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The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust. Read more

The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

Course details

During the programme you study the underpinning principles of evidence-based surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery. you will focus on developing your clinical knowledge and understanding of surgical gastroenterology practice and the research skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner able to undertake clinical research. The programme enables you to:

  • further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery that will enable you to acquire skills to practice safely and enhance your practice.

We have used a flexible approach to course delivery. For the majority of modules you can choose to attend taught sessions or study by distance learning.

What you study

In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery - these develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics. 

In Year 2 you undertake a dissertation which includes developing a research paper for publication as well as the research project, OR a dissertation plus an option module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practical Statistics
  • Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimal Access Surgery

Year 2 core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Research Paper

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

We use a range of learning and teaching methods. For most modules you can choose to attend classes or study by distance learning. Our taught classes use key lectures, group discussions, case-based discussions, practical activities, clinical simulation work and computer lab sessions. All distance learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where learning materials are available in a variety of forms including written materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive materials and electronic discussion forums. You receive supervision and support from your personal tutor, programme leader, module leaders, academic supervisors and clinical advisers. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment methods throughout including formative assessment, written reports, statistical analysis, written and oral exams and a research project.

Employability

You improve your career prospects by developing your specialist knowledge in surgical gastroenterology to postgraduate level and enhancing your research and evidence-based practice skills.



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This MS programme is focused, practical-based, highly innovative and "hands-on", mixing the cutting-edge of VR and SoMe with advanced practical training and telementoring in robotics and laparoscopy from some of the world's most renowned expert surgeons. Read more

This MS programme is focused, practical-based, highly innovative and "hands-on", mixing the cutting-edge of VR and SoMe with advanced practical training and telementoring in robotics and laparoscopy from some of the world's most renowned expert surgeons. This degree incorporates latest technologies that will place students at the forefront of modern surgical training.

About this degree

Students learn advanced practical skills in minimally-invasive surgery and have the opportunity to improve their laparoscopic and robotic skills.

Academic surgeons who are experts in their field and recognised as thought leaders in surgery teach on this programme.

You will learn about and develop Virtual and Augmented Reality models at the cutting edge of surgery and be among the only group of students who are specifically taught on the use of SoMe in surgery by some of the pioneers of this movement.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MS consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (180 credits). 

A Postgraduate Certificate is also available and consists of four core modules (60 credits).

Core modules

  • The Concept of Minimally-Invasive Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
  • Training Concepts/Models in the Minimally-Invasive Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
  • Imaging in Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
  • Virtual Reality in Surgery (PG Cert & MS)
  • mHealth (MS)
  • Leadership in Surgery (MS)

Optional modules

For the MS Award, two optional modules are chosen from the following: 

  • Advanced Techniques in Laparoscopy - practical workshops and building training programmes
  • Advanced Training in Robotics – practical workshops and building training programmes
  • Research Methodology
  • mHealth Applications

Dissertation/research project

This module gives students the opportunity to undertake an individual supervised design project, which will involve collection of primary data, planning, decision-making and production of either a practical research model for training in MIS and/or a VR software model for use or diagnosis in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, group discussions and distance learning. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentation, dissertation and viva voce.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery MS

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 10 in world rankings. It is affiliated with University College Hospital (UCLH) which is recognised as a centre of excellence. The university has highly advanced simulation facilities for surgical training as well as excellent collaborative links with other similarly progressive units throughout the surgical community.

The technology integrated into this programme will allow students to be mentored and assessed by surgeons in Europe and the USA whilst being based at the Bloomsbury Campus, using state-of-the-art telestration equipment. 

The module structure will also allow students to work directly with experienced academics and develop projects that will be clinically applicable to their future careers. The international, multidisciplinary academic environment will allow students to directly interact with some of the key opinion leaders in surgery - learning operative skills as well as observing the latest procedures - and tailor their practice to be at the forefront of modern surgery.

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 Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects 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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Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc (AMID) provides a beneficial clinical and business approach to tooth-preserving caries management in dental practice. Read more

Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc (AMID) provides a beneficial clinical and business approach to tooth-preserving caries management in dental practice. Our programme is designed for dentists and Dental Care Professionals to develop minimum intervention preventive and tooth-preserving operative, patient management and practice management skills. The course will give you the tools to maximise both the clinical effectiveness and financial potential of your dental practice.

This innovative MSc is structured to meet your professional development needs with minimal disruption to family and work commitments, while enabling you to gain a higher qualification from King’s.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dentistry.
  • Pioneers of distance learning in dentistry with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Intensive face-to-face residential blocks to learn and master the latest techniques.
  • International teaching team of experts including MI practicing dentists.

Description

We are offering this course in response to the dental profession’s push towards a minimum intervention, preventive approach to caring for patients' oral health in general and private practice all over the world.

Our Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry programme, open to dentists and therapists, provides the latest evidence-based knowledge in minimum intervention/minimally invasive dentistry and enables students to integrate this patient care philosophy into their dental practice. There is focus on using the team of dental care professionals to assist in delivery, on suitable marketing strategies, and on learning practice-based research methodology.

You will study and practice the latest minimally invasive remineralising and tooth preserving operative technologies, and adhesive restorative materials and techniques, to prevent, manage and treat dental disease aesthetically.

The programme will give you:

  • A scientific basis in cariology and disease pathology.
  • Experience of detection, diagnosis, risk assessment and care planning for patients with complex dental health problems.
  • Prevention and control management strategies (including remineralisation) for patient groups and individuals.
  • The skills to develop marketing strategies to promote your practice and the minimal intervention care philosophy to patients using the latest social media frameworks.
  • The ability to carry out minimally invasive tooth-preserving aesthetic clinical treatment of patients with caries and other restorative or aesthetic problems.
  • Modern minimally invasive aesthetic operative skills required for tooth preparation and restoration.
  • Direction on how to put these concepts into real-life practice from day one of the course.

The programme is taught by a world-renowned, expert team of clinical academics and practising clinicians, based both in the UK and internationally, and led by Professor Avijit Banerjee. The course has support from several leading dental industry companies that may provide relevant dental materials and equipment for your dental practice during the programme. 

View course taster.

Please note - The provision of any clinical opinions, care planning, care plans and/or any advice in relation to care of individual patients will not be provided by the teachers and staff of the programme. Patient treatment and care is the sole responsibility of the treating clinician. Advice regarding the suitability of a clinical case for submission for the clinical module can be given at the tutor’s discretion.

Intensive face-to-face training blocks

The course features a compulsory block of face-to-face teaching and practical training in London during year one for five days, and in year two for seven days. During these blocks you will receive clinical skills training under expert supervision at our Guy’s Campus in the Dental Institute’s state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Guy’s Hospital. These blocks are an invaluable way to consolidate learning and progress to the final year.

Teaching

You will be taught mostly online through King's E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. This gives you the freedom to study without interrupting your work and personal life, and to put your skills directly into practice. Our students participate in online tutorials and discussion groups, interacting with expert tutors and their fellow students. Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training take place in blocks in the first two years. Students are required to undertake and build a reflective log of clinical work in their own general practice. 

Course format and assessment

60% of your first and second year modules will be assessed through exams and 40% through in-course assessment, with the exception of Operative Dentistry – clinical skills, which is assessed through a practical exercise and accompanying written paper. Your final-year modules will be assessed through a clinical case portfolio and a dissertation.

You can take your exams in London or, for overseas students, at centres in your country of residence.



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This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare. Read more

This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare.

Learning in key professional domains includes service leadership and development, research, commissioning and communication and teaching. The cardiology content of the programme provides comprehensive learning to meet the professional development needs of a wide range of practitioners working in cardiology including: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiologists and radiographers.

The course aims to increase students’ practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced clinical and interventional cardiology, by promoting their exploration of the current evidence for diagnosis and treatment. The course seeks to enable the student to use this evidence toward good practice through focussing on the practical aspects of the care of common cardiac conditions from a medical and patient perspective. In addition, the course aims to promote a wider understanding of the differing profiles and contributory roles of the various health care professionals involved in the care of cardiac patients.

Key areas of study

  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Acute cardiology principles and practice
  • Fundamentals of cardiac diagnostic procedures and investigations
  • Invasive/interventional cardiology
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader. The clinical modules are also assessed by means of an unseen written examination.

PGCert

PGDip

PGCert Modules PLUS

AND

OR

MSc

PGDip Modules

PLUS

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, students will have a broad understanding of cardiovascular medicine combined with a portfolio of advanced research and leadership skills to support the development of specialist interest in cardiology and enhance career opportunities.



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Our MSc Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine course is specifically designed for qualified medical or dental practitioners who want to develop their knowledge of cosmetic medicine. Read more

Our MSc Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine course is specifically designed for qualified medical or dental practitioners who want to develop their knowledge of cosmetic medicine.

This is an intensive part-time course encompassing the science of skin ageing and aesthetics, the application of evidence-based practice, and the clinical assessment and management of patients presenting with aesthetic problems.

You will be encouraged to develop a translational, professional approach to learning throughout the course, which can be applied to your future learning.

In addition, supervision and training is provided by national and international leaders (PDF, 1.9MB) working in aesthetic research, regulation and clinical practice. The combination of research and clinical expertise in skin ageing and aesthetic medicine at The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will enable you to learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, maxillo-facial surgeons, dentists and psychologists, in addition to skin ageing and wound research basic scientists.

The theoretical component of this course is delivered online. You are also required to attend an induction day at the main University campus in September 2018 and two residential weeks in January 2019 and November 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed).

Aims

We aim to develop professionals with the ability to apply scientific principles and the latest evidence base to the practice of skin ageing and aesthetic medicine.

You will develop clinical knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness of non-surgical procedures, supported by leading experts in the field.

On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a number of competencies and have enhanced knowledge and skills including:

  • application of skin anatomy and science in relation to aesthetics and ageing;
  • ability to assess patients' requirements and suitability for aesthetic intervention;
  • application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine;
  • explain clinical malpractice and legislation of manufacturing of drugs and devices in the aesthetic field of practice;
  • procedural skills in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, botolinum toxin injections and some lasers;
  • assessment and treatment of complications of these procedures;
  • advise on the role of invasive aesthetic procedures;
  • develop an evidence based approach to aesthetic medicine and practice;
  • critically appraise and conduct high quality research in aesthetic and ageing medicine.

Special features

High-quality teaching

This course has been recognised as a gold standard for education in aesthetic practice by Health Education England. It aligns directly with the outcomes of the UK Department of Health review on cosmetic practice and General Medical Council guidance in this area.

Personal support

You will receive one-to-one tutor support throughout the course, with small group sessions and bedside training with volunteer models during the clinical sessions.

Learn from the experts

Staff on the course include members of the Centre for Dermatology , which is recognised as a global leader in basic science, translational and clinical research in skin health and disease and is 1st in the UK for dermatology research (RAND analysis).

Teaching and learning

This course has been designed using established educational theory and practices to enhance student experience and learning.

The University of Manchester virtual learning environment (Blackboard) guides participants through unit content, assessment submission and programme information.

Our units use blended teaching methods aligned with learning outcomes and assessment. The course contains e-learning case work, small group work, interactive forums, clinical debriefs, and practical sessions with volunteer models. You will be taught in small ratios (1:5) to maximise opportunities for clinical learning.

We hold two face-to-face 5-day residential sessions during the first 24 months of course, one in each of the two first years. Both of these will be scheduled in the first semester and dates should be circulated in September. Attendance at the residential sessions is compulsory for all students.

An initial Induction Day is held in Manchester at the start of Year 1 and 3 to familiarise participants with the online e-learning software and library resources. Attendance at the Induction Day is also compulsory for all students.

This course is led by an experienced team of dermatology experts (PDF, 1.9MB).

Coursework and assessment

You will be required to pass group and written assignments for each unit. Those with a highly practical element will also include assessments of procedural skills.

The master's element of the course will be assessed through a written dissertation (12,000 words).

Course unit details

Our MSc consists of seven units over three years. Completing the first six units leads to a PGDip in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine, with a focus on the more clinical aspects of the field. The seventh unit offers students the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of research.

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Skin Ageing
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Injectables
  • Year 1 Portfolio

Year 2

  • Lasers in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Invasive Aesthetic Medicine
  • Research Design and Governance in Aesthetic Practice
  • Portfolio Year 2

Year 3 (MSc)

  • Dissertation

All units are compulsory.

Career opportunities

With the gap in training highlighted by the UK government review of cosmetic practice, it is likely all aesthetic practitioners in the UK will need to provide evidence of their credentials. 

Our course does not provide a professional competence framework, but goes beyond this to offer integrated knowledge and the application of critical skills enveloped within high quality professional behaviours. 

Graduates of this course will acquire a comprehensive knowledge base that can be applied to their future or current clinical practice.



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Overview. Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. Read more

Overview

Respiratory illnesses affect all children. Almost every child in the UK attends their GP in the first 5 years of life with a respiratory infection. 1 in 10 children have some chronic respiratory condition of which asthma is the most common. Despite the commonness of respiratory disorders, the presence of good evidenced-based guidelines care and outcomes vary widely. Provision of care is even more varied for rarer conditions and where there have been recent important advances in technology. There is a pressing need to facilitate training in primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure that children achieve the best possible health outcomes.

This course allows students to learn how to provide optimum care for children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Each of the four modules has been designed to complement clinical experience and accelerate learning and professional development. The modules tackle asthma and allergy, cystic fibrosis, infection and immunity and non-invasive ventilation and sleep. Taken in combination they cover the breadth of knowledge required to deliver secondary care services for children and they complement the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Special Interest module in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine. Delivered by an experienced local faculty with an enthusiasm for teaching and national and international reputation for paediatric respiratory medicine this course offers a combination of self-directed, interactive and practical learning. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to help clinicians in primary and secondary care settings to develop their knowledge base, enhance their skills and motivate and empower them to act as effective leaders in the delivery of respiratory healthcare for children. 

Career Development

This course recognises that clinicians require a combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of optimal healthcare for children. Whilst completion of all four modules will be particularly helpful to secondary care paediatricians with a stated special interest in paediatric respiratory medicine individual modules are likely to be of particular interest to those working in specific environments. For instance, doctors and nurses working in primary care are likely to find the module on asthma and allergy particularly helpful. Similarly, the module on non-invasive ventilation and sleep may be particularly valuable to clinicians working on high dependency units or those who support community teams who look after technology-dependent children.

Course Content

Each module is given a credit rating within the national Masters framework. These may be transferable from or to other institutions where the learning outcomes are comparable. Undertaking all four currently available modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in Medical Science. Individuals who wish to proceed to higher degrees may choose to undertake further credits as part of other Masters programmes.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Science: 60 credits 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science: 120 credits
  • Masters in Medical Science: total 180 credits

(The Masters Degree must be completed within five years of registration, the Diploma within four years and the Certificate within three years. It will be possible to complete a Masters Degree in Medical Science in two years.)

It is not necessary to carry out a piece of original research to complete the award. The final 60 credits can be for a practice-based project, a teaching project such as robust evaluation of a programme you might be running, or it may be possible to accumulate credits from independent studies or a reflective portfolio. Individual programmes will be constructed for you at this stage through negotiation with the award leader.

Course Modules

Teaching & Assessment

This is a modular part-time programme, designed to meet the needs of full-time health professionals, able to take study leave in short blocks (2-days face-to-face teaching for each module) and augmented by background reading and independent study. The modules are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, usually repeated annually, and students can join the programme at any stage. It is possible to complete the PG Certificate within one year, though up to three years are allowed.

Most teaching is based on interactive small group methods, interspersed with practical tasks and supplemented with background reading and materials developed by the course faculty. A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays skills and completion of a portfolio.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

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



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This course is two years and is designed to provide a high level of postgraduate training for doctors wishing to become trained in non-invasive and invasive cardiology. Read more
This course is two years and is designed to provide a high level of postgraduate training for doctors wishing to become trained in non-invasive and invasive cardiology. Applicants will have a M.R.C.P.I. or equivalent qualification.

The course aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and research skills necessary to run a comprehensive cardiac service. It consists of lectures, clinically supervised practical procedures in the management of the cardiac patient, and a research project or dissertation. The course is assessed by examination, continual assessment and assessment of the research project or dissertation.

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Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention are two technology driven areas of medicine that have experienced tremendous growth and improvement over the last twenty years, partly driven by the surgical aim of progressively less invasive and harmful treatments. Read more
Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention are two technology driven areas of medicine that have experienced tremendous growth and improvement over the last twenty years, partly driven by the surgical aim of progressively less invasive and harmful treatments.

This course will provide the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology.

This is a multidisciplinary field and is led by three internationally known departments:

The Hamlyn Centre for Medical Robotics (part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation)
The Department of Surgery and Cancer
The Department of Computing

All teaching and research will take place in the brand new facilities of the Hamlyn Centre.

Taught modules include a mixture of engineering and medical topics such as medical robotics and instrumentation, minimally invasive surgery, surgical imaging and optics, image guided intervention, perception and ergonomics.

You will spend nine months working on a cutting edge research project.

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Cardiac Arrhythmias management is rapidly developing as a subspecialty within cardiology that is devoted to the diagnosis and the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, including invasive evaluation of their mechanisms, controlled destruction of arrhythmogenic myocardium by percutaneous catheters, and implantation of cardiac rhythm management devices. Read more

Cardiac Arrhythmias management is rapidly developing as a subspecialty within cardiology that is devoted to the diagnosis and the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, including invasive evaluation of their mechanisms, controlled destruction of arrhythmogenic myocardium by percutaneous catheters, and implantation of cardiac rhythm management devices.

Catheter ablation is the therapy of choice for most supraventricular tachycardias (over 100 000 interventions performed every year in Europe). Device implantation for arrhythmia treatment, sudden death prevention, and cardiac resynchronization are practiced regularly nowadays (performed in more than 200 000 patients in Europe per year). The increase in the indications and the number of all of these procedures depicts the present scenario by emerging indications, an increasing number of invasive procedures, and the establishment of new practicing units and professionals. Nevertheless, these procedures require cardiologists with comprehensive knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias disorders and who are trained in cardiovascular catheter manipulation, heart electrical signal recording and interpretation, and device implantation and follow-up to ensure both patient's safety and quality.

Thus, it appears to be imperative to promote and ensure sufficient and homogeneous training and qualification in cardiac arrhythmias management amongst these professionals.

During the clinical training year, time is available to complete research projects and undertake smaller projects including case reports. Our fellows typically publish two to three peer reviewed publications during their clinical year and complete prior research projects. We encourage individuals without significant electrophysiology experience in their fellowship to participate in a comprehensive program that involves research and extended clinical training for two to three years (PhD program).

Course content

- Hands-on Training and Clinical Practice (20 ECTS credits)

- Research (20 ECTS)

- Self-study (10 ECTS)

- Congress Participation and Publications (4 ECTS)

- Interdisciplinary Seminars Physiology and Electrophysiology (3 ECTS)

- Weekly Seminars Hearth Rhythm Management Centre (3 ECTS)

Certificate

At the end of the postgraduate course a certificate for a ‘Postgraduate in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing’, signed by the rector of the Vrije universiteit brussel, will be handed out by the institute for Postgraduate Training of the Vrije universiteit brussel (iPAVub).



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Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing an unprecedented spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. Read more

Global ecological change is occurring at a rapid rate and we are seeing an unprecedented spread of diseases, collapses in biodiversity and disruption to ecosystems. We aim to understand not just patterns in the natural environment, but the ecological and evolutionary factors that drive them, from the behaviour of individual organisms to population and whole community dynamics.

You will study the concepts and theories that will help you understand factors underpinning global ecology and evolutionary change, including modern techniques for environmental process research, invasive species ecology and conservation genetics. Students also learn techniques important for environmental policy and management and as such, our graduates are well placed to progress onto PhD research or careers in industry, consultancy and conservation. 

You will conduct your own substantive six-month research project, which may be jointly supervised by contacts from related institutes or within industry. Students also take part in a field course in Borneo - see photos from a recent trip on Flickr - giving you the opportunity to develop first hand experience of theory in action.

You will have access to advanced analytical research facilities at the Freshwater Biological Association's River Laboratory in Dorset through our River Communities Research Group. You will have the opportunity to conduct both fieldwork and lab projects at this site.

Programme highlights

  • Two-week tropical ecology field trip (currently in Borneo), as well as fieldwork in Dorset, UK
  • Modules that develop pure research and applied practical skills
  • Guest lectures by stakeholders and potential employers
  • Opportunities for research projects in UK and overseas, and in conjunction with collaborators such as the Institute of Zoology, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Natural History Museum

Research and teaching

By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top-class research. You can find out more about our research interests and view recent publications on the School of Biological and Chemical Science's Evolution and Genetics group page.

Structure

Your taught modules take place in blocks of two weeks of full-time teaching (normally 9am-5pm), followed by week-long study breaks for independent learning and coursework. This structure allows for an intensive learning experience, giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their subject.

This programme combines taught modules with individual and collaborative research projects. You will apply the knowledge and techniques from your taught modules in a practical setting and may be able to publish your project findings.

Taught modules

  • Ecological Theory and Applications: Look at the theory behind our understanding of ecological systems and how that theory can be applied to ecological problems in the real world. Starting with populations of a single species we will progress to understanding two-species interactions including predation, competition and parasitism and then to whole communities of interacting organisms. We will then study how ecological theory, used in concert with population genetics and evolutionary theory, can be applied to understanding ecological issues such as the conservation of small populations, harvesting natural populations and predicting responses to environmental change.
  • Ecosystem Structure and Function: Ecosystems are under continued and growing threat from human activity (e.g. habitat loss, invasive species and diffuse pollution) and if we seek to preserve them we need to understand how ecosystems function and how they respond to either enforced or natural change. Here we focus on the structural and functional elements of many ecosystems, from shallow lakes to tropical forests, with a particular focus on contrasting aquatic environments.
  • Statistics and Bioinformatics: Covers core statistics methods, within the R statistical computing environment. R has become the de facto environment for downstream data analysis and visualisation in biology, thanks to the hundreds of freely available R packages that allow biological data analysis solutions to be created quickly and reliably.
  • Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology: Explore the frontiers of research in evolutionary biology. Topics covered will include: incongruence in phylogenetic trees, neutral versus selective forces in evolution, the origin of angiosperms, the origin of new genes, the evolution of sociality, the significance of whole genome duplication and hybridisation. Current methods being used to tackle these areas will be taught, with an emphasis on DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics.
  • Tropical field course - usually in Borneo; see photos from a recent trip on Flickr. Topics will encompass aspects of taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, conservation and evolution. Specific areas of content will include ecological processes in tropical rainforests (decomposition, pollination and seed dispersal); rainforest structure and defining characteristics (including the importance of rainforests as centres of biodiversity) and anthropogenic factors affecting rainforests (including disturbance, forest fragmentation and agriculture). There will be strong emphasis on practical training. In particular, students will be trained in a range of survey methods covering diverse terrestrial and aquatic taxonomic groups. The module will also provide training in data collection, analysis and presentation.
  • Science, Policy and Management: Here a broad spectrum of human environmental impacts and their mitigation will be explored. The first half of the module will bring the student ‘face to face’ with potential regulators, practitioners and potential employers (typically Defra, EA, Natural England) through a series of guest lectures. These topics are then explored and summarised through an unpacking and feedback workshop. The second half is field based with current practitioners working directly in the field of bioassessment and biomonitoring. National and international legislation and directives are introduced through a series of ‘Case Studies’ to look at the link between successful science and policy.

Research module

  • Research project (90 credits)

Part-time study

You can take the MSc over two years via studying part-time; you should aim to register for 50% of taught modules per year. You can discuss the exact combination of modules with the programme director, Dr Christophe Eizaguirre

Projects can also be undertaken over a two-year period, subject to finding an approved schedule of work which equates to the same time requirements as a full-time MSc. You may also enrol on a Postgraduate Certificate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (60 credits), which is comprised of four taught modules.



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“The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills up, imbues us totally. Read more
“The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it”

Patrick Suskind, Le Parfum

The inescapability of a scent’s inebriation is very much akin to the power of attraction of a beautifully designed dress. It is with this idea in mind that newest postgraduate course of IFA Paris was built: offering an innovative approach to Perfume and Cosmetics management through the integration of its 20 years expertise in fashion.

The philosophy of the MBA in Perfume and Cosmetics Management revolves around 3 pillars:

Discovery:
Students are being immersed in a workshop environment allowing them to get an intensive and practical training fostering creativity while at the same time allowing them to discover each strategic components and stakeholders of the beauty industry

Experimentation:
While travelling between IFA’s campus locations in Paris and Shanghai our students are able to experience first-hand the intrinsic characteristics of emerging and mature markets thanks to IFA Paris learning by doing pedagogy.

Self-affirmation:
The overarching Capstone thesis reflects the students’ commitment to the development of a unique and individual project.

The MBA in Perfume and Cosmetics Management also takes advantage of the unique heritage and bi-cultural affiliation of IFA Paris as it “sits” perfectly at the confluence of a geographical dichotomy:

The West as the upholder of traditional luxury values:
Participants will spend 2 terms in Paris in order to have access to what the rest of the world considers as the birth place of luxury.

The East as the catalyst transforming the “Luxe DNA”:
Thanks to IFA Paris unique combination of campus rotation system and synergetic curriculum, participants will be able to explore the latest market and technological evolutions in the beauty industry in an area of the world (North Asia) considered as the most important source of growth.

The development of 7 special seminars provides participants with “windows” into unique activities or phenomenon of the beauty industry. They are organized across our campuses of Paris and Shanghai according to the market specificities of those 2 locations. While in France students will be exposed to the traditional art of perfume making through an immersive experience thanks to our Olfactory Lab and our seminar titled “Parfums a la Francaise”. During their rotation in Shanghai participants will discover the booming segment of skin care for men and explore the different invasive and non-invasive plastic surgery techniques. The ultimate goal is to offer participants the opportunity to improve their professional portfolio with experiences that will ultimately render their profile more sophisticated and attractive to potential employers.

Finally, from inception to graduation, and regardless of their location, Postgraduate students of IFA Paris will benefit from the support of a unique department called the “Career and Alumni Center”. The industry relation arm of IFA Paris’ academic courses is in charge of organizing bi-weekly guest lectures and field trips to attune our students with the latest trends in the beauty industry.

Capitalizing on strong collaborations with groups such as LVMH, Richemont or Kering, the Career and Alumni Center will give access to exclusive brand launch events, fashion shows, art exhibitions or professional trade-shows in order to build the students’ own professional network.

Our MBA Courses are structured with the ECTS framework in mind as set by the Bologna Convention. Upon completion of their studies participants will gather a total of 120 ECTS that they will be able to transfer if they wish to further their studies. The Course is also accredited by IDEL/IDEART* and is certified as “International Master”.
*For more information feel free to visit http://www.idel-labels.eu

Course structure

Our Perfume and Cosmetics Management course covers a wide range of modules clustered into five main module groupings:

Marketing and Management:

This grouping encompasses a series of modules that will be sequentially planned based on the structure of a marketing plan. The overall body of knowledge acquired by the students will prepare them to:

Analyse complex marketing challenges based on practical case studies
Allocate resources strategically to achieve pre-determined objectives
Craft brand DNAs allowing for the achievement of a sustainable competitive advantage

Business Issues:

The capacity to listen and interpret markets’ signals is a key component of today’s managers. It needs to be continuously cultivated. Within this module grouping students will discover the idiosyncrasies of the fashion industry from an economic and financial view point.

Distribution and Retail:

New technologies are shaping the cosmetics and perfume offering of the 21st century in ways that do not always relate to product innovation. A large part of the most recent innovations concern the distribution and retail sector, with interesting cross-overs between the Fashion and the Cosmetics and Perfume industries.

Cosmetics and Perfume Environment:

Is perfume still a luxury? Are socially responsible brands more impactful? How is the impact of the fashion industry in the development of the cosmetics and perfume industry?... This module grouping will challenge students and develop their critical thinking approach in regards with the industry.

Cosmetics and Perfume Lifestyle:

While our MBA Program does not aim at creating technicians we believe it is important for our students to be totally immersed within the environment of cosmetics and perfumes. This is why we have devised a series of groundbreaking seminars and workshops: to allow our students to experience the specificities of the future industry they’ll be working for. From a week in an olfactory lab to test and create perfumes to a foray into the crafting of perfumes “A La Francaise”, everything has been devised to provide a groundbreaking experiential learning.

The Foundation workshop will be taught over 2 full weeks (75 Hours) and comprise the following modules:

Principles of Marketing – 15 Hours
Quantitative Research Approaches – 15 Hours
Accounting Principles – 15 Hours
Working Methodology – 15 Hours
Project Management – 15 Hours

Student Workload:

522 Hours of Face-to-Face lectures
783 Hours of Self-Study
840 Hours of capstone project
200 Hours of industry contact and collaboration

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Learn about primate behaviour, welfare and conservation on this masters course delivered by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be taught by world-leading experts and have access to excellent facilities in the UK and research sites overseas. Read more

Learn about primate behaviour, welfare and conservation on this masters course delivered by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be taught by world-leading experts and have access to excellent facilities in the UK and research sites overseas.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
  • Delivered by world experts in the field of primate behaviour, welfare and conservation
  • Overseas field trip to Tanzania included in the fees – this is a fantastic opportunity to observe primates in the wild. You will practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation, non-invasive sampling of health and welfare indicators and conservation monitoring*
  • State-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities (including genetics, drone technology and GIS facilities)
  • Opportunity to design and complete a primate field study abroad using the latest software packages, such as ArcGIS, R, Distance

* The air fare, site accommodation and site costs are paid by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be required to meet other potential costs, such as field clothing, visas and immunisations if required.

What you will study on this degree

  • ​Primate Behaviour and Conservation
  • Research Methods
  • Survey, Mapping and Field Skills*
  • Dissertation
  • Drone Technology (option)
  • Contemporary Methods in Primatology (option)
  • Field Methods in Primate Behavioural Ecology (option)

* Includes an overseas field trip to Tanzania, which is included in your course fees. This is a fantastic opportunity to observe primates in the wild. You will practice and develop advanced skills in behavioural observation, non-invasive sampling of health and welfare indicators and conservation monitoring. The field trip air fare, site accommodation and site costs are paid by Liverpool John Moores University. You will be required to meet other potential costs, such as field clothing, visas and immunisations if required.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.



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Our world leading courses use innovative teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic imaging and support you in your distance learning… Read more

Our world leading courses use innovative teaching methods to develop your knowledge and skills in forensic imaging and support you in your distance learning experience wherever you are in the world - for radiographers, technologists, and other forensic imaging professionals.These courses will support you to develop a forensic protocol that adheres to relevant guidance and legislation, and develop skills in producing images that will be acceptable in court by learning about the requirements for high-quality evidence.

Course details

You will learn about how to image children for suspected physical abuse and investigation of infant deaths, location of forensic evidence (for example drug smuggling, ballistic material), age assessments for human trafficking or illegal immigration, and identification of the deceased. A new module will develop skills in post-mortem imaging utilising CT and MRI to replace the conventional autopsy. The PgCert develops forensic imaging skills, enabling you to undertake forensic imaging in your department and to comply with the forensic radiography guidelines from the Society and College of Radiographers and the International Association of Forensic Radiographers. The second year develops more advanced forensic imaging skills in mass fatalities and Disaster Victim Identification, and a practice area of your choice. During your third year (MSc) you develop the research skills needed to contribute to the forensic imaging knowledge base.

Professional accreditation

Our courses are recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

What you study

Two modules ensure that you are fit for practice within the scope of forensic practice relevant to the needs of a clinical radiology department. The first is Medico-Legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice (Sept - Jan) and the second is Principles of Forensic Imaging (Jan - June). All sessions are facilitated by recognised specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multi-disciplinary nature of forensic practice.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Medico-legal Issues in Forensic Imaging Practice
  • Principles of Forensic Imaging (Radiographers)

Option modules (choose one of the following):

  • Minimally Invasive Autopsy
  • Paediatric Forensic Imaging

Year 2 core modules (MSc only)

  • Designing Research Projects
  • Forensic Imaging in Mass Fatalities

Option modules (choose one of the following):

  • Minimally Invasive Autopsy
  • Negotiated Learning in Forensic Imaging Practice
  • Paediatric Forensic Imaging

Year 3 core module (MSc only)

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

These courses are taught by distance learning, and are structured to keep you on track throughout your studies. You never need to attend the university, and apart from the webinars, you can complete the online activities at times that work best for you.

The three-week induction at the start of the course gives you time to get to know the virtual learning environment, learn what electronic learning resources are available to you, and introduces you to each other and the course. You will also have the opportunity to improve your writing skills with online workshops. So when the forensic topics start, you are read to concentrate on the subject.

Weekly contact with your tutor and peers via instant messaging or email, for support when you want it.

Topics are delivered at a pace that gives you more time to learn about that area and relate this to your own practice.

Structured activities help you to think about each topic and discuss ideas with your peers – videos, screencasts, quizzes, directed reading, virtual workspace for discussion, and interactive and collaborative work.

Regular webinars where you and your peers join together online at the same time to engage in a teaching session with your tutor or other forensic specialist.

Webinars take place on an evening (6.30pm - 8.30pm) and there are approximately six per 12-14 week module.

Courtroom simulation – learn how to give evidence and experience being cross-examined.

International specialists in the field of forensics, demonstrating the multidisciplinary nature of forensic practice in mass fatalities incidents, will facilitate all sessions. Previously, these specialists have included forensic radiographers and technologists, consultant paediatricians, consultant paediatric radiologists, forensic pathologists, forensic biologists, forensic researchers, rorensic anthropologists, HM Coroner, and a post-mortem imaging service provider.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy is designed to be compatible with distance learning and to provide a variety of methods, enabling a more inclusive assessment strategy – written assignments and presentations. These are submitted online or presented in the webinar room.

Employability

The Society and College of Radiographers advocates that those who undertake forensic imaging examinations must be educated and trained at postgraduate level. This course addresses this. Successfully completion of the course enhances your career as a practitioner with specialist imaging skills. 

Most advanced posts in the NHS require a master’s degree. If you plan to become the lead radiographer/technologist for forensic imaging in your department, the advanced skills you develop in this course will give you an advantage.

Feedback from previous students indicates that as a result of this course, they have become articulate and confident in presenting their research at conferences, aspiring, creative and confident in changing practice, aspiring to enhance practice resulting in promotion to forensic lead, and becoming more confident as a person. In addition, they have become articulate in writing at Level 7, critical of research, creative with learning and adaptable to learning and time management. Furthermore, they have been facilitated to be adaptable, confident, articulate leaders in forensic radiography with some becoming active committee members of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers, with some also engaging with the Department of Health and Home Office as a result, demonstrating the significant impact of this course on forensic imaging nationally and internationally.



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Engineering geological expertise is critical to all types of civil engineering projects such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms. Read more

Why take this course?

Engineering geological expertise is critical to all types of civil engineering projects such as tunnels, dams, mines, quarries, offshore platforms and wind farms.

This course provides you with the advanced skills to carry out detailed investigations into surface and subsurface geology, identification of adverse ground conditions and the design of suitable remedial measures of engineering structures.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by internationally recognised experts with extensive expertise in engineering geology and geotechnics
Gain experience of environmental assessment techniques, plus a range of other skills such as mapping using GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies
Go on numerous fieldtrips, both locally and overseas, to undergo specialist field training

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by the Geological Society of London. It offers advanced professional and scientific training providing an accelerated route for you to attain Chartered Status, such as Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) on graduation.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Aid organisations
Environmental organisations
Offshore work
Civil sector roles
Mining
Insurance companies

Module Details

You can opt to take this course in full-time or part-time mode.

The course is divided into two parts. The first part comprises of the lecture, workshop, practical and field work elements of the course, followed by a five-month independent research project. The course is a mixture of taught units and research project covering topics including site investigation, soil mechanics and rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering design, contaminated land, slope stability and rock engineering.

Here are the units you will study:

Rock and Soil Mechanics: These topics are integral to the role of an engineering geologist. You will gain an advanced understanding of the geo-mechanical behaviour of rocks and soils and how they behave under different geotechnical design scenarios. You will also develop key skills in the assessment, description and testing of geological materials in order to understand and quantify their behaviour, using current British and Eurocode standards.

Soil and Rock Engineering: This unit will give you an advanced understanding of engineering and design in soils and rock masses, including fundamental design principles associated with common geotechnical solutions encountered on engineering geological and civil engineering projects.

Contaminated Land and Groundwater: These are important considerations in all types of construction and so an understanding of both is essential. You will learn key techniques for the identification and assessment of contaminated land and groundwater resources in an engineering geological context.

Ground Models: You will train in the development of geological ground models and geomorphological terrain models within the content of engineering geological practice, essential parts of any investigation.

Ground Investigation Techniques: You will gain advanced experience of ground investigation using invasive techniques, in-situ tests and geophysical methods – essential to an engineering geologist's skill base.

Landslides and Slope Instability: On this unit you will develop an advanced understanding of landslide systems, types of slides in soils and rocks and methods for identification and numerical analysis.

Field Reconnaissance and Geomorphological Mapping: The techniques covered on this unit are integral to the course and an essential skill for any graduate wishing to work in this area. You will have fieldwork training in techniques such as geomorphological mapping and walk-over surveys combined with interpretation of remote sensing and aerial photography imagery.

Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing: On this unit you will cover the key tools for terrain evaluation and be trained in the acquisition and interpretation of aerial photography and satellite imagery, and the integration and analysis of spatial datasets using GIS.

Independent Research Project: This give you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research to academic or industrial standards, typically in collaboration with research staff in the department or external industry partners. In addition to submission of a thesis report, you also present the results of your project at the annual postgraduate conference held at the end of September.

Programme Assessment

The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will learn through hands-on practical sessions designed to give you the skills in laboratory, computer and field techniques. The course also includes extensive field work designed to provide field mapping and data collection skills.

Assessment is varied, aimed at developing skills relevant to a range of working environments. Here’s how we assess your work:

Poster and oral presentations
Project reports
Literature reviews
Lab reports
Essays

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Are you passionate about animal welfare and keen to shape the management of the zoos of the future? Students from over 20 nationalities have chosen our unique programme, the first of its kind in the world. Read more
Are you passionate about animal welfare and keen to shape the management of the zoos of the future? Students from over 20 nationalities have chosen our unique programme, the first of its kind in the world. Study factors affecting animal behaviour, conservation, welfare and their interactions, as well as international zoo management and collaboration. Our partnership with Paignton Zoo gives you regular access to their connections, research and expertise – so you’re primed to make a difference.

Key features

-Delivered in conjunction with the staff at Paignton Zoo and its parent body, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust which also owns Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts.
-Develop your scientific knowledge, professional and technical skills as a conservation biologist. Learn how to manage animal collections for the purpose of education, conservation and wildlife research.
-Study aspects of animal behaviour and ecology, as well as how welfare, housing, nutrition and health all have a part to play in species management.
-Learn to troubleshoot problems at the level of a social group within a particular zoological collection, right up to the level of a species globally. Explore how breeding programmes for endangered species are international in scope.
-Benefit from the knowledge and guidance of Plymouth University’s expert staff with specialisms including the behaviour of captive animals, animal nutrition, the welfare of captive birds and the application of population genetics to captive and natural fish populations.
-Find out how the science of zoos is used to inform government policy. Two of our teaching team are the only academic representatives on the government’s Zoos Expert Committee.
-Get behind-the-scenes insight with a day of study each week with our partners at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. Deepen your understanding of the business and conservation work of zoos, and how networks and collaborations work between them.
-Access the latest research and information from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, including information on their co-ordinated breeding programmes for endangered species.
-Be inspired by opportunities to visit a range of zoos in the region – including Dartmoor, Bristol and Newquay – and to travel abroad for research projects. A recent student travelled to Louisiana Zoo for her research project on golden tamarin monkeys.
-Graduates work in zoos as educators, researchers, managers and keepers. Many go on to PhD study or work in further education. Other employers include the European Association for Zoos and Aquaria; the Natural History Unit (BBC); national and international conservation organisations.

Course details

As a full-time student, you’ll study seven modules taking in everything from genetics to environmental enrichment, preventative health to budgeting. We update modules to reflect current thinking and you can specialise within them. If you’re interested in working with tigers, for example, this can be reflected across your work. You’ll be assessed through coursework with practical tasks focused on your future career. Core modules include introduction to zoo organisation, animal conservation, applied animal behaviour and management, animal metabolism and nutrition, animal health and welfare and business management. You’ll then do a final three-month research project of your choice. Previous investigations have included everything from female mate choice in white faced saki monkeys to how peripheral and/or invasive activity affects the behaviour and enclosure use of captive sand tiger sharks.

Core modules
-BIO505 Research Project
-ANIM5006 Contemporary Zoo Management
-BIO5131 Postgraduate Research Skills & Methods
-ANIM5005 Zoo Animal Behaviour and Welfare
-ANIM5007 Small Population Conservation
-ANIM5008 Conservation Ecology and Society
-ANIM5009 Zoo Animal Health, Nutrition and Management

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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