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This programme teaches advanced experimental approaches to dissecting the mechanisms of drug action (pharmacology), a science that has seen innovative theoretical and technical development at UCL for over a century. Read more

This programme teaches advanced experimental approaches to dissecting the mechanisms of drug action (pharmacology), a science that has seen innovative theoretical and technical development at UCL for over a century.

About this degree

In addition to providing experience of both classical and modern pharmacological techniques, the programme will help develop skills for literature search-based data acquisition and analysis; written and verbal communication of science; abstract writing; poster preparation; graphical processing; image preparation for publication; writing a scientific paper; and giving research presentations.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Investigative Pharmacology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Practice of Science

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Drug Design and Development
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation
  • Receptor Mechanisms
  • Synaptic Pharmacology
  • Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics

Dissertation/report

Students undertake an original research project which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, journal clubs, practicals, tutorials and a laboratory project. Student performance is evaluated through formal examination, coursework, and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics MSc

Careers

This programme is likely to lead to careers in biomedical sciences, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and clinical laboratories, and extend to clinicians interested in moving towards a scientific career. Students will obtain a thorough knowledge of and practice in pharmacological assessment, drug design and development pathways. It is anticipated that graduates will move onto PhD programmes and/or build careers in industry or clinical investigations through employment as research associates/scientists in the pharmaceutical industry or academia.

Employability

The knowledge and transferable skills developed on this programme will be advantageous for those considering employment in any pharmaceutical or healthcare setting, or contemplating further studies in related fields. The programme will also provide excellent training in critical appraisal of complex data, which will transfer well to other disciplines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is jointly taught by UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (Division of Biosciences), and the Research Department of Pharmacology at the UCL School of Pharmacy. Both departments are historically and currently internationally leading in this field, and together provide cutting-edge education in theory, research practice and innovation in pharmacology.

The programme is designed to impart extensive experimental expertise applied to drug development and subsequent therapeutics. The combination of traditional and experimental approaches in pharmacology, coupled with current innovation in therapeutics and drug discovery and development, fosters a unique set of skills, which will enable graduates of the programme to engage in various aspects of pharmaceutical research globally.

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 Biosciences

82% 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 Medicine MRes is a strongly research-based programme, which gives you the training and opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician. Read more

The Medicine MRes is a strongly research-based programme, which gives you the training and opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician.

It can help you to gain:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and techniques relevant to medical research
  • the ability to critically and creatively evaluate current issues in medicine and health.

You’ll get experience in formulating new hypotheses and exploring the causes and consequences of diseases by conducting rigorous scientific research in a laboratory or with patients.

A nine-month research project helps you to develop specialised knowledge, as well as design and undertake a substantial piece of publishable research. You’ll be based in one of our internationally-renowned institutes and be supervised by leading experts in their field. You can choose from a range of research opportunities in applied health, cancer and pathology, cardiovascular, genes and development, medical education and musculoskeletal topics.

We invite you to view our list of research projects 2017-18. Please contact the supervisory team before applying to the course and in your application state your three preferred research projects.

More information

The School of Medicine is a major international centre for research and education. Our ambition is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, locally and globally, through excellent research and its translation into healthcare practice, and the education of future scientific and clinical leaders who will advocate and practise an evidence-based approach.

Course content

The taught modules are designed to stimulate a deep and critical knowledge of research. The optional modules allow you to develop a comprehensive knowledge of different approaches to medical research.

The Paper Criticism module enables you to develop subject-specific skills, such as an understanding of the ethical issues of medicine and knowledge of the current requirements for the governance of medical research and its publication. You apply your knowledge of research methods to published papers and enhance your critical skills.

The Analytic Research module provides a critical awareness of research planning and methods and develops your research skills. It includes topics on the structure of analytic research investigations; the analysis of the data obtained in analytic studies, especially the metrics used; the problems resulting from bias and confounding and how they are dealt with; basic statistics of precision and comparison;dealing with unequal duration of follow-up in cohort studies; and critical appraisal of published research.

The Capturing and Handling Data in Research module is an introduction to the collection and handling of health research data. It will include topics on: social inclusion in research; sampling from populations; types of data; collecting data through questionnaires; how scales and tests are used to collect data; and how data are collected and described using various fractions such as rates, ratios, risks and odds; recording quantitative and qualitative data in suitable formats; using computers in the analysis of data; the importance of the statistics that summarise quantitative data; and an introduction to the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. Critical appraisal of published research will underpin theory.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Analytic Research 15 credits
  • Intervention Research 15 credits
  • Capturing and Handling Data in Research 15 credits
  • Research Project in Medicine 120 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Medicine MRes in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

There are few formal lectures in the MRes programme. Most of your time is devoted to planning and conducting the research project, usually working with a small team of researchers or healthcare professionals.

Interactive tutorial sessions are shared with students on other Masters programmes in the School of Medicine, intercalating medical students and health professionals.

Assessment

There is one examination in May for the Paper Criticism module. Other modules are assessed by the submission of coursework, workbooks, reports and reviews.

Exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Research (120 credits) or Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Research (60 credits) are available for this programme.

Career opportunities

The Master of Research in Medicine is for people who want to pursue a lifelong career in academic medicine research.

For medical students, the addition of the Medicine MRes on your CV is an advantage when applying for Academic Foundation Posts and Specialist Training Posts in the NHS.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Sign up to our. Postgraduate Open Evening. - 31 Jan 2018. New Master's Scholarships available. Find out more and apply. The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides in-depth training in how to perform and evaluate research across the psychiatric disorders. Read more

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New Master's Scholarships available. Find out more and apply.

The MSc in Psychiatric Research provides in-depth training in how to perform and evaluate research across the psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on building excellent academic skills, independent thinking and an evidence-based scientific approach to mental health research. During the MSc, students develop a deep understanding of what is currently known about psychiatric disorders and their treatment and how well performed research can enhance knowledge and ultimately improve clinical outcomes.

Key benefits

  • In-depth, practical and theoretical knowledge on performing, interpreting and applying psychiatric research in mental health.
  • Development of statistical, critical, creative and academic writing skills.
  • Taught by academics who perform world-leading psychiatric research.
  • Comprehensive transferrable skills training for career planning and progression.
  • Optional voluntary clinical placement scheme.

Description

Studying at the IoPPN, this course provides the opportunity to learn about psychiatric research from academics and clinicians working in the leading centre for mental health research in Europe.

Our optional, clinical placements provide opportunity to gain experience of working within clinical teams under expert supervision. Placements are provided through our close relationship with South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the widest range of mental health services in the UK. Our placement opportunities cover a wide range of clients and clinical settings.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include:

  • The Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences
  • MRC Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre
  • Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre
  • IHR Biomedical Research Centre (the only Mental Health specific centre of its kind)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

Teaching on the MSc is delivered by expert academics and clinicians, including highly-cited IoPPN staff working at the forefront of their field internationally.

The MSc in Psychiatric Research develops knowledge and practical skills in cutting-edge research into the biological (eg brain neurotransmission, genetics), and environmental underpinnings (eg stress, drug use) of psychiatric disorders and on how this research can be applied to develop new therapeutic interventions (eg pharmacological and psychological interventions) through translation to clinical practice.

Students will learn about a comprehensive range of research methodologies, including epidemiological and cohort studies, clinical trials, neuroimaging and genetics. Rigorous training in statistical skills and theoretical knowledge is provided which is necessary for performing, interpreting and applying research.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical sessions, workshops and small group tutorials. The relatively small size of this MSc facilitates student participation, interactive learning, group work and personalised support. Our assessments are designed to support learning as well as the development of transferrable skills, such as academic writing and presentation. Assessments include exams, written coursework and oral presentation. These involve data analysis and interpretation, and writing information for patients, grants proposals and scientific articles for publication in academic journals.

During the dissertation project students perform their own original research, and have opportunity to collaborate in on-going research at the IoPPN. A list of publications arising from previous MSc Psychiatric Research students’ work is available on our departmental webpage 

Due to the emphasis on developing high-calibre academic skills, the MSc in Psychiatric Research is particularly well suited for students who wish to pursue a research PhD or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. For students with a clinical background, the course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for a clinical academic career. Students are supported in attaining graduate positions through a series of careers seminars, including PhD/DClinPsy applications, research or clinical posts, preparing CV’s and professional networking. Indeed many current IoPPN staff and PhD students are MSc Psychiatric Research graduates!

This programme is also available as a PG Cert.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by: 

MSc | Examination (40%) | Coursework (60%) 

PG Cert | Examination (75%) | Coursework (25%)  

Extra information

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Our graduates conduct further research (e.g. PhD) or enhanced careers in mental health and social care as clinicians and policy makers. 



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The MSc in Cancer Research is aimed at life science and medical graduates who wish to specialise in the field of cancer research. Read more
The MSc in Cancer Research is aimed at life science and medical graduates who wish to specialise in the field of cancer research. The purpose of the programme is to provide students with extensive research-laboratory training and an overarching theoretical knowledge of cancer biology. The course has a unique, research-oriented approach with taught modules, resulting in an internationally recognised MSc degree. The obtained knowledge and skillset enables our graduates to pursue a career as a research-scientist in academia, in the medical field or in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical sector.

Specifically the course aims to:

1. Provide a broad and in-depth knowledge in molecular-, cellular- and clinical cancer biology.

2. Provide knowledge in a broad range of classic as well as state-of-the-art research technologies applied in cancer research.

3. Provide training in laboratory and research skills both at basic and advanced levels by assigning students a laboratory research project through which they will develop both technical competencies and critical thinking abilities.

4. Facilitate the interdisciplinary approach of cancer research by engaging clinical and nonclinical scientists, enabling the cross-fertilisation of ideas and thus promoting medically-focused research.

The MSc in Cancer research is a modular course, consisting of 30% taught material (equalling 25 ECTS units) combined with a strong, 70% research element (equal to 65 ECTS) allowing ample time for the students to gain in-depth research exposure.

The course material is delivered using a blended learning format (combination of face-to-face/traditional-format lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning and assignments) that will not only deliver the information the students have to attain, but also trains the students how to research independently and evaluate the information critically, which are key and valuable skills for a highly qualified cancer research scientist.

The research element will encompass two semesters. After an induction phase, the students will work on one research project throughout the two semesters allowing them to acquire a broad range of research skills ranging from state-of-the-art technologies through data interpretation to experimental design and data presentation. Available research project titles in participating laboratories of the School of Natural Sciences and other programme-associated Institutes will be provided to the students from which they can choose their project options. The students will write the MSc thesis on the findings of their research project..

Overall, the knowledge and laboratory experience providesour graduates with a great advantage when competing for either academic or industry-linked careers.

For further information please visit: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes/structured-phd/cancer-research.html


How to apply:
Applications are made online via Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/nuigalway). The following documents must be supplied:
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A personal statement of approximately 600 words explaining why the the applicant wishes to undertake the Structured MSc in Cancer Research programme and how the programme fits into their career objectives.
Academic transcripts, unless the applicant is a graduate or current student of NUI Galway.

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This research area integrates science and practice in Pharmacy, providing relevant, innovative and progressive research which presents real value to the national and international pharmaceutical and healthcare communities. Read more
This research area integrates science and practice in Pharmacy, providing relevant, innovative and progressive research which presents real value to the national and international pharmaceutical and healthcare communities. Three core themes underpin the work across the unit: optimisation of drug efficacy and safety, toxicity risk mitigation, and the understanding of pathological processes in relation to clinical practice.

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Pharmacy conducts high quality research in the areas of of dermal, transdermal, buccal and airway drug delivery, patient safety, medicines management, drug misuse and psycho-pharmacology. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

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Our MRes Oncology course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a career in cancer research. Read more

Our MRes Oncology course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a career in cancer research.

Cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Approximately 300,000 people develop the disease each year in the UK.

Understanding the basis of tumourigenesis and developing new therapies are high priority areas for investment, especially since the economic burden of cancer is increasing. The field of oncology encompasses a wide variety of biological and physical sciences.

You will learn from renowned basic, translational and clinical scientists at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Institute and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, with a focus on developing practical research skills.

Our course covers the clinical and research aspects of cancer care, and you will have access to an exceptionally wide range of research projects in basic cancer biology, translational areas and clinical cancer care and imaging.

This MRes has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

Aims

Our MRes course aims to provide postgraduate level training that will equip you with the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a research career in the fields of medical and clinical oncology.

You will gain an understanding of the scientific basis of cancer and its treatments, as well as the skills needed to evaluate the potential efficacy of new treatments.

This course also offers the potential to:

  • gain hands-on research experience;
  • work with world-renowned experts;
  • use state-of-the-art research equipment;
  • publish your work and attend national and international conferences;
  • be taught by speakers at the forefront of national and international cancer research;
  • undertake laboratory or clinical-based research projects at the Christie Hospital site, the largest cancer centre in Europe with some of the UK's leading cancer researchers;
  • enhance your research skills and gain confidence in your research abilities.

Special features

Clinical and research components

This is one of only a handful of MRes Oncology courses in the UK. Unlike many other oncology courses, ours has both clinical and research elements, making it suitable for both medical undergraduates and graduates, as well as biomedical science graduates.

Teaching and learning

Our MRes is structured around a 2:1 split between laboratory/clinical-based research projects and taught elements.

Laboratory and clinical research experience is gained through two research placements, one lasting approximately ten weeks (October to December) and the second lasting approximately 25 weeks (January to August).

You may choose to carry out one project for both placements, which most students do, or separate projects for each placement.

Most research placements are based at the Christie site, either within the hospital, the Manchester Cancer Research Centre or CRUK Manchester Institute premises. Projects are also available on the Central Manchester University Hospitals and University Hospital of South Manchester sites.

A list of available projects will be provided to offer holders in August.

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed through oral presentations, single best answer exams, written reports and a dissertation.

Course unit details

The course features the following components:

  • Research Methods course unit - 15 credits
  • Clinical Masterclass course unit - 15 credits
  • Lecture Series course unit - 15 credits
  • Tutorial course unit - 15 credits
  • Two research placements (1 x 10 week - 30 credits; 1 x 25 week - 90 credits)

The  Research Methods  course unit covers topics relating to:

  • Critical analysis of scientific/medical research and literature
  • Information management
  • Study design
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • Ethics, fraud, plagiarism and medical and academic misconduct
  • Presentation skills
  • Scientific writing and publishing skills

The  Clinical Masterclass  course unit provides a truly multidisciplinary foundation in the key issues in oncology. Delivery is by lectures and site tours and these classes will offer the student the chance to debate with internationally recognised experts in their field. Areas covered include: 

  • Cancer epidemiology, screening and prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Surgery

Following attendance at these classes, you will be able to understand how cancer is diagnosed and the principles of cancer surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The  Lecture Series  course unit comprises two intensive one-week courses, one in November and the other in February. The November course covers the biological basis of chemotherapy, pharmacology and cancer biology. The February course covers the biological basis of radiotherapy and translational aspects of cancer research, including biomarkers and new technologies.

The  Tutorial  course unit allows students to choose from a selection of clinical and academic oncology topics. The unit aims to improve ability to interpret and criticise literature as well as improve verbal communication skills in a small group setting. 



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This MSc offers specialised training in biomedical science with exposure to leading research scientists, biotechnologists and the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

This MSc offers specialised training in biomedical science with exposure to leading research scientists, biotechnologists and the pharmaceutical industry. It provides a foundation for a career in drug development and a comprehensive programme in research methodology, the translation of basic research into therapies and the governance and social implications of health research.

About this degree

Students develop practical understanding of research methods in biomedical science and knowledge of cutting-edge research alongside practical experience in laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. They develop the ability to evaluate scientific literature and gain an appreciation of ethical and governance requirements of research, including 'Good Clinical Practice' principles. Graduates of this MSc go on to have successful careers in both academia and in industry.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six core modules (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate consisting of two core modules (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Drug Discovery I
  • Drug Discovery II
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Ethics and Regulation of Research
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this degree.

Research project/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, small-group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research project and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Drug Development MSc

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD in biomedical science, and provides key transferable skills for those wishing to pursue careers in drug development.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Trial Practitioner, Barts Cancer Institute
  • Clinical Research Assistant, Alberta Children's Hospital

Employability

This programme runs within the School of Life and Medical Sciences, one of the most highly rated medical research organisations in the UK. Close links with clinical colleagues in the UCLH group of hospitals provides cutting-edge medical expertise and links to world-leading clinical research. Graduates of the programme have pursued careers in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine, and a significant proportion go on to study for PhD degrees at UCL and other institutions worldwide.

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 Medicine has as its mission the performance of innovative, high-quality biomedical research and excellence in graduate teaching.

This MSc programme provides an opportunity for students to develop theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical skills in research methodology. These include statistical methods applied to medical research, drug development in a specific biomedical area or health specialty, and the ethics and governance of applied health research.

Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to build a network of contacts from both academia and industry, improving their future career prospects.

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 Medicine

80% 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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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Pharmacy conducts high quality research in the areas of of dermal, transdermal, buccal and airway drug delivery, patient safety, medicines management, drug misuse and psycho-pharmacology. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element. The School of Pharmacy conducts high quality research in the areas of of dermal, transderrmal, buccal and airway drug delivery, patient safety, medicines management, drug mis-use and psycho-pharmacology. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Life Sciences conducts high quality research in the areas of Pharmacology; biotechnology and molecular biology; geography and environmental sciences; and applied and health aspects of sports science. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Pharmacy conducts high quality research in the areas of of dermal, transderrmal, buccal and airway drug delivery, patient safety, medicines management, drug mis-use and psycho-pharmacology. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

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IN BRIEF. Research-led teaching that develops high-priority technical and employability skills through a series of lectures, tutorials and journal clubs. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Research-led teaching that develops high-priority technical and employability skills through a series of lectures, tutorials and journal clubs
  • Complete projects and dissertations within active research groups
  • Opportunities for development through a seminar series and guest lectures presented by clinicians and international speakers
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical, practical and biomedical skills, and develop your levels of critical enquiry. You will be encouraged to pursue creative approaches to contemporary research in biomedical science and communication through creative thinking, research methods,  computer  systems, case studies and practicals. You will evaluate how these various approaches can assist you in formulating your own experiments and research project, increasing your skill set and future employability.

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of three, 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

TEACHING

Teaching sessions include lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials, guest lectures and guided reading.  Lectures provide a thorough theoretical basis for the course subjects and are delivered by internationally recognised, research active staff. A variety of other teaching approaches including tutorials, case studies, and workshops reinforce theoretical knowledge and facilitate the development of individual and group based research and transferable skills. 

Practical sessions demonstrate techniques and methods used in biomedicine, and provide an opportunity for you to learn complex experimental approaches and operate laboratory equipment. Guided reading will recommend key articles and other materials to help you learn. Guest expert seminars from clinicians and academics will provide insight into modern biomedical research. 

The research project will enable you to start your own research and be part of active, internationally recognised research teams, where you will practice the application of relevant biomedical techniques and skills valuable for your future employment in biomedical sector.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, oral presentations, coursework, laboratory reports and submission of the dissertation.

FACILITIES

We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work in molecular biology and biochemistry. State-of-the-art instrumentation includes cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

CAREER PROSPECTS

At the University of Salford we aim to produce graduates who meet the needs of their future employers: highly skilled practitioners and excellent communicators who are seeking to push the boundaries in the rapidly growing biomedicine sector.

Many of our biomedical science graduates are employed in roles such as research assistants and research laboratory technicians, across various sectors including clinical and research laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations. Some have gone on to pursue the field of education, working as lecturers and teachers in universities and schools.

A number of our graduates choose to continue their education by pursing PhD studies, with areas of research including microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology- to name a few! Furthermore, graduates of this course have been accepted into medical schools as students on completion of this degree.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. The School of Environment and Life Sciences has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings. This Series not only augments scientific knowledge and progresses students’ understanding of effective science communication, it also allows for networking and the formation of valuable academic and industrial contacts.

FURTHER STUDY

There are over 50 fully research-active academic staff and a number of early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative research fields and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Research in the School focuses on understanding disease processes and applying this information  to  understand  pathology and develop new diagnostics and treatments. Research areas include microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, rational drug design, cancer, molecular endocrinology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, proteomics, molecular diagnostics and cell biology. The School offers  several  fully  funded Graduate Teaching Studentships for studying in these areas.  

For more information about our Biomedical Research Centre visit http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/brc



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The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. Read more
The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery MSc course has been designed to react to the increasing demand for suitably trained professional pharmacologists. This is essential to speed up the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into commercially-ready medical biotechnology and drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat patients.

The Pharmacology and Drug Discovery course also encompasses an emerging area of science that is known as ‘Translational Medicine’ and needs a new breed of Pharmacologist who can apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, management and data analysis, and who understands the legislation and other regulatory procedures surrounding disease treatment.

The course will also cover relevant biotechnical innovations associated with pharmacology and drug discovery, as well as both classical clinical trial design and health-outcomes research.

Our course is designed to provide such specialists by applying basic and clinical science to topics including diagnosis, understanding and treatment of disease, supported by our excellent staff, research expertise and laboratory facilities.

The MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Strong links with the pharmaceutical industry
-Emphasis on vocational skills development
-Excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in extensive and varied health industry
-Hands-on experience of a wide range of research methods in well-equipped laboratories
-Innovative curriculum combining basic and clinical sciences
-High levels of employability on graduation

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The pharmacology and drug discovery postgraduate programme is composed of a combination of modules depending on whether you undertake the PgDip or Masters programme of study and includes the following:
-Research methods and project
-Pharmaceutical discoveries
-Advanced pharmacology and drug discovery and development
-Genomes and DNA technology
-Biotechnology in the diagnosis of disease
-Current topics in biotechnology and drug discovery

The course is designed for a national and international audience.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST088), or the professional experience modules, giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The PgDip/MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery programme is specifically designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the Pharmacology and drug development arena and there are many opportunities, both the UK and internationally.

A large number of Pharmacologists are employed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, where they are involved in discovering and developing drugs and carrying out clinical trials. Pharmacologists may also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects.

There are also opportunities within government laboratories (including environmental agencies), charity-funded research organisations, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), and with other research institutes. The scientific knowledge and skills students will acquire during the course can also be a useful basis for a career in teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services, regulatory affairs or sales and marketing.

A wide range of job opportunities exist, including:
-Clinical research manager
-Clinical scientist
-Human resources manager
-Patent attorney
-Pharmacologist
-Project manager/director
-Public relations officer
-Regulatory affairs associate
-Research scientist
-Sales representative
-Medical writer

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This MRes offers specialised training with exposure to research scientists and members of the pharmaceutical industry. It provides a foundation year for a research career in drug development and a comprehensive programme in research methodology. Read more

This MRes offers specialised training with exposure to research scientists and members of the pharmaceutical industry. It provides a foundation year for a research career in drug development and a comprehensive programme in research methodology. Students will undertake a significant research project during this MRes.

About this degree

Students develop practical understanding of research methods in biomedical science and knowledge of cutting-edge research techniques alongside practical experience in laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research. They develop the ability to evaluate scientific literature and gain an appreciation of ethical and governance requirements of research, including 'Good Clinical Practice' principles.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core taught modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Drug Discovery 1
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology or Ethics and Regulation Research

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All MRes students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, small group seminars and laboratory work. Assessment is through presentations, essays, examination and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Drug Development MRes

Careers

Graduates of the programme have used the qualification to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine, while a significant proportion of students go on to study for PhD degrees at UCL and other institutions worldwide.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, King's College London

Employability

This programme runs within the School of Life and Medical Sciences, one of the most highly rated medical research organisations in the UK. Close links with clinical colleagues in the UCL group of hospitals provides cutting-edge medical expertise and links to world-leading clinical research.

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 Medicine has as its mission the performance of innovative, high-quality biomedical research and excellence in graduate training.

This MRes programme provides an opportunity for students to develop theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical skills in research methodology. These include statistical methods applied to medical research and drug development in a specific biomedical area.

Over the course of the year, students will have the opportunity to build a network of contacts from both academia and industry, increasing their future career prospects.

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 Medicine

80% 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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We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments. Read more

We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments.

As a student you will be registered with a University research institute, for many this is the Institute for Cellular Medicine (ICM). You will be supported in your studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

We undertake the following areas of research and offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in:

Applied immunobiology (including organ and haematogenous stem cell transplantation)

Newcastle hosts one of the most comprehensive organ transplant programmes in the world. This clinical expertise has developed in parallel with the applied immunobiology and transplantation research group. We are investigating aspects of the immunology of autoimmune diseases and cancer therapy, in addition to transplant rejection. We have themes to understand the interplay of the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses by a variety of pathways, and how these can be manipulated for therapeutic purposes. Further research theme focusses on primary immunodeficiency diseases.

Dermatology

There is strong emphasis on the integration of clinical investigation with basic science. Our research include:

  • cell signalling in normal and diseased skin including mechanotransduction and response to ultraviolet radiation
  • dermatopharmacology including mechanisms of psoriatic plaque resolution in response to therapy
  • stem cell biology and gene therapy
  • regulation of apoptosis/autophagy
  • non-melanoma skin cancer/melanoma biology and therapy.

We also research the effects of UVR on the skin including mitochondrial DNA damage as a UV biomarker.

Diabetes

This area emphasises on translational research, linking clinical- and laboratory-based science. Key research include:

  • mechanisms of insulin action and glucose homeostasis
  • insulin secretion and pancreatic beta-cell function
  • diabetic complications
  • stem cell therapies
  • genetics and epidemiology of diabetes.

Diagnostic and therapeutic technologies

Focus is on applied research and aims to underpin future clinical applications. Technology-oriented and demand-driven research is conducted which relates directly to health priority areas such as:

  • bacterial infection
  • chronic liver failure
  • cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

This research is sustained through extensive internal and external collaborations with leading UK and European academic and industrial groups, and has the ultimate goal of deploying next-generation diagnostic and therapeutic systems in the hospital and health-care environment.

Kidney disease

There is a number of research programmes into the genetics, immunology and physiology of kidney disease and kidney transplantation. We maintain close links between basic scientists and clinicians with many translational programmes of work, from the laboratory to first-in-man and phase III clinical trials. Specific areas:

  • haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • renal inflammation and fibrosis
  • the immunology of transplant rejection
  • tubular disease
  • cystic kidney disease.

The liver

We have particular interests in:

  • primary biliary cirrhosis (epidemiology, immunobiology and genetics)
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • fibrosis
  • the genetics of other autoimmune and viral liver diseases

Magnetic Resonance (MR), spectroscopy and imaging in clinical research

Novel non-invasive methodologies using magnetic resonance are developed and applied to clinical research. Our research falls into two categories:

  • MR physics projects involve development and testing of new MR techniques that make quantitative measurements of physiological properties using a safe, repeatable MR scan.
  • Clinical research projects involve the application of these novel biomarkers to investigation of human health and disease.

Our studies cover a broad range of topics (including diabetes, dementia, neuroscience, hepatology, cardiovascular, neuromuscular disease, metabolism, and respiratory research projects), but have a common theme of MR technical development and its application to clinical research.

Musculoskeletal disease (including auto-immune arthritis)

We focus on connective tissue diseases in three, overlapping research programmes. These programmes aim to understand:

  • what causes the destruction of joints (cell signalling, injury and repair)
  • how cells in the joints respond when tissue is lost (cellular interactions)
  • whether we can alter the immune system and ‘switch off’ auto-immune disease (targeted therapies and diagnostics)

This research theme links with other local, national and international centres of excellence and has close integration of basic and clinical researchers and hosts the only immunotherapy centre in the UK.

Pharmacogenomics (including complex disease genetics)

Genetic approaches to the individualisation of drug therapy, including anticoagulants and anti-cancer drugs, and in the genetics of diverse non-Mendelian diseases, from diabetes to periodontal disease, are a focus. A wide range of knowledge and experience in both genetics and clinical sciences is utilised, with access to high-throughput genotyping platforms.

Reproductive and vascular biology

Our scientists and clinicians use in situ cellular technologies and large-scale gene expression profiling to study the normal and pathophysiological remodelling of vascular and uteroplacental tissues. Novel approaches to cellular interactions have been developed using a unique human tissue resource. Our research themes include:

  • the regulation of trophoblast and uNk cells
  • transcriptional and post-translational features of uterine function
  • cardiac and vascular remodelling in pregnancy

We also have preclinical molecular biology projects in breast cancer research.

Respiratory disease

We conduct a broad range of research activities into acute and chronic lung diseases. As well as scientific studies into disease mechanisms, there is particular interest in translational medicine approaches to lung disease, studying human lung tissue and cells to explore potential for new treatments. Our current areas of research include:

  • acute lung injury - lung infections
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • fibrotic disease of the lung, both before and after lung transplantation.

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Our research projects are concerned with the harmful effects of chemicals, including prescribed drugs, and finding ways to prevent and minimise these effects. We are attempting to measure the effects of fairly small amounts of chemicals, to provide ways of giving early warning of the start of harmful effects. We also study the adverse side-effects of medicines, including how conditions such as liver disease and heart disease can develop in people taking medicines for completely different medical conditions. Our current interests include: environmental chemicals and organophosphate pesticides, warfarin, psychiatric drugs and anti-cancer drugs.

Pharmacy

Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.



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