Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Other requirements
IELTS


If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This unique course promotes an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to study fundamental physiological aspects of human health and disease.
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This course aims to promote the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to study fundamental physiological aspects of human health and disease. This approach combines state-of-the-art physiological and metabolic methodologies with relevant molecular biology approaches to answer questions of clinical relevance.

This is the only course of its kind in the UK and aims to achieve an effective learning environment, one which:

  • equips students with both generic and specialist skills relevant to their future careers
  • promotes the importance of critical approach to understanding of human metabolism and physiology
  • trains students in a wide range of relevant laboratory techniques
  • provides the necessary foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced research in this area, leading to the degree of PhD

This course is aimed at:

  • students with a background in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biology, nutrition, exercise science, medicine and other related disciplines
  • graduates with work experience in health-related research groups in academia and industry
  • health and exercise professionals who have interests in the physiology underlying health and disease


The main topics covered by the course include:

  • muscle function and metabolism in health and disease
  • cardiovascular regulation in health and disease
  • cardiorespiratory physiology
  • metabolism and nutrition in exercise
  • health and disease (including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease)
  • muscle metabolism and function
  • laboratory techniques


The students can expect to develop an understanding of the fundamental physiological events underlying the maintenance of health and development of disease in humans, and demonstrate familiarity with, and comprehensive appreciation of, laboratory techniques and methodologies used in integrated physiology.

Please note that our school attracts a number of PhD studentships every year for which prospective students would be considered as serious candidates after successful completion of the MSc Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease.

 

Key facts

  • Emphasis on the physiology underlying health and disease, a growth area of interest to academic, private and public sectors.
  • Training people in a wide range of laboratory techniques necessary to develop an integrated and translational approach to the study of human metabolism and physiology.
  • Learning in an environment that provides excellent facilities and high quality expertise.
 

Course details

This programme requires students to accumulate 180 credits over 12 months of full-time study.

In the autumn semester, students study three core taught modules to a value of 60 credits.

In the spring semester, students study four core taught modules to a value of 70 credits.

Please note that a compulsory module on Laboratory Techniques, which accounts for 40 credits, spans over the autumn and spring semesters. A taught module on Statistics and Research Methods in Physiology takes place in the spring semester and is part of the compulsory element of this programme.

In the summer, students undertake a research project, which accounts for 50 credits. 

Assessments will be held at the end of the module or at the end of a semester. Assessment of each of the taught modules is determined by the module convenor and comprises of written examination and/or written reports of laboratory work or essays. The Research Project will be assessed by a written report in the form of a dissertation (max 15,000 words) and a viva taking place at the end of the 12-month study.  

 
 

Modules

Students take six modules covering the following topics:

  • Nutrition in Health and Exercise 
  • Muscle Physiology and Metabolism 
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition in Disease
  • Cardiorenorespiratory Physiology 
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Statistics for Physiological Research

In the summer, students undertake a laboratory-based research project in a topic related to the course content.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Home/EU students

The School of Life Science is offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2017-18. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Closing date is 12 mid-day (UK time) Monday 14 August 2017. 

Full details and application forms for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting: 

Anita Purshottam
E: MB-Info-PGT-Mol@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences

International students

Many students may choose to finance their studies privately. However, if a student aims to obtain a scholarship, many Governments and Universities provide scholarships in order for international students to study in the UK. Awards are also available in about 100 countries via the British Council.

Commonwealth citizens may apply for studentships to the Commonwealth Scholarship agency in their own country.

The University International Office is available to help.

The School of Life Science is offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2017-18. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Closing date is 12 mid-day (UK time) Monday 14 August 2017. 

Full details and application forms for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting: 

Anita Purshottam
E: MB-Info-PGT-Mol@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

The health focus of the course is a growth area of interest to academic, private and public sectors.

Experience in the area of integrated and translational physiology is required by an increasing number of research groups in both academia and private sector, indicating good employment prospects for graduates in those sectors.

The health and exercise sector may also provide opportunities for employment for graduates. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that integrated physiology is a priority area for postgraduate training support by UK Research Councils and charities.

Given the demand for high quality candidates to enter PhD training schemes in Nottingham (and elsewhere in UK), it is anticipated that a high proportion of the students will progress to study for a PhD degree, with the intention to build a network of potential leaders in translational physiology for the future.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2014/15. 

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

 
 
 
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