Respiratory Clinical Science MSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Respiratory medicine is an increasingly important field of medicine. This MSc will focus on the study of the scientific and clinical basis of Respiratory diseases with all courses and modules directed towards understanding disease and the effects on patients. This programme, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD or have a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£14,700
£7,350
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (life sciences, medicine, chemistry, biomedicine including applied 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

UCL's cutting edge new Master's in Respiratory Clinical Science has been designed for those who seek to lead the way in the growing field of Respiratory Medicine as clinicians or as scientists. This MSc focuses on the study of the key concepts relevant to respiratory medicine including respiratory biology and disease, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology, lung repair and regeneration, animal models, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physiology and occupational and environmental lung disease. The aim of this new Respiratory Clinical Science MSc is to share the outstanding clinical and scientific expertise within UCL's Respiratory Department and its world leading partners with the next generation of future leaders in this critical field.

Find out more about the content of this degree: Respiratory Clinical Science

Who this course is for

This MSc is primarily suitable for life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in respiratory clinical science who have a background in chemical sciences, physics, mathematics or pharmacy may also be eligible to apply.

What this course will give you

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in Respiratory Medicine. This programme will be developed and run by UCL's world leading Respiratory Department; students will have unique access to the Department's best practice research, processes and treatments. This could include viewing actual procedures at UCLH, being a part of diagnostic sessions, sitting in on Multi Disciplinary Team meetings where cross functional experts develop treatment programmes or involvement in one of our cutting edge research processes.

Whilst the programme is based at UCL Respiratory, students will also have the unique opportunity to study and potentially conduct a research study with one or more of our prestigious partners in London. Our key partners for this programme are the UCLH Thoracic Medicine Department, the Royal Free Respiratory Department, the UCL Cancer Institute, the CRICK and the CRUK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence.

This Master's in Respiratory Medicine offers a unique combination of translational focus with the world's best in this growing field as well as potential access to some of the most innovative research projects in this area. The Department is located within the UCL Division of Medicine and underwent major refurbishment in late 2015.

“I really enjoyed my time at UCL studying MSc Respiratory Clinical Science. This programme provides a great insight into the scientific and clinical aspects of respiratory medicine, ranging from topics such as lung regeneration to interpreting x-rays. The lab research project and clinical tutorials allowed me to apply the knowledge I gained through lectures into real-life settings, which was definitely one of the highlights of this programme.”

Suvetha Ragavan, MSc Respiratory Clinical Science student 2020/21

The foundation of your career

Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Employability

The programme will provide an outstanding background for those looking to pursue a career in respiratory clinical science and related industries such as biotech and pharmaceuticals. The programme also provides a range of transferable skills which are ideal for those who may wish to subsequently undertake a PhD within UCL or at another institution.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work and tutorials. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

25% of a student's time is spent in tutorials, 25% in lectures and the remainder in independent study.

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight compulsory modules (120 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up to two years, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, four compulsory modules (60 credits), full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered.

Modules

Full-time

In the full time programme, you will take eight core taught modules and the research project in the first academic year.

This will allow you to learn the essential concepts, theory and practises of respiratory clinical science. Apart from the education provided in this course through a world class series of lectures, we will develop the student’s transferable skills through many different individual and group activities, such as problem solving, data interpretation, bench projects, literature review, essay writing, journal clubs, oral and poster presentations as well as developing leadership skills. The concepts and skills acquired in terms 1 and 2 will prepare you to go forward to do your research project in term three. The research project will provide you practical research experiences either at UCL or industry setting. The research project will be wet laboratory based and spans a minimum of three months.

Part-time

In the part time programme, you will take four core taught modules in the first academic year and four core taught modules and the research project in the following academic year.

This will allow you to learn the essential concepts, theory and practises of respiratory clinical science. Apart from the education provided in this course through a world class series of lectures, we will develop the student’s transferable skills through many different individual and group activities, such as problem solving, data interpretation, bench projects, literature review, essay writing, journal clubs, oral and poster presentations as well as developing leadership skills. The concepts and skills acquired in terms 1 and 2 will prepare you to go forward to do your research project in term three. The research project will provide you practical research experiences either at UCL or industry setting. The research project will be wet laboratory based and spans a minimum of three months.

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. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Respiratory Clinical Science. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Respiratory Clinical Science. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Respiratory Clinical Science.

Placement

During this Respiratory Clinical Science MSc programme you will attend clinical tutorials at University College London Hospital including respiratory diagnostic sessions, respiratory clinical procedures (ex: bronchoscopies) and Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings.

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.

Online - Open day

UCL Masters in Respiratory Clinical Science and Human Tissue Repair

This Virtual Open Event took place on Tuesday 23 June 2020. The presentation provides more info on MSc Respiratory Clinical Science and MSc Human Tissue Repair.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

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

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check

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

The Division of Medicine is offering 3 bursaries of £5000 each to students on this programme. Find out more: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate-taught-degrees

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Bursary

Deadline: 31 July 2022
Value: £5,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

Next steps

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Respiratory Clinical Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Respiratory Clinical Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

It is important that you can demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to respiratory medicine as a career. You should have good interpersonal and communication skills. It is also important that you value dignity, compassion, team-working, diversity, inclusion and above all person-centred care, listening and responding to the specific needs of individuals and communities. 

As you will be working with the public you will be subject to screening by UCL Occupational Health and through the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to determine your suitability for the course.

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

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