MRes Musculoskeletal Ageing

Department of Human Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Lead academic: Professor Ilaria Bellantuono

This MRes is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by the Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. CIMA is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the University of Liverpool and the University of Newcastle.

The course provides multidisciplinary research training on the musculoskeletal system as a whole in the context of ageing.

The training has a strong focus on employability.

Topics range from basic science to clinical aspects, from in vitro to in vivo models, and from the latest advances in the assessment of the musculoskeletal system to lifestyle interventions.

Although you will be based at Sheffield, the course involves exchange visits to the other universities.

Core modules

  • Principles of human nutrition: relevance to ageing
  • Biology of ageing
  • Biology and assessment of skeletal health
  • Muscle in the integrated musculoskeletal system
  • Research project


  • The taught element is online and may be taken remotely at home (live interactions will take place between 9a-5pm UK time). This includes live lectures, wikis and blogs, and tutor support.
  • The research project involves hands-on laboratory work. It includes placements with all three universities.

You will also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by industrial partners.


  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Research project dissertation

Medicine students

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a biomedical science-related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Course fees and funding information on the Department of Human Metabolism website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


CIMA brings together three universities, each with world-class research infrastructure, facilities and resources for research into ageing and the musculoskeletal system.

Individually, each university has excellent facilities for basic science research, pre-clinical and clinical research. You will benefit from shared access to high-end technology and expertise, access to model systems that cover the musculoskeletal system as a whole and clinical expertise and resources in any of the three institutions through exchange visits and placements.

Your career

This course is for students considering a career in academia or industry, for example as a researcher or research administrator, or a career as a health professional.

The experience gained during the course is excellent preparation for a PhD.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

If you have any questions please contact the programme director (details in the Any questions? section).

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Professor Ilaria Bellantuono
T: 0114 271 1798