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Neuroscience and Translational Medicine

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

The aim of this programme is to train a new generation of physicians and scientists able to successfully transfer neuroscience and pharmacology 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 a range of neurological diseases.

The topics covered range from the principles of drug design and development to clinical aspects of the management of major neurological diseases, thus providing specialised 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 will critically discuss the challenges associates with developing better therapies in various diseases. At the end of their studies students will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and also a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment.

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

This programme will:

  • Provide a thorough grounding in the principles underlying translational medicine
  • Focus on diseases of the nervous system and the challenges associated with developing better therapies
  • Discuss in detail laboratory methods and models used in drug discovery and the specific methodology of clinical trials
  • Provide an explanation of the steps involved in the development and implementation of new treatments and how to apply this knowledge in a future professional role

Why study Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at Queen Mary University of London?

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 institutions in the UK for medicine in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • In parallel with lectures and seminars, several modules also have a significant clinical component. This unique element allows you to meet patients and therefore get a better understanding of their diseases and treatment options
  • At the end of these studies students will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment, and this will enhance future career choices and opportunities
  • There is still a huge unmet need for new and better treatments for neurological disease. This programme provides a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, and also has a particular focus on 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, and many are world leaders in their fields. These include academics from other institutions, clinicians, and specialists from the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Facilities

  • You will have access to the university comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room. 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 Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit also to experience their unique atmosphere and history. The world renowned British Library is also within easy access and can be used as a comprehensive research resource.
  • The teaching will take place in the Blizard Institute and at the Royal London Hospital, on the Whitechapel campus of the medical school. At the heart of the Whitechapel campus 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 café, and several seminar rooms.

Structure

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

Undertaking a Masters programme is a major commitment, with weekly contact hours being complemented by 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 MSc Course Director or MSc Course Administrator for more detailed information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Teaching

Timetables are likely to be finalised in September each year but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required and deaitls of the teaching delivery, from discussions 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 module - ICMM926 (45 credits)
2. Research Skills and Methodology module - ICMM132 (15 credits)

Semester 2- Choice of taught elective modules (15 credits each- 4 electives 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 module - ICM7144
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Genome Engineering module - ICM7145

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

 

For more information

Visit the website
Or contact the MSc Course Administrator: Samantha Rose-Bucknor
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2288
email: s.rose-bucknor@qmul.ac.uk
For informal academic content enquiries, please contact
Professor Adina Michael-Titus (MSc Programme Director)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2290
email: A.T.Michael-Titus@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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

The background of the applicants could be a 2.1 degree (we may consider marks lower than 2.1 based on individual basis) in Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences, a medical or pharmacy degree, or any similar international qualification, at degree level.

Intercalating medical students

The MSc in Neuroscience and Translational Medicine also accepts applications from intercalating medical students who have successfully completed at least three years of the MBBS, MbChB or an 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 at Queen Mary University of London. 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 or the MSc Course Administrator.

 

 

Learning and teaching

As students at Queen Mary University of London, the MSc students will be expected to play an active part in the acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed in the MSc programme, including: seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one-to-one tutorials, case presentations, supported by reading lists of books and journal papers. Students are assigned a personal mentor who will guide them in both academic and pastoral matters throughout their time at Queen Mary University of London.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes students will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. The 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 the individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions the students attend, along with the reading lists and assignments. Students are expected to demonstrate an active role in their own learning by reading widely and expanding their knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will help identify individual learning needs and determine which areas need more focus. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare students for the transition to working life.

Assessment

The MSc 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 protocol discussions. 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

The Research Project will be written up as a 15,000-word dissertation.

 

 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £10,000

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £25,550

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Some examples of career paths taken by alumni of this MSc programme include: clinical trial co-ordinator, enrolment in PhDs, enrolment in medical school, graduate role in healthcare companies, medical and science writer, marketing and communications roles, research scientists in the academic or industry sector. Some students have returned to their clinical work/study and others are pursuing a career leading to a position of independent scientific investigators.

 

 

Profiles

"What makes this postgraduate programme unique from other programmes, is the first hand clinical experience gained in the different specialised modules. Understanding the clinical aspects of many neurological diseases 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 lecturers 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 - Clinical Trials Manager

 

"I chose the MSc in Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at QMUL for many reasons, among them the mixture of taught and research modules within the course, the exposure to aspects of drug discovery and development from basic research, target discovery and validation through to screening, preclinical development, biomarkers and clinical trial design, and the location at the cutting edge Blizard research institute. The small group size and high calibre lecturers from a range of backgrounds (academia, charity, industry, medicine, tech transfer etc) allowed for engaging, interactive sessions and provided the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the translational medicine field. The course was challenging and has proved worthwhile - upon graduation I was able to secure a position as an analyst for a life sciences venture capital firm and I use my learnings from the course every day."

Hannah Williams - Health Analyst

 

"I chose this course because I had developed an intense interest in Neuroscience. I had studied a limited amount of neuroscience during my Biochemistry degree and had just read The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, which highlights the neuroplasticity of the brain. I was becoming more and more fascinated with the idea of neuroscience, and as I had just graduated from Biochemistry, I was keen to study further and potentially find a job in neuroscience. In this year, I had decided to apply for Medicine, but knew that I would want to work in neuroscience if I was not accepted into medical school. The translational medicine aspect of this course really helped me understand the theory behind bench to bedside medicine, however my main passion was neuroscience, and the course gave me everything I could have hoped for and more."

"I enjoyed a number of things about the course; I loved how well it was structured, and how we were told exactly what was expected off of us from the start. The neuroscience staff at the Blizard were extremely approachable, friendly, and supportive. They responded to our e-mails and queries straight away and were almost like friends to us rather than scary, authoritative figures, which I feel helped our learning, as we were not afraid to ask questions or engage in debates with them about controversial topics in neuroscience. The content of the course was riveting; I looked forward to coming in every day to learn about various neurological conditions and the current research-taking place within the Neuroscience Centre. The brain is one of the most fascinating organs in our bodies, which no one has ever been able to fully figure out and although this is an exciting prospect, it is also daunting and poses the question - will we ever really know everything about the brain? I thoroughly enjoyed every lecture, and thought that we were really lucky to have been taught by some of the world's most experienced clinicians and professors in this field."

"Currently, I am a 4th year medical student at Bart's and the London. I definitely think doing this Masters helped my career prospects. As I mentioned before, I wanted to study further before applying for a science based job, and I knew that I would want it to be in neuroscience. While this was happening, I was seriously considering a career in medicine, (although I was pessimistic about my chances) and having already been an MSc student at Barts, I think this massively helped my prospects of getting into medical school. I cannot thank the neuroscience staff enough; they really helped me in the run up to my interview at Barts. Thankfully I am still in touch with some of them today, because I feel that they made that big of an impact on my life and I cannot imagine having gotten into my chosen career had I not doing this MSc at Barts."

Sonam Chand - Medical Student

 

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