Students are offered the opportunity to conduct research in the area of Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health. This is a specialist research strand forming part of the Masters in Research (MRes) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health strand students are mainly supervised by active researchers from the Department of Women’s & Children’s Health, but supervisors in other Departments performing relevant research also contribute. Students also participate in the lecture series and transferable skills offered as part of the wider MRes course.
1. Strand information for the
Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health strand
This strand covers a wide range of different research areas, from laboratory based cell biology work, clinical trials to systematic reviews. Despite this diversity, the various research areas share a common aim in trying to understand health and the disease related to women’s, children’s and neonatal health.
Students in this strand are therefore allocated research projects that maximise their skills in key techniques to address this, such as research synthesis (meta-analysis, Cochrane systematic reviews, clinical trial management, drug development, immuno-histochemistry, cell culture, molecular biology, and microscopy. Student projects take place in the Department with strong international reputations in the areas related to Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Neonatology.
Examples of research project areas include: systematic reviews (supervisors: Neilson & Alfirevic), clinical trials in women and in the newborn in areas of pre-term labour, third stage of labour, global maternal health, RCTs in to the long term follow up of post natal growth restriction, neonatal drug development (supervisors; Weeks, Alfirevic, Weindling, Cooke & Turner), uterine physiology and pre-term labour (supervisor: Wray), maternal obesity and misopristol (supervisor; Weeks), endometrial stem cells in endometriosis & endometrial cancer (supervisor: Hapangama) and cystic fibrosis (supervisor: Wallace).
An overview of the MRes
(Master of Research) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine
The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine provides students with high level research training within the six research departments contributing to the programme. The programme is divided into 11 strands and students choose a strand that matches their research interests; this then becomes the over-arching area of their research projects. The strands in the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine are listed below:
• Biology of Cancer
• Cellular and Molecular Physiology
• Drug Safety
• Health Economics
• Medical Sciences
• Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology
• Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
• Nanomedicine and Biostatistics
• Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease
• Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health
Structure of the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
The twelve month, full-time programme is structured to allow for 3 hours lectures per week whilst the rest of the day is spent in the lab or carrying out other research project related work.
MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine students undertake 3 research projects that comprise of 10 weeks of lab work followed by 2 weeks in which to write a report. Students also present either a poster or talk at the end of every research project. During the project, all students are encouraged to suggest experiments, design experimental protocols, as well as being taught subject specific techniques and advanced knowledge in transferable skills. The research projects will include at least three different research techniques to enhance experimental training skills that need to be clearly stated at the end of each project.
The morning lectures relate to state-of-the-art research techniques, application of knowledge in scientific and clinical areas, and the development of personal and professional transferable skills. Important and innovative parts of the transferable skills students take part in include the following workshops “IP and Commercialization (our own version of Dragon’s Den)”, Demonstrator Training and “Writing a PhD Studentship”, as well as taking part in debates for public understanding of science.
Further information, including current handbook, for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme can be found on our webpage: http://www.liv.ac.uk/translational-medicine/postgraduate/mres/
Bursaries for the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
For 2016 entry we have 20 bursaries of £2000 each, providing partial funding of the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme. For further information and a bursary application form please contact us at [email protected]
For students considering continuing on to a PhD, the Institute offers full and part funded competitive PhD studentships for those who successfully complete the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. All MRes students will be contacted about these studentships.
can be made here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/
. You should apply for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine and indicate in your application that you would like to join the Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health strand.
6. Information about the
Department of Women’s & Children’s Health:
Women and Children’s Health research in Liverpool has an international reputation for excellence. The Department (http://www.liv.ac.uk/obchildhe/
) incorporates obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and medical and surgical paediatrics. The Department offers some of the most extensive facilities for research in this area in Europe, providing excellent bases for patient-orientated translational and clinical research. Expertise in Women’s Health is based in Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; expertise in Children’s Health is based in purpose built accommodation at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital at Alder Hey. Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are respectively the largest women’s and children’s hospitals in Europe. The Department return was designated as “commended” by the “other hospital based clinical specialties” sub-panel of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The Department has strong research links with other Departments within the Institute, The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Liverpool Wellcome Tropical Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.
1st, 2:1 or 2:2 science degree (or international equivalent). The minimum English Language requirement for EU and international applicants is IELTS = 6.5. Intercalating students are required to successfully complete their fourth year of study.
2016 tuition fees not yet set, please enquire for more information. (Bursaries available)