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Medical Sciences MRes

Medical Sciences MRes

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Research

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: 1 Year

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Research

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MRes

Why study this programme?

The programme is designed to enable intercalating medical students and graduates to initiate a research career in key areas of medicine and bioscience in academia, health-care settings, or industry. It aims to provide high-quality training for real-life medical/biomedical research through a high-quality real-life experience.

The course is structured in 2 modules:

  1. Module MB4067 (Research Methods in Medical Sciences; 60 credits; Semester 1)
    To ‘hit the ground running’ on the subsequent Research Project Module (MB4068), providing fundamental general tools and skills in medical/biomedical research, and those specific to the conceptual and technical aspects of their selected MB4068 project.
  2. Module MB4068 (Research Project in Medical Sciences; 120 credits; Semesters 2 & 3), is devoted to the undertaking of a cutting-edge research project selected and/or proposed by the student in a research group within the areas of expertise in the School and collaborating partners.

Entry Requirements

  • Students should have completed 4 years’ of MBBS or MBChB or equivalent or have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Students should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
  • Admissions interview required.            

Programme at a Glance

A COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE TO LEAD SUCCESS AND SATISFACTION

The course is structured in 2 modules:

  • MB4067 Research Methods in Medical Sciences (Semester 1)
  • MB4068 Research Project in Medical Sciences (Semesters 2 & 3)

Module MB4067 (Research Methods in Medical Sciences; 60 credits) is a mainly taught module containing two types of sessions:

  1. sessions on fundamental tools and skills to enable an effective research undertaking across disciplines in biomedical and clinical investigations, and
  2. sessions targeting specific needs of the research project selected and to be tackled by the student in the subsequent Module MB4068

Module MB4068 (Research Project in Medical Sciences; 120 credits), is devoted to the undertaking of a student-selected research project within the scope of thematic expertise of the School and collaborating partners on cutting-edge research projects in medicine and biomedical sciences.

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

The programme is designed to enable intercalating medical students and graduates to initiate a research career in key areas of medicine and bioscience in academia, health-care settings, or industry.

The student will become an integral part of a single research group.  Besides other personal, social and professional opportunities within the School, Faculty and University, the student will become a member of the body of postgraduate students, with opportunities to benefit from and contribute to it.  In addition to a Director of Studies, the student will be supported by a supervisory team, as well as other School and University structures to ensure successful and satisfactory progression.

A RANGE OF RESEARCH PROJECTS AT THE LEADING EDGE OF MEDICINE AND THE TEAM BEHIND THEM

The diverse range of research projects offered extends across the broad areas of expertise within the School and its collaborating partners. The projects offered are at the cutting edge of and/or innovative in Medicine, Surgery and the Medical Sciences. The projects are embedded within a modern School of Medicine and its broad network of affiliated partners with progressive views and an absolute devotion towards ensuring personal and professional satisfaction of its students.

The research themes will encompass a wide range of expertise from the most fundamental biomedical sciences to the most applied aspects of medicine and surgery, from the infectious disease and immunology of host-pathogen interactions, through the elucidation of cancer biomarkers to systematic reviews in gastrointestinal infections. The array of projects will expand from bench-based molecular and cell biology research lines, through field studies and physiology, through surgery and biomedical imaging, to in silico initiatives through unique access to big data analysis of patient databases across the board of clinical presentation, and beyond into mental health, psychology and sociology.

STRONG EMPHASIS ON THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Personal and career development are addressed through:

  • the integration of fundamental knowledge within the development of the essential skills and attitudes to support the lifelong learning drive underpinning scientific research
  • the guided development of the transferable skills of independent judgment, critical thinking, self-directed learning and autonomous work
  • leading the understanding of the place of investigation in medicine
  • training on the settings, sources and vehicles that enable the scientific process
  • targeting crucial steps for career progression in research and teaching:
    • production of and/or contribution to manuscripts to be submitted to scientific/medical journals, presentations to conferences
    • preparation and submission of funding applications
    • involvement in collaborative projects
    • development of professional networks

Throughout the course students are expected to maintain a portfolio to support reflective learning and track the learning progress. This will form a key resource in the regular appraisals that students complete to ensure progress is appropriate, as well as allowing them to develop autonomy in their own learning development.

For more information, please contact the Course Director:

Dr Jorge Garcia-Lara
Tel. 01772 89 5872
E-mail: jgarcia-lara@uclan.ac.uk

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

EXPERTS AND EXPERT FACILITIES ENABLING THE ACQUISITION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF KNOWLEDGE

The taught sessions (Module MB4067) will be delivered and the research project (MB4068) will be supervised by internationally recognised experts in their fields.  Our team is constitutes  internationally recognised leading experts in the field of biomedical sciences, and includes top-ranking scientists, surgeons, consultants, academic doctors and clinicians from the School, as well as from collaborating partners, such as East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The student will become an integral part of a single research group where she/he will carry out the selected research project (MB4068).  Besides other personal, social and professional opportunities within the School, Faculty and University, the student will become a member of the body of postgraduate students, with opportunities to benefit from and contribute to it.

Within the School ethos of staff accessibility, the course is designed to maximise the acquisition and implementation of knowledge. The course is framed within a well-planned support network that includes a Director of Studies, a student Academic Advisor/Mentor, a Supervisory Team, the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Group, and the Research Student Registry as well as Student Services.

The ultimate goal is to ensure a productive progress through the 12-month MRes timeline, optimising the opportunities for a successful outcome. Besides a written exam and a statistics assignment, the MB4067 module will be assessed through the production of a research proposal that will subsequently constitute the core of the MB4068 research programme. The student will have the opportunity to display the knowledge acquired and generated through the MB4068 Research Project, through various assessment pieces, including the production of a laboratory notebook and a written assignment (dissertation), as well as an oral presentation (a viva voce of the dissertation). Effectively, the assessment itself targets fundamental skills essential to the scientific method, i.e. the learning outcomes have been designed to meet the real-life experience of a researcher in medical sciences.

The day-to-day assessment and support by the research supervisor and research team as well as a variety of specific interactive tutorials delivered within the course target the mastering of skills to produce high-quality pieces of assessment. These sessions include class and small group discussions and debates; data interpretation; technical troubleshooting tests; critical appraisal of published works etc.  Those expected assessment pieces are not purely tools to evaluate the student, but correspond in fact to the same skills and outputs that a professional researcher in medical/biomedical sciences needs to have and produce as vehicles of the professional academic discourse in real life.

A key University facility MRes students will be able to use are the Biomedical Facilities Research Laboratories. Depending on the project selected the students may carry out work within facilities of our collaborating partners (see Industry Links).

Medical Sciences, MRes

MEET THE TEAM THROUGH THEIR THEMES
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Dr Emyr Bakker
(Bioinformatics / Cell biology - molecular endocrinology and cancer biology)

Mrs Maureen Brennan
(Medical education - educational pedagogy for online learning; assessment in higher education)

Dr Elaine Browne
(Cell biology / Immunology - immunogenetics of inflammatory conditions)

Dr Darrell Brooks
(Physiology - sport and exercise science)

Prof Ruben Canelo
(Gastrointestinal surgery - diagnosis)

Prof Umesh Chauhan
(Primary care - mental health and cardiovascular)

Dr Allyson Clelland
(Development - external influences in embryo development)

Pro. Gershan Davis
(Cardiovascular medicine - diagnosis)

Dr Jorge Garcia-Lara [Course Director]
(Infectious disease – cardiovascular and oncological epidemiology; host-pathogen interactions; Microbiology – human microbiota; biofilm; bacterial molecular/cell biology)

Prof Morris Gordon
(Medical education research; Evidence synthesis; Cochrane Collaboration)

Dr Achyut Guleri
(Pathology - clinical pathology and laboratory medicine)

Prof Cathy Jackson [Head of School]
(Respiratory Medicine - inflammatory airway disease, early diagnosis and management of chronic disease; Medical education)

Dr Sue Jamieson
(Physiology of exercise – physical activity and cardiorespiratory control; physiology in extreme environments)

Prof Shah Khan
(Musculoskeletal imaging and therapy intervention)

Dr Alexander Montasem
(Psychology - occupational health and behavioural medicine)

Dr Temba Mudariki
(Neuroscience - diagnostic pathology of brain tumours)

Dr Geraldine O’Connor
(Immunology - NK cells signalling and function)

Dr Harmony Otete
(Statistics - analysis of large health databases)

Prof Anthony Rowbottom
(Immunology - clinical immunology;  immunological innovation)

Dr Robert Sims
(Physiology - physiology of sleep)

Mr Daren Subar
(Gastrointestinal surgery - minimal access surgery; hepato-biliary diseases)

Dr Katja Vogt
(Cell biology / Immunology – cell signalling and vesicle transport; professional cellular immunity; bacterial host-pathogen interactions)

Dr Helen Wimalarathna
(Microbiology / Epidemiology - pathogen evolution and ecology; epidemiology of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance)

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £7,500 per year (UK/EU), £14,500 International per year

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The research projects are led by nationally and internationally recognised principal investigators affiliated with the School. In a project-dependent manner there are opportunities for visits in national and international laboratories, in academic or industry settings (including NHS).

Our School of Medicine collaborates with a number of national and international partners in the environment of human health, such as  East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The course prepares students within the ever-changing demands of healthcare systems and the biotechnology industry. Health systems and the biotechnology industry, and in turn their underpinning research structures, are in an era of uncertainty from ageing through antimicrobial resistance and technological innovation to health system regulation changes.

The MRes in Medical Sciences course promotes challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research susceptible to implementation within modern medical sciences, healthcare systems (including the NHS), the biotechnology industry, and regulatory bodies.

The course is embedded within, and the research projects reflect, a School environment that strengthens the capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange, aligned with local, national and international strategic priorities in line with policy- and decision-makers.  To respond to the challenges in medical sciences research, the programme embraces the fundamental principles of enterprise and entrepreneurship in education.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COURSE

  • Programme to prepare intercalating medical students and graduates for a research career in medicine/bioscience in academia, health-care settings, or industry.
  • Opportunities for research projects framed within national and international collaborations with universities and research institutes, industry and the health system
  • Strong emphasis on the personal development programme
  • A School of Medicine environment that strengthens the capacity for world-class research, innovation and knowledge exchange
  • Research projects supervised by internationally recognised experts on their fields
  • Select within a wide range of themes aligned with the priorities of governmental and non-governmental organisations, from molecular aspects of health and disease to the global health agenda, from fundamental sciences to surgery
  • Embedding values of enterprise and entrepreneurship in medical education towards translational research and innovation.

Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be ideally suited to pursue the academic medicine path, PhD studies or a career in medical/bioscience research.

There may be opportunities for external research experience in other universities nationally or internationally, as well as in industry, clinical settings and other healthcare facilities as a function of the projects selected and undertaken. It is pertinent to mention the links between our School and a number of national and international collaborating partners in the environment of human health. For instance, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NCUHT) (including the NCUHT/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The course embeds values of enterprise and entrepreneurship to prepare students for professionally changing environments, to identify new opportunities and evaluate existing practice.

View a chart of progression routes.