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Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique grouping of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. Read more
Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique grouping of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional courses are offered in palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

Course content

The programme is designed for students preparing for doctoral research in evolutionary medicine, or for those who would like to apply an evolutionary perspective to their work in health. It is a popular intercalated degree for medical students.

The course is suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in anthropology, psychology, biology, health sciences, nutrition or a related discipline, and for health professionals.

Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We currently offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique grouping of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional modules previously offered included palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

The full-time course runs for a full year, from October to September. Students attend classes between October and December (Michaelmas Term) and January and March (Epiphany), with further teaching and assessment in April and May (Easter Term), and then work, under the supervision of a specialist supervisor, to complete a dissertation in September. Students take three core taught modules, designed to provide a foundation in evolutionary theory, quantitative methods used in evolutionary medicine, and an introduction to evolutionary medicine. There is also a range of optional modules available to allow students to focus on areas of particular interest.

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master’s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. In recognition of the emphasis we place on independent research skills, the dissertation is a 60 credit module.

Compulsory modules:
-Dissertation
-Evolutionary Theory
-Evolutionary and Ecological Topics in Medicine and Health
-Statistical Analysis in Anthropology

Previous optional modules have included:
-Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology
-Evolutionary Perspectives on Western Diseases
-Public Health Anthropology
-Anthropology of Global Health
-Cultural Evolution
-Evolutionary Psychology
-Themes in Palaeopathology
-Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproductive and Infant Health
-Foreign language option.

Please see http://www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/taughtprogrammes/evolutionarymedicine for further information on modules.

Learning and Teaching

Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique group of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional courses are offered in palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

The course runs for a full year, from October to September. Students attend classes between October and December (Michaelmas Term) and January and March (Epiphany), with further teaching and assessment in April (Easter Term), and then work, under the supervision of a specialist supervisor, to complete a dissertation in September. Students take three core taught modules, designed to provide a foundation in evolutionary theory, quantitative methods used in evolutionary medicine, and an introduction to evolutionary medicine. There is also a range of optional modules available to allow students to focus on areas of particular interest.

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master’s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. In recognition of the emphasis we place on independent research skills, the dissertation is a 60 credit module.

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Our master’s program appeals to those interested in a more patient-centered approach to helping people achieve and maintain optimal wellness through focus on the whole person, rather than simply their symptoms. Read more
Our master’s program appeals to those interested in a more patient-centered approach to helping people achieve and maintain optimal wellness through focus on the whole person, rather than simply their symptoms.

Highlights:

- Accredited program offered in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
- Rigorous, clinically-applicable curriculum that is continually reviewed and updated with new research and findings
- 100 percent online format with flexible schedule options
- Engaging online learning experience featuring distinguished and dedicated instructors and an expert support network to reinforce clinical and academic skills
- Program satisfies educational requirements to sit for many national nutrition certification exams

Don’t miss your chance to enroll in our spring term!

MISSION

The mission of the UWS master’s in human nutrition and functional medicine (HNFM) program is to prepare learners to serve as outstanding health care clinicians, consultants, educators, administrators and researchers in the field of human nutrition and functional medicine.

PROGRAM

Our clinically-oriented human nutrition and functional medicine program is the only fully accredited master’s degree in functional medicine, having been granted regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the highest level of academic accreditation available in the U.S. This program is 100 percent online as offered as a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the organization which founded and developed the key functional medicine concepts used today.

Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered and systems-oriented approach to helping people achieve and maintain excellent health. This is accomplished primarily through natural methods, with diet and nutrition as a central focus. It is a forefront model for health care practice that seeks to address the causes of disease and dysfunction rather than suppressing symptoms. Founded on a holistic view of health, functional medicine delves deep into the biochemical and genetic individuality of each patient.

Why choose UWS for a master’s in nutrition?

This program includes advanced instruction in clinical nutrition, similar to other master’s level nutrition programs, but it goes far beyond by also presenting extensive educational content on functional medicine principles and practices derived from the Institute for Functional Medicine. These include important interdisciplinary and evidence-based perspectives, patient assessments and clinical interventions designed to enhance the function of the whole person.

It is primarily a clinically focused degree, with emphasis on treating individual or multiple conditions and their risk factors using dietary and nutritional interventions. Every course contains elements of clinical assessment and diagnosis. There is also a strong focus on wellness promotion and general health in order to meet the clinician’s primary goal of preventing disease and metabolic dysfunction before they occur.

SCHEDULE

The program consists of 50 quarter-credits of graduate coursework (33 semester credits) and can be completed in seven quarters (under two years) if taken at the recommended pace of 7-8 credits (usually two courses) per quarter, though students may move more quickly or more slowly through the program. We recognize that the life situations of our students vary considerably in terms of their family, employment and community commitments, thus we are flexible with regard to speed and prefer that students take the time they need in order to learn the material well.

Additionally, it is possible to take a leave of absence for a quarter or more if needed. As long as the intended schedule is communicated with the registrar, it is possible to extend the program to better suit a student’s individual needs.

Classes are admitted twice per year, with Fall (October) and Spring (April) starts.

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Our PGCert in Translational Medicine provides high-quality training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare. Read more
Our PGCert in Translational Medicine provides high-quality training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare.

With advances in technology, graduates are now faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research.
Employers demand skillsets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and this PGCert is designed to provide this breadth of training.

The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools.

Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit.

This course provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

The training in metabolic techniques is novel for a UK course, and teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is unique.

Teaching and learning

The postgraduate certificate requires the completion of four taught units delivered using a variety of face-to-face, workshop and e-learning approaches. Each unit lasts the equivalent of two weeks and consists of a package of lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Career opportunities

The aim of the PGCert is to give you a thorough knowledge and understanding of the key technologies used in the field of translational medicine.

This will help you to obtain laboratory-based positions or progress your career if you are already employed within academia or the pharmaceutical industry.

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There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and clinicians need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Read more
There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and clinicians need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Our program is developed and delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health. It provides understanding of and methods to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups, such as pregnant women.

This course will provide you with a unique opportunity to study with your peers and network with clinical and academic leaders. We adopt a case‑based format and offer online tutorials to facilitate discussion and analysis.

This degree is suitable for medical practitioners working in primary care, emergency medicine, paediatrics and those planning to train in endocrinology.

Face-to-face teaching is delivered in the University’s new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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This taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. Read more
This taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to specialise in physical activity and health, sports performance, or sports medicine.

Why this programme

◾This is the only Msc in Sports Science in Scotland that merges Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport and Exercise Science within a single degree programme providing a broad range of options across these disciplines.
◾You will benefit from access to the facilities and resources of the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park – a custom-built, state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.
◾We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
◾The University has state-of-the-art facilities to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. These include advanced exercise laboratories, metabolic investigation suites and a molecular biochemistry lab. We are the best equipped exercise science group for laboratory facilities in Scotland, making the University of Glasgow the perfect place to study an MSc in Sports Science.
◾The University has close links with a number of regional/national sporting bodies and a number of professional sporting clubs. There may be opportunities for internships (in place of a research project) for some students.
◾You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in lab classes, journal clubs, presentations and self-directed learning. The programme is made up of 60 compulsory credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X,Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits)

Core Courses
◾Evidence Based Medicine (20 credits)
◾Medical Statistics (10 credits)
◾Physiological Exercise Testing 1 - Aerobics Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)
◾Physiological Exercise Testing 2 - Strength, power and intensity domains (10 credits)
◾Human physiological & metabolic assessment (10 credits)

Optional Courses

Choose one X option, one Y option and one Z option.

Option courses X
◾Physical activity and health: public health, policy & behaviour changes
◾Sports injuries: scientific basis of prevention and rehabilitation.
◾Clinical Sports Injuries

Option courses Y
◾Physical activity and health: biological mechanisms
◾Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance
◾Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice

Option courses Z
◾Cellular and molecular exercise physiology
◾The world class athlete: nature, nurture and maximising performance.
◾Exercise in clinical populations

Dissertation/research project

Career prospects

The flexibility of this programme will provide you with many career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health-promotion or in sports science support. A number of our graduates are employed in senior sports science positions with national sporting bodies and professional sports clubs. This programme also allows doctors and physiotherapists to aid their knowledge; for science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. It also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD level research.

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There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and health professionals need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Read more
There is a global epidemic of diabetes and obesity and health professionals need to understand these diseases and be equipped to manage them. Our program is developed and delivered by international leaders in the field of diabetes and metabolic health. It provides understanding of and methods to manage diabetes, obesity and associated cardiovascular complications in the general population as well as particular groups, such as pregnant women.

This course will provide you with a unique opportunity to study with your peers and network with clinical and academic leaders. We adopt a case‑based format and offer online tutorials to facilitate discussion and analysis.

This degree is suited to pharmacists and nurses with an interest in the field.

Face-to-face teaching is delivered in the University’s new state-of-the-art Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.

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This online taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. Read more
This online taught MSc in Sports Science is designed to provide you with an advanced, research-led programme of study in sport and exercise science and medicine. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to specialise in physical activity and health, sports performance, or sports medicine.

Why this programme

◾This is the only MSc in Sports Science in Scotland that merges Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport and Exercise Science within a single degree programme providing a broad range of options across these disciplines.
◾You will benefit from access to the expertise of the staff at the National Stadium Sports, Health and Injury Clinic at Hampden Park – a custom-built, state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.
◾We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
◾The University has state-of-the-art facilities to study performance and health aspects of sport and exercise science, from the whole body to the molecular level. These include advanced exercise laboratories, metabolic investigation suites and a molecular biochemistry lab. We are the best equipped exercise science group for laboratory facilities in Scotland, making the University of Glasgow the perfect place to study an MSc in Sports Science.
◾The University has close links with a number of regional/national sporting bodies and a number of professional sporting clubs. There may be opportunities for internships (in place of a research project) for some students.
◾You will have access to a number of guest lecture staff providing interactive sessions in their specialist fields.

[[Programme structure
The course will involve online lectures, seminars and tutorials and during a residential week at the end of year 1 you will take part in lab classes. You will also take part in journal clubs, presentations and self-directed learning. The programme is made up of 60 compulsary credits and 3 x 20 credit options (X,Y and Z) plus a research project (60 credits).

Core Courses

Evidence Based Medicine (20 credits)

Medical Statistics (10 credits)

Physiological Exercise Testing 1 - Aerobics Fitness and Physical Activity (10 credits)

Physiological Exercise Testing 2 - Strength, power and intensity domains (10 credits)

Human physiological & metabolic assessment (10 credits)

Optional Courses

Choose one X option, one Y option and one Z option:

Option courses - X

Physical activity and health: public health, policy & behaviour changes

Sports injuries: scientific basis of preventation and rehabilitation

Clinical Sports Injuries (also involves a short residential period at the end of year 2)

Option courses - Y


Physical activity and health: biological mechanisms


Ergogenic Aids for Exercise Performance


Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice


Option courses - Z


Cellular and molecular exercise physiology


The world class athlete: nature, nurture and maximising performance


Exercise in clinical populations


Dissertation/research project

Career prospects

The flexibility of this programme will provide you with many career opportunities. These include working in clinical exercise, health-promotion or in sports science support. A number of our graduates are employed in senior sports science positions with national sporting bodies and professional sports clubs. This programme also allows doctors and physiotherapists to aid their knowledge; for science graduates, there are opportunities in rehabilitation and higher education. It also provides an excellent basis if you wish to pursue PhD level research.

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The course combines an introduction to the theory behind and technologies currently used in drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, role of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints, preclinical safety assessment, first-time-in-human studies, clinical investigation paradigms, research governance and medical statistics. Read more
The course combines an introduction to the theory behind and technologies currently used in drug discovery, pharmacokinetics, role of biomarkers and surrogate endpoints, preclinical safety assessment, first-time-in-human studies, clinical investigation paradigms, research governance and medical statistics.

Suitable for all medical disciplines, but of particular interest to Cardiovascular/Respiratory, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Metabolic medicine, the programme is highly suitable for graduates in medicine who wish to pursue a career as clinical academics and for medical professionals in 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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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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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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Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research. Read more

Understanding the molecular basis of disease

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

Only by dissecting the molecular mechanisms that trigger and advance diseases and dysfunctions can we design effective treatments and medicines. The Research Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) offers you an intensive two-year programme that provides you with in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms. In addition, you will acquire skills such as academic writing and presentation skills and learn how to successfully apply for grants and market yourself.

Passion for molecular biomedical research

As an MMD student you will be part of the unique research community that is found within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). Like you, RIMLS researchers have a strong passion for research. They will assist you throughout the programme with guidance and expertise, supporting you in acquiring knowledge and developing excellent research skills. The RIMLS is one of the research institutes of the Radboud university medical center, so their research is closely linked to the clinic and thus aimed at translating results into treatments for patients. Examples include the translation of insights into the biology of antigen-presenting cells into new immunological cancer therapies and understanding the mutations underlying blindness into the development of gene therapies for patients with inherited blindness.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

Why study Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at Radboud University?

- You will follow a broad biomedical programme that allows you to specialise in your specific field-of-interest.
- You will have intense daily contact with established researchers.
- You will participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small group of highly motivated national and international students.
- A personal mentor will help you to reflect on your study programme and career perspective.
- You will do two 6-months research internships one of which will be abroad.
- There is a 92% pass rate of MMD students within the two years.
- International MMD students can apply for scholarships from the Radboudumc Study Fund.

Career prospects

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Most of our graduates will enter an international PhD programme to continue with research in academia or industry.

PhD opportunities

The MSc Molecular Mechanisms of Disease aims to provide all skills and knowledge necessary to rapidly enter an international PhD programme. In the Netherlands and many places in Europe, it is impossible to start a PhD programme directly after obtaining a Bachelor's degree. This research Master’s programme seriously increases your chances for obtaining an excellent PhD training position by giving you a mature perspective and a broad range of experimental approaches. In fact, over 90% of our graduates has started a (funded) PhD project.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) recruits about fifty PhD students a year. MMD graduates are excellent candidates for these positions. Furthermore, the Radboud university medical centre offers the opportunity for its research-oriented Master's students to write their own research project. The best candidates are awarded a fully funded four-year PhD studentship at the department of their choice.

Our approach to this field

The molecular regulation of cellular processes is crucial for human development, and maintenance of health throughout life. It's evident that cellular malfunction is the cause of common multi-factorial diseases such as diabetes, immune and inflammatory disorders, renal disease, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases as well as obesity and cancer.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) Graduate School plays a key role in developing new therapies for the fight against such diseases. RIMLS aims to improve diagnostics and develop new treatments by generating basic knowledge in the molecular biomedical life sciences and translating it into clinical application and experimental research in patients.

The RIMLS – which is part of Radboud university medical center – offers an exclusive Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. Top researchers and clinicians teach the programme.

Key themes

The MMD programme is organised along three major educational themes which reflect the main research areas present in the RIMLS and which each include both a fundamental and a disease-related aspect:
- Theme 1 Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine / Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy
- Theme 2 Metabolism, Transport and Motion / Metabolic Disorders
- Theme 3 Cell Growth and Differentiation / Developmental Disorders and Malignancies

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

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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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Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline. Read more

Our MSc Human Nutrition programme will develop your scientific research skills to an advanced level and fuel your interest in this fascinating and vital discipline.

You will develop a deep understanding of current issues in the field of human nutrition – all taught elements emphasise the evidence-based links between diet, health and disease, and are underpinned by a full appreciation for the nutritional mechanisms involved.

Our excellent links with industry will help you to pursue a successful and rewarding career. The programme also forms an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry following graduation.

MSc students may apply for Associate Nutritionist status on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and an original research project.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. All modules described are compulsory.

Who is this programme for?

Our MSc programme caters for the following applicants:

  • Surrey biosciences graduates wishing for an opportunity to convert to postgraduate study within Surrey
  • Home/EU nutrition graduates from other institutions wishing to further their nutrition training via taught postgraduate study
  • Overseas graduates with equivalent of a nutrition degree from a non-UK institution wishing to obtain a recognised UK postgraduate qualification in nutrition
  • Home/EU graduates from a related subject (for example, a biological science including biochemistry and physiology) or registrable qualification (for example, medicine, dentistry) seeking a postgraduate qualification as way of conversion into nutrition

Why choose to study Human Nutrition?

The University of Surrey has long been regarded as a UK centre of excellence for teaching in nutrition and dietetics through our long-running and successful undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Staff within the Department of Nutritional Sciences have an internationally recognised expertise in areas such as diabetes, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular risk, bone health, Vitamin D, selenium and iodine, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and energy balance.

As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by a variety of lecturers who are actively researching the topic being covered, or have a wealth of experience in that particular area.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research via a project, guided by a dedicated and experienced supervisor. Projects are available across a range of topics representing the strength and depth of the Department and wider Faculty.

You will be working alongside staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to ensure that you receive the full research experience.

This will form an excellent foundation for those MSc students wishing to pursue further education via a PhD or research post in industry.

The strong scientific element of our teaching will attract students looking for a programme of high academic quality.

Career prospects

The Department has excellent links with industry, which will help you to pursue a successful career in nutrition.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Provide a fundamental understanding of nutritional science, which takes a critical and scholarly approach to relevant theory, practice, literature and latest research findings on the importance of nutrition in diet-health- disease relationships
  • Provide new knowledge and understanding of the role of nutrition in both individual and community health
  • Discuss the role of diet in the development of disease
  • Evaluate the potential, efficacy and scope of nutritional methods in health and disease
  • Examine current knowledge of the specific roles of individual macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances on short- and long-term disease risk
  • Explore the concept of optimal nutrition in various special situations
  • Develop an understanding of research methodology in the area of Human Nutrition
  • Design, undertake, communicate and defend an original research project in nutrition
  • Meet the required standards of competency for registered nutritionists as outlined by the Association for Nutrition

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • The main principles of current human nutrition
  • The methods and approaches used for the purposes of nutritional assessment
  • Human metabolism in health and in the pathogenesis of disease
  • The main principles of public health in relation to diet and nutrition, both nationally and internationally
  • Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data or evidence and formulate conclusions
  • The application of nutrition principles to sport and exercise
  • The influence of nutrition at the molecular/genetic level
  • The therapeutic use of nutrition in the management of disease

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Find and critically evaluate scientific literature and other appropriate sources of material
  • Critically evaluate research design and the methods commonly used in nutrition research
  • Use acquired knowledge and appropriate skills to make professional judgements
  • Design relevant experiments to test formulated hypotheses

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate competence in commonly used nutrition research methodology
  • Gather, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Learn independently
  • Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both their own and in a team
  • Plan and execute an investigation/experiment, act autonomously and demonstrate originality

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means
  • Work effectively and independently on a given project or task
  • Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome.
  • Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to nutritional data
  • Use Information Technology

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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Why study at Roehampton. Study in the only programme of this kind in the UK, where you will study both the psychological and biological approaches to stress, how it induces illness, and ways to improve well-being. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • Study in the only programme of this kind in the UK, where you will study both the psychological and biological approaches to stress, how it induces illness, and ways to improve well-being.
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories such as the biomechanics laboratory, the physiology laboratory, and psychology laboratories. 

Course summary

Study how stress affects illness and examine ways to improve individual wellbeing through practical applications in stress management.

Our programme is designed for graduates in psychology and the biological sciences, and professionals from a range of backgrounds including healthcare and counselling. You will gain a robust science-based qualification in the study of stress, dealing specifically with the mechanisms by which psychological stress can induce illnesses and examining issues of measurement, prevalence and management. This is especially pertinent today as you will study occupational stress and management for people in the workplace.

Taught by leading experts in the field, you will learn about how stress medicine and psychoneuroimmunology are growth areas in the discipline. You will be able to conduct and present your research project in an area of your interest. There will be an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience by recruiting a sample group of subjects for a stress assessment. You will then produce an assessment report which will form the basis of risk assessment and guidance for intervention.

You will gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and resources for conducting research projects.

Content

In your first semester, you will develop a strong understanding how psychological states can affect physical wellbeing, in particular the role of stress in the development of various diseases, such as coronary heart disease and metabolic disorders including diabetes and mental illnesses. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the health care field and the current developments in stress management.

After the first semester, the emphasis will be on independent study, and you will undertake an in-depth piece of original research. You will learn to collect, combine and analyse data from a range of sources, making critical assessments as you progress. Hands-on experience gained in the recruitment of test group will be invaluable experience for your career in the healthcare.

Modules

Here are examples of the modules:

  • Psychometric Practical
  • Health Psychophysiology
  • Health Research Methods
  •  Communication
  • Biomedical Practical on Brain Function

Career options

Practitioners work in stress measurement and stress management, and psychophysiological work in professions associated to medicine.

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