MRes Musculoskeletal Ageing

Department of Oncology & 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.

I chose the University of Sheffield because of the proven track record in medical research. Some of the teachers are people whose work I have read about in science journals. It is fascinating to be taught by the experts in the field.

Gbadebo Adeleke, Postgraduate student in the School of Medicine

About the course

Course description 2017

Lead academic: Dr Jennifer Walsh

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.

Medicine students

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

Teaching and assessment

The taught element is online and may be taken remotely at home (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 work. It includes placements with all three universities.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by industrial partners. You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework, a mock grant proposal and a research project dissertation.

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

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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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).

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Any questions?

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

Dr Jennifer Walsh
T: +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.