Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases


Studentship programme

3 Year Doctoral Training Programme for Clinical Scientists

Years 1-3
3 year PhD in laboratory or clinical research facility of choice. This may mean working in more than one laboratory clinical research facility as many of the projects will be collaborations between various PIs in the MRC centre.

Mandatory each year (for 3 years)

a) Attend weekly journal club in respective laboratory (PI lead)
b) Attend programme of MRC Centre seminars
c) Two weeks dedicated generic training per year (from current courses offered in on statistics, research presentation, scientific writing, information technology, computer programming and experimental design, animal licensing, training in written and oral communication etc)
d) Maintain mandatory postgraduate log
e) Quarterly meeting with both supervisors with review of log book and regular meeting (at least monthly) with primary supervisor. Annual independent review
f) Attend one clinical/pathological meeting monthly (relevant to personal research)
g) Attend joint meetings of Centre researchers
h) Attend weekly outpatient clinic (half day) in rotation through all neuromuscular specialist clinics (adult muscle, paediatric neuromuscular disease, peripheral nerve, neuropathic pain, neurogenetics, cardiomyopathy, mitochondrial disease and clinical neurophysiology).  Option to organise attachment at other site for exposure to specific specialised clinics
i) weekly neuromuscular clinico-pathological participation (in rotation adult muscle, paediatric muscle, nerve).
j) Attend regular muscle pathology meeting
k) Attend regular nerve and muscle MRI meetings
l) Attend monthly pan-London nerve clinico-pathology meeting (London)