The University of Birmingham
• Undergraduate Masters
• All taught modules completed in the first semester
• Choose your project before starting
• 7 month project with successful supervision teams in world-class research institutes with the possibility of publications
This undergraduate masters degree should benefit you both in the short term, in relation to career progression, but also in the long term by broadening your understanding of academic medicine. The Clinical Sciences degree introduces you to translational research; clinical and laboratory research that is aimed at moving laboratory research to the bedside. In particular, the course involves a seven month extended research project in your chosen specialist subject stream allowing you to gain substantial, direct experience of modern medical research. A wide range of projects are available to choose from including both laboratory based and data analysis designs. Many students present their findings at national conferences or have had their work published. In addition you will receive a range of lectures that highlight topics of current debate.
Upon successful completion of both taught elements and the research project, students will graduate with MSci Clinical Sciences or a specialism. The specialist streams currently available are: • MSci Clinical Sciences (Endocrinology and Metabolism) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Reproduction and Women’s Health) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Sciences) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Cancer Sciences) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Geriatric Medicine and the Biology of Ageing) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Immunotherapy) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Microbiology & Infectious Diseases) • MSci Clinical Sciences (Ophthalmology)
The course consists of:
• a research project which leads to a thesis to be submitted in March/April. Students spend approximately 60% of their time on their research projects
• a 20 credit module in your specialist stream subject area
• a 20 credit taught module (Clinical Bioinformatics and Statistics) which will provide you with training in analysis of large clinical and laboratory data sets, including genomics
• a 20 credit taught module from a selection in the various disciplines of Clinical Sciences
Examples of optional modules that have previously been run are: Immunology and Liver Disease: Applications of Immunotherapy; Cancer: Genomics and Molecular Pathology; Endocrinology and Metabolism; An Overview of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Science; Reproduction and Women’s Health; Ophthalmology; Rheumatology and Orthopaedics; Microbiology and Infectious Diseases; Geriatric Medicine and the Biology of Ageing.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and major cause of disability worldwide. This module will introduce students to multiple aspects of contemporary practice in cardiology and the underpinning basic science and clinical research, showcasing the research strengths of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. The teaching on this module builds on that from the early years of medical degree and encompasses a combination of basic science and clinical application to give a state-of-the-art view of cardiovascular medicine. It will cover both normal heart function and a range of cardiac diseases, including molecular pathology, imaging, diagnosis and treatment. This module will demonstrate how the use of basic science and pre-clinical models deepens our understanding of the pathophysiology of heart disease and enables novel therapeutic strategies to be developed. Looking to the future, it will explore how clinical trial design, advances in health data science and biomarker discovery is shaping risk stratification and improving care in cardiovascular disease.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
• Describe and explain current knowledge in the field of cardiovascular biology, including regulation of heart rhythm and heart physiology.
• Demonstrate knowledge of principles in disease in selected examples of arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies and congenital heart disease, including their molecular pathophysiology, diagnosis and general treatment strategies.
• Explain the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and thrombotic cardiovascular diseases, heart failure, sudden death and atrial fibrillation, and discuss both acute and longer term treatments of these major diseases. Discuss risk factors of heart disease, how they contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease and are managed clinically.
• With reference to the scientific literature, discuss the different domains of cardiovascular research from molecular discovery to patient benefit.
• Discuss and evaluate the impact of biomarker discovery, clinical trial design and advances in digital cardiology in the understanding, detection and management of cardiovascular disease.
Building on work already undertaken within your medical studies, you may take the programme between the third and fourth, or fourth and fifth years of a medical degree. Applications are also accepted from pharmacy and dental students and students who have completed their medical degrees.
To be considered for the programme you will have to demonstrate that your performance in your current degree is equivalent to a 1 or 2.1 in a standard classified degree.
Details and application deadlines of bursaries and awards are sent to all students at the start of the programme. At the end of the year prizes are also awarded to the top performing students in a number of categories.
How To Apply To apply, please complete our online application form found here.
Current University of Birmingham students should use this form.
Further information can be obtained from Fiona Collard (Programme Administrator), email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)121 415 8120
First round applications are open now and close 9am 8th January 2024. Second round applications close on the 31st March 2024.