2020 start

Healthy Musculoskeletal Ageing

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

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.
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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Jennifer Walsh MBChB PhD FRCP FHEA

This unique one-year programme provides access to modules, placements and experts from three universities. The course 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. Although you'll be registered at the University of Sheffield, you'll enjoy modules, placements and an expert supervisory team from all three sites.

The course provides multidisciplinary research training on the musculoskeletal system as a whole in the context of ageing. You'll focus on the functionality of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles as they age and learn about the prevention and treatment of age-related clinical disorders. 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.

This MRes is ideal preparation for a PhD and for those interested in following career paths in Orthopaedics, Geriatrics, Sports and Exercise Science, Rheumatology, Physiotherapy, Bioengineering.

Musculoskeletal ageing is fast becoming one of the key global health challenges of the future, with increasing demand for experts in the field, so the course has a strong focus on employability. We'll train you to take ownership of the development of your own skills, advise you as you choose activities specific to your own needs and support you as you create an e-portfolio of your work. We have strong links with industry and can even offer you the chance to have industrial mentoring.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


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

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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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


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 (0)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.