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Neuroscience and Translational Medicine (MSc)

  • Attendance Based
  • Full Time

The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of physicians and scientists able to successfully transfer scientific neurological discoveries from the bench to the bedside. The course emphasizes a true translational approach by teaching basic science in an academic environment, involving you in current research techniques and also offering the opportunity to meet patients suffering from neurological diseases.

The topics covered range from drug design and development to clinical application, providing training and essential skills for translational research. The clinical component is unique to this course and ties together the scientific, clinical and personal aspects of neurological disease.

This programme will give you a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies. At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment.

The formal teaching includes lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and a research project. Our lecturers are specialists in their field and are pre-clinical scientists and clinicians. There are also invited speakers for you to meet and learn from - leading researchers from other UK or international academic institutions and senior scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying translational medicine
  • Focus on diseases of the nervous system and developing better therapies
  • Teach you to understand the principles of laboratory methodologies applied to clinical trials
  • Give you an understanding of the steps involved in developing and implementing new treatments and how to apply this knowledge in your professional role.
 

For More information Visit

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/121447.html


 

 

Why study Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • As well as background lectures several modules also have a clinical component. This unique element allows you to meet patients and therefore get a better understanding of their illnesses and treatment options
  • At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment, which will enhance your career opportunities
  • There is still a huge unmet need for new treatments of neurological disease. This programme provides a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on these unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies
  • We have a large number of specialists teaching on the course, many of which who are leaders in their fields. These include academics from other institutions, clinicians, and people from the pharmaceutical industry.

Facilities

You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

Specialist resources include:

  • The Blizard Building. At the heart of the Whitechapel development is the Blizard Building, which houses state of-the-art facilities for students and staff: open-plan research laboratories, office space, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a cafe
  • You will have access to a large collection of basic medical and dental texts in the main library at Mile End. The Library is open seven days a week. This resource is complemented by the two large medical and dental archives based at the Royal London and at Barts in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit just to experience their atmosphere.


Entry requirements

It is essential to note that the candidates require a background in neuroscience and/or pharmacology.

Applicants should have a first degree in Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences (including Medical or Pharmacy degrees or Overseas qualification at degree l

Intercalating medical students

The MSc Neuroscience & Translational Medicine also accepts applications from intercalating medical students who have successfully completed at least three years of the MBBS, MbChB or equivalent medical course.  Entrance is competitive.  Please find full details on the following website. 

http://www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/intercalated/index.html

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If English is not a student's first language, they will be required to meet the following standards in one of these English language examinations:

  • Examination Academic Level Required
  • IELTS 7.0
  • IBTOEFL 92
  • PTE Academic 68

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

 

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one-to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned a personal mentor who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Your modules are assessed using a combination of final written examinations and a series of in-course assessments. The in-course assessments consist of literature reviews, oral presentations, case analyses and clinical trial protocols. They are designed as a learning experience as well as a test of knowledge. The research project assessment is based on a written dissertation and an oral examination.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.



Programme Structure

Neuroscience and Translational Medicine is available to study at MSc level over one year full-time.

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Teaching

Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required from the course administrator or course director.

Modules

The programme is structured with compulsory modules in Semester 1 and a choice of electives in Semester 2. A research project, either laboratory or literature based, must be taken in Semester 3.

Semester 1- Compulsory taught modules:
1. Fundamentals of Drug Discovery and Drug Development ICMM926 (45 credits)
2. Research skills and methodology - ICMM132 (15 credits)

Semester 2- Choice of taught electives (15 credits each- 4 must be taken)
Students must select at least 3 neuroscience modules from the list of 5 Neuroscience Options; a fourth option may be chosen from the 2 Regenerative Medicine Options:

Neuroscience Options (15 credits per module):
Neurotrauma and Stroke module - ICMM927  
Neuroinflammmatory and Autoimmune diseases module - ICMM928
Neurodegenerative Diseases module - ICMM929
Chronic Pain and Epilepsy module - ICMM930  
Neuro-oncology module - ICMM931

Regenerative Medicine Options (15 credits per module):
Tissue-specific stem cells - ICM7144
Induced pluripotent stem cells and genome engineering- ICM7145

Semester 3- Compulsory Research component (60 credits):
Research Project and Dissertation -ICMM932  

Further information

For informal enquiries about the course, please contact the Programme Administrator:

Ms Samantha Rose-Bucknor

Email: s.rose-bucknor@qmul.ac.uk

"What makes this postgraduate programme unique from other programmes, is the first hand clincal experience gained in the different specialised modules. Understanding the clinical aspects of many neurological disease has made it much easier to apply the scientific knowledge I have gained both in this programme and from my undergraduate degree.

The team of clinicians and visiting lectures associated with this programme, have made this a very interesting and challenging experience. I would definitely recommend this degree to anyone who is looking to pursue neuroscience at postgraduate level."

Samina Malik - Clinial Trials Manager

For more information:  

For informal enquiries about the course, please contact the Programme Administrator:

Ms Samantha Rose-Bucknor
email: s.rose-bucknor@qmul.ac.uk

or

Professor Adina Michael-Titus (Programme Director)

email: a.t.michael-titus@qmul.ac.uk


 

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