Postgraduate - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Postgraduate Courses

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Postgraduate Modules

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Opportunities for Postgraduate Study

Exciting opportunities exist within the Faculty for postgraduate study in terms of both taught programmes and research degrees, undertaken either full- or part-time, with opportunities for work-based learning in the latter case. In addition, most individual modules can be taken on a stand-alone basis, either as part of continuing professional development or as a means of working towards a postgraduate award over a period of up to five years. An increasing number of modules are delivered partly or wholly via distance learning.

Most taught programmes provide awards at certificate, diploma and master’s degree level, thus allowing a range of exit points. Whilst some programmes are oriented to specific professional disciplines – such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy – others are interdisciplinary and cater for those with either a professional or an academic interest in health and healthcare. All these programmes include a focus on research and the interpretation of evidence. In addition, the MRes Health Research provides a comprehensive training in research methodology, and forms excellent preparation for a research degree or a career in health services research. Most programmes allow a choice of option modules from within the Faculty, and from other Faculties in the University. Accreditation of prior certificated or experiential learning is possible.

Postgraduate research degrees – MPhil or PhD – are provided by the two Research Institutes in the Faculty, each of which has an international research reputation. The Institute for Science and Technology and Medicine conducts research in the following areas: bioengineering; clinical and diagnostic science; infection, inflammation and immunity; neuroscience; human metabolism. The Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences houses the Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Centre and conducts research principally on the epidemiology and conservative management of musculoskeletal pain and other chronic conditions, with a principal focus on the primary care context, but also a growing interest in the primary/secondary care interface. Information on areas of study in which research degrees can be undertaken is available in Research Areas A-Z.

There are professional doctorates available in medicine (DM), Pharmacy (DPharm) and professional doctorates available in medical ethics (DMedEth), the latter offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. These provide advanced professional and academic training and a supervised research project at doctoral level, though normally of smaller scale than in a PhD.