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

Course overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmacogenomics (including complex disease genetics)

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

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

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

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

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

Training and Skills

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

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

How to apply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The MSc in Biomedical Science (Online) is a part-time, distance learning programme designed for students working in a hospital/laboratory setting. Read more
The MSc in Biomedical Science (Online) is a part-time, distance learning programme designed for students working in a hospital/laboratory setting. The programme comprises 4 structured stand-alone online learning modules from the Biomed Online Learning Programme and a workplace based project.

Students apply for the MSc programme after completing four online modules and once they have their project idea approved. The project is conceived by the individual but carefully scrutinised by a suitably qualified team drawn from the university and workplace before implementation and normally conducted in the workplace under guidance of a suitably qualified practitioner, and the whole overseen by an academic supervisor from the university. This helps to ground the programme with relevance to workplace requirements.

The online learning modules each offer Continuing Professional Development credits and each has been designed to be relevant to workplace practice. Students are given a free choice of modules, currently sixteen, so that they can tailor their studies to the needs of their workplace and their individual areas of interest. The online modules run for two intakes each year - October to January, and April to July.

The programme is not intended to be an 'end point' in an individual's personal development, but as a stage from which they can continue career development and increase their potential to make greater contributions to overall employer needs.

The Biomed Online Learning programme is managed by a consortium of NHS Trusts, Pathology Joint Ventures, Public Health England and the University of Greenwich.

For further Information please contact the Biomed Admin Manager:
E-mail:
Phone: 020 8331 9978

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide an appropriate knowledge base in specialised areas of biomedical science, with the intention of building on individuals' skills and knowledge base obtained at undergraduate level or its equivalent and in the workplace

- To provide part of the lifelong learning that plays an essential role in biomedical science generally

- To provide continuing professional development in selected areas within that field of endeavour.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/bio/bio

Science - Biosciences

Bioscience in essence is the use of science to explain human physiology and disease and to use the knowledge of science to develop treatments. It is the application of science rather than the study of things for their own sake.

Bioscience degrees are a result of the ever advancing needs of specialist knowledge as new scientific breakthroughs are made. They are partly a product of this specialisation and partly a response to students interested in human-focused study.

What you'll study

Distance learning
- Year 1:
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Lung Disease (30 credits)
Renal Disease (30 credits)
Diagnosis of Breast Cancer (30 credits)
Immunocytochemistry in Diagnostic Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
Clinical Data Interpretation (30 credits)
Implementing Advanced Quality Management (30 credits)
Governance and Risk Management (30 credits)
Robotics and Automation (in Laboratory Science) (30 credits)
Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Analysis in Healthcare Settings (30 credits)
Analysis of Nucleic Acids (30 credits)
Advanced Human Genetics (30 credits)
Management of Healthcare Associated Infection (30 credits)
Quality Systems Management (30 credits)
Point of Care Testing (30 credits)
Blood Transfusion (30 credits)
Managing Learning and Development in Healthcare (30 credits)

-Year 2:
Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Lung Disease (30 credits)
Renal Disease (30 credits)
Diagnosis of Breast Cancer (30 credits)
Immunocytochemistry in Diagnostic Cellular Pathology (30 credits)
Clinical Data Interpretation (30 credits)
Implementing Advanced Quality Management (30 credits)
Governance and Risk Management (30 credits)
Robotics and Automation (in Laboratory Science) (30 credits)
Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Analysis in Healthcare Settings (30 credits)
Analysis of Nucleic Acids (30 credits)
Advanced Human Genetics (30 credits)
Management of Healthcare Associated Infection (30 credits)
Quality Systems Management (30 credits)
Point of Care Testing (30 credits)
Blood Transfusion (30 credits)
Managing Learning and Development in Healthcare (30 credits)

-Year 3:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Project (MSc Biomedical Sci) (60 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through case study orientated reports, production of posters, presentations, contributions to online discussions, tests, online assessments and a research project.

Career options

The programme is directed mainly towards those working in NHS / healthcare laboratories, with the intention of providing opportunities for professional advancement following registration and for continuing professional development.

Biomed Online Learning Programme is open to national and international students but due to the nature of the project the MSc Programme is only open to students working in a hospital/laboratory setting in the UK.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether it be in academia, industry or goverment. Read more
The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether it be in academia, industry or goverment. To date, of the students who wanted to, the overwhelming majority have gone on to study for a PhD . We will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research.

The course comprises two 5-month research projects and a core programme including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferrable skills. Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

The

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science Stream

covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

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

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease.

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The MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science offers a unique exposure to four key areas through our four streams. Innovations in Heart Failure. Read more

MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science

The MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science offers a unique exposure to four key areas through our four streams:

Innovations in Heart Failure
Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease
Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

This is a one-off programme for those who already hold a medical degree and wish to commence further education at an internationally renowned institution at the forefront of innovations in cardiovascular science and clinical cardiology. This programme offers students the fantastic opportunity to study in conjunction with a world renowned specialist cardiology hospital - The Royal Brompton Hospital - and alongside some of its principal specialists who lead the modules in this course.

The combination of the Royal Brompton's principal specialists with the excellent research reputation of the National Heart & Lung Institute will give you the best opportunity to advance your medical career and network with leading medical and scientific professionals in cardiology.

Programme structure

All Master’s students will take part in four compulsory stream-specific modules: Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Electrophysiology. You will then specialise in one of the four streams and take part in a further stream specific advanced study module in addition to conducting a stream-specific six-month research project. You can opt to do the four compulsory modules only and obtain a Postgraduate Certificate.

Is this programme for you?

This is a noteworthy programme in an international institution for science and clinical innovation which will appeal to all physicians with an interest in cardiological sciences.

All students will gain:

An in-depth understanding of the science and cutting edge research relating to four cardiological sub-specialisms or streams.
A critical awareness of current problems and developments relating to cutting edge management of cardiological conditions within each of the four sub-specialisms.
The skills to critically evaluate the published literature on research and clinical practice in each of the four sub-specialisms.
The ability to advance their knowledge and understanding through independent learning, and to develop new skills to a high level.
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
In addition, students graduating from the full Masters programme will also be able to:

Deal logically and creatively with complex and unpredictable situations and make sound judgements based on incomplete data.
Demonstrate initiative, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
Communicate clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Translate knowledge, leadership and technical skills of one sub-specialism into the workplace and personal practice in an original way.

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The Masters in Medical Sciences programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is proven to give graduates the competitive edge in the job market. Read more
The Masters in Medical Sciences programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is proven to give graduates the competitive edge in the job market. It is designed for high-calibre medicine graduates who want to explore and benefit from medical research, perhaps with a view to pursuing a PhD or a career
 in research.

We offer you the opportunity to undertake a research project in a laboratory or department relevant to your speciality. The choice of research projects carried out is wide and ranges from bench research to clinical research. Examples of completed projects are:

1. Therapeutic Hypothermia Decreases Intracranial Pressure in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
2. Renal Function in the 11β-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 1 Null Mouse
3. Immune cell populations in the mouse lung during RSV infection
4. Salt Appetite in Stable Heart Disease and Healthy Volunteers

You will need to secure a supervisor and project before starting the degree.

Programme Structure

The programme begins with a month of teaching, providing you with an overview of the whole range of techniques used in medical research. In the first two weeks you will attend lectures on subjects ranging from stem cell biology to ethics and clinical trials. You will also receive statistics training and practical workshops in cell biology and molecular medicine. You will be taught practical techniques, including basic tissue culture, how to do PCRs and run Western Blots.

Around 20 per cent of the course will consist of taught classes and seminars. The rest is spent in your host department.

To consider your research interests and opportunities we advise you to visit Edinburgh’s Clinical Academic Training Centre (ECAT) or speak to the Programme Director.

Career opportunities

Around a quarter of our students continue on to a PhD. Those who choose to return to clinical practice go back with a broader experience of research than is afforded by the undergraduate clinical medicine curriculum.

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This one-year full-time course provides a broad training to prepare students for a career in biomedical research. The emphasis is on a research-orientated approach and comprises both theoretical and practical elements. Read more
This one-year full-time course provides a broad training to prepare students for a career in biomedical research.

The emphasis is on a research-orientated approach and comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure, and will demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

In addition to the main biomedical research stream, run by the Department of Surgery and Cancer, this course also offers research opportunities in specialised streams, run by various departments in the Faculty of Medicine. These are:

Biomedical Research
Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection (Department of Medicine)
Personalised Healthcare (Department of Surgery and Cancer)
Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (National Heart and Lung Institute)
Microbiome in Health and Disease (MHD)
Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (EECID)
Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care (APMIC)

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These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Read more
These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme.

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university. To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops, online and blended learning and laboratory-based work, assessment being by the method most appropriate to the subject.

Syllabus:

Research Methods for Health Professionals

plus two from:
Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The Health Professional as an Educator
Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
Ergonomics for Health Professionals
Analysis of Function
Exercise in Rehabilitation
Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
Extended Scope of Practice
Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
Practice Development Through Independent Learning
Exploring Pain
Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
Exploring Health and wellbeing
Developing Professional Learning


plus three further modules which may also come from the list above or other suitable modules in the health and social science graduate programme

Dissertation

Career and progression opportunities:

Career opportunities include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management, general management, clinical educator and physiotherapy education. Opportunities also exist for further study at MPhil and PhD level.
It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

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These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Read more
These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme.

The 'and management' route fulfils the needs of those involved in management in the NHS or private sector.

Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university. To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops, online and blended learning and laboratory-based work, assessment being by the method most appropriate to the subject.


Syllabus:

Research Methods for Health Professionals

plus two from:
Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The Health Professional as an Educator
Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
Ergonomics for Health Professionals
Analysis of Function
Exercise in Rehabilitation
Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
Extended Scope of Practice
Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
Practice Development Through Independent Learning
Exploring Pain
Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
Exploring Health and wellbeing
Developing Professional Learning


plus three modules from a guided choice of management modules

Dissertation


Career and progression opportunities:

Career opportunities include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management, general management, clinical educator and physiotherapy education. Opportunities also exist for further study at MPhil and PhD level.
It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

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These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme. Read more
These courses enhance the clinical practice of physiotherapists. Integrated within the university's health and social science graduate programme, the courses provide valuable cross-disciplinary experience through common modules shared with other courses in the scheme.

The ' and education' route fulfils the needs of those involved in professional training in the NHS or private sector.


Course structure

A flexible modular framework normally involves six one-week study blocks at the university. To be awarded the MSc you need to complete three core modules, three option modules and a relevant dissertation. The dissertation may be based on research carried out either in the university or in another suitable environment.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops, online and blended learning and laboratory-based work, assessment being by the method most appropriate to the subject.


Syllabus:

Research Methods for Health Professionals

plus two from:
Key Issues in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The Health Professional as an Educator
Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Lung Disease
Ergonomics for Health Professionals
Analysis of Function
Exercise in Rehabilitation
Key Issues in Neurological Rehabilitation
Extended Scope of Practice
Contemporary Issues in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
Practice Development Through Independent Learning
Exploring Pain
Continuing Professional Development by Critical Reflection
Exploring Health and wellbeing
Developing Professional Learning


Plus three modules from a guided choice of education modules or a specific relevant PG Certificate eg. PG Certificate in Clinical Education.

Dissertation


Career and progression opportunities:

Career opportunities include clinical specialist, consultant physiotherapist, physiotherapy management, general management, clinical educator and physiotherapy education. Opportunities also exist for further study at MPhil and PhD level.
It is possible to take modules for this course as single stand-alone modules, either as a sample of Masters level study, or as part of your continuing professional development.

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The MSc by thesis is ideal for you if you want to get involved in postgraduate research, and obtain the skills to progress to a PhD or MD. Read more
The MSc by thesis is ideal for you if you want to get involved in postgraduate research, and obtain the skills to progress to a PhD or MD.

About the MSc by thesis

The MSc by thesis gives you an opportunity to conduct an independent research project.

You can work in a wide range of areas. Our current students are researching topics as diverse as interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, care of the newborn infant, and the development of new methods for analysing cell-to-cell interactions in tissue using a micro-fluidic based approach.

Throughout your degree, you will be supervised by a leading expert in the field and supported by a Thesis Advisory Panel.

Part-time or full-time?

The HYMS MSc by thesis is offered either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

If you have fewer than about 35 hours a week to devote to your studies, you should consider studying part-time. Part-time study is at least 17.5 hours per week.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

As a MSc student at HYMS, you will also take part in our Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS), which provides you with extra opportunities to develop both specialist and transferable skills.

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In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances. Read more

Programme description

In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community.

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short-answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events and peer review activities.

Programme structure

The programme is taught part time over 3 years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of 6 years to complete it. There are also options for studying for a certificate (1-2 years) or a diploma (2-4 years).

Each year will consist of three 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

The Postgraduate Certificate year (Year 1) starts with a series of compulsory courses to give a foundation in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, then progresses to examine how this may be applied in a variety of species. In the Postgraduate Diploma year (Year 2), you have the choice of selected courses to tailor the programme to your requirements. A dissertation completes the final year, however, this is a very flexible course, which can be tailored to suit you (subject to approval).

Year 1
Compulsory courses:

Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia
Anaesthetic equipment
Patient assessment, critical incidents and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in dogs and cats, equidae, ruminants, camelids and pigs or small mammals (e.g. rabbits, rats etc).

Year 2
You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:

Emergency case management (10 credits)
Chronic pain and advanced analgesic principles (10 credits)
Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring (10 credits)
Lung ventilation and mechanical ventilators (10 credits)
Reptiles and birds (20 credits)
Ethics in veterinary anaesthesia: animal welfare and euthanasia (10 credits)

In addition, you could choose to select additional species courses from Year 1.

Year 3
During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal. The dissertation will be a piece of written work 10-15,000 words long, which may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review. A casebook or portfolio submission may also be permitted.

Career opportunities

The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (e.g. as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.

The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise amongst their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.

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As well as giving a solid scientific understanding, the course also addresses commercial, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements, aided by extensive industrial contacts. Read more
As well as giving a solid scientific understanding, the course also addresses commercial, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements, aided by extensive industrial contacts.

Programme Structure

The MSc programmes in Biomedical Engineering are full-time, one academic year (12 consecutive months). The programmes consist of 4 core taught modules and two optional streams. Biomedical, Genetics and Tissue Engineering stream has 3 modules, all compulsory (individual course pages). The second option, Biomedical, Biomechanics and Bioelectronics Engineering stream consists of 5 modules. Students choosing this option will be required to choose 60 credit worth of modules.

The taught modules are delivered to students over two terms of each academic year. The taught modules are examined at the end of each term, and the students begin working on their dissertations on a part-time basis in term 2, then full-time during the months of May to September.

Core Modules
Biomechanics and Biomaterials (15 credit)
Design and Manufacture (15 credit)
Biomedical Engineering Principles (15 credit)
Innovation, Management and Research Methods (15 credit)
Plus: Dissertation (60 credit)

Optional Modules

60 credit to be selected from the following optional modules:
Design of Mechatronic Systems (15 credit)
Biomedical Imaging (15 credit)
Biofluid Mechanics (15 credit)
Artificial Organs and Biomedical Applications (15 credit)
Applied Sensors Instrumentation and Control (30 credit)

Module Descriptions

Applied Sensors Instrumentation and Control

Main topics:

Sensors and instrumentation – Sensor characteristics and the principles of sensing; electronic interfacing with sensors; sensor technologies – physical, chemical and biosensors; sensor examples – position, displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, strain, pressure, temperature; distributed sensor networks; instrumentation for imaging, spectroscopy and ionising radiation detection; 'lab-on-a-chip'.

Control – Control theory and matrix/vector operations; state-space systems, multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) systems, nonlinear systems and linearization. Recurrence relations, discrete time state-space representation, controllability and observability, pole-placement for both continuous and discrete time systems, Luenberger observer. Optimal control systems, Stochastic systems: random variable theory; recursive estimation; introduction to Kalman filtering (KF); brief look at KF for non-linear systems and new results in KF theory.

Artificial Organs and Biomedical Applications

Main topics include: audiology and cochlear implants; prostheses; artificial limbs and rehabilitation engineering; life support systems; robotic surgical assistance; telemedicine; nanotechnology.

Biofluid Mechanics

Main topics include: review of the cardiovascular system; the cardiac cycle and cardiac performance, models of the cardiac system, respiratory system and respiratory performance, lung models, physiological effects of exercise, trauma and disease; blood structure and composition, blood gases. oxygenation, effect of implants and prostheses, blood damage and repair, viscometry of blood, measurement of blood pressure and flow; urinary system: anatomy and physiology, fluid and waste transfer mechanisms, urinary performance and control, effects of trauma, ageing and disease; modelling of biofluid systems, review of mass, momentum and energy transfers related to biological flow systems, fluid mechanics in selected topics relating to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; measurements in biomedical flows.

Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Main topics include: review of biomechanical principles; introduction to biomedical materials; stability of biomedical materials; biocompatibility; materials for adhesion and joining; applications of biomedical materials; implant design.

Biomedical Engineering Principles

Main topics include: bone structure and composition; the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage and tendon; the cardiovascular function and the cardiac cycle; body fluids and organs; organisation of the nervous system; sensory systems; biomechanical principles; biomedical materials; biofluid mechanics principles, the cardiovascular system, blood structure and composition, modelling of biofluid systems.

Biomedical Imaging

Principle and applications of medical image processing – Basic image processing operations, Advanced edge-detection techniques and image segmentation, Flexible shape extraction, Image restoration, 3D image reconstruction, image guided surgery

Introduction of modern medical imaging techniques – Computerized tomography imaging (principle, image reconstruction with nondiffracting sources, artifacts, clinical applications)

Magnetic resonance imaging (principle, image contrast and measurement of MR related phenomena, examples of contrast changes with changes of instrumental parameters and medical applications)

Ultrasound imaging (description of ultrasound radiation, transducers, basic imaging techniques: A-scan, B-scan and Doppler technique; clinical application)

Positron emission tomography (PET imaging) (principle, radioactive substance, major clinical applications)

Design and Manufacture

Main topics include: design and materials optimisation; management and manufacturing strategies; improving clinical medical and industrial interaction; meeting product liability, ethical, legal and commercial needs.

Design of Mechatronic Systems

Microcontroller technologies. Data acquisition. Interfacing to power devices. Sensors (Infrared, Ultrasonic, etc.). Optoelectronic devices and signal conditioning circuits. Pulse and timing-control circuits. Drive circuits. Electrical motor types: Stepper, Servo. Electronic Circuits. Power devices. Power conversion and power electronics. Line filters and protective devices. Industrial applications of digital devices.

Innovation and Management and Research Methods

Main topics include: company structure and organisation will be considered (with particular reference to the United Kingdom), together with the interfacing between hospital, clinical and healthcare sectors; review of existing practice: examination of existing equipment and devices; consideration of current procedures for integrating engineering expertise into the biomedical environment. Discussion of management techniques; design of biomedical equipment: statistical Procedures and Data Handling; matching of equipment to biomedical systems; quality assurance requirements in clinical technology; patient safety requirements and protection; sterilisation procedures and infection control; failure criteria and fail-safe design; maintainability and whole life provision; public and environmental considerations: environmental and hygenic topics in the provision of hospital services; legal and ethical requirements; product development: innovation in the company environment, innovation in the clinical environment; cash flow and capital provision; testing and validation; product development criteria and strategies.

Dissertation

The choice of Dissertation topic will be made by the student in consultation with academic staff and (where applicable) with the sponsoring company. The topic agreed is also subject to approval by the Module Co-ordinator. The primary requirement for the topic is that it must have sufficient scope to allow the student to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a well-founded programme of investigation and research. It is not only the outcome that is important since the topic chosen must be such that the whole process of investigation can be clearly demonstrated throughout the project. In industrially sponsored projects the potential differences between industrial and academic expectations must be clearly understood.

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Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( www.vas-int.net). :University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation. Read more

European Advanced Postgraduate Course on Angiology-Vascular Medicine

Postgraduate University Course -VAS Educational Project ( http://www.vas-int.net)

Official agreement between

:University of Milan and VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation

Lecturers

: VAS-European Teaching Panel,

Formula

: Certified E-Learning, Theoretical Course, Option to continue with the European Master in Angiology Vascular Medicine (University Diploma, Tutorial, 2016),

Final Exam

: MCQ’s on line

Official Language ]]: English
[[Duration

: One year - for a total of 130 hours

Course Begins

: 27 November, 2015, during 12th Edition European Angiology Days (presence encouraged but not mandatory.

Course Closes

: September 2016 to allow the candidates concerned to continue in the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine Diploma and UEMS European Diploma in Angiology/Vascular Medicine.

Certificate Ceremony

Certificates awarded during 13 edition of EADays in November 2016

Course Material

: Videos, Slides, Selected Papers, Chat on selected Ultrasound images, MCQ’s (Interim and Final Evaluation)

Additional Offers

: Enrolled Candidates are entitled to Vas Membership; For students interested to continue for the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine , these hours of theoretical lessons and the cost will be subtracted from the European Master scheduled.

Certificate

: Certificate issued by University of Milan

Topics

:
The Process to the “European Citizen” in Medicine; Biomedical Ethics;
- The concept of Equity and the WHO prospective in Vascular and Cardiovascular Diseases;
- Changing Vascular Mortality in middle age;
- Multimoribility and Health Care; Global Burden of lower extremity artery disease : Update;
- PAD Clinical aspects and prognosis;
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Diagnosis and Therapy; Physical Rehabilitation; Buerger's Disease;
- Amputation in PAD, other Vascular Amputations;
- Diabetes and Vascular Diseases; Cerebro Vascular Disease;
- Epidemiology of Stroke;
- Interventional Therapy in Arterial Diseases;
- Diagnostic Procedures in Microcirculation; Chronic Venous Insufficiency; Thermal ablation of varicose veins; US Guided foam sclerotherapy; Venous Ulcers;
- VTE Clinic, Diagnosis and Therapy;
- Polmonary embolism;
- New anticoagulants;
- Gastrointestinal side effects of anticoagulant treatment;
- Lung and Vasculitis; Vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- Periodontitisand vascular diseases;
- Aging and older person’s management and care in Vascular Medicine;
- Arterial and Venous Thrombosis; Atherosclerosis: a systemic disease;
- Statistics and Clinical Trials, Therapeutic Market Arena.

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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. Read more

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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