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Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics MSc

The MSc Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics (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. The programme is intended to develop practical skills and strategies for shaping their research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 7 December 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£16,000 (FT)
Overseas:
£28,500 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Old Street

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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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.

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

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (120 credits), four optional modules (60 credits).

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.

Compulsory modules

All modules in Term One and Term Three are compulsory.

  • Research in Practice (15 Credits)
  • Science of Diseases (15 Credits)
  • Stem Cells and Eye Repair (15 Credits)
  • In Vivo models in Research (15 Credits)
  • Research Project and Lab Skills (60 Credits)

Optional modules

Students select four optional modules from the following with a total of 60 Credits. Or three options if selecting the Pharmacology of Inflammation - Extended (30 Credits).

  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (15 Credits)
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (15 Credits)
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics (15 Credits)
  • Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers (15 Credits)
  • Novel Therapies: From Concept to Clinical Translation (15 Credits)
  • Molecular Aspects of cell and gene therapy (15 Credits)
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation (15 Credits)
  • Pharmacology of Inflammation (Extended) (30 Credits)

Teaching and learning

Module teaching is primarily in the form of attended lectures and seminars across Terms One and Two, in module teaching. Lectures allow for specific, in depth information to be provided. Seminars allow for interrogation and discussions of material covered to develop understanding.

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

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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

Careers

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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