-Understand the advantages and limitations of animal models of respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Understand the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Use library and other research sources effectively
-Design laboratory-based experiments to effectively test a specified hypothesis, incorporating use of appropriate controls
-Interpret data sets, depict data in an appropriate graphic format and apply appropriate statistical analysis
-Understand and be able to use bioinformatic approaches
-Be able to write a grant proposal for a research project
-Be able to present research project data in various formats, including as a poster, an oral presentation, a PhD-style write-up and a journal-based research paper write-up
-Be able to read, understand and critically evaluate research papers in peer-review journals

Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The range of projects available to each student is determined by their stream. Students may have access to projects from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream.

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Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research. Read more

Understanding the molecular basis of disease

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

Only by dissecting the molecular mechanisms that trigger and advance diseases and dysfunctions can we design effective treatments and medicines. The Research Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) offers you an intensive two-year programme that provides you with in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms. In addition, you will acquire skills such as academic writing and presentation skills and learn how to successfully apply for grants and market yourself.

Passion for molecular biomedical research

As an MMD student you will be part of the unique research community that is found within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). Like you, RIMLS researchers have a strong passion for research. They will assist you throughout the programme with guidance and expertise, supporting you in acquiring knowledge and developing excellent research skills. The RIMLS is one of the research institutes of the Radboud university medical center, so their research is closely linked to the clinic and thus aimed at translating results into treatments for patients. Examples include the translation of insights into the biology of antigen-presenting cells into new immunological cancer therapies and understanding the mutations underlying blindness into the development of gene therapies for patients with inherited blindness.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

Why study Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at Radboud University?

- You will follow a broad biomedical programme that allows you to specialise in your specific field-of-interest.
- You will have intense daily contact with established researchers.
- You will participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small group of highly motivated national and international students.
- A personal mentor will help you to reflect on your study programme and career perspective.
- You will do two 6-months research internships one of which will be abroad.
- There is a 92% pass rate of MMD students within the two years.
- International MMD students can apply for scholarships from the Radboudumc Study Fund.

Career prospects

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Most of our graduates will enter an international PhD programme to continue with research in academia or industry.

PhD opportunities

The MSc Molecular Mechanisms of Disease aims to provide all skills and knowledge necessary to rapidly enter an international PhD programme. In the Netherlands and many places in Europe, it is impossible to start a PhD programme directly after obtaining a Bachelor's degree. This research Master’s programme seriously increases your chances for obtaining an excellent PhD training position by giving you a mature perspective and a broad range of experimental approaches. In fact, over 90% of our graduates has started a (funded) PhD project.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) recruits about fifty PhD students a year. MMD graduates are excellent candidates for these positions. Furthermore, the Radboud university medical centre offers the opportunity for its research-oriented Master's students to write their own research project. The best candidates are awarded a fully funded four-year PhD studentship at the department of their choice.

Our approach to this field

The molecular regulation of cellular processes is crucial for human development, and maintenance of health throughout life. It's evident that cellular malfunction is the cause of common multi-factorial diseases such as diabetes, immune and inflammatory disorders, renal disease, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases as well as obesity and cancer.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) Graduate School plays a key role in developing new therapies for the fight against such diseases. RIMLS aims to improve diagnostics and develop new treatments by generating basic knowledge in the molecular biomedical life sciences and translating it into clinical application and experimental research in patients.

The RIMLS – which is part of Radboud university medical center – offers an exclusive Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. Top researchers and clinicians teach the programme.

Key themes

The MMD programme is organised along three major educational themes which reflect the main research areas present in the RIMLS and which each include both a fundamental and a disease-related aspect:
- Theme 1 Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine / Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy
- Theme 2 Metabolism, Transport and Motion / Metabolic Disorders
- Theme 3 Cell Growth and Differentiation / Developmental Disorders and Malignancies

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.

This masters online course is designed to be practical and clinically focused and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. It aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Demonstrate knowledge and competence in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine.
- Develop and deliver Preventative Cardiovascular interventions for the wider population.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1797-msc-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:

- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK

- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine

- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of FH Wales Professional Advisory Group

- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist

- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments. Read more

Course overview

We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments.

As a student in Biomedicine you will be registered with a University research institute, for many this is the Institute for Cellular Medicine (ICM). You will be supported in your studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

We undertake the following areas of research and offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in: Applied immunobiology (including organ and haematogenous stem cell transplantation)

Dermatology (cell signalling in normal and diseased skin including mechanotransduction and response to ultraviolet radiation; dermatopharmacology including mechanisms of psoriatic plaque resolution in response to therapy; stem cell biology and gene therapy; regulation of apoptosis/autophagy; non-melanoma skin cancer/melanoma biology and therapy)

Diabetes (mechanisms of insulin action and glucose homeostasis; insulin secretion and pancreatic beta-cell function; diabetic complications; stem cell therapies; genetics and epidemiology of diabetes)

Diagnostic and therapeutic technologies (bacterial infection; chronic liver failure; cardiovascular and degenerative diseases)

Kidney disease (haemolytic uraemic syndrome; renal inflammation and fibrosis; the immunology of transplant rejection; tubular disease; cystic kidney disease)

The liver (primary biliary cirrhosis (epidemiology, immunobiology and genetics); alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; fibrosis; the genetics of other autoimmune and viral liver diseases)

Magnetic Resonance (MR), spectroscopy and imaging in clinical research (Our studies cover a broad range of topics (including diabetes, dementia, neuroscience, hepatology, cardiovascular, neuromuscular disease, metabolism, and respiratory research projects), but have a common theme of MR technical development and its application to clinical research.)

Musculoskeletal disease (including auto-immune arthritis) (what causes the destruction of joints (cell signalling, injury and repair); how cells in the joints respond when tissue is lost (cellular interactions); whether we can alter the immune system and ‘switch off’ auto-immune disease (targeted therapies and diagnostics))

Pharmacogenomics (including complex disease genetics)

Reproductive and vascular biology (the regulation of trophoblast and uNk cells; transcriptional and post-translational features of uterine function; cardiac and vascular remodelling in pregnancy)

Respiratory disease (acute lung injury - lung infections; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; fibrotic disease of the lung, both before and after lung transplantation)

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Newcastle University offers a joint doctoral PhD degree programme in biomedical sciences with the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia (FKUI).

You spend at least one year of your studies in each university and are jointly supervised by staff from Newcastle University and Universitas Indonesia. This leads to a single award from both institutions. The development of the Joint Doctoral PhD programme has been generously supported under the Prime Minister's Initiative 2 Programme and the British Council Indonesia.

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/biomedicine-mphil-phd-md/#training&skills

How to apply

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

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