Healthy Musculoskeletal Ageing MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need an undergraduate First Class or 2:1 Honours degree in a related biological science or clinical degree. Intercalating students are welcome to apply.
Musculoskeletal Ageing mres


Musculoskeletal ageing is one of the key medical and socio-economic issues facing every country in the world this century. The MRes Healthy Musculoskeletal Ageing provides students from a range of disciplines (biological/biomedical scientists; medicine; allied health professionals; sports scientists; veterinary science) with a multi-disciplinary perspective on the science, research, physical and nutritional therapeutic and preventative interventions related to health and well-being.  The programme will support the personalised skills development, especially in critical analysis, written and oral communication, team-working and independent research, needed to pursue careers in e.g. biomedical research, medicine and allied health professions, veterinary science, teaching, scientific writing.

Our one-year programme takes a blended learning approach (online and face to face): online taught modules in Semester 1, and a single research project (including placement opportunities) covering semesters 2 and 3.  The taught modules include material on

  • Biology of ageing
  • Research methods and approaches for studying musculoskeletal ageing
  • Physical and nutritional interventions

Modules are delivered using a mixture of online learning materials, live tutorials and discussions, 1 to 1 mentoring, reflective blogs and directed reading.  The research projects are discussed with the students on arrival in order to match students with projects suitable to individual career ambitions.   There is an opportunity during the project to undertake a 3-week placement, usually (but not exclusively) at one of the other CIMA organisations.


Options are now available to also conduct the research project online

The programme is delivered collaboratively by scientists, clinicians, veterinary scientists and other experts from the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and Newcastle University I.e. the three Universities that make up the Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). CIMA is a collaborative research centre that researches how age-related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age-related clinical disorders (such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and arthritis) can be ameliorated or prevented.  Students become key members of this collaborative centre, as a consequence they have a unique opportunity to attend the CIMA annual conference and workshops, participate in public engagement activities and access to state-of-the-art equipment.  The programme is career-focused, with regular 1 to 1 meetings taking place throughout the year, to discuss and plan personalised, career-orientated, self-development.

The programme aims to equip students with:

  • advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the biology of ageing and how it relates to health, disease and therapeutic interventions in the musculoskeletal system
  • the skills to enable oral and written communication with professional and lay audiences
  • the expertise and confidence to pursue a range of science, clinical and related career pathways
  • a network of peers, researchers and professionals to build capacity within musculoskeletal ageing research

Why Institute of Life Course and Medical Science?

Our research is translating into real world benefits

The Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences investigates physiological changes related to ageing in humans, developing high-quality research leading to effective practice, and preparing the next generation of clinicians.

Our new Institute is comprised of 4 departments and 2 Schools working in collaboration to produce high quality research outcomes and train the next generation of clinicians:

Musculoskeletal and Ageing Sciences– Led by Prof Graham Kemp, MSAS will use advanced facilities and techniques to focus on new ways of understanding, treating, and preventing the age-related conditions of skeletal muscle, bone, joints, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments

Eye and Vision Science – Led by Prof Rachel Williams, EVS will work to transform our understanding of the eye and the process of ‘seeing’.

Working from cornea to cortex, and from bench to bedside, to uncover how basic mechanisms, processes and structures relate to vision

Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine – Led by Dr Deirdre Lane, C&MM will unite world-leading researchers and clinical specialists in cardiovascular biology and medicine to address the causes that lead to Cardiac Disease. A condition particularly prevalent in the Liverpool region

Women's and Children's Health - Led by Prof Christian Hedrich, the department will investigate the conditions, diseases, and physical changes specific to women and children, as well as advising on policy to promote a higher standard of health among the population through infancy to old age.

School of Medicine – Led by Prof Hazel Scott, the School will develop doctors throughout their careers, enabling them to use the latest technology and understanding to provide exceptional care.

The School will deliver teaching for both undergraduate and postgraduate students

School of Dentistry - Led by Prof Vince Bissell, the School will utilise a multi-skill laboratory and world-leading teaching staff to ensure that the large number of undergraduates at the school receive the very best training, preparing and supporting them on the pathway to success