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Respiratory Clinical Science MSc

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,850 (FT)
£7,050 (PT)
Overseas:
£26,380 (FT)
£13,290 (PT)


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.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

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

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.

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

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits).

  • Principles of Respiratory Biology
  • Respiratory Diseases and Conditions
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Drug Discovery in Respiratory Medicine
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Practical Laboratory Research Skills

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Bursaries

Note:
Deadline: 31 July 2020
Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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

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.

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

No other Master's in Respiratory Medicine offers such 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.

Department: Division of Medicine

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.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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.

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