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You will study this course through distance learning meaning you can study from your home, allowing you to stimulate the development of your own learning. Read more

Why choose this course:

• You will study this course through distance learning meaning you can study from your home, allowing you to stimulate the development of your own learning.

• You can choose specific modules that interest you, so you can be sure that you'll learn exactly what you're passionate about.

• This course will contribute to your continuing professional development as you'll enhance your knowledge in osteoporosis and falls management.

• You will develop and improve your practice throughout the course as you become involved in higher level decision making and problem solving.

About the course:

This course is awarded as part of our MSc Advanced Practice course. This means you may either complete your studies at the Postgraduate Certificate level in Osteoporosis and Falls Management or continue your studies to masters level and gain either the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Advanced Practice.

If you are a practitioner working in osteoporosis, falls or fracture management and want to build on your existing level of health and social care, then you can gain an award related to your clinical practice. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate your work-based environment and consider a broad range of issues relating to the management of patients. This will help to enhance your clinical practice.

You will complete three modules, including two core modules and one module of your choice. This allows you to specialise in your interests meaning you can develop in an area that you're passionate about. Your optional module can even be taken from the MSc Advanced Practice to broaden your knowledge base.

After completing the course, you'll be able to apply the theoretical underpinning you'll have learnt to your clinical practice, which will help to benefit not only yourself but your colleagues and patients.

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If you're an advanced practitioner who is involved with high level decision making and problem solving tasks, then this course will help you to increase your knowledge and improve your practice. Read more

Why choose this course:

• If you're an advanced practitioner who is involved with high level decision making and problem solving tasks, then this course will help you to increase your knowledge and improve your practice.

• This course is flexible as many of the modules are available through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

• We've developed this course to meet your professional and personal developmental needs, so you can be sure it's relevant to you.

• You'll explore the complexity of advanced practice by working on specific areas of your clinical practice and leadership.

• You can study individual modules as standalone courses to help you to increase your confidence and skills, and as part of your continued professional development.

About the course:

If you're a professional working within health care practice, in particular nursing or professions linked to medicine and service improvement, this course has been developed for you. We've developed this course to comply with Department of Health Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

It's been designed in partnership with NHS colleagues from within the East Midlands and appropriate national bodies in osteoporosis, falls, ultrasound and service development to ensure you'll receive learning that has direct benefit to service delivery, the enhancement of patient care and the future development of the NHS. The education and training of a high quality NHS workforce and the future development of your skills is essential to the success of the modern health service and this course will assure your learning and will enhance your expertise within the future NHS.

The programme consists of six interim awards:

• Postgraduate Certificate in Osteoporosis and Falls Management
• Postgraduate Certificate in Bone Densitometry Reporting
• Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Improvement
• Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Advanced Practice
• Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Medical Ultrasound

The course is flexible and can be tailored to suit your personal development and the service needs of your manager or employer. As a result you can be sure that the learning will add value to your role and to your further professional career aspirations. If you currently work within the East Midlands area you'll be able to access this course through the Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) pathway. If you work outside the East Midlands you're also encouraged to apply.

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Our Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering first began in 1991 and provides all of the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. Read more

Our Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering first began in 1991 and provides all of the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. This degree offers four distinct steams, each of which accredited and employment-focused:

Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics and Imaging.

Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Biomedical Engineering with Neurotechnology

Biomedical Engineering with Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

The Medical Physics stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on human physiology, and the use of radiation in treatment and in clinical imaging (especially MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and optical techniques), as well as the signal and image processing methods needed for the design and optimal use of such systems in diagnosis and research.

The Biomechanics stream is focused on bioengineering problems related to major diseases associated with an ageing population, such as cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, and bone and joint disease (osteoarthritis, osteoporosis).

These are major causes of mortality and morbidity, and this stream prepares engineers for a career in these key growth areas.

The Neurotechnology stream covers the development of new technology for the investigation of brain function, focusing on the application of this to benefit society—for example the development of neuroprosthetic devices, new neuroimaging techniques, and developing drugs and robotic assistive devices for those with central nervous system disorders, as well as in biologically-inspired control engineering.

The Biomaterials stream is offered jointly with the Department of Materials.

It addresses the selection and use of biomaterialsin medical and surgical devices, including their application, properties, interaction with tissues and drawbacks. Existing and new biomaterials are studied, including bioactive and biodegradable materials, implants and dental materials.

Modules also cover the development of materials for new applications, the response of cells and the design of materials as scaffolds for tissue engineering, which involves tailoring materials so that they guide stem cells to produce new tissue.

You will be required to choose your stream at the time of application. All four streams lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering. The Medical Physics and Biomechanics streams are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

The course is full-time for one calendar year, starting in October. It currently has an annual intake of about 100 students.



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You can choose specific modules that interest you, so you can be sure that you'll learn exactly what you're passionate about. Our teaching staff are healthcare professionals who have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk. Read more

Why choose this course:

• You can choose specific modules that interest you, so you can be sure that you'll learn exactly what you're passionate about.

• Our teaching staff are healthcare professionals who have worked in a range of roles within the management of fracture risk. They will share their professional knowledge with you as well as their theoretical knowledge, including the latest developments in bone densitometry reporting.

• Our staff have also contributed to national guidance on standards for DXA reporting. This will inform your studies and provide you with confidence in the standard of teaching you'll receive.

• You'll develop and improve your practice throughout the course as you'll become involved in higher level decision making and problem solving, building your professional development.

About the course:

This course is awarded as part of our MSc in Advanced Practice course. This means you may either complete your studies at the Postgraduate Certificate level in Bone Densitometry Reporting or continue your studies to Masters level and gain either the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Advanced Practice.

You'll have the chance to study with people from different professions, which will improve your understanding of osteoporosis and bone densitometry reporting across a wide spectrum within healthcare. You'll also develop the skills you need to work at an advanced practice level, recognising areas for change and improvement that will enhance your practice.

It's important that you have the support of an appropriate mentor in your workplace before you start this course, as your mentor and our tutors will support you to produce diagnostic reports that will inform the management and care of your patients.

You'll attend a minimum of four study days at the University where you'll hear from keynote speakers, get involved in case study discussions and take part in scan viewing sessions.

Throughout this course you'll develop a portfolio of 100 reports, which have been independently reported on and include comments on technical aspects of the image as well as treatment recommendations. You'll also include an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner.

Your final optional module can reflect an area of particular interest to you personally and professionally, so it might be directly related to bone densitometry reporting or it could be a more generic module from the MSc in Advanced Practice course.

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The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. Read more

The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

About this degree

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight taught modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Students will be awarded an MSc on successful completion of all taught modules and research project; a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of eight taught modules (all core modules plus any four from options); and a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of four taught modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
  • Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Optional modules

Up to 60 credits of optional modules (4 modules) drawn from the following:

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Disease and Dysfunction
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
  • Research Governance
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery
  • Surgical Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project that will contribute to cutting-edge scientific, clinical and industrial research, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through online MCQs, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Musculoskeletal Science MSc

Careers

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as the academic community.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • PhD, University of Oxford
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant, Watford General Hospital (NHS)
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assaswa International Hospital
  • Medical Research on Replacement Joints, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

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 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, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists, to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life.

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering, including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. Read more

The Musculoskeletal Science MSc covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects. It aims to give students, in a multidisciplinary setting, a holistic view of musculoskeletal science, orthopaedic bioengineering and medicine, and provides an in-depth knowledge of specific areas appropriate to each student's individual interests.

About this degree

Students on this MSc programme acquire essential scientific knowledge, improve their basic research skills, and are equipped with the ability to solve the musculoskeletal problems emphasised within the NHS framework. The programme emphasises the four major areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade - arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, and transferable skills and research methodology in orthopaedic bioengineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Clinical Aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part I
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue Biology - Form and Function
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part I
  • Research Methodology and Generic Skills

Optional modules

Up to 60 credits of optional modules (four modules) drawn from the following:

  • Clinical aspects of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Biology, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Part II
  • Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Part II
  • Clinical Experience in Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which can be carried out at their own institution or hospital, and culminates in a dissertation and oral examination. The project thesis has an upper word limit of 12,000 words (40-50 pages). 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of web-based taught lectures, seminars, tutorials, online research forum, group project work and workshops. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, and the dissertation and viva voce. Candidates are examined in the year in which they complete the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Musculoskeletal Science (by Distance Learning) MSc

Careers

This programme offers students from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to gain a higher degree in an exciting and rapidly developing field, and equips them to make a strong contribution to the development of musculoskeletal services. The students can develop their careers in the healthcare sector, medical device industry and bio-industry, regenerative medicine, regulatory bodies, as well as the academic community.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Trauma and Orthopaedics, NHS Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and studying Engineering, Open University

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 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, biologists, bioengineers and material scientists and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. Our aim is to understand the causes of human musculoskeletal disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve the quality of life of the people around us.

Students on this MSc will gain an unparalleled grounding in musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic bioengineering including a holistic view of clinical care as well as orthopaedic sciences and bioengineering. The programme is run at the internationally renowned Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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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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1. Big Challenges being addressed by this programme – motivation. Human health and quality of life is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. Read more

About the Course

1. Big Challenges being addressed by this programme – motivation

• Human health and quality of life is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity.
• The challenge is all the greater due to a rapidly increasing and rapidly aging global population that now exceeds 7 billion.
• Biomedical Engineering addresses these issues directly, with engineers innovating, analysing, designing and manufacturing new medical implants, devices and therapies for the treatment of disease, injuries and conditions of the human body, to restore health and improve quality of life.
• CNN lists Biomedical Engineering as No. 1 in the “Best Jobs in America” 2013.

2. Programme objectives & purpose

The objective of the programme is to generate graduates with a sound grounding in engineering fundamentals (analysis, design and problem solving), but who also have the multi-disciplinary breadth that includes knowledge of human biology and clinical needs and applications, to be able to make an immediate impact in the field on graduation, in either the academic research or medical technology industry domains. Ultimately the programme aims to generate the future leaders of the national and international medical technology industry, and of academic research and teaching in biomedical engineering.

3. What’s special about CoEI/NUIG in this area:

• NUI Galway pioneered the development of educational programmes in Biomedical Engineering in Ireland, introducing the country’s first bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1998, that was the first to achieve professional accreditation from Engineers Ireland in 2004, and at the graduate level with the Structured PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BMERM) in 2011.
• NUI Galway has been at the forefront of world-class research in biomedical engineering for over 20 years and has pioneered multi-disciplinary research in biomedical engineering and science, with the establishment of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) in 1999, and up to the present day with the announcement of NUI Galway as the lead institution in a new Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM).
• NUI Galway has a very close and deep relationship with the medical device industry locally, nationally and internationally, at many levels, from industry visits, guest lectures and student placements, up to major research collaborations.
• Many of our engineering graduates now occupy senior management and technical positions in the medical device industry nationally and internationally.

4. Programme Structure – ECTS weights and split over semester; core/elective, etc.:

• 90ECTS programme
• one full year in duration, beginning September and finishing August
• comprises:
- Foundational taught modules (20 ECTS)
- Advanced taught modules (40 ECTS)
- Research/Industry Project (30 ECTS).

5. Programme Content – module names

Sample Modules:

Advanced Finite Element Methods
Advanced Computational Biomechanics
Advanced Biomaterials
Mechanobiology
Bioinstrumentation Design
Medical and Surgical Practice
Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
Translational Medicine
Polymer Engineering
Advanced Engineering Statistics
Systems Reliability
Lean Systems
Research Methods for Engineers
Financial Management
Regulatory Affairs and Case Studies
Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

6. Any special funding arrangements – e.g. Irish Aid

Comment (PMcH): CoEI scholarships a great idea.

7. Opportunity for number of Industrial & Research internships.

Students enrolled on this programme will have an opportunity to apply for a one-year post-graduation internship in either a related industry or research group in Ireland.

8. Testimonials.

“The Biomedical Engineering programme at NUI Galway has given me the fundamental engineering skills and multi-disciplinary background in biology and clinical application that I needed to be able to make an immediate impact in industry and to be able to design and develop new medical implants and devices. My graduate education through my PhD in bone biomechanics was also very important in this because I directly combined engineering and biological analysis techniques to better understand how stem cells generate new bone, showing me how biomedical engineers can play a critically important role in generating new knowledge on how the body works, and how new treatments can be developed for diseases and injuries, such as osteoporosis.” Evelyn Birmingham, BE Biomedical Engineering (2009), PhD Biomedical Engineering (2014), R&D Engineer, Medtronic Vascular, Galway.

For further details

visit http://nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/internationalpostgraduatestudents/

How to Apply:

Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC): https://www.pac.ie
Please use the following PAC application code for your programme:

M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering - PAC code GYE24

Scholarships :

Please visit our website for more information on scholarships: http://www.nuigalway.ie/engineering-informatics/internationalpostgraduatestudents/feesandscholarships/

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Summary. Physical activity, not often taught in traditional postgraduate programmes associated with health promotion, is now recognised as an essential component for understanding public health. Read more

Summary

Physical activity, not often taught in traditional postgraduate programmes associated with health promotion, is now recognised as an essential component for understanding public health. Physical inactivity is a major public health concern in developed countries and is associated with the epidemic increases in preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and some cancers. As well as providing grounding in popular aspects of health promotion, this programme provides students with an expert overview of all aspects of physical activity promotion in order to enhance the health of modern society. For careers in physical activity research or promotion, this postgraduate course is a must.

About

Physical activity has recently been described as the ‘best buy’ in public health. The increasing realisation of the importance of promoting higher levels of physical activity, alongside the Government’s aim to reduce the proportion of sedentary individuals, will require a co-ordinated public health approach from well-informed health professionals. This course enables students to understand the role of physical activity and public health by adopting a multidisciplinary approach to a sector that is currently of greater social importance.

Attendance

One year full-time at the Jordanstown campus or three years part-time at the Jordanstown (Belfast >2019) campus.

Work placement / study abroad

Voluntary work placements opportunities are available to students on the course and more information can be obtained by contacting the Course Director.

Career options

Careers: Health promotion professionals; sports development; pharmaceutical sector; further postgraduate study (e.g. PhD); biomedical research; and general health and fitness industry.

Academic profile

All staff have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP) and/or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Many staff are recognised internationally as researchers in their specialist area and are members of the related University Research Institutes and Departments e.g. the Centre for Physical Activity and Health and the Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine.

Teaching staff have considerable research and practical experience that informs their teaching. In addition, many staff are qualified members of relevant professional bodies such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).



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Research profile. We offer a comprehensive research programme suitable for PhDs and MScs covering a diverse range of musculoskeletal disorders. Read more

Research profile

We offer a comprehensive research programme suitable for PhDs and MScs covering a diverse range of musculoskeletal disorders.

There are ongoing projects in the following areas:

  • musculoskeletal tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine
  • orthopaedic engineering and modelling of the musculoskeletal system
  • osteoporosis and fracture repair
  • clinical outcome studies

Training and support

Students are assigned to the relevant research group. Each student's progress is monitored by a thesis committee convened from members within these groups. Students participate in a monthly graduate seminar programme, presenting their analysis of original research. All students are encouraged to present their findings at national and international conferences and to publish their findings in international journals, in advance of submission of their PhD theses for examination.

Facilities

The orthopaedic engineering unit and the musculoskeletal research unit along with the microCT facilities are based within the Chancellor's Building. Facilities for collaborative projects are based in the centre for regenerative medicine and the centre for integrative physiology. The outcome performance assessment facilities are based within the clinical department in the Royal Infirmary.



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Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field. Read more

Our MSc Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (Dental Specialties) course is ideal for dental practitioners who want to learn more about this field.

You will develop skills in providing a range of procedures, including complex removable prostheses, implant-supported prostheses, integrated fixed and removable prostheses, and restoration of tooth wear using direct and indirect materials.

You will also gain an insight into clinical and technical skills, contemporary prosthodontic techniques, scientific understanding of fixed and removable prosthodontics, diagnosis and treatment planning and reflective prosthodontic practice.

In addition, you will develop research planning and implementation skills through the dissertation unit.

Dentists requiring more specialist training in this field may be interested in our three-year MSc (Clin) Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics course .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues involved in the scientific basis of fixed and removable prosthodontics;
  • develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable critical evaluation and problem solving for prosthodontic problems to allow you to practice independently at the appropriate level;
  • 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 knowledge relating to the contemporary practice of fixed and removable prosthodontics (including an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive patient care) to allow communication with both specialist non-specialist audiences;
  • provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility.

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.

You will learn through clinical and technical sessions, seminars, e-learning and lectures.

Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning at Manchester .

Key academic staff

Coursework and assessment

Research Methods

Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Biostatistics

Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Specialist clinical component

You will be assessed via a variety of formative and summative methods. These include patient logs, submission of clinical and technical skills work, written assignments and structured essay papers, Multiple Short Answer (MSA), Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Question (EMQ) papers, Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER), mini-case write-ups and structured oral examinations.

Dissertation

You will also produce a dissertation between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

Course unit details

Specialist clinical component (90 credits)

Full-time students attend up to six sessions per week over 45 weeks for the clinical component of the course. Part-time students attend the clinical component for up to three sessions per week in each of the two years.

The specialist clinical component comprises six units:

  • Clinical and Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Scientific Understanding of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics I and II (15 credits each)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (15 credits)
  • Reflective Prosthodontic Practice (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Prosthodontic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Biostatistics (15 credits each)

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation provides training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.

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

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • An investigation to evaluate fracture resistance of fibre-reinforced crowns
  • The effect of isolating solution on the attachment and retention of candidal species on denture acrylic
  • A comparative assessment of dentists' perceptions of smile aesthetics in facial and dental views
  • The outcomes of providing dental implants to patients with risk of osteoporosis of the mandibular bone
  • A comparison of prosthodontic treatment plan prescribing provided by vocational dental practitioners and their trainees in England

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites at the University, as well as extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

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 students to participate in a number of conferences. Some selected seminars will also provide you with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Most graduates return to their practices. A smaller number go on to pursue further clinical training in fixed and removable prosthodontics or undertake higher research degrees (eg MPhil or PhD).



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Why choose this course?. - When you've successfully completed this short course you'll have the reporting skills for interpreting DXA scans. Read more

Why choose this course?

- When you've successfully completed this short course you'll have the reporting skills for interpreting DXA scans.

- You can study it as a stand alone course, or as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in DXA Reporting.

- You'll be supported by a range of healthcare professionals who reflect the clinical diversity in the management of fracture risk.

About this course

The course is equivalent to two modules at masters level 7. The course lasts for about 36 weeks, but is dependent on the time you need to develop your portfolio of evidence.

We've taken a multidisciplinary approach to developing this course, so you will benefit from learning with people from different professions, to improve your knowledge and understanding of DXA scans.

You'll attend a minimum of four study days which will support your learning, provide keynote lectures, case study discussions in small groups, and viewing of scan sessions. These interactive study days are an integral part of this course.

Following the study days, you'll develop a reflective portfolio of 100 cases, where you have independently reported on BMD results and commented on normal variants, artefacts and appearances in the image. You'll need to include a broad range of examples that reflect the diversity of your patient populations. Twenty of your reports will need to include detailed reflective practice. Your report should include treatment recommendations to agreed local protocols, which you'll need to include in your portfolio. You must present an audit of your reports compared with those of a trained practitioner. Your portfolio will need to be signed off by the trained practitioner who is your mentor in practice. You must ensure you have the support of a suitably appropriate mentor prior to admission on to the programme.



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