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Degree awarded
Master of Research
Duration
1 year full time
Entry requirements

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students. Normally a BSc (1st or 2:1) or MBChB or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject.

Overseas students require a high class honours degree or equivalent in a biomedical subject from a high-ranking university.

For MBChB students, the minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1-4 of the undergraduate medical programme with normally no failure at any examination, and research motivation. Applicants with other professional (including midwifery), or research-related, experience will be considered.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
15 in 2014
How to apply

Application deadline for September 2014 is 1st August 2014.

Apply online

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Students will enjoy an exceptional teaching and learning experience, an opportunity to participate in high quality research at an early career stage and contribute to public-domain research output. They are encouraged to develop ambitious career aspirations in the clinical and laboratory sciences.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,850
    International students (per annum): £20,100

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

£2,500 bursaries are available toward tuition fee costs for 2014 entry for all home Intercalating students. Awarded based on application and performance at interview.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Ian Crocker
Telephone
+44 (0)161 701 6973
Email
Website
www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/programmes/researchmasters/mfh/

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students. Normally a BSc (1st or 2:1) or MBChB or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject.

Overseas students require a high class honours degree or equivalent in a biomedical subject from a high-ranking university.

For MBChB students, the minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1-4 of the undergraduate medical programme with normally no failure at any examination, and research motivation. Applicants with other professional (including midwifery), or research-related, experience will be considered.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL.  International students should refer to entry requirements for your country .  

We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing

or

TOEFL:

  • 577 paper-based (TWE* - 6.0)
  • 233 computer-based (TWE* - 6.0)
  • 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Application deadline for September 2014 is 1st August 2014.

Apply online

Advice to applicants

All applicants must apply online and the following supporting documents should be provided to support the application:

  • Two academic references, signed and dated within the last 6 months
  • Two referee report forms using Referee report form (PDF, 28KB), signed and dated within the last 6 months
  • Photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study (where available)
  • Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate). Please note if any documents are in a language other than English, official translations need to be provided
  • Plus, a CV and a short statement of purpose, including information on:
    • Why you want to undertake this course of study
    • Any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course
    • How this course fits into your future career plans
    • Any other information you think relevant to your application

International Students: Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Without these documents a decision cannot be given.

Please upload any supporting documents with the online application. If unable to do this, submit the application online and either post or email  copies of the documents separately to:

Inez Phillips

School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences

School of Biomedicine

First Floor, Office 1.485

Stopford Building

Oxford Road

Manchester

M13 9PPT

Tel: +44 (0)161-275 5613

Email: inez@manchester.ac.uk

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Students will enjoy an exceptional teaching and learning experience, an opportunity to participate in high quality research at an early career stage and contribute to public-domain research output. They are encouraged to develop ambitious career aspirations in the clinical and laboratory sciences.

Special features

  • Opportunity for research experience at the clinical-scientific interface
  • Gain theoretical knowledge and an understanding of human pregnancy
  • Hands-on experience of cutting-edge technologies applicable to pregnancy and research, and transferable to other areas of medical research
  • Six-month research project providing students with an opportunity for in-depth analysis of a specific area of pregnancy research
  • Attending seminars in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre and undertaking the tutorial series gives students a grounding in a wide range of pregnancy related issues
  • Provides training and experience in scientific writing and developing a research proposal

Additional course information

Maternal and fetal health research addresses the causes, diagnosis and treatments of disease in pregnancy. The Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre aims to find solutions through a holistic approach to understanding, managing and treating diseases affecting mothers and babies, and through training the next generation of researchers in an interdisciplinary research environment.

Diseases of pregnancy are major causes of mortality and morbidity in mothers and infants. Knowledge of causative mechanisms is poor, while treatments are conspicuously lacking. 60,000 women suffer pre-eclampsia (PE) world-wide per year, with many deaths. Following a pre-eclamptic pregnancy, a woman is at greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The lowest weight babies die; those that survive suffer neonatal illnesses, developmental delay and much higher risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic ailments later in life. Metabolic settings established in the womb are highly influential in determining lifetime health profile.

Obesity is increasing and is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes and programming effects later on.Teenage pregnancy is higher in the UK than any other European country and is associated with high rates of FGR. Stillbirth occurs in 1 in 200 pregnancies, amounting to 17 a day in the UK, mainly of unknown cause.

Teaching and learning

Students will benefit from individual and small group supervision by experienced academic staff with scientific and clinical backgrounds. Staff include internationally renowned experts in the discipline.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is on coursework including a dissertation and a final thesis, marked by the supervisors and an independent MFH staff member under the scrutiny of an expert external examiner.

Course unit details

Research Methods Unit

A series of lectures and training workshops that provide an introduction to research and transferable skills such as experimental design and statistical assessment, IT skills, epidemiology, health and safety, scientific writing and communication and career development.

Practical Skills Unit

Training in a range of basic laboratory techniques applicable to medical research. Workshops include cell culture, histology and immunohistochemistry and molecular biology. Training in recording laboratory methods and analysis of results is provided.

Techniques Workshops

These workshops provide training and experience in specialised laboratory techniques applicable to pregnancy research, including placental nutrient transport, myography and placental sampling. The format will be small group learning, hands-on in the laboratory with an experienced tutor. Students prepare a laboratory write-up documenting the approach, methods, results, interpretation and area of application.

Tutorial Course Unit

Here students have an opportunity to learn about and discuss research in MFH and the clinical problems and basic science areas that are central to the discipline. Tutorials use a range of teaching styles, including taught seminars, debates and critiques of research papers. Assessment will be group oral presentations, leaflets, quizzes or written reports.

Literature review and research proposal

In weeks 1-2, students select a topic from a list of available options and meet with their supervisor. They then spend 13 weeks researching this area in depth, write a review of the current state of knowledge and how this was arrived at, and prepare a research proposal.

Research project

Students undertake a 27-week laboratory-based research project, formulating and then addressing a problem that has emerged from their literature project. Results are presented orally as 'work in progress' to an expert audience. A proposal for follow-up research is produced. This is the largest component of the course.

Clinical masterclass course unit

The Clinical Masterclass course unit is a 15 credit unit specifically designed for intercalated medical students. The unit consists of a series of seminars, workshops and e-learning.

This unit contributes to personal and professional development in the experience, knowledge and skills training required for effective clinical practice and success, with a strong emphasis on clinical academic research.

Areas covered include:

  • advanced Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • research governance and the regulatory framework for research
  • the Human Tissue Act
  • practical clinical ethics
  • patient and public involvement in research
  • diversity/equal opportunities in research/cultural competence
  • research creativity and entrepreneurialism
  • leadership (Practitioner, Partner and Leader roles)

Scholarships and bursaries

Masters of Research (MRes) bursaries

£2,500 bursaries are available toward tuition fee costs for 2014 entry for all home intercalating students undertaking the following School of Medicine MRes programmes:

  • Cardiovascular Health & Disease
  • Genetic Medicine
  • Maternal & Fetal Health
  • Medical Sciences
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine
  • Translational Medicine

Bursaries are awarded based on application and performance at interview.

Course collaborators

Programme committee:

  • Professor JD Aplin (Programme co-Director)
  • Dr Rebecca Lee Jones (Programme co-Director)
  • Dr Ian Crocker
  • Dr Lynda Harris
  • Dr Karen Forbes
  • Dr Alexander Heazell

Facilities

The course is delivered from a world class integrated laboratory, clinical research and teaching facility in the women¿s hospital on campus.  Students enjoy a dedicated study area equipped with WiFi and access to the adjacent staff tea room where lively informal interaction occurs with MFH staff.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

The course can be used by qualified and experienced professionals to update their knowledge of current developments in Maternal and Fetal Health, and acquire research skills.

Career opportunities

  • PhD research
  • Clinical career options including:
    • Obstetrics
    • Gynaecology
    • Maternal and fetal medicine
    • Child health
    • Scientific writing (biomedical fields)