12 months full time
Fees per academic year 2014-15
UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £15,490
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.
The MRes in Transplantation is one of a suite of MRes programmes. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research in academia and industry. The programme is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences and is also suitable for graduates from other science disciplines and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students.
Within the programme there is broad interaction with scientists in the fields of immunology, fibrosis and cell biology together with clinicians active in the medical and surgical care of patients undergoing organ and tissue transplantation. On completion of the programme and dependent on previous qualifications graduates will be suited to careers in the health service, medical laboratory sciences and further basic and applied research. The MRes can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or act as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.
The MRes is a research-based qualification with a taught component that is of an equivalent standard to an MSc. It provides training in contemporary medical and molecular biosciences through three subject-knowledge modules related to and including those in transplantation, professional and key skills training, and a 24-week laboratory-based research project. The programme enables you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. If you register for an integrated MRes/PhD, MRes/MD or MRes/DDS you will be allocated projects that are relevant to your proposed PhD or MD, or DDS programme.
Subject-based modules provide a broad exposure to diverse aspects of transplantation, from clinical concepts to cutting edge scientific development. There will be a unique opportunity to gain insights into the speciality of transplantation sciences in the context of transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells, corneal/limbal stem cells and a variety of solid organs. The modules aim to: (i) provide sound understanding of the scientific basis underlying the therapeutic benefits and adverse effects of clinical transplants; (ii) highlight the research areas where applications of immunology and cell biology can improve transplant outcome and patient wellbeing; (iii) provide a view of bench to bedside translational links between scientific research and clinical practice. The strand emphasises the clinical practice driven research, which prepares students for a future career in either medical practice or broad biomedical research.
Main topics covered include: (i) transplantation immunology related to cellular and molecular basis of allogeneic immune responses, tolerance, immunosuppression; (ii) the genetic and molecular basis of HLA system, non-HLA immunogenetics, histocompatibility, impact of HLA matching in choice of donor and transplant outcome; (iii) transplantation pathology related to graft-versus-host disease following haematopoietic stem cell transplant, rejection following solid organ transplant, tissue damage and loss of graft function; (iv) manipulation of haematopoietic stem cells for clinical use; and (v) development of novel therapeutic strategies to aid improvement of clinical transplant outcome.
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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science discipline or an MBBS degree with high grades. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential.
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-sections), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.
International applicants require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.
Funding information is provided on the MRes webpages.
International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.
Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.
Visit our postgraduate application site.
There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.
Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.
International students wishing to discuss these opportunities may contact:
Professor Steve Yeaman
Director of International Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7433
This programme is within the subject area of Medicine and Surgery.