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Biomedical Research: Integrative and Translational MRes

Course Description


This programme will equip you with the necessary ethos, critical evaluative skills and technical competence to pursue a research career in the in vivo sciences. Such an approach is essential to understand the complex interactions among body systems, and how these may be modified with adaptations, by drugs, and during pathologies.

You will graduate equipped with essential skills for training to PhD level with an excellent grounding for future careers in biological research, the pharmaceutical industry or higher education.

A Home Office Personal Licence, for which training is provided, is a prerequisite for this course. The research project will normally require students to carry out licensed procedures. This module will be taught at the beginning of the MRes.

The programme is split into two components - taught and research. The taught component comprises three taught modules and aids the students to gain the skills required to undertake the research component. The first module covers physiology of major body systems in order to ensure all students have a common knowledge regardless of their first degree background.

A practical in vivo research skills module involves progressive training with equipment using in vitro and ex vivo approaches. This research modules also provides seminars from research-active scientists about their approaches, and a series of taster projects where you observe current research projects in action. A research methods module gives theoretical and practical instruction in common techniques, experiemenal design and data analysis. The in vivo research project takes 20 weeks and gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in publishable-quality research.

Why study this course

In vivo research provides the key translational step between basic medical science and clinical medicine. The course will give you a thorough training in the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of in vivo research techniques. You will gain an in-depth appreciation of the special requirements of in vivo experimentation, its advantages and pitfalls.

By gaining practical and theoretical skills in integravtive physiology and pharmacology you will expand the boundaries of your first degree discipline thereby increasing your employability and utility in a research environment.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Biomedical Research: Integrative and Translational MRes page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (Biomedical or Life Sciences)

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