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Clinical Sciences (Musculoskeletal Biology) Masters of Research (MRes)

Course Description

Undertake a Masters of Research (MRes) in the area of Musculoskeletal Biology at the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool as part of the MRes in Clinical Sciences Programme.

Liverpool is a vibrant, cultural city and the University, a member of the Russell Group, provides an excellent environment for undertaking a postgraduate research programme.

The MRes in Clinical Sciences programme is a structured 1 Year Masters Degree by research, organised around the research interests of the Institutes of Infection & Global Health, and Ageing & Chronic Disease, and consists of eleven Programme Pathways (listed below) reflecting the world-class research being carried out in these areas within both Institutes.

Programme Pathways:

Clinical Infection & Global Health
Emerging & Zoonotic Infections
Eye & Vision Science
Infection Immunology
Microbial Pathogenesis
Musculoskeletal Biology
Neurological Infections
Obesity & Endocrinology
One Health
Translation Bacteriology
Veterinary Science

The programme is designed to provide the skills necessary to pursue a research-based career. It is suitable for science graduates wishing to pursue further studies at PhD level or for those wishing to gain research experience before moving into an industrial setting. It is also an ideal research-orientated degree for intercalating medical, dental or veterinary undergraduates.

To undertake your Masters in the area of Musculoskeletal Biology you will carry out three 10-week research projects with academics working in this research area (both clinical and non-clinical). You would then qualify with the award MRes in Clinical Sciences (Musculoskeletal Biology). Students in addition also participate in the lecture series and transferable skills elements offered as part of the wider MRes course.

Further details of the academic members of staff who contribute to the Musculoskeletal Biology research area, within the MRes and their research interests can be found at the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease website [http://www.liv.ac.uk/ageing-and-chronic-disease/]. In addition, examples of the types of research projects which were available in this area for the 2014-15 course can be found in the MRes Clinical Sciences Research Project Booklet (available upon request).

Overview of the course

The programme comprises a total of 7 modules. Students must complete all seven modules to obtain the 180 credits necessary to gain the MRes degree. In addition to the three research project modules, there are four generic taught modules providing training in Transferable Skills, Basic Laboratory Skills, along with two Lecture/Journal Club based modules highlighting recent advances in Clinical Sciences (including Musculoskeletal Biology). Further information is available in the course handbook, available on request.

For further information on the MRes course see


or contact the Course Administrator, Sue Jones ().

To apply for the course please follow the following link:


You should apply for the MRes in Clinical Sciences. Please indicate in your application that you would like to follow the Musculoskeletal Biology Pathway.

The deadline for applications is the 31 July 2015.

Applications from overseas students should be submitted by this date to allow time for all paperwork to be complete before the start of the course. Applications from Home/EU students may be made after this date and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For 2015-16 entry we have a small number of bursaries available (up to £2000), providing partial funding for the MRes in Clinical Sciences programme. For further details and a bursary application form please contact us at .

For students considering continuing on to a PhD, the Institutes annually offer full and part funded competitive PhD studentships. All MRes students on the programme are informed about these studentships.

Visit the Clinical Sciences (Musculoskeletal Biology) Masters of Research (MRes) page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Science degree (e.g.BSc) at 2.2 or above (or related degree); or a medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Also available as an intercalation option for Medical and Veterinary students. For applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score or 7.0 or above is required.

Course Fees

University Tuition Fee for 2015-16 to be confirmed (for 2014-15 fees were Home/EU £3996; Overseas £15,700) plus £3000 Research Support Fee

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