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Engage with innovative theory and contribute to the advancement of human medicine through your own research. This course has been designed to significantly expand both your practical expertise within the field of medical biochemistry and your transferable skills. Read more

Engage with innovative theory and contribute to the advancement of human medicine through your own research. This course has been designed to significantly expand both your practical expertise within the field of medical biochemistry and your transferable skills. Exposure to a range of techniques, including microscopy, spectroscopy and diagnostic assays, and their associated theories will significantly develop your understanding of medical biochemistry.

During your studies, you will prepare for, and undertake, an extensive independent project. You will discuss your project in detail with your supervisor before carrying out your research and writing up your study in a thesis. Additionally, you will study related subjects such as metabolism, physiology and the genetics of drug responses.

This course will develop your competencies in data analysis and statistics, science communication and professional development, enabling you to further your career as a confident medical biochemist or researcher.

Course Benefits

This course has been designed in-line with the specific criteria required to go on to undertake the NHS Scientist Training Programme. As well as gaining an understanding of the practice and theory of advanced medical biochemistry, you will master other skills required to be a capable scientist. These include data analysis techniques such as using SPSS, and effective science communication, for example developing conference posters, delivering presentations, writing scientific papers and using social media to disseminate your research. You will also learn how to write PhD and job applications and how to digitally market yourself as a researcher. You will complete an extended lab module where you will work as a team in our research facility to complete biochemical projects. This will overlap with your other project work to mimic the high pressure environment a career in biomedical sciences would likely involve, giving you the chance to adapt your work ethic and develop sound organisational skills. Our guest lecture series sees external speakers share their insights and experience of working in the industry and the research community. Often these events offer valuable networking opportunities to our students. You can also join our student-led Biomedical Sciences Society, and share ideas with your peers and our academic community.

Core Modules

  • Preparation for the MSc Research Project
  • Science Communication
  • Advanced Practical Skills in Biomedical Science
  • Molecular Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Research Project
  • Genetics of Drug Responses
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Protein Science
  • Extended Lab Week
  • Professional Development

Job Prospects

This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the biomedical sciences. You will be well placed to study under the NHS Scientist Training Programme in order to become a clinical biochemist. You could also undertake a PhD and become part of the biomedical research community, or enter industry in related roles, including research scientist, lab technician or clinical trials assistant.

  • Clinical trials assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Clinical biochemist
  • Medical writer


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Biomedical Sciences involves a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human health and disease. This range of biological and molecular sciences underpins the scientific basis of investigating the human body in health and disease, enabling diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. Read more

Biomedical Sciences involves a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human health and disease.

This range of biological and molecular sciences underpins the scientific basis of investigating the human body in health and disease, enabling diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

There is a demand for graduates with advanced biomedical training able to apply their skills to research, education, regulatory approval, diagnostic services and the commercialisation of biomedical information.

This Medical Bioscience course is designed to allow students to specialise in one key area of human disease from: Cancer Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Cell Biology or Medical Microbiology.

Overall, the course will equip graduating students for careers in the private (e.g. pharmaceutical, biotechnology or food industry, forensic/veterinary laboratories) or public (e.g. academia, National Health Service (NHS)) sectors.

What you will study

This programme will provide opportunities for students to experience modern biomedical techniques and to study alongside established research teams in their state-of-the-art research laboratories. Students will be expected to develop key skills that are required by scientists to investigate the pathophysiology of human disease and there is considerable student choice in which biomedical science disciplines are studied during the programme. Through these choices it will allow students to map a path through the programme that allows them either to cover a greater number of biomedical subject areas or to develop greater specialism within either cancer biology, medical biochemistry, medical microbiology or medical cell biology. A substantial research project will be undertaken in a contemporary area of the student’s chosen biomedical discipline.

Modules

Core

Learning and assessment

A wide variety of teaching methods, appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules, are employed throughout the programme, and are supported by formative assessment. The teaching methods progressively focus on studentcentred approaches to learning, thus you will be expected to take increasing responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme. In this way you are expected to develop the attributes needed for life-long learning and continued professional development.

Facilities

You will work in a research-focused environment in laboratories that have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

Career prospects

Many students go on to study for PhDs either at Bradford or elsewhere.

Some graduates take up positions as teaching assistants in Biomedical Sciences in their home countries.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Personal tutors 
  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens 

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus. 

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Research

Our research expertise covers a range of areas including microbiology, cancer research, skin sciences and cardiovascular disease research. You can find out more about two of our research areas below:



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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Our postgraduate diploma online course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in this medical area.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence.
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Develop and deliver interventions for the wider population and safely use preventative cardiovascular approaches in specific cases.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1798-postgraduate-diploma-in-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (20 credits)
This module focuses on the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.

Cardiovascular Risk Management (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
- Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice (20 credits)*
This module develops a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Management of Lipid Disorders (20 credits)
This module ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management (20 credits)
This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations (20 credits)
This module involves gaining a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course promotes and enhances professional skills and knowledge among its students that have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. It is envisaged that students will be GPs, medical trainees in Diabetes, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry in addition to Allied Health Professionals, and Practice Nurses running CV clinics.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

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

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:
- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK
- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine
- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of - FH Wales Professional Advisory Group
- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

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

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​Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant postgraduate programme focussing on the theoretical knowledge and the practice of Biomedical Science. Read more

Course Overview

​Professionally accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant postgraduate programme focussing on the theoretical knowledge and the practice of Biomedical Science.

Your personal and professional understanding of Biomedical Science will be enhanced through an academically coherent programme of directed and self-directed learning. This will empower you to engage in and critically evaluate relevant contemporary issues through the application and theoretical analysis of practical laboratory based activities and research at Postgraduate level.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Biomedical-Science---MSc.aspx

​Course Content​​

The programme will emphasise the development of analytical and critical skills and on problem identification and analysis within a Biomedical Sciences context. You will be taught by a team of experienced academics, researchers and professionally qualified staff. A number of the teaching team are also HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists.

Core modules are as follows:
- Molecular Biology
- Immunology
- ​Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques
- Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences

Option modules include:
- Medical Biochemistry and Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry
- Immunohaematology and Advanced Topics in Immunhaematology
- Medical Microbiology and Advanced Topics in Medical Microbiology and Infection
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology and Advanced Topics in Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Please note there is no guarantee that all modules will be offered every year. Provision is subject to student numbers and viability. An additional three modules are required for the research dissertation.

If you are admitted to the Master's scheme but subsequently are unable or not permitted to progress, you may, depending upon the number of credits attained at the time of exit, qualify for one of the following awards:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgC): No fewer than 60 credits
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgD): No fewer than 120 credits
- Master of Science (MSc): No fewer than 180 credits

Candidature for the MSc is five years for part-time students i.e. the course must be completed and dissertation submitted within five years of registering.

Learning & Teaching​

​A variety of teaching strategies are employed to reflect the following:
- the requirements of the particular topic
- the existence of background experience within the group
- the level and type of study required at level 7

Lectures are the most prevalent teaching method for the introduction to module material, where the major function is to provide a basic framework, to generate interest in the subject concerned and to explain complex points. Lectures are complemented by tutorial sessions designed to encourage a more detailed examination of issues. Students are issued, in their module handbook, with a programme schedule of topics to be covered in lectures and supporting tutorials for all subjects, along with lists of references to guide their supplementary reading. The VLE will also host supporting materials.

Tutorials and related small group work is an important part of teaching and learning. It encourages the depth of discussion and application appropriate to higher degree work. The major aim is to develop skills related to thinking, discussion and presentation of information. It helps to develop analytical and critical appraisal skills.

Practical Work/Demonstration sessions in certain modules, such as Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques, Molecular Biology and the Dissertation, complement and extend the theoretical aspects of study and help to develop the students' skills of investigation, analysis, critical evaluation and reflection.

Case Studies are used throughout the programme as a means of encouraging students to apply their theoretical knowledge of biomedical science to real patients and thus take a holistic view of diagnostic medicine. Real cases are used and students are encouraged to integrate knowledge from a number of modules and to reflect on the possible outcomes
In addition to the contact hours per modules (approx. 40 hours per 20 credit module) the student will be expected to undertake a certain number of student led hours (approx. 160 per 20 credit module) to achieve an overall 200 hours of student effort per 20 credit module.

- Academic Support
Students are supported at each stage of learning and assessment. The Programme Director is responsible for overall academic management of the programme and support for the student. Module Leaders are responsible for academic guidance and support for each module offered and for academic feedback on student progress. The Project Manager is responsible for all the process regarding the project work and the dissertation. Personal tutorials will be arranged with your Personal tutor throughout the programme, and if you are experiencing any difficulties with your study for example problems with coursework or preparation for examinations, then there will always be a member of staff - the Programme Director, Module Leader or personal tutor available to assist you.

Assessment

It is recognised that assessment is a necessary part of an evaluation of a student's suitability for an award and involves testing and developing the higher-level cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. For this reason, assessment is designed to measure the extent to which the student is able to satisfy the intended learning outcome of each module. The learning outcomes are assessed within the modules through a variety of methods including:
- unseen examinations
- essays
- practical based laboratory exercises
- laboratory reports
- case studies
- poster presentation
- case study presentation
- abstract writing and journal article reviews

Time limited examinations are seen as an end of module check on student academic attainment in certain modules where a detailed understanding of contemporary scientific thinking, often research lead, is deemed to be an essential currency.

In addition, assignments are used either in addition to or as an alternative to written examinations in certain modules where they best reflect breadth of understanding.

The assessment schedule for the taught modules will be supplied by the programme director at the beginning of the programme. The module leader will supply the assessment titles and guidelines/criteria to undertake the assignments and provide feedback to the students.

Employability & Careers​

The course will prepare you for the next stage of your career, whether pursuing further research, or professional study, or entering employment in the field of Biomedical Science. The course will also enhance the career prospects of those aspiring to middle and senior management positions within the NHS Pathology Service and the commercial sector.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses Online. Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses Online

Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for delivering innovative learning, we currently offer a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. These Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine courses are one-of-a-kind and have been developed to holistically address the approach to vascular disease.

Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas; this fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine courses are aimed at GPs, Secondary Care Trainees in Diabetes, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry, Allied Health Professionals and Practice Nurses running CV clinics who wish to develop their skills in this area of work.

The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Our Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine has been developed for GPs, Secondary Care Trainees in Diabetes, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry, Allied Health Professionals and Practice Nurses running CV clinics who wish to develop their skills in this area of work. Our course is pioneering and focuses on preventative cardiovascular medicine rather than on cardiology. You will be one of the first to attain a recognised qualification in this area.

* Diploma MSc has a Commercial Participator Relationship with HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity. Diploma MSc pays an introductory fee to HEART UK Trading Company Ltd for every student accepted on the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course who has been recommended by HEART UK. Registration number 03679100 (which gift aids all of its taxable profits to HEART UK) to help raise the awareness of the risks of raised cholesterol. http://www.heartuk.org.uk.

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

qualification certificates
one written reference
English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

MSc

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online.

Applicants can also apply for our MSc qualification as a two-year course (undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in their first year).

Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

qualification certificates
one written reference

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Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases. Read more

Our MSc in Clinical Biochemistry will give you a thorough grounding in a discipline that deals with the clinical analysis of body fluids and other biological material to aid the diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of diseases.

Clinical biochemists are typically clinical scientists who work in hospital laboratories providing advice and interpretation of analytical results to other healthcare professionals such as clinicians, general practitioners and nurses.

They are also involved in the development of new analytical methods and improvement of clinical services, including quality assurance and audit. 

Through this MSc, you will gain a core knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major organs and endocrine systems, as well as more specialist areas such as paediatric biochemistry and drug monitoring.

You will also develop a core knowledge and understanding of clinical disorders and how biochemical parameters and laboratory methods are used for the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients.

Aims

We aim to give you:

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

Special features

Innovative teaching

We utilise mobile technology in our teaching by providing you with an iPad for you to use throughout your studies. You will benefit from interactive teaching environments that simulate the clinical laboratory where you will apply your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life clinical case scenarios.

Laboratory research experience

You have the option to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory conducting research to present in your dissertation.

Professional teaching and learning

Most of the course is taught by NHS professionals working in the field of clinical biochemistry. You will also learn alongside students from a variety of health science backgrounds within pathology, helping you to integrate within a health service laboratory team in the future.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methodologies throughout the course, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive clinical case tutorials using mobile technology and iPads. Some of these will be delivered online.

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

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as MCQs, ECQs, written and verbal presentations.

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

Course unit details

The units that form part of the MSc are listed in the Course unit list further down the page.

There are also two PGCert pathways available, each comprising the following units:

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Foundation)

  • Analytical Methods (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)

PGCert Clinical Biochemistry (Advanced)

  • Diseases of Major Organs (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition and Drug Monitoring (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Biochemistry (15 credits)

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

You will undertake your theoretical learning on the main University campus.

Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

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

Career opportunities

Our course attracts a wide range of students from a bioscience and medical background from home and abroad.

Many students study this course as a springboard for further academic research or as a stepping stone before applying for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

The course may also help individuals with their own career progression if they are already working within a clinical laboratory. The course also attracts intercalating medical students and professionals who may wish to specialise in clinical biochemistry/chemical pathology.

Accrediting organisations

This course is approved by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry.



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Medical Life Sciences is an English-taught two-year Master’s programme in molecular disease research and bridges the gap between the sciences and medical studies. Read more
Medical Life Sciences is an English-taught two-year Master’s programme in molecular disease research and bridges the gap between the sciences and medical studies. You will get to know clinical research from scratch; you will learn how to investigate diseases/disease mechanisms both in ancient and contemporary populations, how to translate research results into prevention, diagnosis and therapies of diseases.
From the basics of medical science to lab experiments for the Master’s thesis, individual scientific training takes first priority. Experimental work in state-of-the-art research labs is essential in Medical Life Sciences; clinical internships, data analysis, lectures, seminars and electives complement the Medical Life Sciences curriculum.
Evolutionary biology will train you in thinking from cause to consequence. Molecular paleopathology and ancient DNA research tell you a lot about disease through human history. These insights help to fight disease today, which is why evolutionary medicine is becoming a cutting-edge research field. Whether you want to focus on ancient populations and paleopathology or on specific disease indications nowadays, here you get the tools and skills to do both.
To lay the foundation for working in medical research, Medical Life Sciences includes courses on clinical manifestations of diseases, molecular pathology and immunology. Hands-on courses in molecular biology, bioinformatics, clinical cell biology, medical statistics, and human genetics broaden your knowledge and make the interfaces between medicine and the sciences visible. You will learn how to acquire knowledge, verify and use it.. That biomedicine has many facets to discover is the great thing that keeps students fascinated and well-equipped for finding a job in academia or the industry.

Focus Areas

From the second semester, you additionally specialise in one of the following focus areas:

INFLAMMATION takes you deep into the molecular mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases, the causal network between inflammatory processes and disease, genetics and environment. New research results for prevention, diagnosis and therapy will be presented and discussed. An internship in specialised clinics helps to see how “bed to bench side”, i.e. translational medicine, works.

EVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE looks at how interrelations between humans and their environment have led to current disease susceptibility. Why do we suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity? Is our lifestyle making us sick? Why are certain genetic variants maintained in populations despite their disease risk? Evolutionary medicine focuses on bridging the gap between evolutionary biology and medicine by considering the evolutionary origins of common diseases to help find new biomedical approaches for preventing and treating them.

ONCOLOGY delves deep into molecular research on malignant diseases, the interplay of genetics and environment, cell biology of tumours, and many other aspects. You will achieve a better understanding of unresolved problems and opportunities of current research approaches.

LONGEVITY focuses on molecular mechanisms that seem to counteract the detrimental effect of ageing. The disease resilience and metabolic stability of extraordinarily fit people well over 90 years of age are of special interest. This research is complemented by experiments on model organisms. You will also look at the molecular pathways of ageing, and which role genes and the environment play. How the intricate web of counteracting effects triggering ageing and/or longevity works stands as the central focus of this area.

Scientists and clinicians will make you familiar with these topics in lectures and seminars. You will discuss different research approaches, perspectives and the latest developments in medical research. Lab practicals in state-of-the-art research labs, a lab project, and the experimental Master's thesis will provide ample opportunity to be involved in real-time research projects.

Electives

To widen your perspective, you choose one of three electives designed to complement the focus areas. The schedules are designed so that you can take part in more than one elective if places are available. Tracing Disease through Time looks at disease etiology by analysing biomolecules, diets and pathogens in archaeological specimens. You may opt for Epidemiology to immerse yourself in epidemiological approaches with special emphasis on cardiovascular diseases, one of the greatest health threats in modern societies. Another option is Molecular Imaging, which gives you insight into the world of high-tech imaging in medical research.

Additional electives such as Neurology, Tissue Engineering or Epithelial Barrier Functions and Soft Skills courses such as Project Management, Career Orientation and English Scientific Writing are integrated into the curriculum.

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The Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) considers applications for a 1-year MPhil by research from both basic scientists and clinical trainees. Read more
The Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) considers applications for a 1-year MPhil by research from both basic scientists and clinical trainees.

Students undertake a specific research project, typically of 12 months duration, under the supervision of a principal investigator at MRI and submit a dissertation which is examined for the MPhil in Medical Sciences.

Before making a formal application, applicants should contact individual Investigators whose work interests them to discuss potential projects and availability of funding.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/cvcbmpmds

Course detail

Students receive training in scientific laboratory skills and methods appropriate to the project. Graduate students also attend regular weekly seminars given by local, national and international speakers, and are encouraged to attend appropriate training courses provided by the University Graduate School of Life Sciences. They have opportunities to present their work at group meetings and seminars within the Metabolic Research Laboratories as well as at conferences and symposia.

There is an energetic student community at the MRL that organises regular events such as a student journal club and an annual student symposium.

Format

The MPhil programme offered by the Department of Clinical Biochemistry in the Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) is a supervised, 1-year, laboratory-based research course, with each student conducting their MPhil project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor. The course is entirely by research.

Students should expect to receive regular supervision from their principal supervisor, ideally at least once a month, and formal feedback each term.

Students also attend regular lab meetings and will present their work at the annual MRL Student Symposium.

Students should expect to receive regular feedback on experimental progress and feedback during writing the MPhil thesis from their principal supervisor. Feedback on poster presentation is provided following the annual student symposium.

Assessment

The MPhil in Medical Science is examined by dissertation and viva. The dissertation must be no longer than 20,000 words and must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

Continuing

Continuation from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor, full funding and resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and the Degree Committee.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Metabolic Research Laboratories have no regular sources of funding to support MPhil students.

Applications can be considered from students with a good prospect of securing their own funding, for example, from GATES awards, awards from the University Trusts, and other personal scholarships.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fundingds

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Medical Molecular Biology is the application of modern molecular biology and genetics in medical research, medical sciences and the clinic has led to huge advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Read more
Medical Molecular Biology is the application of modern molecular biology and genetics in medical research, medical sciences and the clinic has led to huge advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Students choosing to study the Medical Molecular Biology with Genetics program will enjoy a modular, but highly integrated course that delivers the theoretical knowledge and extensive practical laboratory experience required for progress on to PhD studies in medical molecular research and/or employment in molecular diagnostics or medical sciences industries.

Successful graduates will also have attained transferable skills required to independently adapt and optimize scientific methodologies, critically interpret and evaluate self-generated and published scientific literature and data and undertake a predominantly self-reliant approach to laboratory based work, study and research.

Modules:

Research Skills
Medical Biotechnology
Human Molecular Genetics
Human Immunology & Disease
Laboratory Molecular Research
Stem Cells, Disease & Therapy
Applied Anatomy & Histopathology
Research projects are run in the Robert Edwards laboratory and the laboratories of the North West Cancer Research Institute.

Semester 3 consists of a 60-credit laboratory based research project and dissertation.

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The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of the life sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and disease. Read more

The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of the life sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and disease.

The programme has been designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. It unites theoretical knowledge with practical skills, as is most clearly seen in the individual experimental projects.

The master’s programme in Medical Biosciences at LiU received the highest rating in the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s assessment of Sweden’s biomedicine programmes, with five of the evaluated learning outcomes being appraised as Very High Quality and the sixth as High Quality - – the best result of all international biomedicine master’s programmes in Sweden.

Programme description

The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of the life sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and disease.

The programme has been designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. It unites theoretical knowledge with practical skills, as is most clearly seen in the individual experimental projects.

Courses are taught using several formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups that apply problem-based learning (PBL), laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology, while PBL promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, elective courses offer individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases the employability of all students within the life sciences. Different areas such as cardiovascular biology, stem cells and applied regenerative medicine, medical genetics and neurobiology are covered. Scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes and multidisciplinary collaboration are given particular emphasis, in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in biomedicine.

Individual projects in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge are key parts of the programme. During the first year, the project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences will allow students to work with on a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one‑term degree project (master’s thesis) is carried out. Both projects are chosen in collaboration with a supervisor, and the student’s aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental work and produce a written report that places the work in the context of current knowledge in the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University or at another Swedish or international university, in industry or in the public sector.

Double‑degree programme

An extra feature of the programme is the possibility for a limited number of students to study in Vienna, Austria, during the second year. Apart from the experience, an additional degree is earned - – Master of Science in Engineering. Studies at the University of Applied Sciences, Technikum Wien, within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme have a strong link to industry.



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

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

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

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

Facilities

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

Teaching

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

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

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

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

- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist

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

Work and Study Placements

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

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The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of subject areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and sports sciences. Read more

The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of subject areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and sports sciences. The research activities within the Department are supported by state of the art analytical and computer facilities.

Upon acceptance to a programme, students normally register initially for an MPhil, and at the end of the first year, the student is examined by viva voce for consideration for transfer to PhD. Upon completion of the Doctoral training, students are ideally equipped to work in an academic or industrial research environment.

Recent research project topics include:

  • Solar energy conversion
  • Synthesis of biologically active molecules
  • Fragment-based drug discovery
  • In situ monitoring of chemical reactions
  • Treatment of contaminated soils by accelerated carbonation
  • Production of novel silicate-based sorbents
  • Integrated production of biodiesel from oilseed rape
  • Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases
  • Bioremediation and composting technologies
  • Expert cognition and training.

Multidisciplinary options

The programme is designed collaboratively between four of our departments, offering a variety of choice:

  • Medway School of Pharmacy
  • Natural Resources Institute (NRI)
  • Life and Sports Science
  • Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science.

Natural Resources Institute

The NRI is a unique multi-disciplinary academic centre within the university. It has an established reputation for delivering high quality research, advice, teaching and training in support of global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction. NRI projects include partnerships with the UK Government's Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Medway School of Pharmacy

Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Kent University. It offers specialist teaching in pharmacy, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry. Because of its close knit and well supported approach, it scores consistently high marks in the National Student Survey each year.

Department of Life and Sports Science

In our Life and Sports Science department you can specialise in a range of topics, such as medical biochemistry, medical physiology or sports science (with professional football coaching), depending on your interest. Some subjects, like biomedical sciences, are vocational and accredited by professional bodies, while subjects like biological sciences provide entry to teaching and research.

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences

Teaching in this department is underpinned by exciting, world-class research activities in all areas. The department has strong research and enterprise interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, bioactive materials, chemometrics, land remediation, geographical information systems and environmental conservation and chemistry.

Location

The Medway campus is only an hour from central London, based on the Kent coast in a county known as the Garden of England. It's two stops away from Europe by train, and less than an hour from the local and global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Aesica. There are several hospitals locally for NHS-based placements and a wide range of private and research laboratories such as those found in Kent Science Park. We create opportunities for students to engage with these organisations. 

You can also explore the areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Darland Banks, preserved by the Kent Wildlife Trust, and Cliffe Pools, protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Medway is an excellent place to study biology.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop, create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • Systematically acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • Show a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Assessment

Students are assessed through their thesis and an oral examination.

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in industry, government and academia.



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This Biomedical Sciences degree offers research training for students in order to gain all the required Biomedical Sience entry requirements to proceed to a PhD. Read more
This Biomedical Sciences degree offers research training for students in order to gain all the required Biomedical Sience entry requirements to proceed to a PhD. It is largely based on individual research projects rather than coursework, and allows you to specialise in a particular area of study.

Why this programme

◾Ranked world top 100 for Biological Sciences
◾The Masters in Biomedical Science provides training in a wide range of modern molecular biology techniques required to pursue a research career.
◾You will gain valuable practical research experience by using the skills and techniques acquired during the programme to complete two extensive research projects.
◾The Biomedical Science programme is distinctive in that students complete two different extensive research projects of their choice, allowing them to acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills directly relevant to the study of human disease.
◾If you are aiming to study for a higherBiomedical Science degree , this programme is designed for you.
◾If you want to enter the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this programme provides excellent training; and is an ideal introduction for overseas students who may wish to proceed to PhD biomedical science studies in the UK.
◾You can choose to specialise within a particular discipline or area, which can be important for career development, see programme structure below for more information.

Programme structure

The overall aims of the programme are:
◾to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in laboratory research.
◾to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced techniques used in modern biomedical sciences research.
◾to provide students with the opportunity to practice research skills in the laboratory by completing two extensive research projects.

MRes students have the opportunity to specialise in a particular discipline or area, which can be important for their career development. The specialisations are:
◾Biotechnology
◾Cancer Studies
◾Cardiovascular Studies
◾Cell Engineering
◾Integrative Mammalian Biology SFC funded places available

◾Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
◾Molecular Genetics
◾Neuroscience
◾Proteomics

To qualify for a specialisation, students must select two research projects in a cognate research area.

Research projects

The central and most important part of the MRes is the two research projects that students undertake. Students choose both projects themselves in the subject areas that interest them and that will allow them to follow the career path they wish to follow. The MRes programme has a huge number of projects which students can choose from, across a wide spectrum of biomedical science.

The following are examples of the types of projects offered, to illustrate the range of subject areas.

• Making blood from human embryonic stem cells

• A gene-microarray based approach to the detection of recombinant human erythropoietin doping in endurance athletes

• Neuropathology of trypanosomiasis

• Development of a new technique for stem cell transfection

• Cloning and analysis of an inflammatory factor in cancer and autoimmune disease

• Analysis of viral induced cancer

Each year students have about 100 different projects to choose from and all students find research topics that interest them.

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What is the Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology all about?. The programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary fields of biophysics and biochemistry, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised. Read more

What is the Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology all about?

The programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary fields of biophysics and biochemistry, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised: the determination of molecular structures, molecular and supramolecular modelling, the spectroscopy of biomolecules, the physical modelling of complex systems and the study of these models, the transport through ion channels in membranes, and the study of molecular interactions and physical principles in vitro, in complex biological machineries and in the living cell.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Structure

Students may select one of two tracks - Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology. The track Biochemistry and Biotechnology has three orientations: Physiological, Molecular and Cellular. 

Alternatively, students who are not considering a research career can opt for Applied Biophysics.

Elective Courses 

Students choose courses from an additional list, which are different from their research orientation. Students may select courses from the entire programme offered by the university if they have the approval of the programme director. Students have to make sure that the entire programme of the master contains at least 120 credits.

International

We encourage students to complete part of their Master's training at another European university, preferably during the second year, when they can work on their Master's thesis or take specific subjects at one of the universities in our Erasmus exchange programme.

Department

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence in teaching and research and is comprised of four divisions with diverse research activities ranging from molecular and physiological research at the level of cells and organisms to ecological research on populations, communities, and ecosystems. Although many research groups conduct in-depth analyses on specific model organisms, as a whole the department studies an impressive diversity of lifeforms.

Our research is internationally renowned and embedded in well-established worldwide collaborations with other universities, research institutes, and companies. Our primary goal is to obtain insight into patterns and processes at different levels of biological organisation and to understand the basis and evolution of the mechanisms that allow organisms to adapt to their constantly changing environment. This knowledge often leads to applications with important economic or societal benefits. The department attracts many students and hosts approximately 250 staff members.

Objectives

Upon completing the programme, the graduate will have acquired:

  • thorough understanding of the properties of biomolecules, their functions and interactions with other molecules at a cellular and higher level, and particularly their structure-function relationship;
  • profound knowledge of recent developments in disciplines such as biophysical modelling, bioinformatics, genome and proteome analysis, and ability to integrate this knowledge and to apply it to new problems;
  • abilities to thoroughly familiarise oneself in a reasonably short time with several subject areas of biophysics and biochemistry, and to keep oneself informed of relevant developments in the field of study; this implies the abilities to consult and understand relevant literature, to acquire new insights and to formulate new hypothesis based on these sources;
  • abilities to independently identify and analyse physical and molecular aspects of a biophysical problem, to plan a strategy for the solution and to propose and perform appropriate experiments;
  • appropriate attitudes to work in a team environment and to make a constructive contribution to scientific research at an international level, at the university, in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries, at research institutions or public services;
  • abilities to make a systematic and critical report of personal biophysical or (applied) biochemical research and to present this to an audience of specialists;
  • attitudes of continued attention to the risks associated with the conducted experiments, with respect to safety and the environment, and to thoroughly analyse these risks.

Career perspectives

A range of career options are available in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, where structure determination, modelling and the direct study of molecular interactions in the living cell play a major role. Because of the growing importance of the bioscience industry in today's society and the increasing need for sophisticated high-tech instruments and research methods, the demand for biophysicists and biochemists is expected to exceed supply in the near future.

Graduates may also pursue a career in medical sciences research or academic research. A considerable number of graduates, particularly those who choose for a research route, go on to undertake a PhD at one of our associated research laboratories.



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Develop a professional level understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of human health. Study the specialist area of medical and industrial biotechnology. Read more

Develop a professional level understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of human health. Study the specialist area of medical and industrial biotechnology.

You’ll study the molecular and genetic basis of human health and disease, using biotechnical methods to advance our current research. You’ll learn how the Human Genome Project has broadened our understanding of the biochemical and genetic basis of several diseases.

The course will focus on the rapid developments in the fields of cancer and metastasis, neurodegenerative conditions, microbial pathogenesis and immune evasion science. You’ll be able to select from a diverse range of topics and projects to shape your studies.

Your studies will help you develop the skills you need to move into a wide range of careers in the sciences or to take on further research. Our graduates have an excellent employment record with companies and academic institutions across the globe. Graduates have moved into roles with employers including Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services in the UK, National University of Singapore in Malaysia, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2018/taught-postgraduate-master-s-courses/msc-medical-biosciences/

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

- 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading

- Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

The aim of each of our MSc programmes in Biology and Biochemistry is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills, all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences.

For further information please visit our department pages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/)

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Recent employers include:

Morvus-Technology Ltd

Janssen-Cilag

Royal United Hospital, Bath

Ministry of Defence

State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University

AbCam

Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital

BBSRC

Lonza

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/

Find out how to apply here- http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/



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