Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics MSc

London, Old Street

The MSc Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics is an intensive, preclinical science based course intended for those who have a bio/-medical degree background, and have an interest in furthering their knowledge and understanding of the development of novel therapies. The programme is intended to develop practical skills and strategies for shaping their research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
Duration
1 academic year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in relevant subject (e.g. Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The period of study provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then drives into a term of independent research activity and lab based practice, ensuring that you will leave with meaningful bench skills and a defined lab based research project completed, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

It should be noted that while the programme is located within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO), there is no assumption that only students with an interest in this area should apply. The core learning is not subject specific.

The programme will utilise the expertise available at the IoO given that the staff are mainly translational researchers across the life sciences.

You will understand how to:

  • Apply and evaluate your knowledge and understanding of evolving personal lab based practical bench skills and utilising appropriate systems, technologies and processes
  • Analyse and use evidence drawn from stats, case based analysis, lab/bench practice and other research data in order to identify theses for exploration and develop, evaluate and evidence conclusions
  • Analyse statistics and other research data, technology and information sources in order to identify appropriate strategies in respect of specific identified solutions.

The programme is also predicated on you being able shape your own area of interest from a suite of optional modules delivered through other UCL departments. The location allows for students to place their learning on this programme in a context that explicitly consolidates research into translational practice and implementation. 

The period of study provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then drives into a term of independent research activity and lab based practice, ensuring that you will leave with meaningful bench skills and a defined lab based research project completed, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

The foundation of your career

Graduates from this programme will gain:

  • A systematic understanding of research and therapeutics, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights informed by current research and practice at the forefront of the field.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the techniques and processes which drive both research practice and the therapies themselves
  • The potential to advance their learning and skillset, and to undertake further research and practice in both subsequent study and employment 
  • A capacity to apply and generate new knowledge through their own research, with a practical integration of established techniques of research and enquiry in this area, and the potential to innovate new models for research in practice.

Employability

Graduates from this programme will have - a systematic understanding of research and therapeutics, and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights informed by current research and practice at the forefront of the field - a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and processes which drive both research practice and the therapies themselves - a capacity to apply and generate new knowledge through their own research, with a practical integration of established techniques of research and enquiry in this area, and the potential to innovate new models for research in practice - the capacity to critically appraise existing research, methodologies and processes for developing therapies - the ability to formulate and evaluate complex decisions, solutions and communications of their findings - the autonomy to initiate, plan and actualise effective research projects independently - the potential to advance their learning and skillset, and to undertake further research and practice in both subsequent study and employment - effective written and verbal communication skills, which support information and data management - a substantial individual research project, based on lab practice and experience

Teaching and learning

Summative

Written exams – testing knowledge, and applying knowledge and understanding to case study/scenario analysis

Coursework essays – organisation of knowledge and understanding in order to develop cohesive argument

Written reports – demonstrating skills of reflection, evaluation, interpretation and conclusion

Coursework Portfolio – arrangement of short form written analyses of practice, skills, research, needs, case, scenario, product and/or data sources, demonstrating breadth of engagement and understanding of principles

Presentations – selection, synthesis and communication of information for varied audience/ purpose, media (oral/poster etc), precis/concision, including both group and individual projects. These may be online or in person

Abstract /Grant Proposal writing- shaping theses and research into coherent summaries that demonstrate aim and purpose of research, convincing and evidenced argument and integrated contextual understanding of audience and objectives

Independent research projects/dissertations – creating/modelling science based hypotheses and research design, interrogating current practice,  literature reviews, practical analysis of planning, implementation, evaluation of results and conclusions.

Research presentation and panel questions - communication, information, targeted, persuasive, professional interrogation of knowledge and understanding as demonstrated, capacity to take knowledge to new scenarios

Reflective evaluation – appraisal of personal practice and experience, evaluate projects and outcomes, identify personal learning objectives

Some variation of assessment tasks will result from the optional modules selected.

Face-to-face attended sessions form typically approx 18-20 hours per week in Terms One and Two and there is considerable independent reading and study expected through the module delivery period and in the periods of independent research.

Group tutorials allow for more detailed appraisal of the learning journey and further consideration of the material covered in lectures and seminars.

Lab time and guided practical sessions allow for you to evolve hands on technical skills, facility and processes for lab based research activity

Modules

Full-time

The MSc Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics (MSc RPAT) programme is structured through a blend of compulsory and optional modules.
This allows a substantial base of key skills, knowledge and understanding to be developed intensively, while also allowing specialist lines of enquiry to develop in respect to shaping individual areas of research. The diet of the optional modules from across UCL departments ensures a genuine translational approach is embedded and provides a focus on research driven identification of therapeutic problems to solve, through the range of current and emerging treatment innovations.
Study moves from compulsory taught modules in term one with a core skills and knowledge focus, to a diet of options in term two which allow you to construct your learning according to your evolving areas of research interest. This research interest is then focused and interrogated through a lab based research project based module in term 3 which will consolidate and expand your practical bench skills.

The primary location of study at UCL’s IoO, provides a distinctive environment in which to learn. The institute’s record in innovating therapies through research to implementation is longstanding and globally recognised. The collaborative relationship between the institute and Moorfields Eye Hospital not only provides a coherent microcosm of the direct application of research into clinical use, it also affords a particular insight into bench to bedside research in practice. IoO’s relationships with global partner institutions afford you contextual understanding of how research in this field is not only translational in application, but transnational in its engagement with global health challenges and solutions.
The Research Project, which forms the final assessment, develops your independent lab practice substantially; working from the science based identification of need into shaping and realising research that may inform therapeutic innovations in the future that could transform treatments and lives in the context of a global society.

Part-time

Part-time route not available

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits with a level 7 qualification.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Advanced Therapeutics Scholarship The UCL Advanced Therapeutics Scholarship is aimed at talented home and international students who want to tackle pressing global health challenges. This scholarship is for talented home and international students to pursue the Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics (RPAT) MSc and the RPAT with practice MSc at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. There are six Scholarships available, each worth GBP 5,000. The scholarship will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. This award can only be applied to the full-time programmes at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology listed above. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other fee reduction or University bursary. For more information about elibility criteria, how to apply for the scholarship and deadlines please see the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 'Study' pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021