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:
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.
There is strong emphasis on the integration of clinical investigation with basic science. Our research include:
We also research the effects of UVR on the skin including mitochondrial DNA damage as a UV biomarker.
This area emphasises on translational research, linking clinical- and laboratory-based science. Key research include:
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:
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.
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:
We have particular interests in:
Novel non-invasive methodologies using magnetic resonance are developed and applied to clinical research. Our research falls into two categories:
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.
We focus on connective tissue diseases in three, overlapping research programmes. These programmes aim to understand:
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.
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.
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:
We also have preclinical molecular biology projects in breast cancer research.
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:
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.
Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.
This degree requires you to undertake a substantial, original research project, under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff who act as supervisors. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in terms of research project development and execution. Typically, you meet with your supervisors more frequently at the initial stages of research than during the phases of data collection and analysis.
There is a wide range of training available to Masters by Research students, including traditional, transferable skills and research specific training. This is either provided by Sport and Exercise Sciences staff, or by colleagues from the University's Graduate School.
You are also supported by attendance at the School’s postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.
Research activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is divided into two main themes:
Within these two themes our research spans the areas of physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, older people, clinical population, elite athletes, and members of the general population.
If you are interested in studying on our Master's by Research programme, you can find details of current projects, with links to abstracts outlining their content, on the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences website.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is one of the most exciting and innovative sports schools in the UK.
The School is based on the University’s award-winning Medway campus and has well-equipped, state-of the-art sports science laboratories, sports therapy clinic, sports rehabilitation gymnasium and respiratory clinic.
The University of Kent benefits from Medway Park, an £11 million project to create a regional centre of sporting excellence that was an approved pre-Olympic training camp venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Medway Park has hosted a number of major sporting events, such as the Modern Pentathlon World Cup and European Championships.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences offers both taught and research postgraduate courses in Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.
- Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/
This course is an accelerated programme which builds on prior learning and experience to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice physiotherapy and make a difference to patients’ lives. It is a two-year course with an exciting and varied mix of academic and clinical learning.
The course is a rewarding learning experience, which will prepare you for work in demanding clinical settings where you will be working as part of a diverse team of people to promote health and well-being. The course will enable you to effectively assess and treat patients, continually analyse and evaluate your practice and meet the demands of the rapidly changing health sector.
Academic modules allow you to develop strong core assessment and treatments skills and a deeper knowledge of key areas such as exercise prescription and health promotion practice. Integrating the core practice areas of cardiovascular respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal encourages you to think holistically about your patients.
Clinical practice elements are interspersed between academic modules enabling you to put your learning into practice and consolidating and further developing your knowledge and skills.
Staff members use a variety of active learning methods. This means that you are rarely simply sitting listening in lectures. In class you will be engaging with theory to discuss how it relates in practice, developing clinical reasoning skills through working on case studies or in practical classes. Simulated learning opportunities, where you work with volunteer patients, provide a stepped approach to you moving into the real clinical environment. Tutorial and workshop classes are small, typically around 27 students, for practical classes this reduces to 14.
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately. You will be given some directed study to undertake independently but will be expected to investigate more widely on your own.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
This course is delivered by experienced Physiotherapists who are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Staff members are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for you and ensure that teaching methods have a sound research underpinning. Many staff members are engaged in research which relates either to professional practice or the methods used to teaching on the programme. They have presented innovations used in the course or School of Health Sciences since it began in 2014.
Typically students are assessed each year:
You will undertake six placements which are spread over the duration of the course. The first three placements are 6 weeks in length, the remaining 3 are 5 weeks duration. The final placement is an elective which is arranged by you; this can be undertaken in any country if the required conditions are met.
Please note if you are a student from the USA who is planning to apply for a Federal Loan, none of your placements can take place in the USA. This is in order to comply with the requirement of the FERPA.
Students who complete their MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree at RGU and wish to pursue working within the United States can apply to upgrade their MSc to a Doctorate of Physiotherapy (DPT). Learn more about the upgrade DPT programme at Northern Arizona University (NAU).
Please visit the website to find out how to apply
With accreditation from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council, your course will provide you with the necessary expertise and skills to become a qualified physiotherapist.
As a physiotherapist, you will help people of all ages to manage pain and dysfunction. Covering the core areas of neuromusculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy, you will learn how to think independently and problem solve in a clinical capacity. You will acquire comprehensive hands-on experience through a selection of diverse clinical practice placements, which could be based in primary, community care or hospital settings.
You will carry out a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical placement experience under the supervision of experienced physiotherapists. A combination of campus-based learning, independent study and clinical practice will enhance your interprofessional relationships.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
Our course will prepare you for work as a physiotherpaist through a combination of University based modules and clinical practice placements. You'll study the core areas of physiotherapy practice - neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy.
Practice placements will take place in a variety of environments, including primary and community care and hospital based settings. A key benefit of our course is the use of inter-professional working, and you will share many aspects of learning with students on our MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) course. Our problem-based independent learning approach will develop you to become an autonomous practitioner and lifelong learner.
Our graduates are very well regarded by employers – we consistently attain a 100 per cent employability rate for students seeking positions in acute and community settings within the NHS and private sector. There will also be opportunities to work within private healthcare, school settings, hospices and in sports clubs. As a qualified physiotherapist, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as learning difficulties, mental health, sports medicine, health promotion and clinical research.
This is an integrated course that prepares students for the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice in the continually evolving Health and Social Care sector. You will study in a small cohort where staff will get to know each student, you will start learning in the clinical environment from the first semester, and you will learn in a way that makes links between theory and practice from day one.
The structure of the course is innovative; there is one module for each of the six semesters, with integrated part-time clinical placements for four of the six modules. Approximately 2/3 of the clinical placements are part-time (1-2 days per week), and there is also a five-week full-time elective placements towards the end of the course where you can choose your own clinical placement location.
You’ll be taught in our purpose built rehabilitation and assessment facilities, which includes a therapy clinic and movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with Physiotherapists working within the NHS and private practices across the North West. There are also links with charitable organisations and international institutions and hospitals, providing excellent opportunities for our students to gain experience of the breadth of contemporary physiotherapy practice.
The first year of study will include knowledge and skill development across musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological domains, and students start integrating their capabilities into holistic patient assessment and management.
Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 1
Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 2
Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 3
Students will continue to develop their assessment and management skills, including using exercise concepts and pain management strategies. The modules will offer students opportunities to develop core clinical capabilities, to ensure that each student is prepared for working in a variety of clinical settings.
Semester 1: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 4
Semester 2: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 5
Semester 3: Integrated Physiotherapy Practice 6
Our MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course will provide the opportunity for you to undertake various clinical placements during your time at UCLan, both in traditional and contemporary settings. Previous placements include Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Ministry of Defence, and overseas experiences.
We have excellent employability rates for students graduating from our BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course, last year 100% of these students gained employment within 6 months of graduation. Through consultation with our clinical stakeholders we know that there is a demand for physiotherapists in the North West, and especially with Masters-level qualifications.
We have strong links with clinical partners in the North West, in both NHS and non-NHS settings. We organise annual recruitment events where employers from the public (NHS) and private spheres attend and network with physiotherapy students.
We have excellent employment rates for physiotherapy graduates.
Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills development through a range of assessment tasks. There is particular emphasis on ‘real life’ assessments that reflect the ways in which students will learn and practice during the course. Methods include practicals, vivas, presentations, assignments and clinical practice based assessment. There is a strong commitment to providing timely and constructive feedback for all assessments.
Interprofessional working is an important part of Physiotherapy and Healthcare. Whilst you are at University, you will have timetabled sessions where you will work in partnership with several professions, including Nurses and Occupational Therapists. Learning about, with and from students in other healthcare disciplines will help prepare you for real-world clinical settings. During your time on placement, you will work with a variety of professionals and will be a part of the wider multi-disciplinary team. This will further develop your skills in communication and collaborative working to provide optimal patient care and improve health outcomes.
Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.
You will develop advanced knowledge in all aspects of precision medicine including genomics, bioinformatics, structural biology, genetics and epigenetics of disease and their precision diagnosis and treatment, biomedical imaging techniques, nanomedicines; generation and analysis of big data. You will gain awareness of the context in which precision medicine is being applied in healthcare, research and industry. You will also develop a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills essential for a career in this field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is also offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is also offered.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
Select four optional modules.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which can take the form of a wet lab/computer modelling based project or a literature project.
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self study, practical sessions and discussion groups. The research project forms one third of the programme. Each of the taught modules is assessed by unseen written examination (50%) and coursework (50%). The research project is assessed by the dissertation and viva.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Precision Medicine MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The MSc will provide an excellent background for those looking to establish a career in biotech, pharma, national research laboratories and NHS agencies. The knowledge and transferable skills delivered will also be useful for those who intend to pursue academic research or medical studies.
UCL, in partnership with UCL Hospitals, is an internationally renowned and productive centre with established strengths in translating pioneering scientific research into tangible treatments. The results of REF2014 show that UCL enjoys the greatest amount of “world leading” (4*) research in Medicine and Biological sciences. This was a tremendous achievement for the Division of Medicine, which led the return in Clinical Medicine for UCL. In Clinical Medicine, UCL was ranked first in the UK (according to Research Fortnight's Power Rankings), a testament to our research strength in the Division of Medicine.
The UCL Division of Medicine has significiant expertise in the field of precision medicine. The division has pioneered multidisciplinary research and successfully translated innovative research into useful clinical benefit. Students on the MSc will have the opportunity to interact and conduct research with leading groups in the field.
The UCL Division of Medicine research expertise includes: inflammation, internal medicine, metabolism, nephrology, respiratory, liver and digestive health, medicinal chemistry, computational drug design, neuronal development and signalling, cell cycle control, intensive care medicine, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, stem cells, mitochondrial biology and cancer.
Department: Division of Medicine
Student / staff numbers › 411 staff including 84 postdocs › 133 taught students › 193 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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.
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
This MSc is primarily suitable for life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in precision medicine who have a background in biological sciences, chemical sciences, physics, mathematics or pharmacy may also be eligible to apply.
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications