Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics with Practice MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics with practice (MSc RPAT) 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, by learning about therapeutic approaches and the science of disease and treatment paradigms, engagement with the practical applications of therapies and the translational possibilities within these. The programme is intended to develop practical skills and strategies for shaping research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Duration
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

This programme is intended to develop practical skills and strategies for shaping research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations, and shaping opportunities for these to be developed and actualised in lab based and real world contexts.
It should be noted that while the programme is located within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 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 and contains a placement with global partner institutions.

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

The extended period of study (20 months) provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then feeds into periods of independent research activity, ensuring that you will leave with a substantial lab based skills and research portfolio, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

The blended structure of compulsory and optional modules 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.

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

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

While the programme is located within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 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 and contains a placement with global partner institutions.  

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

The extended period of study (20 months) provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then feeds into periods of independent research activity, ensuring that you will leave with a substantial lab based skills and research portfolio, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

In Terms 4 and 5 there will be a more extensive Lab placement either at UCL IoO or with an international partner institution which will provide additional lab expertise within an academic environment and foster academic collaboration. There will be a preliminary module focused on preparing a grant funding application around the proposed project, allowing a thorough understanding of the background science and implementation of grant writing skills taught in Year One, and a reflective module which will ask you to appraise and evidence your practical bench and lab skills.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and evaluate your knowledge and understanding of evolving personal lab based practical 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.

Teaching and learning

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

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 VIVA- 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.

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.

Independent research and reflection forms a substantial proportion of the study hours, encompassing time spent preparing for taught module sessions and assessments, and planning, shaping and conducting the research for your projects, which may include self led lab time as well as library based research. You will systematically gather and analyse research data to draw conclusions, with the assistance of academic supervisors.

Modules

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 300 credits with a level 7 qualification.

Placement

The study in Year Two (Terms 4 and 5) will be supervised while you are in an external Lab placement intended to further develop your independent practice and bench skills in a lab context. The three modules studied alongside the placement intersect with your ongoing learning, practical skills and research activity, and ask you to shape, evaluate, implement and conclude in respect of these in the assessment tasks. You will remain under the supervision of your IoO tutor throughout for academic and pastoral guidance, through regular online tutorials and seminar sessions. 

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

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Fee description
Tuition fees (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23)

180 credits in Year 1 and 120 credits in Year 2. As such, the fee in Year 1 will be £16,500 (UK) or £29,400 (Overseas) but the fee in Year 2 will be approximately two-thirds of that (subject to UCL’s annual fee increase).

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

Students are responsible for arranging travel, accommodation and living expenses for the placement, as well as study at UCL.

Students should expect to have IT access to allow them to engage with distance learning methods across Year Two.

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 with Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics with Practice 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