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Research profile

The Centre for Inflammation Research (CIR) aims to promote the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases through interdisciplinary study of the initiation, regulation and resolution of inflammatory responses and provision of an outstanding environment for research training in the field.

CIR investigators aim to characterise and manipulate key control points in inflammation. We focus on:

  • inhibiting the initiation of inflammation by blocking immunologically specific triggers and by modulating cellular and tissue responses to injurious stimuli
  • finding new approaches to promote beneficial regulation of established inflammatory responses so as to limit tissue injury
  • promoting safe resolution of inflammation and restoration of the structure and function of the perturbed tissue

We have particular interest in inflammatory diseases of the lung and kidney but the principles derived will have ready application to inflammatory responses in the liver, bowel, bone/joint and skin. There is also increasing development of research in the CIR into the links between inflammation and cancer.

The Centre was formally established in 1998.

Training and support

Generic training in presentation skills, project management and writing skills is delivered through the University of Edinburgh's transferable skills programme.

Facilities

The CIR is a multidisciplinary team of research groups under the directorship of Professor John Iredale. The CIR consists of more than 180 researchers, is equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus and is supported by external grant funding. The CIR is now located in the purpose-built Queen's Medical Research Institute along with the centres for Reproductive Biology and Cardiovascular Sciences.



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Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments are the focus of all biomedical research. Read more

Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments are the focus of all biomedical research. This MSc programme, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, provides an integrated approach to human tissue repair focusing on inflammation, immunotherapy and transplantation science, and preparation for PhD study and a career in biomedicine.

About this degree

The MSc will provide knowledge of the fundamentals of inflammation and immune response in human health and disease, cellular and molecular mechanisms of human tissue repair, the development of therapies designed to repair and restore tissue function, and treatments including immunotherapy, transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices. Students will obtain additional practical, analytic and transferable skills essential in biomedical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

This programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two specialisation optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Immunology
  • Practical Research Skills
  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Research Methodologies for Human Tissue Repair
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Practical Cell Culture Analysis

Students choose one of the following specialisation modules depending on the route they wish to follow: Inflammation; Immunotherapy; Transplantation Science:

  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Transplantation Science

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules from their chosen specialisation route below:

Inflammation specialisation

  • Biological Molecules as Therapies
  • Ethics, Translation & Commercialisation
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Transplantation Science

Immunotherapy specialisation

  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Ethics, Translations & Commercialisation
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Transplantation Science

Transplantation Science specialisation

  • Applied Biomaterials
  • Ethics, Translation & Commercialisation
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Inflammation and Disease

Dissertation/report

Students undertake a research project culminating in a dissertation of 5,000 words in the style of a manuscript for scientific publication.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work and tutorials. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Human Tissue Repair MSc

Careers

The programme will prepare students for further academic study and to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. It will also provide the foundation for careers in the public healthcare sector and the NHS, in industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, and scientific media and publishing houses.

Employability

Students will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences.

The UCL Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science jointly offer this MSc within the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) based at the Royal Free Campus, to deliver the only programme with an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy.

The programme aims to harness basic, biomedical and clinical expertise and research strengths assembled from across UCL institutes and divisions and UCL partner hospitals, and together with industrial colleagues will provide world-leading cohesive teaching and training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The William Harvey Research Institute is currently the UK’s largest academic pharmacological research institute and has a long history of training talented scientists for careers in translational research. Read more
The William Harvey Research Institute is currently the UK’s largest academic pharmacological research institute and has a long history of training talented scientists for careers in translational research.

During the year students will obtain a comprehensive training in in vivo techniques, key laboratory skills, research governance, the application of state-of-the-art imaging techniques and generic transferable skills followed by an opportunity to conduct an in-vivo based research project. The highest ranking students may be offered the opportunity to build upon their MRes studies and conduct a fully-funded 3 year PhD within the WHRI with their chosen supervisor.

All students will be based in the attractive Charterhouse Square campus in the City of London with access to exceptional scientific and recreational facilities.

This training will be an invaluable foundation for individuals wishing to pursue a career in industry or academic research, particularly in the areas of inflammation science, cardiovascular research or cell signaling.

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/coursefinder/courses/121370.html

For further information, please contact:

Dr Nina Ravic


or

Prof Amrita Ahluwalia



To apply
https://mysis.qmul.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=PFQM-A3R2-09&code2=0004&code3=GUEST

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The contribution of inflammation and immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from arthritis to cancer to obesity is becoming increasingly clear. Read more

The contribution of inflammation and immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from arthritis to cancer to obesity is becoming increasingly clear. The MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease integrates basic, translational and clinical immunology and inflammation biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques to equip students with both a working knowledge of inflammatory disease together with state of the art research approaches used to study the area.

Why this programme

  • You will receive training in the disciplines of immunology and inflammation within an internationally recognised centre of excellence.
  • You will have opportunities to work together with scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical industry scientists on research and drug discovery to drive improvements in patient care in areas of critical international importance.
  • You will attend the UK Congress of Immunology.
  • The University of Glasgow is home the GLAZgo Discovery Unit, a unique facility established between the Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmunity Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca and the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation to identify new pathways by which inflammation can promote diseases and ultimately create better medicines for patients.
  • The University of Glasgow is home to an Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre to recruit local patients to test new and existing drugs and to find new approaches that can predict which treatment works best in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • The University of Glasgow is home to the ARUK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (in collaboration with Birmingham and Newcastle Universities), which aims to find out more about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Programme structure

The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory and two are chosen from a series of options.

The PgDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsory courses and two chosen from a series of options.

The PgCert programme consists of one core taught course over 3-4 months.

4 core courses

  • Immunology: Basic, Translational and Clinical
  • Omic Technologies for the Biomedical Sciences: From Genomics to Metabolomics
  • Designing a Research Project: Biomedical Research Methodology
  • Research project or dissertation

5 optional courses (choose 2)

  • Drug Discovery
  • Diagnostic Technologies and Devices
  • Viruses and Cancer
  • Current Trends and Challenges in Biomedical Research and Health
  • Technology Transfer and Commercialisation of Bioscience Research

The course will include registration and attendance at the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress. This will enable

  • exposure to the best international immunological research.
  • networking with prospective employers in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

Career prospects

The programme provides an ideal grounding for progression to further research studies in immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases, or for a career in pharmaceutical/bioscience industries. Our graduates have gone on to take up careers/routes in

  • PhD study
  • pharmaceutical industry research and development
  • research technologist
  • graduate research assistant 
  • healthcare scientist
  • scientific publishing
  • scientific management.


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The William Harvey Research Institute is currently the UK’s largest academic pharmacological research institute, with 350 scientists and clinicians from more than 40 nations, and has a long history of training talented scientists for careers in cardiovascular sciences and translational research (http://www.whri.qmul.ac.uk/). Read more
The William Harvey Research Institute is currently the UK’s largest academic pharmacological research institute, with 350 scientists and clinicians from more than 40 nations, and has a long history of training talented scientists for careers in cardiovascular sciences and translational research (http://www.whri.qmul.ac.uk/). In the UK Research Assessment Exercise (2014) 90% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. We are now seeking outstanding life sciences graduates for our BHF funded 4 year MRes/PhD programme to commence in October 2017.

Successful applicants will join our Translational Cardiovascular Academy and undertake an MRes course for the first year of study offering students the foundation knowledge and abilities they will need to proceed to their PhD training. The year will be divided into distinct sections, the first being dedicated to the teaching of essential skills followed by laboratory-based research projects. Upon successful completion of their MRes studies, students will continue to study for a 3 year PhD working with their chosen supervisor within the William Harvey Research Institute or wider medical school and college.

FUNDING

Successful applicants will receive an award covering tuition fees and a bursary at the applicable BHF rates (currently £22,278 for the first year).

There are currently no residency requirements for BHF studentships (see BHF website for more detailed information, https://www.bhf.org.uk/research/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/phd-studentships

All students will be based in the attractive Charterhouse Square campus in the City of London with access to exceptional scientific and recreational facilities.

This training will be an invaluable foundation for individuals wishing to pursue a career in industry or academic research in the area of cardiovascular science.


For further information, please see our website: http://www.whri-bhf4yrphd.org

You can also contact the course co-ordinator: Prof Tim Warner,


As the first year of the course requires attendance on our MRes course please make your application online to the following programme:

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121370.html

Please indicate on your application form under the Funding section (page 6) that you are applying for funding under ‘WHRI/BHF’.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th April 2017

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Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments is the focus of all biomedical research. Read more

Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments is the focus of all biomedical research. This MRes, taught by leading research scientists and clinicians, offers specialised training and provides a foundation year for a biomedical research career.

About this degree

The programme will provide knowledge of the fundamentals of inflammation and the immune response in human health and disease; cellular and molecular mechanisms of human tissue repair and the development of therapies designed to repair and restore tissue function; treatments including immunotherapy, stem cell therapy, transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices. Students will obtain additional practical, analytical and transferable skills essential in biomedical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

This programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one specialisation optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Research Methodologies for Human Tissue Repair
  • Practical Cell Culture Analysis

Students choose one of the following specialisation modules depending on the route they wish to follow: Inflammation; Immunotherapy; Transplantation Science:

  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Transplantation Science

Dissertation/report

Students undertake a six-month research project in a research laboratory.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Human Tissue Repair MRes

Careers

The programme will prepare students for further academic study and to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. It will also provide the foundation and links for careers engaged in the public healthcare sector and the NHS, in industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, and scientific media and publishing houses.

Employability

Students will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences.

The UCL Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science jointly offer an MRes within the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) based at the Royal Free Campus, to deliver the only programme with an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy.

The programme aims to harness basic, biomedical and clinical expertise and research strengths assembled from across UCL institutes and divisions and UCL partner hospitals, and together with industrial colleagues will provide world-leading cohesive teaching and training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study has shown that non-communicable chronic disease accounts for ~ 60% of deaths globally. Read more
The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study has shown that non-communicable chronic disease accounts for ~ 60% of deaths globally. Major contributors include cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease. Inflammation is the central driving force in much of this burden of chronic degenerative disease. This MSc course is therefore designed to integrate current cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular and cellular biology and immunology and use this to demonstrate:

- The fundamental processes of inflammation
- The molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease progression that are driven by inflammation

The course is carefully integrated and combines up-to-date practical and theoretical teaching methods to prepare students for careers in postgraduate biomedical research, medicine, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic inflammation of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Studies have shown activation of hypoxia-inducible pathways can promote the resolution of inflammatory disease. Read more

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterised by chronic inflammation of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Studies have shown activation of hypoxia-inducible pathways can promote the resolution of inflammatory disease. This occurs, in part, through regulation of autophagy and endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress/unfolded protein response (UPR) pathways, and potentially, their co-ordinated action. Not surprisingly, there is considerable interest in harnessing hypoxia-inducible pathways for potential IBD therapies; however this can only be achieved once we fully understand the biological mechanisms.

This clinically-relevant project would look to examine the functional effects of hypoxia on IBD using an in vitro model of IBD and a range of techniques, including mammalian cell culture, immunoblotting and qPCR, confocal microscopy and immunohistochemistry. In particular, it would focus on the importance of UPR and autophagic pathways and how they functionally intersect to resolve hypoxia-induced inflammation in IBD. This model and the research data generated from its will ultimately advance our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms contributing to IBD.

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in biomedical sciences or equivalent discipline with a good fundamental knowledge of cell biology and molecular biology associated techniques.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

• Experience of fundamental GLP, record keeping, troubleshooting, data handling and presentation skills

• Competent in basic laboratory skills

• Knowledge of cell biology and analytical techniques

• Good written and oral communication skills

• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

• Good time management

Desirable attributes:

Prior laboratory experience in mammalian cell culture and molecular biology is desirable



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Our MSc in Clinical Immunology will give you an advanced understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders. Read more

Our MSc in Clinical Immunology will give you an advanced understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders.

You will also gain insight into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders and researchers at the forefront of immunology.

This course comprises six course units spanning the field of clinical immunology, with teaching being delivered on both campus and hospital sites by more than 40 individual contributors.

Course content includes:

  • basic and advanced immunology;
  • immune deficiency;
  • hypersensitivity;
  • haematological malignancy;
  • autoimmunity.

The course will also enable you to develop critical and experimental research skills relevant to the field through practical research masterclasses, a focused research proposal and a research project.

You will learn about assays and techniques employed in research and clinical laboratories to develop your technical understanding and clinical interpretation of results.

If you have an interest in this highly diverse and ever changing field and you wish to expand your knowledge at the interface of clinical and academic immunology, this master's course is ideal for you.

Aims

This course aims to give you:

  • an advanced understanding and applied knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical immunology;
  • a critical understanding of how immunological investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
  • the necessary transferable and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

You will learn alongside students from a range of backgrounds who are studying on related health science courses. This diversity of educational and professional input from both speakers and students provides a fantastic opportunity for collaborative learning and networking.

Flexible part-time option

If you have other commitments, our part-time option allows you to study each unit in two-week blocks spread over two years, giving you the flexibility you need.

CPD units available

Individual units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development .

Teaching and learning

Academic teaching is delivered by specialist immunologists who are leaders in their field, affiliated withManchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and Manchester Immunology Group .

Clinical teaching is delivered by experts from across the UK, including University Hospital South Manchester Allergy Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Cambridge Immunology Network, Institute of Child Health UCL and the CRUK Manchester Institute.

We aim to provide a range of teaching and learning methodologies including lectures, tutorials, workshops, problem-based learning exercises and hands on practical sessions. There are also opportunities to observe patient consultations and interact with patient representatives throughout the course.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Key academic staff

  • Dr Anthony Rowbottom - Clinical Lead (Consultant Immunologist, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire)
  • Dr Joanne Pennock - Academic Lead (Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine Biology and Health, The University of Manchester)

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as multiple choice, short answer and essay questions, written or creative assignments, and oral presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

You will be required to complete 120 credits (90 credits taught and a 30-credit research proposal and literature report) to obtain a PGDip.

To receive an MSc, a you must combine the 90 credits of taught units with a 30-credit research proposal and a 60-credit research project and dissertation.

The 90-credit taught component of the MSc/PGDip consists of:

  • Introduction to Clinical Immunology (15 credits)
  • Subject-specific units (2 x 30 credits) : Each of these units provides you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a given area of clinical immunology and an introduction to research methods.
  • Research Skills Masterclasses (15 credits)
  • Research Proposal (30 credits, for PGDip)
  • Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits, for MSc)

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course come away with scientific knowledge and diverse transferable skills that are highly sought after by scientific companies within the private sector.

You will also be equipped to work in clinical laboratories within the NHS or pursue a career in research by undertaking a PhD.

The specialist nature of the course would also benefit students with a medical background who want to enhance their knowledge of immunology for future career advancement.



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Course Aims. The MSc course is designed to integrate current cutting-edge research knowledge and expertise in important infectious diseases and their relationship to the immune system. Read more
Course Aims
The MSc course is designed to integrate current cutting-edge research knowledge and expertise in important infectious diseases and their relationship to the immune system. The course is carefully integrated and combines up-to-date practical and theoreticalteaching methods to prepare students for careers in medicine, postgraduate research and opportunities in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

Course Modules
In semester 1, students acquire and apply knowledge in three modules. These are Core Theory & Practical Techniques, Infection & Immunity, and a more specialised interactive module entitled Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity, all taught by research-active lecturers of international standing. Students participate in a set of practicals generic to all MSc students in the School of Biological Sciences at the University. In addition special microbiology and immunology practicals cover techniques relevant to the research projects. The research project is conducted during semester 2 under supervision of a member of staff of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, andis submitted as a research dissertation at the end of the project. The research project is chosen by the students at the end of semester one.

Teaching and Assessment methods
The course caters for different student learning styles by offering a variety of teaching (formal lectures, practicals, tutorials and student presentations) and assessment modes (written, oral, practical, MCQ).

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You will develop advanced knowledge in all aspects of precision medicine including genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, genetics and epigenetics of disease and their precision diagnosis and treatment, biomedical imaging techniques, nanomedicines; generation and analysis of big data. Read more

You will develop advanced knowledge in all aspects of precision medicine including genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, genetics and epigenetics of disease and their precision diagnosis and treatment, biomedical imaging techniques, nanomedicines; generation and analysis of big data. You will gain awareness of the context in which precision medicine is being applied in healthcare, research and industry. You will also develop a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills essential for a career in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

  • Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
  • The Genetics and Epigenetics of disease
  • Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques I
  • Precision Diagnosis for Precision Medicine

Optional modules

Select four optional modules.

  • Multiomics and Ethics
  • Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease & Therapy I
  • Mathematics, Computers and Medicine
  • Nanomedicines
  • Generation and Analysis of Big Data

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which can take the form of a wet lab/computer modelling based project or a literature project.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self study, practical sessions and discussion groups. The research project forms one third of the programme. Each of the taught modules is assessed by unseen written examination (50%) and coursework (50%). The research project is assessed by the dissertation and viva.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Precision Medicine MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The MSc will provide an excellent background for those looking to establish a career in biotech, pharma, national research laboratories and NHS agencies. The knowledge and transferable skills delivered will also be useful for those who intend to pursue academic research or medical studies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL, in partnership with UCL Hospitals, is an internationally renowned and productive centre with established strengths in translating pioneering scientific research into tangible treatments. The results of REF2014 show that UCL enjoys the greatest amount of “world leading” (4*) research in Medicine and Biological sciences. This was a tremendous achievement for the Division of Medicine, which led the return in Clinical Medicine for UCL. In Clinical Medicine, UCL was ranked first in the UK (according to Research Fortnight's Power Rankings), a testament to our research strength in the Division of Medicine.

The UCL Division of Medicine has significiant expertise in the field of precision medicine. The division has pioneered multidisciplinary research and successfully translated innovative research into useful clinical benefit. Students on the MSc will have the opportunity to interact and conduct research with leading groups in the field.

The UCL Division of Medicine research expertise includes: inflammation, internal medicine, metabolism, nephrology, respiratory, liver and digestive health, medicinal chemistry, computational drug design, neuronal development and signalling, cell cycle control, intensive care medicine, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, stem cells, mitochondrial biology and cancer.

Department: Division of Medicine

Student / staff numbers › 411 staff including 84 postdocs › 133 taught students › 193 research students 

Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This MSc is primarily suitable for life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in precision medicine who have a background in biological sciences, chemical sciences, physics, mathematics or pharmacy may also be eligible to apply.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Precision Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Precision Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Application deadlines

All applicants

27 July 2018

For more information see our Applications 

Apply Now: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply



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OVERVIEW. The MSc in Experimental Medicine offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based biomedical sciences. Read more

OVERVIEW

The MSc in Experimental Medicine offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based biomedical sciences.

MSc in Experimental Medicine is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in experimental medicine, whether it is in academia, clinical practice, industry or government. The programme will also provide an excellent platform for progression to PhD programmes either in Queen’s or worldwide. 

MSc in Experimental Medicine will develop a strong fundamental understanding of high quality biomedical research, including experimental design and execution, data management and interpretation, and scientific communication, including publishing, presentation, and use of social media. 

The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare. 

Experimental medicine aims to identify mechanisms of pathophysiology of disease, and demonstrate proof-of-concept evidence of the efficacy and importance of new discoveries or treatments. There is an increasing need for graduates who can undertake basic and clinical research, and translate it into improved medical treatments for patients.

This research-intensive MSc programme in Experimental Medicine will equip you with the rigorous research skills, and the innovative mentality to tackle the major medical and therapeutic challenges of the 21st century.

For further information email  or send us a message on WhatsApp

EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE HIGHLIGHTS

The strong links between the Centre for Experimental Medicine and the biotech or biopharmaceutical sectors provides a stimulating experimental and translational environment, while also expanding your career opportunities.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS

  • You will have an opportunity to obtain a formally accredited certificate of training in good clinical practice (GCP) via the Inflammation, Infection and Immunity module. Students working with animal models of disease will also receive official training in animal handling, leading to a UK official animal handling personal license.

WORLD CLASS FACILITIES

  • You will be taught and mentored within the Centre for Experimental Medicine: a brand new, purpose-built institute at the heart of the Health Sciences Campus, boasting state-of-the-art research facilities. The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

  • A strength of this MSc incorporates transdisciplinary elements throughout the degree programme, which contribute to the delivery of innovative postgraduate education and research training. Central to this programme is a multi-disciplinary team of academic and clinical specialists, with expertise ranging from molecular disease phenotyping, functional genomics, infectious disease biology, vascular biology, genetic epidemiology, imaging, immunology, stem cell biology and exploitation, unique pre-clinical models of disease, and patient-based investigation and clinical trials. The transdisciplinary expertise provided is complemented with programme access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including a diverse range of new and emerging technologies in genomics, advanced imaging, and patient-orientated research tools

COURSE STRUCTURE

Semester 1

It comprises 3 months of intensive teaching, which includes essential research skills followed by specialist chosen modules entitled “Infection & Immunity”, or “Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease”. The remaining period will provide a unique opportunity to focus for 8 months on an extensive research project chosen from a large panel of projects offered by Principal Investigators in the CEM in one of the above themes. This period will be interspersed with monthly training to develop project-specific transferable skills, such as oral and poster presentation, and scientific writing.Semester 2

Semester 2 

You will specialise in one of these two research streams:

  • The Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease stream is a specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine which builds on our major strategic research strength in this globally significant area. This stream contains two complementary taught modules focusing on fundamental, experimental and translational principles of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thereby providing good understanding of the pathophysiology of the diseases as well as current and experimental treatments. These modules will instil an appreciation of how this knowledge is being applied in the search for novel diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic approaches for the clinical management of cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients, which is the biggest killer worldwide. Within this MSc programme, we offer a wide range of complementary experimental and translational research projects focused on the major cardiovascular complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular disease, nephropathy and pre-eclampsia (in pregnancy). 
  • The Infection and Immunity stream is another specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine programme and exposes students to exciting concepts and their application in the field of infection biology, antimicrobial resistance, inflammatory processes and the role of immunity in health and disease. There is a strong emphasis on current developments in this rapidly accelerating field of translational medicine. Students will learn how the immune system maintains health, identifies and responds to invading pathogens or allergens and prevents repeated infections through strong adaptive immune responses. Lectures will provide an in-depth understanding of the immune system, an overview of research models used, key areas of research in inflammatory and immune-mediated pathology, and how to use this basic knowledge to identify and test new therapies. There is a considerable emphasis on clinical trial methodology within this stream and students will be introduced to the concepts of clinical trials and approaches to designing a trial to test novel methods to diagnose/prevent or treat illness.

RESEARCH PROJECT

You’ll undertake a project at the Centre of Experimental Medicine, QUB, relating to the research stream that you have chosen.

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Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis), is a common sexually transmitted infection throughout the world. Acute chlamydial infection is associated with inflammation, including an increase in cytokine expression and infiltration of inflammatory cells. Read more

Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis), is a common sexually transmitted infection throughout the world. Acute chlamydial infection is associated with inflammation, including an increase in cytokine expression and infiltration of inflammatory cells. While this can be protective, in many cases the Chlamydia is able to avoid the host immune response. In our laboratory, we are actively investigating the mechanisms through which Chlamydia evades host immunity, and using this knowledge to develop targeted treatments to infection.

The project will investigate how Chlamydia species are able to subvert the innate immune response with a view to informing the design of novel antimicrobial treatments. We will use a variety of in vitro models of Chlamydia infection to examine modulation of the inflammatory response of the host by these pathogens. This clinically relevant project has the potential to inform the development of new therapeutics for treating infections, and to impact upon the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in bacterial infections.



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The studies in Drug Discovery and Development give you a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. Read more

The studies in Drug Discovery and Development give you a deep understanding of up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets and to generate lead drug molecules. It also provides knowledge of technological innovations as well as methods of clinical drug research and development phases, clinical trial design, study planning and biostatistics. In addition, you will learn about drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance.

After graduation, you will master drug discovery and development processes as well as procedures applied in drug regulatory science. You will also be familiar with the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug. The University of Turku also offers Drug Research Doctoral Programme for post-graduate studies.

You will get comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.

Academic excellence and experience

Turku is a great place to study drug discovery and development! Of the Finnish drug innovations, 90 per cent have been made in Turku. To support the future discoveries, the University of Turku has chosen drug development as one of its strategic profiling areas.

The research in biosciences and medicine is internationally ranked among the top in the world. The keys for success lie in long biomedical research traditions and a compact campus area where two universities and a university hospital operate to create an interdisciplinary and innovative study and research environment.

Research focus is on translational medicine, disease modelling and biomedical imaging. Available infrastructure includes the world famous Turku PET Centre and Turku Centre for Disease Modeling, both of which offer services for drug development research.

Turku also has the largest cluster of pharma industry in Finland. Nearby companies not only provide experts for visiting lectures, but also create internship and job opportunities for the graduates.

Master's thesis and topics

The Master’s thesis project is based on independent, experimental research work.

You must always agree on your thesis topic with your thesis examiner who also accepts the topic. You will write a research plan, conduct a research project in a laboratory, analyse obtained results, and demonstrate your ability to interpret results and write a report in a form of a scientific article. The project work is always performed under the guidance of a supervisor.

In order to also practice scientific communication, you will present your results in a seminar and write a press release to stimulate collaboration between the academia and the media.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Drug development for receptor antagonists and their potential in treating cognitive disorders
  • Pharmacological characterization of ion channels
  • Diagnostics tools for coronary artery diseases – characterization of antibodies
  • Modelling of schizophrenic disorders in rats
  • RNA interference in HSV-virus treatment
  • Optimization of synthesis of indatsole structures for drug development
  • The use of positron emission tomography (PET) to measure the effect of disease modifying therapies in MS disease
  • PET-imaging of molecules targeted in inflammation – preclinical studies with arthritis model

Competence description

The studies in Drug Discovery and Development provide you with a deep understanding of:

  • up-to-date methods applied to identify and validate new drug targets, and to generate lead drug molecules that modulate biological activity of the target
  • technological innovations made in lead optimisation process
  • how new drug candidates are investigated during the non-clinical drug development phase
  • methods of clinical drug research, clinical drug development phases, clinical trial design and biostatistical study planning
  • various aspects of the drug regulatory science and pharmacovigilance

Job options

After graduation, you will be an expert in drug discovery and development processes. You will know the procedures applied in drug regulatory science and the role of drug regulatory authorities during the life-span of a drug.

You will learn comprehensive skills to work in the field of biomedicine and drug discovery in companies, universities, research institutes or drug regulatory authorities. The Programme also gives a good foundation for those interested in entrepreneurship.

  • Possible job titles are:
  • medical liaison
  • medical writer
  • regulatory consulting expert
  • scientific/technical advisor
  • research director
  • project manager
  • drug development pharmacologist
  • university lecturer/researcher

Career in research

The Master of Science degree completed in the Programme qualifies the graduates for PhD studies in Turku, elsewhere in Finland or universities worldwide. Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

Several doctoral programmes at University of Turku are available for graduates:



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Research profile. This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD or other academic study in the Biomedical Sciences. Read more

Research profile

This one-year, full time programme provides an excellent grounding for PhD or other academic study in the Biomedical Sciences. You will learn valuable research skills, biomedical laboratory techniques and a wide range of other transferable skills that will give you an advantage for the rest of your career. You can also choose two themes that best suit your interests and career goals.

The programme includes seminars, taught modules and two research projects in our world-recognised research laboratories. We will also cover a range of valuable transferable skills including critical analysis of research papers, learning how to write a project grant application and literature review, and data presentation and statistical analysis.

Programme structure

The programme includes core skills, seminars, taught modules and laboratory projects in our well-resourced laboratories which are at the cutting-edge of Biomedical research.

Students will carry out two 20-week long research projects selected from the themes available. An assessed research proposal is also required for the second project.

Project 1 (September to February)

  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell Communication
  • Genomics & Biological Pathways
  • Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease
  • Reproductive Science 1
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Stem Cells, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine

Project 2 (April to August)

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Genes & Disease
  • Genomic Technologies
  • Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Inflammation
  • Reproductive Science 2
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biological Architecture

Students may also be able to undertake projects in Integrative Neuroscience or in other areas of Biomedical Sciences, with the permission of the Programme Director. These students would be required to attend the taught element of one of the above Themes as appropriate.

Students are also required to attend the taught element of another theme as appropriate.

Research proposal

In March, students submit a research proposal based on the work to be performed for Project 2. This takes the form of a grant application, as would be prepared for a research organisation, and is assessed.

Career opportunities

This programme is an excellent stepping-stone to a PhD, or a career in Biomedical research or industry.

In addition, every year there are vacancies for PhD studentships in the School of Biomedical Sciences and staff are always on the lookout for the outstanding postgraduate students who are on this Programme to encourage them to apply.

Read testimonials from some of our successful students:



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