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The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) has been established by leading international researchers and clinicians within the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as part of our MRC/Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) initiative (www.cimauk.org). Read more
The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) has been established by leading international researchers and clinicians within the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as part of our MRC/Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) initiative (http://www.cimauk.org). CIMA researchers investigate why our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles function less well as we age, and how age related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age related clinical disorders (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) can be ameliorated or prevented.

Why is the CIMA MRes unique?

The programme provides you with access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities from across the three CIMA partner sites (Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle), with teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers and clinical practitioners. As a CIMA student, you will be allied with the wider cohort of CIMA researchers, and participate in regular CIMA scientific meetings and events.

The CIMA MRes Programme

The first semester (60 credits) comprises taught modules which will ground you in current approaches and techniques to study the integrated musculoskeletal system as a whole and the effects ageing has on this system. These modules are delivered by e-learning, including live interactions with tutors and peers, online lectures and presentations and discussion forums. You will supplement the online component via self-directed learning. During the second semester, you will undertake a research module which will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a project under the expertise of supervisors based across the CIMA consortium. You will receive multidisciplinary skills training specific to your individual training needs, and have the opportunity to undertake an exchange visit at another CIMA site (e.g. to learn a particular research technique in another laboratory).

Modules

Muscle in the Integrated Musculoskeletal System (20 credits)
Biology of Ageing (20 credits)
Biology and Assessment of Skeletal Health (10 credits)
Principles of Nutrition: Relevance to Ageing(10 credits)
Research Project and Skills Training (120 credits)

Why study the CIMA MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing?

The CIMA MRes will provide you with the ability to:

• Show evidence of a systematic and comprehensive understanding of, and ability to critically appraise, core principles, current literature, techniques and paradigms within integrated musculoskeletal ageing research.
• Collect, analyse and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research data.
• Plan, manage and carry out a research project in a rigorous scientific manner within a prescribed time-frame.
• Show evidence of a range of skills, including scientific writing, oral presentation, time management, study/ experimental design, and professional development.

Whether you have a background in basic science, are a medical student or clinician, as a CIMA MRes graduate you will be highly equipped to embark on further research in musculoskeletal ageing at doctoral level, and be well placed to choose from a wide range of career options within clinical practice, academia, or within the commercial/ industrial sector.

Bursary competition for September 2015 entry

CIMA is currently offering a number of competitive bursaries for outstanding applicants (individual awards of up to £3000) towards the MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the following:

Essential
A minimum grade (or expected grade) of 2.1 in a degree in a related subject.
Enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to research in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing

Desirable
Practical laboratory experience (especially if related to the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing).
Presentation or conference attendance experience (especially if in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing)


To apply, you must submit an application to the University to apply for the MRes programme, and fill in an additional bursary application form available under the fees tab https://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/musculoskeletal-ageing-mres/fees/

The closing date for bursary applications is Monday 31st August 2015, until all bursaries have been awarded.

Interviews will be held.

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The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. Read more

Course Overview

The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is designed for students with a BSc in the life sciences or another science discipline. It is also for intercalating and qualified MBBS or BDS students. You can study the course as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

The taught component of the course includes musculoskeletal ageing specific content. This content is delivered as a series of e-learning modules provided by Newcastle University and also the CIMA partner universities of Liverpool and Sheffield. You will also receive training in general research principles and in professional and key skills.

You will also receive: training in general research principles; training in professional and key skills; peer mentoring from current CIMA PhD students.

Your research project is a major element of the course. Your project involves 24 weeks of research in an area of musculoskeletal ageing. Supervision is by expert academic researchers in your field of interest. You will also do a placement at either Liverpool University or Sheffield University. These universities are our academic partners in the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) course.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/musculoskeletal-ageing-cima-mres/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/musculoskeletal-ageing-cima-mres/#howtoapply

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Lead academic 2016. Professor Ilaria Bellantuono. This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. Read more

About the course

Lead academic 2016: Professor Ilaria Bellantuono

This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. CIMA is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the University of Liverpool and the University of Newcastle.

The course provides multidisciplinary research training on the musculoskeletal system as a whole in the context of ageing. The training has a strong focus on employability. Topics range from basic science to clinical aspects, from in vitro to in vivo models, and from the latest advances in the assessment of the musculoskeletal system to lifestyle interventions.

Although you’ll be based at Sheffield, the course involves exchange visits to the other universities.

Our study environment

You’ll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University’s other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You’ll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15–20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you’ll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you’ll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Core modules

Principles of Human Nutrition: relevance to ageing; Biology of Ageing; Biology and Assessment of Skeletal Health; Muscle in the Integrated Musculoskeletal System; Research Project.

Teaching and assessment

The taught element is online and may be taken remotely at home (live interactions will take place between 9–5pm UK time). This includes live lectures, wikis and blogs, and tutor support.

The research project involves hands-on laboratory work. It includes placements with all three universities.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by industrial partners. You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework, a mock grant proposal and a research project dissertation.

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This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age. Read more
This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age.

With rapidly changing demographics, falling birth rate and increasing life expectancy, we are an ageing population. However, healthy lifespan is not keeping pace with increased longevity and people are living longer but not necessarily in good health.

A significant contributor to ill health in old age is physical frailty and poor musculoskeletal function and health. Osteoarthritis alone affects 6 million people in the UK and the health consequences of low physical activity, in terms of years of life lost, are more significant than those of smoking.

The course is aimed at life science graduates interested in gaining an in depth understanding of the ageing process and how it specifically affects musculoskeletal function and health. It is suitable for those considering a research career as this Masters programme has a significant research component and the course is taught exclusively by active researchers in a national centre of excellence.

Designed also to appeal to allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, dieticians and those working with the elderly in a clinical context. Supplying students with an in depth understanding of musculoskeletal ageing, equipping them with practical skills to assess and research the topic and learning practical approaches to minimise the impact of ageing on this major body system are the aims of this course.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The aim of the MRes is to provide training at Masters level for intercalating medical undergraduates, medical and science graduates and career academics-in-training, so meeting regional and national demands for research oriented skills in these disciplines. Read more
The aim of the MRes is to provide training at Masters level for intercalating medical undergraduates, medical and science graduates and career academics-in-training, so meeting regional and national demands for research oriented skills in these disciplines.

A key element of the programme design is the development of relevant, appropriate research skills, in addition to a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the research process.

The programme prepares the student for doctoral research training and satisfies the criteria of the Research Councils for Master of Research training.

Programme objectives
Provide training in transferable skills, techniques, and knowledge appropriate to postgraduate research students at Masters level
Develop the capacity for individual work and teamwork in an interdisciplinary research environment
Conduct independent research through practical experience in formulating appropriate research strategies, methods, data collection and analysis via three 12-week research projects
Develop communication skills both oral and written to enable research debate (with scientific and lay audiences) and peer reviewed journal publications
Equip the student to take the first postgraduate steps leading to future roles in biomedical research in the clinical, industrial, and public sectors
Prepare the student for entry into a PhD programme.
The programme is built around the research interests of the Institutes of Ageing & Chronic Disease and Infection & Global Health and consists of eleven Programme Pathways (listed below) reflecting the world-class research being carried out in these areas within both Institutes.

Programme pathways
Clinical Infection & Global Health
Emerging & Zoonotic Infections
Eye and Vision Science
Infection Immunology
Microbial Pathogenesis
Musculoskeletal Biology
Neurological Infections
Obesity & Endocrinology
One Health
Translation Bacteriology
Veterinary Science
During the course you will undertake three 12-week research projects with academics (both clinical and non-clinical) from these Institutes. By carrying out three research projects linked to one of the pathways highlighted above, you will graduate with the pathway branding in your degree certificate, for example MRes in Clinical Sciences (Emerging & Zoonotic Infections) [or other appropriate pathway].

Alternatively, you are able to experience a broader range of research by carrying out projects across different pathways, and receive the qualification MRes in Clinical Sciences.

Further details of the academic members of staff who contribute to the MRes and the research interests of the Institutes can be found at the following websites: https://www.liv.ac.uk/infection-and-global-health/ and https://www.liv.ac.uk/ageing-and-chronic-disease/.

The programme has a modular structure and is delivered by lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and individual tuition for the research projects.

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Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Read more
Are you a health or social care professional looking to develop your key advanced practitioner knowledge and skills? You'll develop your current knowledge and expertise, linking it to contemporary literature, theory and research and apply it to your area of practice. Our range of programme optional modules, shared across a large range of named pathway awards, give you the flexibility and choice to tailor your learning to your workplace.

Key features

-Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in a setting with exciting core and optional modules.*
-Study alongside an interprofessional range of health and social care professionals from a variety of backgrounds, for example allied health professionals, nursing, medical and social care.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules in leadership and management.
-Choose from optional modules in a range of specialist areas such as management of long-term conditions (service delivery), practice education and evaluating outcomes. Specialist modules such as injection therapy can be taken as individual CPD options. Further options are also available from our named pathways.
-Complete the programme in a year, with a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Make the most of our approach to blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-A range of assessments are used across our modules, designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in their specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Pathways in this programme include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if you are not pursuing a specific pathway, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV702C Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV712 Supported Independent Study
-ADV751 Physiotherapy Practice: Supported Study
-ADV728 Safeguarding Children
-ADV754 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings (Social Workers)
-ADV727 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings
-ADV710 Pathomechanics and Rehabilitation of Gait and Balance
-ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders
-ADV745 Working in the Professional Environment with Children and Families
-ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study
-ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition
-ADV703 Occupation as the Focus of Contemporary Practice
-ADV723 Advanced Practice with Children and Families
-ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations
-ADV739 Rehabilitation: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour
-ADV756 Advanced Critical Reflection, Risk and Decision-Making
-ADV726 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice
-ADV737 Neurological Rehabilitation: Sensorimotor Disorders
-ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood
-ADV750 Occupational Therapy Practice: Supported Study
-ADV752 Social Work Practice: Supported Study
-ADV708 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Botulinum Toxin)
-ADV709 Injection Therapy for Health Professionals (Corticosteroid)
-ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation
-ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)
-ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient
-ADV735 Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
-ADV747 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
-ADV746 Children, Young People and their Families and the Legal Process
-ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups
-ADV748 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults
-ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children
-ADV753 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice (Social Workers)
-ADV758 Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
-ADV759 International Perspectives and Practice Requirements for Health and Social Care Practitioners
-ADV761 Assessment and Management of Foot and Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Conditions
-ADV760 Participation for Children and Young People
-ADV762 Recognition and Reduction of Risk to the Lower Limb in the Patient with Diabetes
-ADV764 Leading Professionals, Managing Aspirations for Self and Others
-ADV740 Enhancing Practice in Chronic Pulmonary Conditions
-ADV765 The Ageing Person: Society, Body and Mind
-ADV763 Facilitating Collaborative Patient Management and Flow

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

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This postgraduate masters programme provides training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of Exercise and Sport Sciences. Read more
This postgraduate masters programme provides training in the practical, theoretical and applied elements of Exercise and Sport Sciences.

The modules we offer include teaching, learning and experience in core disciplines of exercise and health as well as in sport. For example, nutrition and metabolism in health and obesity, musculoskeletal systems, and cardiovascular and respiratory physiology.

All modules will be applied and related such that the thread of exercise and ageing will run through all. In addition, modules in continued professional development and research methods would allow theory to be applied in practice.

This programme acts as a conversion course taking students at entry from a variety of backgrounds and giving them new skills to enable them to move into research and employment in a number of disciplines.

The purpose of the MSc Exercise and Sport Sciences is :

- to provide a strong foundation for research in exercise and sport science
- to provide academic and practical knowledge and training for those seeking a career as an exercise or sports scientist in a clinical or community environment or involved in management or organisation of such services

The courses have a taught component, and a period of research to produce a dissertation.

Students will learn through a range of teaching methods that will include lectures, lab seminars and the use of group work activities to enrich the learning experience and recognise the rich contribution that each member of the cohort brings with them.

Employability

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time. The 2012 London Olympics and increased National Lottery funding for sport has increased the number of jobs in elite level sport and public health. Many hospitals are starting to appoint specialists with exercise backgrounds to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Clubs in a variety of different sports employ sports scientists as performance analysts, biomechanists and coaches. Other career routes include roles in the fitness and leisure industry, governing bodies, teaching, exercise prescription and testing, and sport promotion.

You will also have the support of a dedicated careers and employability team, to offer individual advice and guidance services and deliver an employability programme tailored to your needs.

Find out more at http://www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers

About the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

We are one of the top-rated sport science departments in the UK. Our School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is one of the longest established in Europe for scientific research into sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.

We are proud to be at the forefront of the rapid development of this academic discipline. Our school has achieved an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) with 90 percent of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent, putting us in the top three for research in the sector. These results provide further compelling evidence of the long recognised research strength of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Thanks to a £16.4 million investment, Birmingham boasts the largest custom built Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences facility in the UK.

This includes teaching and research laboratories for physiology, biochemistry, psychophysiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills, immunology, muscle mechanics and the neurophysiology of movement.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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