Taught in the School of Life Sciences’ state-of-the-art research laboratories and teaching facilities, the MSc in Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease, is the only one of its kind in the UK.
The course promotes the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to studying fundamental physiological aspects of human health and disease, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, by combining cutting-edge physiological and metabolic methodologies with relevant molecular biology approaches.
The course is ideal for:
students with a background in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biology, nutrition, exercise science and other related disciplines
those with work experience in health-related research
health and exercise professionals.
It investigates the physiology underlying health and disease – a growing area of interest to academic, private and public sectors – and aims to:
develop an understanding of the fundamental physiology underpinning the maintenance of health, and the development of disease
equip students with both generic and specialist skills, including a wide range of laboratory techniques necessary to develop an integrated and translational approach to the study of human metabolism and physiology
promote the importance of adopting a critical approach to questions of clinical relevance
provide the necessary foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced research in this area, leading to the degree of PhD.
The programme comprises eight modules: six compulsory, one optional, and a laboratory-based research project.
The six compulsory modules are:
Nutrition in Health and Exercise
Muscle Physiology and Metabolism
Metabolism and Nutrition in Disease
Statistics and Research Methods
Students choose one of the following two optional modules:
About the School and its staff
The School of Life Sciences, with its unique, high-quality expertise and excellent facilities, is one of the UK’s leaders in research into integrated physiology.
The programme is delivered by staff from the Metabolic Physiology Group. The group has an international research standing in the area of human nutrition, the control and integration of fuel utilisation in health and disease, such as in obesity and diabetes, and the regulation of muscle mass during exercise, inactivity and disease. The group is funded by industry, research charities and research councils.
In recent years, the School has undergone an impressive development and refurbishment programme. Research is conducted in a suite of human physiology laboratories; ex vivo pharmacology laboratories; neuroscience laboratories and a human primary tissue culture laboratory.
These facilities allow integrated metabolic investigations in both patients and healthy individuals to dovetail with relevant modern molecular biology technologies.
Students also benefit from our interactive, multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research alongside colleagues in other schools and clinics based in four regional hospitals: the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and Derby City General Hospital.
A range of rewarding employment opportunities is open to graduates in this field.
Experience in the area of integrated and translational physiology is required by an increasing number of research groups in both academia and the private sector.
The health and exercise sector offers a variety of employment opportunities in rehabilitation, and health and fitness centres.
The School attracts a number of capacity-building Medical Research Council (MRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) PhD studentships each year. On successful completion of the programme, students are considered as serious candidates for these research opportunities.
The course requires students to accumulate 180 credits as follows:
Autumn – three core taught modules (50 credits)
Spring – five taught modules (80 credits)
Summer – research project (50 credits).
Assessments are held either at the end of a module or the end of a semester and take the form of an exam, laboratory report or essay.
The research project is assessed through a 15,000-word dissertation and a viva voce.
The School offers competitive scholarships specific to the course each year and supports applications for funding to external organisations, including the research councils. For further details, please visit our website.
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