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This full-time, one-year Master's programme includes the diagnosis and medical treatment of, and research into, conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws. Read more

This full-time, one-year Master's programme includes the diagnosis and medical treatment of, and research into, conditions of the mouth, face, salivary glands and jaws.

About this degree

The programme’s students gain an understanding of aetiopathogenesis, clinical features, investigation and management of disorders of the oral mucosa and salivary glands, non-neoplastic disease of the jawbones and disorders of sensation of the mouth, and develop skills in investigating and managing such diseases.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment Core Course (Oral Medicine)
  • Clinical Care Core Course (Oral Medicine)
  • Advanced Clinical Care in Oral Medicine
  • Principles and Practice in Oral Medicine
  • Clinical Science and Research Methods

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, journals club, case discussion, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Oral Medicine MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

After completion of the programme, graduates have typically followed five potential pathways:

  • Academic/hospital positions in oral medicine in countries where no further academic or clinical training is required
  • PhD programmes (typically in the UK, but also in the EU and overseas)
  • NHS clinical training positions, either foundation training or specialist training (in the UK)
  • NHS posts e.g. speciality doctor/dentist in the UK
  • Positions in dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer, Taibah University/Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia
  • Specialist Doctor, Newcastle Dental Hospital (NHS)
  • Dental Consultant, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Associate Dentist, National Dental Practice
  • Senior Health Officer, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)

Employability

The institute has an internationally renowned oral medicine unit with staff who are highly active in teaching and research, and the associated Eastman Dental Hospital has a strong patient base that ensures exposure to a wide range of oral medicine conditions. The programme ensures that students lay the groundwork towards an academic and/or hospital career in oral medicine in the UK or abroad.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from the opportunity to become closely involved in the clinical care of patients, taking full part in the processes of examination, diagnosis, assessment, investigations and the prevention and management of disease. They will also be exposed to the research activities of the unit and gain significant experience in translational research design and delivery.

Accreditation:

Successful completion of the MSc in Oral Medicine might be considered when making allowance for past training and experience in relation to the length of training posts (Specialty Training) in oral medicine in the UK.



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This is a one-year, full-time degree programme aimed at qualified dental clinicians looking to develop competency predominately in clinical oral medicine. Read more
This is a one-year, full-time degree programme aimed at qualified dental clinicians looking to develop competency predominately in clinical oral medicine. It focuses on the recognition, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients presenting with common oral and maxillofacial diseases and will provide a sound grounding in the fundamental principles of UK specialist practice. It also considers and incorporates the basic principles of research that are relevant to clinical and modern translational practice.

Contemporary educational methods will be used to determine and monitor knowledge base, as well as using workplace-based assessments for clinical competency. Students will be supervised by clinical, laboratory and academic staff within an established and integrated specialist clinical training and educational environment. There will be continuous verbal feedback and support to help develop skills for individual reflection and self-assessment. Students will undertake one of the following: a relevant laboratory-based research project, a clinical service review or a literature or data analysis project, leading to the submission of a dissertation.

The UHBristol NHS Trust and North Bristol Trust require those who are granted access to patients must have evidence of immunisation against infectious diseases and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to commencing the clinical sessions within the Trust premises.

International applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified translation into English if necessary). This requirement will be included in the conditions of any offer that is made, and will need to be satisfied before the applicant's place on the programme can be confirmed. Basic computer skills and access to a PC with internet connection are required.

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This course offers a wide ranging, in depth knowledge of oral biology in its broadest sense including relevant microbiology and disease processes. Read more
This course offers a wide ranging, in depth knowledge of oral biology in its broadest sense including relevant microbiology and disease processes. It also provides a sound educational background so that you can go on to lead academic oral biology programmes within dental schools.

Why study Oral Biology at Dundee?

This course is specifically designed for individuals who wish to pursue career pathways in academic oral biology, with a focus, though not exclusively, on developing individuals who can deliver and, more importantly, lead oral biology courses within dental schools.

Oral Biology is a significant subject area that is integral to undergraduate and postgraduate dental training worldwide. The scope of Oral Biology includes a range of basic and applied sciences that underpin the practise of dentistry. These subjects include: oral and dental anatomy; craniofacial and dental development; oral physiology; oral neuroscience; oral microbiology. These subjects will be integrated with the relevant disease processes, for example, craniofacial anomalies, dental caries and tooth surface loss.

What's so good about studying Oral Biology at Dundee?

This programme focuses on the research and education experience of the staff in the Dental School in Dundee. Such expertise lies in the fields of craniofacial development and anomalies; pain and jaw muscle control; salivary physiology; cancer biology; microbiology; cariology and tooth surface loss.

In addition it makes use of the extensive resources available for postgraduate programmes: extensive histological collections; virtual microscopy; oral physiology facilities; cell biology and dental materials laboratories.

Who should study this course?

The MSc in Oral Biology is for graduates who wish to pursue a career in academic oral biology. The course will be of particular interest for those wishing to establish themselves as oral biology teachers, innovators and course leaders within a dental school.

Teaching and Assessment

The Dental School is well placed to deliver such a course with an established staff of teaching and research active within oral biology, and its related fields, an in-house e-learning technologist and substantial links to the Centre for Medical Education in the School of Medicine. There will be an opportunity for students to exit with a PGCert in Oral Biology after successful completion of modules 1 -4 or a Diploma in Oral Biology after successful completion of modules 1 - 7.

How you will be taught

The programme will be delivered via a blend of methodologies including: face-to-face lectures / seminars / tutorials; on-line learning; directed and self- directed practical work; self-directed study; journal clubs.
What you will study

The MSc will be taught full-time over one year (September to August). Semester one (Modules 1 – 4) and Semester 2A, 2B (Modules 5 – 8) will provide participants with wide ranging, in-depth knowledge of oral biology, together with focused training in research (lab-base, dissertation or e- Learning) and its associated methodology. The MSc course is built largely on new modules (5) supported by 2 modules run conjointly with the Centre for Medical Education within the Medical School. All modules are compulsory:

Semester 1:

Module 1: Academic skills 1: principles of learning and teaching (15 credits)
Module 2: Cranio-facial development and anomalies (15 credits)
Module 3: Dental and periodontal tissues, development and structure (20 credits)
Module 4: Oral mucosa and disorders (10 credits)

Semesters 2A and 2B

Module 5a: Academic skills 2a: principles of assessment (15 credits)
Module 5b: Academic Skills 2b:educational skills
Module 6: Neuroscience (20 credits)
Module 7: Oral environment and endemic oral disease (20 credits)
Module 8: Project (60 credits)

The project is designed to encourage students to further develop their skills. This could take the form of a supervised laboratory research project, a literature based dissertation or an educational project. The educational project would be based around the development of an innovative learning resource utilising the experience of the dental school learning technologist.

How you will be assessed

Exams on the taught element of the programme will be held at the end of semester one. Essays and assignments will also contribute to the final mark, and the dissertation will be assessed through the production of a thesis and a viva exam.

Careers

The MSc Oral Biology is aimed at dental or science graduates who are either early in their careers or wish to establish themselves as oral biologists within dental schools. Oral Biology is a recognised discipline in many dental schools worldwide. Graduates will have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to be teachers, innovators and educational leaders in the field. In addition, successful graduates will be well placed to undertake further postgraduate study at PhD level. In some cases, this may possible within the existing research environments within the Dental School, the wider College of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification of the University of Dundee.

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Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level. Read more

Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level.

This specialty is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

The specialist clinical component of the course will give you an understanding of the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients. The course will also emphasise the evidence base supporting clinical surgical practice.

You will observe a wide range of surgery, including facial trauma, implant and reconstructive, cancer and reconstructive, salivary gland and orthognathic surgery, as well as participating in dentoalveolar surgery.

The course also covers the design, data collection, and simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects, and culminates in the MSc dissertation. You will learn how to identify, formulate and implement a specific research project in line with the research themes of pain and anxiety control, surgical implantology, or oral cancer and health services research.

Aims

The course aims to provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake minor oral surgery in the context of a wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

We will provide the core text book for the course. This book, Master Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and Oral Medicine (ISBN 0443061920), has been authored by University staff Coulthard, Horner, Sloan and Theaker.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by essay and SBAs throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and undertake a clinical competency test. There is also an oral examination.

  • Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Clinical component: This is assessed by written examination and clinical examination in the form of an oral presentation.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Course unit details

The Specialist Clinical component consists of the following modules:

  • Surgical Basic Sciences (Basic surgical science, preoperative and postoperative care) and Patient Care (Assessing patients, medical aspects of patient care and control of pain and anxiety)
  • Reflective Oral Surgery Practices
  • Dental Tissues (Infections and inflammation of the teeth and jaws, removal of teeth and surgical implantology)
  • Bone: Disease and Injury (Diseases of bone and the maxillary sinus, oral and maxillofacial injuries)
  • Soft Tissues (Cysts, mucosal disease, premalignancy and malignancy)
  • Salivary Tissue, Pain and TMJ (Salivary gland disease, facial pain and disorders of the temporomandibular joint)

The MSc includes a research project and dissertation.

Dissertation

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • A systematic review of randomised controlled clinical trials comparing the adverse effects of articaine and lidocaine as local anaesthetic agents
  • A systematic review of the side effects of inhalation conscious sedation
  • Implant survival with different numbers of dental implants in the mandibular implant over denture: A retrospective cohort study
  • National use of conscious sedation in dentistry
  • Evaluation of pain in paediatric patients undergoing oral surgery

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites. You will also be able to access a range offacilities throughout the University.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

We will invite you to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a future career in clinical practice, teaching or research.

Some graduates return to established surgical practice, while others go on to the next step in their training and pursue specialist clinical training and appropriate clinical examinations in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Graduates may find their advanced knowledge a good foundation for surgical dentistry, oral surgery or oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. Some graduates proceed to undertake higher research degrees such as a PhD.



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This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas. Read more
This programme orientates internationally qualified dental graduates to that of a UK dental practitioner by providing a comprehensive grounding in six key training areas: basic sciences and their application to modern day dental practice, applied principles of clinical dentistry, clinical skills, communication skills, professionalism, management and leadership.

The course is delivered under three broad headings:

1. Taught
Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Relevant basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology with respect to health and how these are altered in disease states
-Patho-physiological and anatomical basis for clinical signs of oral and craniofacial health and disease
-Relationships between dental disease, population risk factors and the preventative measures

And integrate this knowledge to dental areas through discussions in:

-Basic and clinical science associated with pharmacology and therapeutics used in dentistry
-The science underpinning the key properties of dental materials and evaluate their clinical applications


2. Clinical
Students' clinical skills will be augmented through practical, laboratory based sessions using typodont teeth set in a manikin head.

-Operative skills will be taught to ensure students can undertake skilled, competent and safe dental procedures including: cavity design, extra-coronal restorations and non-surgical endodontic treatment.
-Simulated clinical techniques will be undertaken and the student will be introduced to decision making processes leading to tooth loss and replacement and execution of appropriate operative techniques for all stages of planned prosthodontic treatment (excluding bridges and implants) in conjunction, as necessary, with other specialists and technicians.

Students will observe current UK dental practise via clinics in oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontology, paediatrics, prosthodontics, radiology and orthodontics.

Tutoring in Objective Structured Clinical Reasoning Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) Exams will be carried out using the advanced facilities in the state of the art dental skills laboratory.

3. Research
The research component consists of a structured literature review and clinical audit report. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:

-Critical appraisal and analysis of scientific and clinical literature
-How clinical audit identifies problems in clinical service and helps formulate solutions
-Appropriate tools for searching the literature (search engines, web-based libraries, electronic documents)

Students will develop the analytical skills to be able to:

-Critically appraise, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and clinical literature applying the principles of evidence based dentistry
-Evaluate evidence of the latest developments in Dentistry
-Communication skills will be developed throughout the taught, clinical and research elements of the course with specific topic presentations during seminars as well as through journal club reports and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.

The application deadline is 30th June 2017. Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study for your MSc in Dental Science for Clinical Practice at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).


In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.


Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context.


The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake postgraduate studies, bringing together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.


You will have the opportunity to attend Continuing Development Courses of the London Deanery, Royal Society of Medicine (Odontology Section) as well as internal Departmental and Dental and Blizard Institute seminars.


You will prepare a professional development portfolio based on evidence gathered from lectures, tutorials, clinics, self-study and self-reflection sessions.


Facilities
You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Barts hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to the Dental Clinical Skills Laboratory based in the Garrod building at the Whitechapel Site.

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The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. Read more

Course Details

The Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a clinical doctorate programme those results in the award of a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) from Trinity College Dublin. There are six individual strands, five of which are currently available to applicants:

Orthodontics
Paediatric Dentistry
Periodontology
Prosthodontics
Oral Surgery

The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year. The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination.

The first year of the programme is designed to provide a background in relevant sciences and to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality. The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management.

Oral Surgery: Course Director Professor Leo Stassen

MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course. Experience in a hospital setting and in oral surgery is advisable. Publications in peer review journals are an advantage. The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of Oral Surgery (dentoalveolar surgery, implants, intra-oral soft tissue surgery and bone grafting). There are strong links with Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and other dental specialties, especially Periodontology, Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentistry. There is a very strong component of Conscious Dental Sedation and students undertake the ACLS Course. Oral Surgery is a recognised Dental Speciality in Ireland. There are strict criteria for entry on the Oral Surgery Specialist Register in Ireland and advice on this is available on the Dental Council website.

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Our three-year MSc (Clin) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course enables dentists to train in the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Read more

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course enables dentists to train in the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

All units are based on the speciality of oral surgery, but within the wider context of maxillofacial surgery. You will undertake minor oral surgery under supervision, carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. You will also attend theatre to assist and observe major surgery and attend consultation clinics, trauma clinics, ward rounds and carry out ward duties.

The clinical component of the course consists of units covering surgical basic sciences, reflective oral surgery practices, dental tissues, bone disease and injury, soft tissues, and salivary tissue, pain and the temporomandibular joint.

You will attend weekly interactive seminars led by senior staff and invited guest speakers. Some of these have actor patients present to allow you to rehearse your clinical skills.

If you study the full three-year MSc, you will also attend external teaching events such as residential blocks for basic science applied to surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

You will become eligible to sit the Royal College of Surgeons examinations for Membership in Oral Surgery on completion of this MSc course.

Aims

The course aims to:

  • provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake oral surgery in the context of wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • provide you with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and attitude to practice oral surgery in selected cases;
  • enable you to carry out critical evaluation, problem solving and use sound judgement for clinical problems;
  • give you the knowledge to criticalyl understand the issues involved in the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research (including data collection and statistical analysis using appropriate computer software);
  • provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by essay and SBAs throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and undertake a clinical competency test. There is also an oral examination.

  • Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Clinical component: This is assessed by written examination and clinical examination in the form of an oral presentation.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Course unit details

Research Methods Component (15 credits): The aim is to equip you with skills related to design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

Biostatistics component (15 credits): This unit aims to equip you with skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research.

Specialist Clinical Component: The aim of this component is to give you an understanding of the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients.

The Specialist Clinical Component encompasses the following:

  • Core lectures to include:
  • Medical emergency management
  • Cross infection control
  • Radiological protection
  • Clinical governance
  • Interactive seminars related to oral surgery
  • Pre-clinical skills course
  • Attend consultation clinics
  • Case reviews

Dissertation

Course content for year 1

Additional teaching and learning specific to the three year course:

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • Head and Neck Anatomy (3 days)
  • Royal College Surgeons of England (3 day residential)
  • ProfSusan Standring
  • Dr Barry Berkovitz
  • Mr Michael Monteiro
  • Further Head and Neck Anatomy, Applied Physiology and Clinical Pathology and Microbiology
  • Royal College Surgeons of England
  • Prof Susan Standring
  • Dr Barry Berkovitz
  • Mr Michael Monteiro
  • Dr Richard Byers
  • Prof Philip Hasleton
  • Dr Ray McMahon
  • Dr Emyr Benbow

Course content for year 2

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course
  • Royal College of Surgeons (Residential and Distance Learning)
  • Emergency Skills, Ward and Peri-operative Management, Clinical Photography
  • Tutor, Mr Steve Langton
  • British Association of Oral Surgeons
  • Annual UK Scientific Conference (2 days residential)
  • Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
  • UK Annual Meeting (2 days residential)

Course content for year 3

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • British Association of Oral Surgeons
  • Annual UK Scientific Conference (2 days residential)
  • Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
  • UK Annual Meeting (2 days residential)
  • International Association of Dental Research
  • International Conference (4 days residential)
  • Examination Preparation Membership in Oral Surgery
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Invited faculty to Manchester

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites. You will also be able to access a range offacilities throughout the University.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

Some selected seminars will provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

MSc courses are designed for dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge of surgery and are a useful foundation for specialist training in this field.

The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training.

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This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read more

This Masters programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to develop clinical and research skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. It will provide you with a qualification which will enable you to extend your clinical diagnostic and treatment skills to a higher level. It will also provide you with a solid grounding in research methodologies.

Why this programme

  • You will have access to patients and opportunities to carry out oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures under supervision.
  • The University is well recognised as a centre of excellence for research in the fields of 3D imaging, bone bioengineering and orthognathic surgery.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial surgery are special interests in the surgical specialties, linked with the renowned oral and maxillofacial surgical service in the city and regional hospitals in the west of Scotland.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes invited speakers from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow and from dental companies.

Programme structure

You will take a core course consisting of basic sciences, health sciences and research sciences.

The clinical component is dedicated to didactic teaching, reflective learning, clinical procedures and hands-on training in oral surgery.

Clinical courses

  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Oro-facial infections
  • Oral pathology
  • Local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, sedation
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Dentofacial deformities
  • Cleft and craniofacial deformities
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Oral medicine.

Research component

You will be encouraged to carry out a concise research project using existing facilities alongside our well-established research themes.

Career prospects

Graduates are able to apply for senior house officer posts in the UK, or join a higher research programme leading to PhD qualification.



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Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Read more

Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI).

This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

Postgraduate Advice Events

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018, 2pm – 4pm (Presentation and Facilities Tour)

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.30am – 1pm (1 hour CPD lecture 12pm – 1pm)

Wednesday 11th July 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Reserve your place by emailing 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during the diploma programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs and essays.

Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

During the course (2 years PGDip; 3 years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs head sand similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs, mini clinical examinations and essays.

THE KEY AREAS OF FOCUS FOR THIS COURSE:

  • History taking and examination
  • Patient records and confidentiality
  • Consent and medico-legal aspects
  • Surgical complications
  • Anatomy for oral surgeons
  • Bleeding disorders and anticoagulants
  • Microbiology of oral infections
  • Dental radiology
  • Pharmacology and drug interactions
  • Treatment planning
  • Communication skills and patient psychology
  • Medical complications
  • Flap design
  • Surgical removal of impacted teeth and roots
  • Oral medicine and precancerous lesions
  • Medical emergencies
  • Resuscitation
  • Orofacial infections and management
  • Oral surgery for orthodontics
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders - non-surgical management
  • Surgical management and treatment of TMJ disorders
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Maxillary sinus and oroantral fistulae
  • Diseases of bone and osteoporosis
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Dental anaesthesia / pain control
  • Theatre instrumentation
  • Health and safety issues in dental practice
  • Cross infection control, sterilisation and patient safety


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This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. Read more

This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. The programme covers the evidence-based management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This MSc can be taken full-time over one year, part-time over two years, or via flexible distance learning.

About this degree

The programme focuses on sports injuries and their prevention and treatment, and provides a thorough grounding in relevant areas of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology, as well as the fundamentals of exercise in maintaining and improving health. Students develop essential research skills through an independent research project.

All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Clinical sessions are spread over the year; commitment is equivalent to one half-day per week over three 12-week semesters. Clinic options include sports injury, physiotherapy and podiatry, exercise testing, and team visits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
  • Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
  • Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
  • Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
  • Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Team and Event Medicine
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date, evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and students' contribution through discussion is considered key. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics, and exercise medicine services.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Physiotherapist and Chiropractor, Barclays
  • Doctor, NHS Health Education East Midlands
  • Rotational and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Senior Therapist, NHS Malta
  • Sports Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Princess Grace Hospital

Employability

A Master's-level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. UCL's MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health is led by local experts with active involvement in the NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own field locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. The UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. This programme is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH). Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve quality of life.

The MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL places a strong emphasis on improving health through exercise alongside the management of sports and musculoskeletal injury. The programme has significant clinical content and students benefit from attendance at numerous specialist clinics and opportunities for field visits to sports teams and events.

Graduate students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.



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The Aerospace Medicine course aims to provide medical graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and clinical medicine of humans exposed to or working in the aviation environment. Read more

The Aerospace Medicine course aims to provide medical graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and clinical medicine of humans exposed to or working in the aviation environment.

The programme will also prepare students for the examination in the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, DAVMed which is run through the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM). More details can be found here 

Key Benefits

  • World-class learning programme delivered at a location recognised by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board for higher professional training in aviation and space medicine.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and clinicians.
  • An advanced study course providing unique opportunities to undertake an aeromedical research project that are carried out in the laboratory or in approved aeromedical centres in the UK and elsewhere.
  • Additional preparation for the Diploma in Aviation Medicine, Faculty of Occupational Medicine (RCP) is available.

Description

The Aerospace Medicine course is a unique study pathway that provides physicians with comprehensive theoretical and practical instruction in advanced aviation physiology, psychology, pathology, clinical and operational aviation medicine.

This course includes time based at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine (CAM), as the Centre provides an appropriate location for valuable elements of the teaching and visits to some of the service and civilian establishments used. The Centre also offers unique practical facilities which are available to students on the course.

You will complete the MSc course in one year, studying September to September. If you are following the MSc pathway, you must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, of which 60 will come from a research project and written dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a total of 120 credits to complete the programme and can be conducted in just over six months.

Teaching

If carrying out the MSc you will receive approximately 510 contact hours at King’s and various external study locations, primarily the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine at Henlow – this includes lectures, seminars, practical sessions.

If you are studying for the full MSc qualification, you will be expected to spend approximately 600 hours on the research project module and thesis.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of oral presentations, written assignments and written examinations.

The MSc research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing. 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Course accreditation

The course at King’s is delivered at an approved centre of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to specifically deliver education and training for individuals wishing to take the RCP, Faculty of Occupational Medicine examination leading to the award of the Diploma in Aviation Medicine.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus, with some teaching at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine at Henlow as well as other locations, mainly in the UK but commonly with one overseas visit. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

Career prospects

Career opportunities in aerospace medicine are varied. Many undertaking specialist training have already been employed specifically for the role and are sponsored to undertake these courses. However others use such training so as to better equip themselves for potential employment.

Areas of possible careers include with airlines, aviation regulators, air traffic services, military aviation and space agencies as well as in academic or commercial research organisations. Some aviation medical examiners (AMEs) undertake the DAvMed. Appointment as an AME in the UK is now restricted to doctors on the GMC specialist register. 

Previous graduates of the M.Sc programme and DAvMed courses have been employed in all these areas and enjoyed a varied and challenging career.

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OVERVIEW. The MSc in Experimental Medicine offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based biomedical sciences. Read more

OVERVIEW

The MSc in Experimental Medicine offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based biomedical sciences.

MSc in Experimental Medicine is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in experimental medicine, whether it is in academia, clinical practice, industry or government. The programme will also provide an excellent platform for progression to PhD programmes either in Queen’s or worldwide. 

MSc in Experimental Medicine will develop a strong fundamental understanding of high quality biomedical research, including experimental design and execution, data management and interpretation, and scientific communication, including publishing, presentation, and use of social media. 

The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare. 

Experimental medicine aims to identify mechanisms of pathophysiology of disease, and demonstrate proof-of-concept evidence of the efficacy and importance of new discoveries or treatments. There is an increasing need for graduates who can undertake basic and clinical research, and translate it into improved medical treatments for patients.

This research-intensive MSc programme in Experimental Medicine will equip you with the rigorous research skills, and the innovative mentality to tackle the major medical and therapeutic challenges of the 21st century.

For further information email  or send us a message on WhatsApp

EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE HIGHLIGHTS

The strong links between the Centre for Experimental Medicine and the biotech or biopharmaceutical sectors provides a stimulating experimental and translational environment, while also expanding your career opportunities.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS

  • You will have an opportunity to obtain a formally accredited certificate of training in good clinical practice (GCP) via the Inflammation, Infection and Immunity module. Students working with animal models of disease will also receive official training in animal handling, leading to a UK official animal handling personal license.

WORLD CLASS FACILITIES

  • You will be taught and mentored within the Centre for Experimental Medicine: a brand new, purpose-built institute at the heart of the Health Sciences Campus, boasting state-of-the-art research facilities. The programme offers comprehensive research training with access to over 40 research groups and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM). Research facilities include Central Technology Units for Imaging and Genomics which are leading the way in research excellence and innovative healthcare.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

  • A strength of this MSc incorporates transdisciplinary elements throughout the degree programme, which contribute to the delivery of innovative postgraduate education and research training. Central to this programme is a multi-disciplinary team of academic and clinical specialists, with expertise ranging from molecular disease phenotyping, functional genomics, infectious disease biology, vascular biology, genetic epidemiology, imaging, immunology, stem cell biology and exploitation, unique pre-clinical models of disease, and patient-based investigation and clinical trials. The transdisciplinary expertise provided is complemented with programme access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including a diverse range of new and emerging technologies in genomics, advanced imaging, and patient-orientated research tools

COURSE STRUCTURE

Semester 1

It comprises 3 months of intensive teaching, which includes essential research skills followed by specialist chosen modules entitled “Infection & Immunity”, or “Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease”. The remaining period will provide a unique opportunity to focus for 8 months on an extensive research project chosen from a large panel of projects offered by Principal Investigators in the CEM in one of the above themes. This period will be interspersed with monthly training to develop project-specific transferable skills, such as oral and poster presentation, and scientific writing.Semester 2

Semester 2 

You will specialise in one of these two research streams:

  • The Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease stream is a specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine which builds on our major strategic research strength in this globally significant area. This stream contains two complementary taught modules focusing on fundamental, experimental and translational principles of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thereby providing good understanding of the pathophysiology of the diseases as well as current and experimental treatments. These modules will instil an appreciation of how this knowledge is being applied in the search for novel diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic approaches for the clinical management of cardiovascular disease in diabetic patients, which is the biggest killer worldwide. Within this MSc programme, we offer a wide range of complementary experimental and translational research projects focused on the major cardiovascular complications of diabetes, including retinopathy, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular disease, nephropathy and pre-eclampsia (in pregnancy). 
  • The Infection and Immunity stream is another specialised pathway within the MSc in Experimental Medicine programme and exposes students to exciting concepts and their application in the field of infection biology, antimicrobial resistance, inflammatory processes and the role of immunity in health and disease. There is a strong emphasis on current developments in this rapidly accelerating field of translational medicine. Students will learn how the immune system maintains health, identifies and responds to invading pathogens or allergens and prevents repeated infections through strong adaptive immune responses. Lectures will provide an in-depth understanding of the immune system, an overview of research models used, key areas of research in inflammatory and immune-mediated pathology, and how to use this basic knowledge to identify and test new therapies. There is a considerable emphasis on clinical trial methodology within this stream and students will be introduced to the concepts of clinical trials and approaches to designing a trial to test novel methods to diagnose/prevent or treat illness.

RESEARCH PROJECT

You’ll undertake a project at the Centre of Experimental Medicine, QUB, relating to the research stream that you have chosen.

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This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. Read more

This MSc programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth working knowledge of the principles and practice related to Oral Sciences. The major strength of this programme is that the programme is aligned to and delivered by internationally renowned members from the Oral Sciences Research Group located within Glasgow Dental School. Students will experience and participate in cutting edge research within the theme while learning techniques widely relevant to biomedical sciences. This programme will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing or furthering careers in oral and dental related occupations, as well as laboratory scientists or academics. This programme also enables graduates to gain experience in research before applying to a doctoral programme.

Why this programme

  • If you are passionate about oral sciences and keen to learn through an in-depth, evidence based, critical approach, and enthusiastic about specialising in a particular area – oral disease pathogenesis or infection control and decontamination, then this programme is for you.
  • Our staff are internationally experienced researchers and academics with both clinician and science backgrounds, experts in biofilm infections, oral inflammation and infection control.
  • There is a long tradition of excellence in Oral Sciences at the University of Glasgow, with pioneering research by MacFarlane, Samaranayake and Bagg, and other current Glasgow academics continue to make important contributions in the field of Oral Sciences.
  • A range of transferable skills are integrated and embedded into this programme, which will improve possibilities in the job market.
  • You will undertake research alongside pre and post-doctoral researchers and learn how to work as a team and improve technical skills and communication.
  • Students can learn first-hand within a dedicated oral sciences research laboratory infrastructure linked directly to clinical research facilities.
  • There is a direct link with our doctoral research programme.

Programme structure

  • Translational research approaches
  • Evidence based medicine and statistics
  • Laboratory techniques in oral sciences
  • Principles of oral sciences
  • Research methods in oral sciences
  • Research dissertation in oral sciences

Career prospects

Graduates are well placed for a variety of employment opportunities in the oral and dental industries, as well as a wide array of the biomedical science sectors. This course provides a sound basis from which to apply for employment in laboratory positions in industry or in academia, or to continue professional training in dentistry and oral hygiene, or for further doctoral-level research training for academic or teaching careers. 

A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in Glasgow or other high quality institutions across the world. Careers of some of our recent graduates include:

  • Clinical research scientist (NHS)
  • Senior clinical scientist (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Laboratory scientist (BluTest Laboratories)
  • Assistant professor (Khyber Medical University)
  • Associate professor (University Sains Malaysia)
  • Postdoctoral research fellows (University of Glasgow)
  • Scientist (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)


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Our MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine course gives students from biological, engineering and/or medical-related backgrounds the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a career in this field. Read more

Our MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine course gives students from biological, engineering and/or medical-related backgrounds the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a career in this field.

You will focus on strategies to repair, replace and regenerate various tissues and organs to solve major clinical problems, gaining insights into topical issues including stem cells, polymer technology, biomaterial fabrication/characterisation and gene delivery. You will learn how to identify major clinical needs and formulate novel therapeutic solutions.

This course has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. You will learn practical skills through two research placements.

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as a discipline shows enormous potential for future health and, economically, there is a national demand for specific interdisciplinary training in this area.

We have a vast research network in this field comprising international experts from multiple disciplines and, as such, this course is a collaborative degree from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Teaching and learning

This course is structured around taught elements and laboratory-based research projects, with an emphasis on the research-based element.

You will gain hands-on laboratory experience through both the practical skills unit and research placements in tissue engineering/regenerative medicine-focused laboratories at the University lasting 25 weeks.

The course comprises five compulsory components:

  • research methods course unit - 15 credits;
  • tutorial course unit - 15 credits;
  • masterclass course unit - 15 credits;
  • practical skills course unit - 15 credits;
  • research placements:
  • part 1 - literature review and project proposal - 30 credits;
  • part 2 - a 25-week project including practical work, oral presentation and final dissertation, and an assessment of research performance - 90 credits.

You will experience the interdisciplinary nature of the field during the course and gradually increase the depth and complexity of your research through the masterclass unit.

Each project is written up and assessed separately when submitted during the year.

You will be allocated a personal tutor and a personal logbook is introduced at the start of the programme to monitor progress through the course and assess learning and career objectives.

Research placements

The research placements are the largest component of the course and aim to give you the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a research career in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as develop your practical research expertise in a chosen area and enhance your ability to analyse and interpret data and summarise your findings in the form of written reports and an oral presentation.

The first placement runs alongside the taught units in Semester 1 and involves writing a comprehensive literature review and formulating a research project proposal.

The second placement (25 weeks) runs concurrently with the tutorial course unit for the first part, but is full-time thereafter. It involves hands-on practical experience in a laboratory and integration within a research team. The project is assessed by oral presentation at an end of year symposium, research performance and by submission of a dissertation.

You will choose from a list of research projects (see sample research projects ) and supervisors. Close interaction with the project supervisor at the start of the project and regular monitoring allows you to take responsibility for your own research development. The development of an interactive supervisory/student arrangement is often a useful grounding for future PhD collaboration.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed continually during the year through:

  • oral presentations;
  • group participation;
  • multiple choice questionnaires;
  • written reports;
  • a final dissertation.

Facilities

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

Disability support

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

Career opportunities

After the course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the course is also of value to students wishing to progress in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, or go into specialist clinical training.

It is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the tissue engineering/regenerative medicine field.

Associated organisations

You will benefit from close interaction with members of the following groups.



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Our MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine master's course will give nurses, doctors and clinical researchers the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies. Read more

Our MRes Experimental Cancer Medicine master's course will give nurses, doctors and clinical researchers the skills needed to work in early phase clinical studies.

You will learn how to master experimental cancer through a combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning, spending a year as a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team at The Christie while also taking four structured taught units.

The taught units will see you learn the details of designing and delivering Phase 1 clinical studies, understanding the pre-clinical data required before a clinical programme can commence, and how to optimise early clinical studies to provide evidence for progressing a promising drug into Phase II/III clinical testing.

Alongside the taught elements, you will be allocated to one or more clinical trials that are being conducted by The Christie experimental cancer medicine team. You will have a named trainer and be exposed to tasks required in the setup, delivery, interpretation and audit of a clinical study.

Nursing and physician students will be expected to participate in patient care, including new and follow-on patient clinics, treatment and care-giving episodes with patients.

For clinical trials coordinators, no direct patient contact is envisaged and duties will involve clinical trial setup, protocol amendments, database setup, data entry, costing and billing for clinical research.

You will be able to choose two aspects of your direct clinical trial research experience to write up for your two research projects in a dissertation format. This will give you the skills and knowledge required to critically report medical, scientific and clinically related sciences for peer review.

Aims

The primary purpose of the MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine is to provide you with the opportunity to work within a premier UK Phase 1 cancer clinical trials unit and, through a mix of taught and experiential learning, master the discipline of Experimental Cancer Medicine.

Special features

Extensive practical experience

You will spend most of your time gaining hands-on experience within The Christie's Experimental Cancer Medicine Team.

Additional course information

Meet the course team

Dr Natalie Cook is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Christie. She completed a PhD at Cambridge, investigating translational therapeutics and biomarker assay design in pancreatic cancer.

Professor Hughes is Chair of Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Strategic Director of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team at The Christie. He is a member of the research strategy group for Manchester Cancer Research Centre. He serves on the Biomarker evaluation review panel for CRUK grant applications.

Professor Hughes was previously Global Vice-President for early clinical development at AstraZeneca, overseeing around 100 Phase 0/1/2 clinical studies. He was previously Global Vice-President for early phase clinical oncology, having been involved in over 200 early phase clinical studies.

Dr Matthew Krebs is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Christie.

He has a PhD in circulating biomarkers and postdoctoral experience in single cell and ctDNA molecular profiling. He is Principal Investigator on a portfolio of phase 1 clinical trials and has research interests in clinical development of novel drugs for lung cancer and integration of biomarkers with experimental drug development.

Teaching and learning

Our course is structured around a 2:1 split between clinical-based research projects and taught elements respectively.

Taught course units will predominantly use lectures and workshops.

For the research projects, teaching and learning will take place through one-to-one mentoring from a member of the Experimental Cancer Medicine team.

The clinical and academic experience of contributors to this course will provide you with an exceptional teaching and learning experience.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and dissertation.

For each research project, you will write a dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words. Examples of suitable practical projects include the following.

Research proposal

  • Compilation of a research proposal to research council/charity
  • Writing a protocol and trial costings for sponsor
  • Research and write a successful expression of interest selected by grant funder for full development

Publication-based/dissertation by publication

  • Writing a clinical study report
  • Authoring a peer-review journal review/original article

Service development/professional report/ report based dissertation

  • Public health report/outbreak report/health needs assessment/health impact assessment
  • Proposal for service development/organisational change
  • Audit/evaluate service delivery/policy
  • Implement recommended change from audit report

Adapted systematic review (qualitative data)

  • Compiling the platform of scientific evidence for a new drug indication from literature
  • Review of alternative research methodologies from literature

Full systematic review that includes data collection (quantitative data)

  • Referral patterns for Phase 1 patients

Qualitative or quantitative empirical research

  • Design, conduct, analyse and report an experiment

Qualitative secondary data analysis/analysis of existing quantitative data

  • Compilation, mining and analysis of existing clinical data sets

Quantitative secondary data analysis/analysis of existing qualitative data/theoretical study/narrative review

  • Policy analysis or discourse analysis/content analysis
  • A critical review of policy using framework analysis

Facilities

Teaching will take place within The Christie NHS Foundation Trust , Withington.

Disability support

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

Career opportunities

This course is relevant to physician, nursing and clinical research students who are considering a career in Phase 1 clinical studies.

The course provides a theoretical and experiential learning experience and offers a foundation for roles within other experimental cancer medicine centres within the UK and EU, as well as careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials management and medicine.

The MRes is ideal for high-calibre graduates and professionals wishing to undertake directly channelled research training in the clinical and medical oncology field.



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