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Programme description. Distance Learning option available. Designed as both a thorough introduction and update in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, this programme is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical diseases and their management. Read more
Programme description
Distance Learning option available

Designed as both a thorough introduction and update in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, this programme is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical diseases and their management. It offers a focus on the relevant basic sciences and research techniques.

The PgDip runs from October until April. To gain the MSc you take research projects that runs from April until August.

The Centre has two endoscopy training simulators, and training on these simulators is included if you are a full time student, you will also have opportunities to observe clinical meetings, audits, clinics or endoscopy sessions mainly in the latter half of the year.

For the distance learning option, teaching is recorded and uploaded to the internet. Regular live online tutorials and meetings will be run with senior members of the Faculty.

For selected high-achieving students there are opportunities to stay in the Centre as clinical research fellows studying for higher degrees such as MD(Res) or PhD.

Programme outline
Module 1: The Scientific Basis of GI Diseases
Module 2: Liver and pancreatic diseases
Module 3: Adult GI diseases: Luminal diseases
Module 4: Neurogastroenterology: Advanced functional GI diseases
Module 5: Paediatric and adolescent GI, liver and nutritional diseases, including GI infections
Module 6: Introduction to endoscopy

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This unique programme offers the opportunity to develop and extend expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of laparoscopic surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy. Read more

Programme description

This unique programme offers the opportunity to develop and extend expertise in the established and rapidly developing areas of laparoscopic surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy. The MSc accelerates surgical training and improves surgical skills that are essential for building confidence in clinical practice. The programme will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain postgraduate training and development in cognitive and motor skills using the surgical simulators. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Centre removes the patient from the equation to allow novice learning and skill mastery to occur in a low-stress, high-feedback environment while protecting the patient from procedural inexperience.

You will be taught techniques of secure suturing, knot tying and bowel anastomosis using non-biological materials. You will also gain a clear understanding of the concept and theories surrounding the issues of research and critical appraisal along with academic writing.

This programme is designed to enhance your future career prospects in surgery. If you perform well and express an interest you may be given the opportunity to proceed to MD(Res) or PhD studies.

Programme Outline

The programme comprises of the following compulsory modules:
Laparoscopic Skills
Laparoscopic Suturing Skills
Laparoscopic Procedure Skills
Endoscopy Skills
Research Methods
Dissertation

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Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows. Read more
Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows.

We make every attempt to allocate you to a supervisor directly in your field of interest, consistent with available funding and staff loading. When you apply, please give specific indications of your research interest – including, where appropriate, the member(s) of staff you wish to work with – and whether you are applying for a studentship or propose to be self-funded.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/18/chemistry

About The School of Physical Sciences

The School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking science in the realms of physics, chemistry, forensics and astronomy. With strong international reputations, our staff provide plausible ideas, well-designed projects, research training and enthusiasm within a stimulating environment. Recent investment in modern laboratory equipment and computational facilities accelerates the research.

The School maintains a focus on progress to ensure each student is able to compete with their peers in their chosen field. We carefully nurture the skills, abilities and motivation of our students which are vital elements in our research activity. We offer higher degree programmes in chemistry and physics (including specialisations in forensics, astronomy and space science) by research. We also offer taught programmes in Forensic Science, studied over one year full-time, and a two-year European-style Master’s in Physics.

Our principal research covers a wide variety of topics within physics, astronomy and chemistry, ranging from specifically theoretical work on surfaces and interfaces, through mainstream experimental condensed matter physics, astrobiology, space science and astrophysics, to applied areas such as biomedical imaging, forensic imaging and space vehicle protection. We scored highly in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with 25% of our research ranked as “world-leading” and our Functional Materials Research Group ranked 2nd nationally in the Metallurgy and Materials discipline.

Research areas

- Applied Optics Group (AOG):

Optical sensors
This activity largely covers research into the fundamental properties of guided wave interferometers, and their application in fields ranging from monitoring bridge structures to diagnostic procedures in medicine.

Biomedical imaging/Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
OCT is a relatively new technique which can provide very high-resolution images of tissue, and which has a major application in imaging the human eye. We are investigating different time domain and spectral domain OCT configurations.

The Group is developing systems in collaboration with a variety of different national and international institutions to extend the OCT capabilities from systems dedicated to eye imaging to systems for endoscopy, imaging skin and tooth caries. Distinctively, the OCT systems developed at Kent can provide both transverse and longitudinal images from the tissue, along with a confocal image, useful in associating the easy to interpret en-face view with the more traditional OCT cross section views.

The Group also conducts research on coherence gated wavefront sensors and multiple path interferometry, that extend the hardware technology of OCT to imaging with reduced aberrations and to sensing applications of optical time domain reflectometry.

- Forensic Imaging Group (FIG):

The research of the forensic imaging team is primarily applied, focusing on mathematical and computational techniques and employing a wide variety of image processing and analysis methods for applications in modern forensic science. The Group has attracted approximately £850,000 of research funding in the last five years, from several academic, industrial and commercial organisations in the UK and the US. The Group also collaborates closely with the Forensic Psychology Group of the Open University.

Current active research projects include:

- the development of high-quality, fast facial composite systems based on evolutionary algorithms and statistical models of human facial appearance

- interactive, evolutionary search methods and evolutionary design

- statistically rigorous ageing of photo-quality images of the human face (for tracing and identifying missing persons)

- real and pseudo 3D models for modelling and analysis of the human face

- generating ‘mathematically fair’ virtual line-ups for suspect identification.

- Functional Materials Group (FMG):
The research in FMG is concerned with synthesis and characterisation of functional materials, as exemplified by materials with useful optical, catalytic, or electronic properties, and with an
emerging theme in biomaterials. The Group also uses computer modelling studies to augment
experimental work. The research covers the following main areas:

- Amorphous and nanostructured solids
- Soft functional material
- Theory and modelling of materials

- Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS):
The group’s research focuses on observational and modelling programmes in star formation, planetary science and early solar system bodies, galactic astronomy and astrobiology. We gain data from the largest telescopes in the world and in space, such as ESO’s Very Large Telescope, the New Technology Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory. We also use our in-house facilities which include a two-stage light gas gun for impact studies.

Staff are involved in a wide range of international collaborative research projects. Areas of particular interest include: star formation, extragalactic astronomy, solar system science and instrumentation development.

Careers

All programmes in the School of Physical Sciences equip you with the tools you need to conduct research, solve problems, communicate effectively and transfer skills to the workplace, which means our graduates are always in high demand. Our links with industry not only provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience during your degree, but also equip you with the general and specialist skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Typical employment destinations for graduates from the physics programmes include power companies, aerospace, defence, optoelectronics and medical industries. Typical employment destinations for graduates from our forensic science and chemistry programmes include government agencies, consultancies, emergency services, laboratories, research or academia.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This programme develops the multi-professional (i.e. RN, ODP, GP) in order to practice and lead a 'see and treat service'. Students will develop interpersonal skills whilst extending their scope of practice. Read more
This programme develops the multi-professional (i.e. RN, ODP, GP) in order to practice and lead a 'see and treat service'.

Students will develop interpersonal skills whilst extending their scope of practice. The programme expands knowledge of relevant gynaecological anatomy and physiology, co-pathologies and the empirical evidence base to enable the safe diagnosis and management of women with abnormal uterine bleeding.

The programme aims to enable students to master clinical skills in all aspects of hysteroscopic examination, including clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis and insertions and removals of IUS/IUDs, within an outpatient hysteroscopy setting.

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford is the sole provider of this programme, and is supported by the British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy (a branch of the RCOG).

Modules

-Outpatient Diagnostic Hysteroscopy and Diagnostic Service Development

Learning activities and assessment

The programme covers the following topics:
-Revision of the normal anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.
-The reproductive continuum from menarche to menopause, abnormal reproductive function including ovarian dysfunction, recurring pregnancy loss, anatomical abnormalities pre-malignancy and malignancy.
-Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and associated pathological conditions.
-Decision making for treatment options with specific reference to the intra-uterine system, Evidence based practice, appropriate sources of literature and research critique.
-Models of reflection and reflective practice. medico legal and ethical aspects of professional practice including consent and litigation.
-Professional requirements of the BSGE.
-Communications with clients, colleagues and the multi-disciplinary team.
-Professional and personal factors associated with leading a nurse led service
-Pharmacology and application to specific pathologies.
-Policies, protocol and procedures.
-Protocols for specialist investigations and interpretation of same.
-Advanced Practice, Clinical governance and Clinical Effectiveness.
-Links between primary and secondary care and pathway development.

Assessments will include:
-Competency log book of up to 150 hysteroscopies
-Portfolio of case studies
-Audit Report
-Final assessment through OSCE

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.

On completion of this programme you will have the skills to provide operative treatments in a "see and treat" outpatient hysteroscopy service as the lead nurse.

Past nurses have progressed to work as nurse consultants. They present at national conferences and have an active support network.

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