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Medicine and Life Sciences MRes

Course Description

The MRes in Medicine and Life Sciences provides an ideal opportunity and environment in which to gain practical training in Research Methods and to join a thriving research team within Swansea University Medical School. The Medicine and Life Sciences course has been developed with an emphasis on providing students with a research-oriented approach to their learning.

Students are able to tailor their studies towards a career in one of the School's internationally recognised research themes:

– Biomarkers and Genes,
– Devices,
– Microbes and Immunity,
– Patient & Population Health and Informatics.

Key Features

The Medicine and Life Sciences programme is committed to supporting the development of evidence within the areas of Health, Medicine and Life Science through the training of researchers whose findings will directly inform their own understanding and that of others. The ethos of this programme in Medicine and Life Sciences is to produce graduates with the research skills and knowledge to become effective researchers, who will contribute to the body of knowledge within their chosen area of interest that will have an impact upon the health and well-being of all.

The advantage of an MRes over other formats is that it provides a structured yet in-depth approach, taking the taught component of FHEQ Level 7 teaching as a framework for conducting research on the candidate's own practice.
Innovative and integrated curriculum that reflects the various aspects of the research process.
Multidisciplinary teaching team with vast experience and expertise in conducting high quality research.
Research informed teaching.
Teaching is supported by online learning and support.
Flexibility for you to gain specialist knowledge.
A one year full-time taught masters programme designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge required for a successful research career.
This Medicine and Life Sciences course is also available for two years part-time study.
The opportunity to conduct an individual research project with an interdisciplinary team within a supportive environment.
Students will be assigned a research-active supervisory team

The aim of the MRes Medicine and Life Sciences is to provide students with broad research training to prepare them for a research career in Medical and Life Science research with emphasis on: Biomarkers & Genes, Devices, Microbes & Immunity, Patient & Population Health and Informatics. The course has been developed to enable graduates to pursue a variety of research careers in Medical and Life Sciences. The Medicine and Life Sciences programme comprises both taught and research elements.

By the end of the programme students will have:

Developed necessary skills to critically interpret and evaluate research evidence; Gained experience in analysis and interpretation of research data; Advanced knowledge at the forefront of Medical and Life Science research, with the ability to integrate the theoretical and practical elements of research training; Developed the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a research project for the generation of new evidence that informs Health, Medicine and Life Science; Developed practical research skills by working with an interdisciplinary research team; The ability to confidently communicate research ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences; Acquired transferable skills which enhance your employability and future research career.

Course Structure

Students must complete 3 modules of 20 credits each and produce a 120 credits thesis on a research project aligned to one of the School’s research themes. Each taught module of the programme requires a short period of attendance that is augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after attendance.

The Medicine and Life Sciences programme is designed in two phases:

Phase 1 – Training and Application (October – January; 60 credits)

Taught modules in Research Methods and their application to Medicine and Life Science. Personalised education and training relevant to student’s research interests. Identification of research questions and how they might be addressed. Focus on students' existing knowledge and research skills.

Phase 2 – Research Project (February – September; 120 credits)

The project is selected by the student in combination with an academic supervisory team. Focussed on one of the School’s four main research themes: Biomarkers and Genes, Devices, Microbes and Immunity, and Patient & Population Health and Informatics. At the end of Part 2 students submit a 40,000 word thesis worth 120 credits leading to the award of Master of Research in Medicine and Life Science.

Modules on the MRes Medicine and Life Sciences typically include:

Critical Appraisal and Evaluation
Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences
Research Leadership and Project Management OR any topic specific FHEQ Level 7 module from the Medical School's portfolio

Visit the Medicine and Life Sciences MRes page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to this course in Medicine and Life Sciences is normally on the basis of UK Honours Degree Grade 2:2 or above in an appropriate subject area – Biomedical, Health, Medical or Life Science, or an equivalent qualification for overseas applicants. English language requirement IELTS Score 6.5.

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