Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine MRes

Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine MRes
MRes major code: BSTM

Full time: 1 year


MRes Overview

The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine is a 1-year, full-time programme that provides students with a first class grounding in research training at Masters Level. It is suitable both for those wishing to pursue further studies at MD, MPhil, and PhD level or/and those intending to enter industry in a research related capacity. It can also be taken as an excellent alternative to intercalated degrees by medical, dental or veterinary students.

The main focus of the course is on provision of high level research training. This is achieved via three 10-week research projects (30 weeks in total) conducted in internationally recognised laboratories within the Institute of Translational Medicine.

Key Facts

The Institute of Translational Medicine comprises six departments.
Biostatistics
Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Gastroenterology
Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine
Women’s and Children’s Health

The work of the Institute:
Takes place in the laboratory and in the clinic, forming a continuous cycle of scientific discovery and clinical research that’s yielding remarkable advances in healthcare provision.

A primary aim:
is to provide the necessary infrastructure, facilities, professional support and environment to foster collaborative research between basic science and clinical science postgraduates.

The Institute draws on:
The established expertise within each Department to foster, develop and enhance translational medicine work streams and projects throughout the Institute as a whole.

Why Inspiring tomorrow's breakthrough treatments?

Students conduct their research projects in internationally recognised laboratories under the supervision of our leading researchers.

The MRes consists of ten research strands; the strands are aligned to one or more of the six Departments within the Institute of Translational Medicine. 

The ten strands are:

  • Biology of Cancer
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Drug Safety
  • Integrative Mammalian Biology
  • Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease
  • Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health

MRes links

Module details

All students take part in the Techniques, Frontiers and Transferable Skills modules:

BIOM 601            Techniques in Biomedical Sciences

BIOM 602            Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences

BIOM 603            Transferable Skills

 1.       Techniques in Biomedical Sciences

This consists of a series of lectures on a wide range of modern research techniques, including stem cell and tissue engineering, use of bioluminescent intracellular probes, electrophysiology, gene expression analysis, proteomic approaches, etc. These lectures are complemented by tutorials designed to develop the fundamental skills required for laboratory research, including data handling, generation of Figures, scientific writing and preparation of poster and oral presentations.  This module is enhanced by Seminars and Biomedical Review Lectures within the Institute of Translational Medicine. 

 2.       Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences

In this part of the module, the emphasis is on how state-of-the-art research techniques are used to advance knowledge in specific biomedical research areas and on modern methods/approaches employed in the diagnosis of disease and the treatment of patients. Lectures on these topics are complemented by tutorials and journal clubs designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. This module is enhanced by Seminars and Biomedical Review Lectures within the Institute of Translational Medicine. 

3.       Strand-Specific Activities

Strand-specific activities are an important part of the Techniques and Frontiers modules, as they facilitate awareness of the science associated with particular research strands. 

4.       Transferable Skills

Training in this module is throughout the year. It includes training in research techniques and the development of personal and professional transferable skills. Topics include research philosophy, principles and ethics, managing research progress, data analysis and presentation, health and safety, scientific and technical writing, patent law, exploitation of research, team work skills, time and resource management, communication skills, self-assessment skills and leadership skills. Important and innovative parts of the transferable skills module include the “IP and Commercialization”, Demonstrator Training and “Writing a PhD Studentship” workshops and debates for public understanding of science (science & society).


The following modules are strand specific:

Students will undertake three research projects, comprising 10 weeks of lab work followed by 2 weeks in which to write a project report and prepare a presentation. During the course of the project, all students will be encouraged to suggest experiments, design experimental protocols, as well as being taught subject specific techniques and advanced knowledge in transferable skills. The research project will include at least three different research techniques to enhance experimental training skills that need to be clearly stated at the end of each 10 week project. Students will have regular contact with the supervisors or other laboratory members for advice and guidance. Time will be allowed to undertake the necessary literature searches during the 10-week experimental period, and a further 2 weeks is to be spent out of the lab in order to write a project report and make an oral or a poster presentation to the Institute at the end of each project. Students will be assessed on their project report, their presentation and their general performance in the lab.

Strand: Biology of Cancer

BICA 601

BICA 602

BICA 603

Biology of Cancer – Research Project 1

Biology of Cancer – Research Project 2

Biology of Cancer – Research Project 3

Strand: Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

SYBI 601

SYBI 602

SYBI 603

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics – Research Project 1

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics – Research Project 2

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics – Research Project 3

Strand: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience 

PHGY 601

PHGY 602

PHGY 603

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience – Research Project 1

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience – Research Project 2

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience – Research Project 3

Strand: Cellular & Molecular Physiology

CMPH 601

CMPH 602

CMPH 603

Cellular & Molecular Physiology – Research Project 1

Cellular & Molecular Physiology – Research Project 2

Cellular & Molecular Physiology – Research Project 3

Strand: Drug Safety

DRSA 601

DRSA 602

DRSA 603

Drug Safety – Research Project 1

Drug Safety – Research Project 2

Drug Safety – Research Project 3

Strand: Integrative Mammalian Biology (IMB)

MABI 601

MABI 602

MABI 603

Integrative Mammalian Biology – Research Project 1

Integrative Mammalian Biology – Research Project 2

Integrative Mammalian Biology – Research Project 3

Strand: Molecular & Clinical Gastroenterology

ANAT 701

ANAT 702

ANAT 703

Molecular & Clinical Gastroenterology – Research Project 1

Molecular & Clinical Gastroenterology – Research Project 2

Molecular & Clinical Gastroenterology – Research Project 3

Strand: Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology

PHAR 801

PHAR 802

PHAR 803

Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology – Research Project 1

Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology – Research Project 2

Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology – Research Project 3

Strand: Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease

PHTH 601

PHTH 602

PHTH 603

Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease – Research Project 1

Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease – Research Project 2

Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease – Research Project 3

Strand: Women’s, Children’s & Perinatal Health

TMTH 601

TMTH 602

TMTH 603

Women’s, Children’s & Perinatal Health – Research Project 1

Women’s, Children’s & Perinatal Health – Research Project 2

Women’s, Children’s & Perinatal Health – Research Project 3

Entry requirements

Candidates with a 2:2 science degree or above.  The minimum English Language requirement for EU and international students is IELTS 6.5.

Intercalating students are required to sucessfully complete their fourth year of study. 

The programme accepts applications from self funding UK and international students.

International qualifications

Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see www.liv.ac.uk/international/countries for a full list.

If you meet our other academic requirements but do not achieve the required level of English, it is possible to come and study at Liverpool on the University’s summer academic English programmes.

  • If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 0.5 (eg you need to improve from 6.0 to 6.5) you should attend the six week course.
  • If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 1.0 (eg you need to improve from 5.5 to 6.5) you should attend the ten week course.
  • If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 1.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.0) you should attend the 19 week course.
  • If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.5) you should attend the 29 week course.
  • If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 or 2.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.0 to 6.0 or 6.5) you should attend the 40 week course.

See www.liv.ac.uk/international/countries/index.htm for details.

If you require additional English language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at http://www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/

Prospective candidates should also note that in addition to academic and English language qualifications, the Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound programme requires students to gain a practice placement in medical ultrasound. This cannot normally be provided by the University and must be arranged and evidenced by the student at the time of application. Any prospective international student must be eligible to work in a practice placement site approved by the Director of Studies. This practice placement must be established prior to formal application.

IELTS7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
TOEFL iBT88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading – 22, Speaking 23.
International BaccalaureateStandard Level 5
Hong Kong use of English AS levelC
INDIA Standard XII70% or above (from the following boards when education has been completed in English Medium: CBSE, CISCE, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu boards).
WAECC6

Fees

Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.

Tuition fees (Home/EU)

The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students for the sessions 2013/14 will be as follows:

Standard full-time postgraduate fee £5,135 to £12,000
Fee for this course £3,828

International students

International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University. Fees for postgraduate research programmes are different than for masters programmes and a full list of fees for the session 2013/14 are  available on our International money and scholarships pages.

International fee for this course £15,251

Scholarships

Ten competitive bursaries, £2000 each, are available for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine.  Bursary applications can be requested by emailing the ITM Postgraduate Office (itmpgr@liv.ac.uk).  Bursary applications will only be considered when a formal application is submitted.  The deadline for bursary applications is 26 July 2012. 

Full and part funded competitive PhD studentships are available for students successfully completing the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine.  All MRes students will be contacted about these studentships by the end of April 2013.  Further information is available from the Institute Director for Postgraduate Research, Professor Andrea Varro: avarro@liv.ac.uk.  

Applying

The Postgraduate Admissions Team is part of the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO), which provides a link between the University and potential students. Members of the Team process applications and deal with enquiries from potential students. If you have any queries about postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool, you may either use our online ‘ask’ facility or contact us at the address shown on the next page.

Making an application for postgraduate study

There are separate application forms for postgraduate research and taught programmes. For both, the easiest way to make an application is to apply online. Go to

www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/online.htm

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by:

  • Downloading a copy of the relevant Postgraduate Application Form from the University’s website at: www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/offline.htm
  • Completing a hard copy of the Postgraduate Application form, available with this prospectus or from the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
  • If you complete a hard copy of the Postgraduate Application Form, you will need to know the Programme and Major codes for the programme of study you wish to undertake, in order to complete Section 2.

The Programme and Major codes can be found on the postgraduate programme pages at www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate.

All Applications

When you have completed the application form you should either submit it online, email it or send it to the address on the next page together with hard copies or scans of the following supporting documentation:

  • School or college transcripts/certificates
  • University transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international / EU applicants only)
  • Personal statement
  • Two references

NB: We would advise that photocopies and scanned documents are acceptable at application stage. However, originals may be required should your application be successful.

Graduate Diploma Applications

You can apply directly to Liverpool International College using the online application format http://www.kic.org.uk/liverpool/how-to-apply/ Please note there is no application fee.

Deadlines

Although the University does not have an official deadline by which postgraduate applications should be received, some individual departments do have deadlines. Where this is the case, it is normally indicated in X, but if you are in any doubt, please contact either the department concerned or the Postgraduate Admissions Team.

Research Applicants

In addition, students applying for research degrees (MPhil/PhD/MD) should follow these steps:

  • Check the research interests detailed on the relevant department’s website to see if we can offer expert supervision in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Prepare a brief research proposal to outline the research project you would like to undertake.
  • Submit a full application with all supporting documents, including a clear statement on how you intend to fund your research degree.
  • The Postgraduate Admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.

Our Postgraduate Admissions Team will send you an acknowledgement email within 24 hours of processing your application and are available to answer your questions throughout the application process.

Applications from students with disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you in form the University so that you receive appropriate support.

To discuss your situation or to obtain a copy of the University’s booklet, “A guide to support and services for students with disabilities,” please contact a member of the Disability Support Team on

T:+44 (0) 151 794 4714 / 6676

E: disteam@liv.ac.uk

Admissions Policy

Full details of the admissions procedures operated by individual departments may be found in the departmental Postgraduate Admissions Policies, which are available on the University’s website via www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

International Programmes

Applications from international students are welcomed. Country specific information on entry requirements is listed on our website: www.liv.ac.uk/international/countries/index.htm International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Representatives Programme

In some countries the University works with local representatives who can provide more information and help you with the application process. For further details, please visit: www.liv.ac.uk/study/international/contact-us/representatives.htm

Postgraduate Admissions team

Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO)
The University of Liverpool,
Foundation Building, Brownlow Hill
Liverpool L69 7ZX UK

T:+44 (0)151 794 5927
F:+44 (0)151 794 2060
http://ask.liv.ac.uk

About the Institute

Institute of Translational Medicine

Department profile

Undergraduate students
Postgraduate research students PG research number
Postgraduate taught students
International postgraduate students

Inspiring tomorrow's breakthrough treatments

The Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) (http://www.liv.ac.uk/translational-medicine) comprises the Departments of:

  • Biostatistics 

(http://www.liv.ac.uk/medstats/)


The overarching themes of Translational Medicine are:

  • Basic studies which define the biological effects of therapeutics in humans.
  • Non-human or non-clinical studies conducted with the intent to advance therapies to the clinic or develop principles for application of therapeutics to human disease.
  • Investigations in humans which define the biology of disease and provide the scientific foundation for the development of new or improved therapies for human disease.
  • Any clinical trial of a therapy that was initiated based on the above.
  • The biology-chemistry “bridge”.

Translational medicine is a two-way street from bedside to bench and back again and also from bench to bedside. This is because not all in vitro and in vivo models replicate human disease. It is only possible to translate high quality basic research. Therefore, it is vital that we have integration of clinical, whole animal and in vitro work. This must be underpinned by strong cellular, molecular and bioanalytical technologies alongside clinical networks. The integration of practical research with theoretical advances is being strengthened by advances in Computational and Systems Biology.

A primary aim of the Institute is to provide the necessary infrastructure, facilities, professional support and environment to foster collaborative research between basic science and clinical science postgraduates. The Institute of Translational Medicine will draw on the established expertise within each Department to foster, develop and enhance translational medicine work streams and projects throughout the Institute as a whole. The Institute has close links with the Institute of Learning and Teaching (ILT) (http://www.liv.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching/) and participates in both undergraduate and taught postgraduate teaching including CPDs.

The Institute runs a comprehensive Master in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine (MRes) programme with ten research strands (pathways) covering all it core areas.

Biology of Cancer

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Drug Safety

Integrative Mammalian Biology

Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology

Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease

Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health

(http://www.liv.ac.uk/biomedsci/postgraduate/mres/index.htm).

All departments in the Institute of Translational Medicine also offer a comprehensive range of MD, MPhil, and PhD programmes both full time and part time in all their core areas (see for detailed programme codes and how to apply under the individual departments).

Department address

University of Liverpool
UCD Building
Daulby Street
Liverpool
L69 3GA

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 5455

Email: crimmins@liverpool.ac.uk

Career prospects

The MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine provides students with a first class grounding in research training.  Students are well placed to continue on to PhD studies, work in industry, or to apply for postgraduate entry medicine or dentistry.  

Below is the next destination information for the 2010/11 MRes graduates:

69%       Studying a PhD at the University of Liverpool

12%       Studying a PhD or higher education course elsewhere

4%          Working in industry

4%          Starting own science based company

11%       Working in the private sector with the intention of returning to a funded PhD

Below is a sample of publications based on work MRes students have completed during their studies (students' names in bold):

Firman, J.W., MacFarlane, M., Park, B.K. & Mercer, A.E. (2011) 'Assessing the cytotoxic profile of novel endoperoxide derivatives', Toxicology, vol. 290, no. 2-3, pp. 138-138.

Goldring, C. E., P. A. Duffy, N. Benvenisty, P. W. Andrews, U. Ben-David, R. Eakins, N. French, N. A. Hanley, L. Kelly, N. R. Kitteringham, J. Kurth, D. Ladenheim, H. Laverty, J. McBlane, G. Narayanan, S. Patel, J. Reinhardt, A. Rossi, M. Sharpe, and B. K. Park. "Assessing the Safety of Stem Cell Therapeutics." Cell Stem Cell 8, no. 6 (2011): 618-28.

Newlaczyl, A.U. & Yu, L.-G. (2011) 'Galectin-3-A jack-of-all-trades in cancer', Cancer Letters, vol. 313, no. 2, pp. 123-128.

Chen, X., and R. D. Burgoyne. "Identification of Common Genetic Modifiers of Neurodegenerative Diseases from an Integrative Analysis of Diverse Genetic Screens in Model Organisms." BMC Genomics 13, no. 1 (2012): 71.


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Professor Andrea Varro

Andrea Varro

Our Institute is one of the world leading providers in research areas for postgraduate students and it is real fun to be a postgraduate student here.

How long have you worked at the university?

25 years

Are you mainly involved in teaching/research (what's the split?)

I am involved in both research and PGR (postgraduate research) provision. I am the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Institute of Translational Medicine

Tell me more about this...

My research is about cancer development and progression. I am especially interested in the so called stromal cells, a kind of helper cells that facilitate tumour development and promote cancer progression by providing growth factors (nutrients) for cancer cells. We also are working on developing biomarkers from blood that helps to identify patients at risk from gastric cancer. I collaborate with scientist in Hungary, and in the USA.
Hopefully we will be able to develop a diagnostic test and also to contribute for targets for drug therapy in cancer.

I also teach on our MRes (Master in Research) on the Frontiers in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine, and Research Project modules. I mostly teach to small groups although I do induction to postgraduate research lectures to big groups.
Our students would go and do different things after finishing. Some ends up in working as lecturers at University, others go to Industry, small Biotech companies, Teaching, Academic writing, Civil Service or go back and continue their professional jobs such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, etc.

Why should prospective students study a postgraduate qualification here?

Our Institute, The Institute of Translational Medicine is one of the word leading providers in the research areas mentioned above for postgraduate students and it is real fun to be a PGR student here.

What are the benefits?

Good science training and preparation for the job market (academia, industry, teaching, civil service, academic writing).

What does your department/subject, in particular, offer a prospective student?

We offer MRes, MD, MPil and Phd in almost all areas of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology including drug safety, Children and Women Health including perinatal care, Biostatistics, Gastroenterology including both humans and animals, Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine.

Other comments

Our Institute, The Institute of Translational Medicine is one of the word leading providers in the research areas mentioned above for postgraduate students and it is real fun to be a PGR student here. The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine is one of the leading MRes courses in the country. All the MRes courses in the Faculty of Health and Life Science were developed on the basis of our MRes model.