2019 start

Musculoskeletal Ageing

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Jennifer Walsh MBChB PhD FRCP FHEA

This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by 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’ll be based at Sheffield, the course involves exchange visits to the other universities.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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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 over 12 weeks and may be taken remotely (depending on student status, live interactions will take place between 9–5pm UK time). This includes live lectures, wikis and blogs, and tutor support.

The research project involves hands-on laboratory or clinical work, and can be taken at whichever of the three universities holds the relevant expertise.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events, with some events involving industry and funders.


You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework, a mock grant proposal and a research project dissertation.


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


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

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Dr Jennifer Walsh MBChB PhD FRCP FHEA


+44 114 271 1798

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.