Masters by Research (MRes) in Biomedicine

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					Masters by Research (MRes) in Biomedicine
There is an increasing demand by funding bodies, employers and students to
develop academic and key (transferable) skills during the study programme.
The MRes in Biomedicine is intended as a multi-disciplinary programme,
which will develop these skills. It is designed for likely PhD students as the
first year of a 1 + 3 or 4 year integrated PhD programme. The integration of
academic and transferable skills development into PhD programmes is now
the norm and the MRes provides a framework for the enhancement of these

University College London (UCL) Biomedicine is one of the largest centres for
Biomedical Research in Europe and has grown enormously over recent years.
It now encompasses the Royal Free and UCL School of Medicine, the
departments of the Life Sciences Faculty (Anatomy & Developmental Biology,
Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Human Communication Science,
Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology), the four Postgraduate Institutes
(Child Health, including the Children's Nursing and Allied Health Professionals
Research Unit, Eastman Dental, Neurology, Ophthalmology) and the new
Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research.

MRes Programme

The MRes comprises an academic one year full time programme
commencing late September each year.

The programme will lead to an MRes in Biomedicine (equivalent to an MSc by

Students can choose research projects from a variety of research areas

      biochemistry
      cancer biology
      cell biology
      endocrinology
      immunology
      genomics
      molecular biology
      neurobiology
      nursing research
      proteomics.

The year will include taught modules, presentations and short and long
research projects. Emphasis will be given to providing students with practical
and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and
critical analysis.
Aims of the course

      To introduce students to academic and key skills essential for all fields
       of research in Biomedicine (including Professions Allied to Medicine).

      Provide practical research training under supervised conditions in
       highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent
       research and critical analysis.

      Provide a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies.

Departments involved

This is a multidisciplinary programme principally involving the Centre for the
Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) at UCL and the Institute of
Child Health. The programme involves a wide range of UCL units (such as
Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetics, Virology, Cancer Biology,
Statistics, Neurosciences, Epidemiology & Reproduction).

CALT provides an introductory course and teaching for the Personal and
Professional Skills in Research Practice (PPSRP) development component.

Students will choose research projects as part of the programme in
participating research groups of UCL and staff members will provide the
supervision and tutoring aspects of the programme.

Components of the course and assessment

The five components of the course are:

Personal and Professional Skills in Research Practice (PPSRP) (15%)
This will provide students with excellent grounding in skills such as: critical
analytical skills and understanding, ethics, teaching and learning,
communication and presentation, and personal and professional
development. Assessment will be by a number of assignments and a portfolio.

Foundations of Biomedical Sciences (15%) (Taught)
This will provide students with current information on aspects of biomedicine
in addition to the skills involved in design, planning and research
methodology. The Foundations of Biomedical Sciences is assessed by
submission of a pre-disclosed essay of approximately 2,000 – 3,000 words
excluding references

Mini Research Project (20%)
The mini and the maxi projects are aimed at developing specific skill in a
research field of a student’s own choosing as well as a range of research
methodology in the Biomedical Sciences. The Mini Project begins in January
and finishes in mid April. The dissertation is no more than 8,000 words
excluding references.
Maxi Research Project (40%)
The maxi project starts in mid April and finishes in early September. The
dissertation is between 14,000 – 20,000 words excluding references and

Viva Examination (10%)
Vivas are held in October and include a short oral presentation on the maxi
                                                      MRes Basics of Biomedicine
                                                          Sample timetable
Week &   9.15 - 10.45                 11.00 - 12.30               1.30 – 3.00                 15.30 - 17.00
     1   Institute Induction Programme followed by buffet lunch

   2     Introduction:                                            Introduction to computer    Using Medline/ PubMed online learning
         Aims & objectives of the module                          facilities at ICH           resources

   3     Antigen presentation         Clinical Immunology         MHC tetramers and t-cells   Preparing for Presentations
         and immunity

   4     DNA replication              Transcription factors (1)   Transcription factors (2)   Good laboratory practice
         transcription translation.

   5     Cell survival and death      Expression systems          DNA sequence analysis /     Student Presentations Proteins involved in DNA
                                                                  bioinformatics              replication and transcription

   6     Lets manipulate a gene       Genomics                    Proteomics                  Student Presentations
                                                                                              Use of expression systems

   7                                                                 Reading Week
   8       Cancer Biology           Anti-cancer agents            Leukaemia                       Student Presentations

   9       Developmental Biology    Eye Development               Cell signalling pathways        Student Presentations

  10       Endocrinology            Inborn errors of metabolism   Inborn errors of metabolism 2   Student Presentations
                                    1                                                             Developmental genes & their function

  11       Critical Period          Clinical Trials and           Scientific paper writing /      Student Presentations
           Programming              Epidemiological Studies       project report writing          Metabolism

  12       Reference Manager Training                             R&D & Ethics                    Feedback Session
Course Entry requirements

High calibre students with a good scientific background.
Good first degree (2:1 or better) or equivalent and a commitment to innovation
in learning and research.
Those who are likely but not exclusively wanting to proceed to a PhD in the
Biosciences and its allied specialities or to pursue a career in research and
scientific investigations in industry or in Professions Allied to Medicine.

MRes Course Fees (2007-8)
UK / EU : £3,675
Overseas : £16,765

Funding opportunities
A list of funding opportunities (including application form and deadlines) are
available from the Graduate School. During the programme, additional funding
opportunities for further PhD studies will arise on a competitive basis,
dependent on student ability. For students showing an academic interest in
podiatry, additional PhD funding opportunities exist.

For further enquiries and how to apply, please contact the programme

Carole Davies
Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Child Health,
30 Guilford Street,

Tel 020 7905 2107


Dr Mona Bajaj-Elliott
Infectious Diseases & Microbiology
Institute of Child Health,
30 Guilford Street,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2735

Jun Wang Jun Wang Dr
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