This exciting new course is aimed at health professionals who are currently engaged in applied health research or wish to pursue a career where research is a core component.
It provides you with the opportunity to develop a systematic, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the nature, purposes, methods and application of research relevant to health services at an individual and/or organisational level.
Through the provision of research training the course aims to enhance the quality and evidence-base of your clinical research, practice and service development. You will be taught in a stimulating, challenging and supportive learning environment that draws on outstanding resources, research and practice expertise.
The course allows you to foster links between research and practice by providing a framework for integrating relevant research, theory and knowledge. This may underpin your professional career aspirations, including further study at Doctoral level.
Gastric balloon: a non-invasive weight loss intervention
Obesity is a major health concern and weight loss surgery is the gold standard treatment but is expensive and irreversible. Gastric balloons are an alternative to weight loss surgery, and are endoscopically administered in a capsule and inflated once in the stomach. This reduces the stomach volume and therefore improves the patient’s satiety threshold, and subsequently leads to significant weight loss. The approach is cost effective compared to other surgical interventions but still expensive as it cannot be offered outside hospital settings. The balloon needs endoscopic removal under anaesthesia after 4 months of its insertion; it is subject to spontaneous deflation if not removed. A repeated course of three balloons can be very expensive. This project aims to redesign the gastric balloon to improve its limitations. The project will include developing a series of formulations, their detailed characterisation, for example; swelling, gastric-stability, rheology, buoyancy, stability, degradation etc. The project may potentially lead to industrial/clinical collaborations to further the technology in preclinical and clinical trials.
Applicants must have a good honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in pharmacy or a related discipline. Desirable criteria are evidence of further study or equivalent level and practical laboratory experience. If English is not your first language, you will be asked to provide proof of proficiency.
The project is internally funded by the Research and Enterprise of the University of Huddersfield and open to applicants from Home/EU and Overseas. The successful applicant will receive a full waiver to their tuition fees and will also receive an annual bursary of £14,553 for one year.
Start Date: January 2018
Application Deadline: 31 October 2017
For further information about MSc Research program at the University of Huddersfield and how to make an online application, please refer to the link below:
You may also contact the research supervisor Dr Hamid Merchant for further details about the project and the selection process.
To apply, please send a covering letter outlining your motivation and experience (details of why you are interested in undertaking this project and what relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications you would bring to the research) including a CV and the names of two referees to Dr Hamid Merchant ([email protected]) and copy to PGR administration ([email protected]) by 31st October 2017. Please also complete an online application at http://halo.hud.ac.uk/pgr_onlineapps/
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which can also be arranged over Skype for candidates who may not be able to appear in person.