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Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease MSc

 
  

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Qualification:MSc
Qualification name:Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease
Duration:1 year full-time
Start date:September
Campus:Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre
School:

School of Life Sciences

Course Overview

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 (1) students with a background in Physiology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Medicine and other related disciplines, (2) graduates with work experience in health-related research groups in academia and industry, and (iii) 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, and laboratory techniques.

The students can expect to (1) develop an understanding of the fundamental physiological events underlying the maintenance of health and development of disease in humans, and (2) 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 3 core taught modules to a value of 60 credits. In the spring semester, students study 4 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 & 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 Voce 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 & Metabolism 
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition in Disease
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology 
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Statistics & Research Methods.

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.

Funding

Home/EU students

Fully funded places are available for health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands and having the support of their manager. These places are funded through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery (SHA) contract with The University of Nottingham. To check if you qualify for funding please call (0115) 823 1213 or email SoN-LBR-Enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk

The School of Life Sciences is also offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2014-15. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. Please note that competition for these scholarships is intense and the minimum requirement would normally be a First Class Honours Degree (or equivalent).

The closing date is 12 mid-day (UK time) 15th August 2014.

Information and how to apply for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting:

Dr Kostas Tsintzas 
T: +44 (0)115 8230127 
E: kostas.tsintzas@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 Sciences is also offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2014-15. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. Please note that competition for these scholarships is intense and the minimum requirement would normally be a First Class Honours Degree (or equivalent). 

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

Dr Kostas Tsintzas 
T: +44 (0)115 8230127 
E: kostas.tsintzas@nottingham.ac.uk 
www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences 

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 2013, 85% of postgraduates from biology taught courses and research opportunities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,859 with the highest being £32,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2012/13.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placementsand skills workshops.  

Contact

Dr Kostas Tsintzas
School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
t:   +44 (0)115 82 30127
 
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