University of Birmingham - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Introduction

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham is a major international centre for research and education in medicine, medical sciences, dentistry, nursing and physiotherapy.

Bringing together healthcare-related research and education,the Collegeconsists of the following five schools: Cancer Sciences, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dentistry, Health and Population Sciences, and Immunity and Infection.

The principal base of the College lies immediately between the main campus of the University and the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Other key NHS Trust buildings are also on the same campus including Birmingham Women’s Hospital and The Barberry (Psychiatric) Hospital.

We are the largest of the five University colleges with over 1400 members of staff.

Education

The College provides an impressive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes. Programmes at all levels are delivered by some of the UK’s most respected clinicians and health professionals, providing you with the best possible learning experience.

A wide range of continuing professional development (CPD) training is also available from just a few hours toa few weeks to top up your skills and knowledge and stay ahead of the game. Most courses are offered from of our on-site conference facilities, the Centre for Professional Development, which has a range of meeting, training and breakout rooms, state of the art AV equipment and business facilities for delegates.

The College has a close relationship with the National Health Service, charities, sporting organisations and private sector healthcare. This facilitates the translation of research into real improvements in patient care.

The College works closely with many of the teaching hospitals, primary care trusts and training practices across the English West Midlands. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and experience by working across a wide range of organisations and experiencing the varied cultures and demographics of the West Midlands.

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BDS in Dental Surgery

Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The course at Birmingham is regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC) and will provide you with a solid foundation of learning on which to base your clinical experience and patient care. The ongoing strand of whole patient care in Clinical Practice enables you to integrate speciality teaching and perform the most appropriate treatment for your patients. [+]

Dentistry is a challenging and rewarding profession. In the context of an ageing population who are retaining teeth into old age, the importance of understanding interactions between general and oral health is paramount. Excellent communication skills are needed to enable dentists to treat patients as individuals and a sound understanding of the biological basis of oral disease and preventive approaches to care are essential foundations of dental practice. Advances in technology and dental materials have increased the scope of practice and the expansion in the numbers of Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) has led to an emphasis on the dentist’s role as a diagnostician and team leader together with the dentist focusing on undertaking complex, rather than routine, dental treatments. The course at Birmingham is regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC) and will provide you with a solid foundation of learning on which to base your clinical experience and patient care. The ongoing strand of whole patient care in Clinical Practice enables you to integrate speciality teaching and perform the most appropriate treatment for your patients. You will be taught in our brand new Dental Hospital and School, currently under development just a mile from the University's main campus in Edgbaston. As the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years, the new £50 million hospital will provide world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees. The University of Birmingham is ranked 8th in for Dentistry in the UK according to the Complete University Guide and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, Dentistry was ranked first in the UK for research recognised as internationally excellent. In 2016, the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 96% of our students were satisfied with the teaching on this course. First year The early part of the programme lays the foundation for clinical practice. A range of biological science modules provide a systems-based approach to understanding the human body and incorporate a range of different subjects. These are delivered by the Medical School and they provide an important foundation for the Human Diseases modules later in the programme. Alongside these modules, you will have early contact with patients, observing and reflecting on treatment sessions in the dental hospital. You will also start to develop an understanding of being a professional and of patients’ perspectives through a large module taught at the School of Dentistry. A wide range of teaching methods are used, but the emphasis is on enquiry-based learning. You are also expected to become an independent learner and will be supported in this by our in-house virtual learning environment, the e-course. Second year The second year of the programme builds on the first, with an increased amount of time being spent at the School of Dentistry. Biological science modules focus on the head and oral cavity and other modules enable you to understand the wider context of dentistry and influences of patient behaviour on their oral health. You will undertake further sessions with senior students, assisting them during their patient care. These modules are assessed at the end of the spring term. The summer term of second year is devoted to developing a range of practical skills and understanding about practical aspects of patient care. You will work in the clinical skills laboratory on phantom heads preparing and restoring teeth. You will also work with your peers, taking medical histories, carrying out dental examinations and also learning how to administer local anaesthetics. You will also gain understanding of a research project in the periodontology teaching area and other academic work will focus on dental pathology, radiography and restorative dentistry. Third year At the start of the third year you begin treating your own patients under supervision within the dental hospital and start to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in the early years. This core of Clinical Practice, where you have your own small list of patients, continues through until final year and enables you to understand the importance of continuing care and integrated clinical practice and working with a dental team. At the beginning of the spring term, you will be introduced to other clinical speciality teaching areas which provide a basis for understanding different aspects of patient treatment and will contribute to whole patient care in Clinical Practice. In parallel with the clinical work on patients, you will undertake other academic subjects including the Introduction to Human Disease module. This comprises Infection, Pathology and Pharmacology, and builds on your solid biological science foundation. This area of teaching is particularly important in helping you to understand the links between general and oral health and the impact of medical treatment on patient care. Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science is also a strand module which starts in this year and enables you to put clinical dentistry into a wider context of population health and dental service provision. Fourth year You will be introduced to two new speciality teaching areas this year, paediatric dentistry and oral medicine. In paediatric dentistry you will learn how to adapt the clinical and patient management skills you have already gained to children within the Dental Hospital and later in the year, in an outreach clinic. This will help you to understand the environment which children are growing up in and give you the opportunity to work in your own surgery with a qualified dental nurse, thus further appreciating the importance of team working. Oral Medicine gives you the opportunity to hone your diagnostic skills, further appreciate the link between oral disease and general disease and build on the knowledge and understanding you have gained from the Introduction to Human Disease and the Clinical Human Disease module. Outreach placements for adult primary dental care start in the summer term and continue through until Easter of final year. These take place in community clinics and provide you with experience to support your transition into Dental Foundation Training after graduation. There is also an opportunity for you to undertake an individually tailored module, either an elective project on a subject of your choice, dental or non-dental, at home or abroad. If you prefer, you may remain on clinic to extend your range of experience or consolidate your learning. Fifth year In this final year of your BDS programme, whole patient care is the focus of your clinical work and a programme of tutorials and lectures prepares you for practising once you have qualified. You will continue with some speciality teaching, for example oral surgery, and you will also undertake a block of dental sedation teaching to help you manage extremely anxious patients. There will also be an opportunity to choose a special study module which will allow you to expand your knowledge, skills and experience in a clinical area of your choice. Why study this course University of Birmingham Dental Hospital and School: The new University of Birmingham Dental Hospital and School will be the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years. The new build is conveniently located just a mile from central campus meaning you will benefit from having easy access to all the University facilities including Students’ Guild and nearby accommodation. High League Table Rankings and Student Satisfaction Ratings: The University of Birmingham is ranked 8th for Dentistry in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. In 2015, the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 98% of our students were satisfied with the overall quality of our programme and 97% were satisfied with the teaching on this programme. Taught in a Dental Hospital: You will be based at the sole dental hospital and school in the Midlands, one of only 10 in England, allowing you to learn from, train and work alongside practicing clinicians and other members of the dental team on a daily basis. Excellent Facilities: You will benefit from state-of-the-art learning environments including a fully-computerised ‘phantom head’ laboratory, where you will you will learn how to manage dental decay and to restore teeth, among other practical tasks. Innovative Teaching Methods: You will have access to new web-based applications to support your learning. Developed by staff in the School of Dentistry, the custom-made systems encourage you to take responsibility for your learning through a process of self-reflection and target setting. You can also keep a visual record of your progress in practical sessions by uploading images of your work on to your record. Furthermore the applications act as an additional support mechanism, allowing staff to identify early on students who need extra support and the areas in which they need it most. Active Birmingham University Dental Student Society (BUDSS): BUDSS is the oldest and largest dental student society in the UK. Membership is open to all students of the School of Dentistry –Dentistry, Dental Hygiene and Therapy, and Biomedical Material Science students. With students from each of the courses acting as representatives on the committee. Outstanding Alumni: Many BDS Dentistry graduates have gone on to be leaders in their respective fields. We are proud to say that our distinguished and notable alumni include: Barry Cockcroft (BDS, 1975) Chief Dental Officer, Department of Health Nigel Carter (BDS, 1975) Chief Executive, British Dental Health Foundation Janet Clarke (BDS, 1981) Clinical Director, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust Elizabeth Treasure (BDS, 1979; PhD 1983) Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University Amrik Bhandal (BDS, 1983), Balbir Bhandal (BDS,1985) and Baljit Bhandal (BDS,1987) – founders and owners of Bhandal dental practices Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: AAA Required subjects and grades: A levels must include Chemistry and Biology. These must be obtained in one sitting. Human Biology may be offered, but not in addition to Biology. GCSE A* in Biology and Chemistry and A in Mathematics and English. You must also sit the UKCAT. General Studies: Not accepted. Please note, at both A Level and GCSE, resits are not considered. BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are not accepted Scottish applicants: Candidates will need to offer 3 Advanced Highers with grades AAA to include Chemistry and Biology plus a third subject. Graduates: Must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a First Class honours degree in medical science or related degree with A levels minimum of B grade, to include Chemistry and Biology. Additional information: 1. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which maybe raised through competition. As a minimum, the English language IELTS must be 7.0 in each component. 2. We now require applicants to sit the UKCAT. The scores are used in conjunction with details from the UCAS application forms to select candidates for interview. 3. Work experience (minimum 10 working days) in a general NHS dental practice is required before completing the UCAS form. You will be required to declare your commitment, involvement and understanding of the need to be working for the benefit of others (e.g. work in society, charity work). You must also demonstrate an understanding of the empathy needed when dealing with different members of society, something that gives you an insight into working with people from a different background to your own. 4. Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. 5. All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter. 6. The School of Dentistry has an overriding duty of care to the public with whom students come into close contact. In accordance with current Department of Health Guidelines (March 2007) all applicants who are made an offer of a place on the course will be required to complete a screening process for Blood Borne Viruses as a condition of their offer. 7. The nature of undergraduate dental training precludes entry of those who may pose a risk of blood-borne virus (BBV) infection to patients. Therefore all potential undergraduate dental students must undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the programme. You are required to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, to include HBV, HCV and HIV infectivity as part of the offer. 8. All successful applicants must produce satisfactory evidence of immunisation against Hepatitis B and evidence of non-infectivity for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus prior to confirmation of a place and becoming registered as a dental student. (The UK Government Department of Health now requires all potential undergraduate dental students to undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the course; additional health clearance stipulates that individuals must be non-infectious for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. For further information about these requirements, please see: Medical and Dental Students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis). 9. You must provide either evidence of having received two immunisations against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, or arrange for blood tests to be undertaken to determine your immune status to these viruses. 10. You should also provide evidence of either having received BCG immunisation against TB or a Heaf test grade 2-3 / Mantoux test 6 – 14mm and evidence of immunity to Varicella (Chickenpox) either by positive history of having the virus or by blood test. International students: International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level (to include Chemistry and Biology) with a minimum of 32 points overall. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which maybe raised through competition. As a minimum, the English language IELTS must be 7.0 in each component. Please contact our admissions team for more information on entry requirements for overseas applicants. [-]

BMedSc in Biomedical Materials Science

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This degree offers you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive background in the medical science and engineering of materials for repairing or replacing damaged, diseased or missing tissues in the human body. [+]

Artificial hip and knee joints, replacement blood vessels and heart valves, artificial teeth and fillings, contact lenses, modern drug delivery systems and tissue engineering are just a few of the growing number of applications of biomedical materials. This degree offers you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive background in the medical science and engineering of materials for repairing or replacing damaged, diseased or missing tissues in the human body. The Biomedical Materials Science course is one of the few courses focussing equally on the biological and material sciences and our graduates therefore find career opportunities in a wide range of areas related to medical and dental sciences. “As long as humans cannot replace lost tissue like a salamander, the development of biomaterials and biomaterials based tissue engineering scaffolds will be crucial for the wellbeing of an ageing population. Characterisation and development of novel biomaterials is what the Biomedical Materials Science course is about.” Dr Mike Hofmann, Biomaterials Researcher Also referred to as 'The Biomaterials Course', the programme is multidisciplinary and taught in several departments, including Dentistry, Medicine, and Metallurgy and Materials. The course is centered around the Biomaterials Unit one of the principal research units within the School of Dentistry which links clinical work with both clinical and scientific research. Our state of the art laboratories are based at the brand new Dental Hospital. First year You will study the structure and properties of materials – including polymers, ceramics and metals – anatomy, physiology, introduction to cell and molecular biology and bacteriology, alongside biomechanics and a general introduction to the development and clinical use of biomaterials. The first year also includes a study skills course providing you with a basic working knowledge of the use of search engines, IT and statistics. Wherever possible, lecture material is reinforced with practical classes. After the examination period in the summer you will visit local hospitals where you will observe, for example, a hip or knee replacement operation being performed. Second year In this year you focus on the reactions of the body to biomaterials, how these materials are designed and made into components to be used in medical application. You will also learn about the factors that affect performance of biomaterials in service. Modules cover cell and molecular biology, orthopaedic and dental biomaterials, microscopy, infection and immunology and materials design. Practical sessions will give you further experience of handling and testing biomaterials. Third year Your final year gives you the opportunity to get involved in state of the art ongoing research within your extensive two-semester final year research project. You will learn more about tissue engineering and biomaterial design, develop your laboratory and project management skills and deepen your scientific knowledge. You will ultimately present your research project as a dissertation accompanied by a poster, both of which draw on your scientific writing and presentation skills acquired in the first and second year. Your work may ultimately be published in a scientific journal. Why study this course Hospital location: You will be based in the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry,the only course of its kind to be based in a Hospital. This means there will be the direct input by clinicians into the course content therefore ensuring the clinical relevance of our teaching. Equal emphasis on material and biological sciences: Taught across several departments including Dentistry, Medicine and Metallurgy and Materials, this truly multidisciplinary course is one of the few courses in the UK that covers both materials and biological science equally, meaning you will develop a broad knowledge base in both areas. This will allow you to choose from a wider variety of career options in the field of biomaterials once you graduate. Orthopaedic Biomaterials focus: As an area of medicine relevant to an increasingly aging population, orthopaedic biomaterials is an important focus of your study at Birmingham. From hip replacements to tissue engineering, you will learn about how artificial materials are enabling to replace diseased joints and bones through a growing number of biomaterial applications. Small year groups: You will enjoy the close-knit community atmosphere created by our small year group and therefore quickly settle into University life, easily make friends with your course mates and build strong working relationships with teaching and support staff. Final year research project opportunities: In the third year of the course you will undertake a research project of your choice. This will take place in our state of the art research laboratories working alongside postgraduate PhD students and staff. Guaranteed interviews for Dentistry: For the top students in their year who want to pursue a career in Dentistry after graduation we guarantee interview places for studying Dentistry at the University of Birmingham. Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: AAB Required subjects and grades: Two sciences required at A-level, one of which has to be Biology or Chemistry. General Studies: Not accepted, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer Additional information: BTEC Extended Diploma in Science related subject accepted when offered in addition to an AS Level in a Science, at grade C, or good GCSEs (grade Bs). Grades DDD required. BTEC Diploma in Science related subject accepted alongside 1 A level BTEC Subsidiary Diploma accepted alongside 2 Science A levels Other qualifications like a Foundation Year, an Access to Science course, or a combination of qualifications are considered. Please contact the Admissions Tutor or Admissions for further information. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme as we are based in a Hospital. International students: International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level (to include Chemistry or Biology) with a minimum of 32 points overall. Standard English language requirements apply. Learn more about international entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Employability Our Biomedical Materials Science graduates have little problem in securing employment or further training. Many go on to do medical and biological research, while others have followed a variety of career options in health care and related areas, such as blood perfusion, optometry, audiology and work in medical device regulatory authorities. Some graduates continue their studies in pursuit of degrees in Medicine or Dentistry. A significant proportion have also entered traditional graduate career areas such as finance, publishing, accounting and IT. [-]

MBChB Graduate Entry Course in Medicine and Surgery

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

In addition to our five-year Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, we have the four-year MBChB for graduates with a first degree in a life science. [+]

In addition to our five-year Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, we have the four-year MBChB for graduates with a first degree in a life science. We will consider only those applicants for this programme who are classified as Home/EU. We also offer a three-year training programme for qualified dentists wishing to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Further information is given within the course details tab (then, select ‘entry requirements’). This four-year degree programme is designed specifically for graduates and is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills you need to become a medical practitioner. Right from the start, you’ll experience the practice of healthcare in the community with an attachment to a general practice, allowing you to see how your studies translate into clinical practice. Academically able with a natural aptitude for science, you’ll have a strong interest in human affairs, a concern for the welfare of others, a flair for communication and the desire to make a real difference. You’ll also need a lot of drive to complete this demanding degree course. Throughout your time with us, you’ll be treated as an individual and we’ll encourage you to develop and explore your own professional interests. In 2016, the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 96% of our students were satisfied with the overall quality of this course. Information for applicants At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates. Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK. Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time. There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate. In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise. First year - Phase 1 Clinical Orientation This phase begins with a programme covering biological sciences, anatomy and medicine in society, since you will have covered little of these in comparison with your knowledge of other life science subjects. You’ll work on problem-based case studies as part of a tutor-supervised group of about eight students, with each of you covering all aspects of the case studies. The problems are grouped into four six-week themed blocks covering basic science, anatomy (including prosection), ethics, medicine in society and behavioural science, with all these aspects integrated into each of the case studies. Second year - Phase 2 Clinical Experience You will be based in the same Teaching Hospital Trusts that currently teach the third-year course for students on the five-year MBChB, spending the first semester in one teaching Trust and rotating to another in the second. You’ll also join our five-year MBChB students in their clinical science lectures, pharmacology teaching and special study modules in public health and epidemiology. In addition, as a GEC student you’ll continue with a small component of case-based learning to further your basic and behavioural science training. Students on the Maxillofacial Surgery training programme will commence their studies at this stage. Third and fourth years You will now move onto clinical attachments with attachments in medical, surgical and other speciality subjects, such as Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Bone and Joint Disease, Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Peri-Operative Care. You will also do attachments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice. During the final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, as you prepare to become a medical practitioner. Why study this course With five-and-a-half million people in the West Midlands area, you’ll be studying in the country’s largest health region. By choosing Birmingham, you will also benefit from an interdisciplinary programme taught by renowned academics whose expertise spans the full breadth of medicine. You will find excellent learning resources and a student-centred, participatory style of learning, together with the opportunity to focus your study on your chosen interests and career goals. The Medicine and Surgery programme benefits greatly from the very active research environment at Birmingham. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences, of which the Medical School is part, has a research income in excess of £50 million per annum, with several major centres focusing on areas that are at the forefront of medical science, including cancer, diabetes, stem cell biology, immunity and inflammatory disease, infection, cardiovascular science and ageing. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) much of this research was rated as internationally excellent and world leading, with most of the remainder being internationally recognised. Notably, Birmingham has the first Cancer Research UK Centre, and was named as the leading cancer studies centre outside London, second only to the Institute of Cancer Research (RAE 2008). Entry requirements We will consider, normally, those applicants who have completed a life science degree at the time of application. We will rank applicants according to the quality of their degree result, giving preference to those with a 1st class mark, but we expect also to consider those who have achieved a result at the upper end of the 2:1 range. Secondary school qualifications are used to discriminate between applicants. In particular, we expect very good results in Science, English and Mathematics. As a guide our A level threshold requirements are BBB, though these grades may be raised through competition. A sound knowledge base in Chemistry is essential, either from A levels or other pre-university examinations, or from the content of the degree programme. Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade A is normally required. BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma not accepted We want our students to start the course with a good knowledge of biological processes, cell functions and cell interactions. The degrees we regard as generally suitable are: Biochemistry/Medical Biochemistry Biomedical Science Dentistry Human Biology/Physiology/Pharmacology Pharmacy Physiotherapy Psychology (British Psychological Society accredited programme) Many other degrees may be suitable, but variations between different degree programmes will require each programme to be looked at individually (i.e. syllabus assessed). These include: Most Biological Sciences degrees Nursing Sports Science/Sports Studies MBChB Programme for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Applicants We offer approximately five or six places on a three year training course for qualified Dentists who wish to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and who have achieved or are expected to achieve MJDF or MFDS. Unlike for the full graduate-entry course, international applicants can be considered but preference will be given to applicants who offer substantial evidence of clinical practice in the UK post graduation. It is important to demonstrate commitment to a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Applicants must apply for Year 2 entry on the Graduate-entry course (A101), which must be indicated on the UCAS application. The number of places on this programme will depend on the availability of clinical placements. Additional information: We do not use any additional admissions test such as UKCAT or GAMSAT. Applicants should enter details of all their qualifications on the relevant section of the UCAS form. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Candidates who are undertaking higher degrees are expected to have completed all components of the assessment process (including receiving formal approval of corrections for a PhD thesis) before starting the course. A higher degree or a second degree does not supersede the above requirements. Where more than one undergraduate degree programme has been studied, the result for the first will be of prime consideration (even if it is in a non-relevant subject). Preference will be given to applicants who offer a degree from a UK-based institution because of the uncertainty in assessing the equivalence of degrees from overseas institutions. All candidates who receive offers will have been interviewed. Mature Applicants: The School welcomes applications from candidates who graduated a number of years previously, but will take account of the length of undergraduate and postgraduate training which has to be undertaken. In addition, we expect that no more than four years has elapsed since a significant and relevant qualification. Extenuating circumstances: We may be flexible over the route to achieve our academic requirements but we will not reduce the thresholds. We will consider only very serious life events occurring at an important stage in education; such as, absence from education for a significant period of time through illness or unexpected death of a close family member. Following discussion and receipt of independent evidence, we may, for example, consider applicants who study A Levels over 3 years. Please note that extenuating circumstances during exam periods should be presented to the relevant examination board(s) for consideration. We will not consider further mitigation regarding exam results beyond that which the examination board has deemed as suitable. Post-degree activity: We give preference to applicants who have completed their degree. Your application must leave us in no doubt that you will be/have been engaged fully in significant activity since graduation. We do not expect all of your experiences to be directly related to medicine but your healthcare involvement must be on-going. Repeat medicine application: We will not consider anyone whose application to Birmingham medical school has been rejected previously following interview. Otherwise, we will consider those applying for medicine for a second time. Re-sit grades: These are not considered (except, see extenuating circumstances) Transfer from another degree programme: We do not consider applicants who are currently studying or have previously studied medicine. Non-academic offer requirements All accepted candidates will be required to complete a health declaration form, and some may be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate. The UK Government Health Authorities require that all medical students must be screened to ensure that they are not carriers of the hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer must: Undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B. If negative, they must start a course of immunisation. Thereafter provide certified evidence of these. Prospective students are strongly advised to take the blood test in good time. The UK Government Health Authorities recommend that all medical students should be offered screening for a number of blood-borne viruses (Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus as well as Hepatitis B). You should be advised that any health care worker who is infected with any of these viruses (or who cannot prove that they are not infected) is not able to undertake exposure prone procedures when qualified (which are defined as ‘those invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker.’). The MBChB Course at Birmingham is a non-Exposure-Prone Procedure course, so students with Hep C and/or HIV will not reflect any risk to patients during the course. Therefore, students who are positive or decline the offer of a blood test will still be permitted to continue on the programme. Although, medical students may engage in exposure-prone procedures on a voluntary basis (for example, during their elective). If this is the case, students are required to be screened. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for up to £200 of the cost of their vaccinations. If you are eligible for an award under the National Scholarship Programme (i.e. qualify for at least one of the state benefits associated with Free School Meals entitlement, classed as a Care Leaver or with a household income of £16,190 or less), you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence study at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College, up to the cost of £200. Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. All students are required to sign the Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct prior to entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter. Medical students are expected to attend the entire course, which includes some evening and weekend work. Opportunities for candidates with disabilities We take a positive view of what candidates with disabilities can achieve as future medical professionals and take seriously our obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students with disabilities can successfully complete their studies. All applicants will be assessed up to and including the interview on the basis of the criteria outlined above regardless of any disability. All students, including those with disabilities, have to be able to meet the competency thresholds set by the GMC. If you declare a disability we will invite you to work with us to explore how best we can support your studies. International students: This full 4-year course is open to home/EU students only. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. In line with the requirements for applicants from the UK, normally we expect grade A in English at GCSE (or equivalent). Please note that the university’s Standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which are likely to be raised through competition. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Employability When you have graduated with your MBChB and completed your two foundation years, you’ll be in a position to apply for posts in your own chosen specialisation. For most of our graduates, these are hospital and primary care posts in the NHS, but there are also opportunities in laboratory-based disciplines such as pathology, or in research. Some doctors move into more commercial fields such as the pharmaceutical industry, politics, or medical journalism and the media. Whichever direction you choose to go in, your training here gives you a first-class springboard. [-]

MBChB in Medicine and Surgery

Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The University of Birmingham gives you the first-class opportunity you need to develop the skills to become a medical practitioner. [+]

The University of Birmingham gives you the first-class opportunity you need to develop the skills to become a medical practitioner. Academically able with a natural aptitude for science, you’ll have a strong interest in human affairs, a concern for the welfare of others, a flair for communication and the desire to make a real difference. You’ll also need a lot of drive to complete this demanding degree course. Throughout your time with us, you’ll be treated as an individual and we’ll encourage you to develop and explore your own professional interests. With five-and-a-half million people in the West Midlands area, you’ll be studying in the country’s largest healthcare region, offering a variety of clinical placements. One of these is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, located next door to the Medical School, which opened in 2010 and has state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. This means you will have plenty of opportunities to gain experience in the diversity of medical disciplines, learning how to manage a wide range of patients from different backgrounds and cultures. Right from the start, you’ll experience the practice of healthcare in the community with a fortnightly attachment to a general practice, allowing you to see how your studies translate into clinical practice. Your training in hospitals and general practices takes place within a highly organised academy structure. Heads of Academies are senior consultants and GPs who are responsible to the Medical School for ensuring that you receive high-quality training in each speciality. You will also have the option to choose from several optional intercalating programmes, which you would take after your second, third or fourth year of study. These allow you to engage in novel laboratory- or community-based research work in either basic or applied medical research. In 2016, the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 93% of our students were satisfied with the teaching on this course. The Birmingham Medicine and Surgery course is an integrated modular based programme designed to give you the essential knowledge and background to begin to work towards your own career goals. Outcome of the course Postgraduate foundation training and beyond At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates. Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK. Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time. There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate. The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise. First and second years Your first two years are largely taken up with modules on the structure and function of the human body. You will learn how each system is controlled and is able to respond to the demands of everyday life and how they are affected by disease and medical treatments. Much of the anatomy is learned in small-group sessions, including substantial experience of prosection. You will learn about the psychology and sociology of health and illness and how the health of whole populations, as well as of individual patients, is assessed. You will also be introduced to some of the key issues in biomedical ethics, for example genetic engineering. In each year, you will spend ten days in the community with GPs and patients, linking biological and behavioural theoretical learning to clinical situations with real patients. Plus, you will have the opportunity to select areas of study for yourself so that you can pursue topics that interest you. Third year You will be based in our partner Teaching Hospital Trusts to further develop your basic clinical skills in taking a good clinical history and examining patients, as well as studying the communication skills needed for effective patient-doctor relations. You'll also learn about common diseases and how to diagnose and manage them, and continue your theoretical work on pathology, pharmacology, public health and epidemiology. Our excellent Community-Based Medicine strand continues and you will increase your understanding of how patients are managed in General Practice. Fourth and fifth years You will now move onto clinical attachments in medical, surgical and other specialities such as Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Bone and Joint Disease, Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Peri-Operative Care. You will also do further attachments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice. During the Final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, as you prepare to become a medical practitioner. Elective studies: Two months in the spring of the fourth year are allotted to full-time studies of your own choice, either in a department of the Medical School or at another centre in Britain or, as the majority of students choose to do, abroad. You may choose to consolidate your knowledge in a subject you’ve already studied, gain further experience of clinical practice or perhaps undertake your own clinical research project. These are a selection of the various locations that our students have visited as part of their electives. Training in Research As a doctor you will be expected to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in medicine but we need clinicians to take a lead role in bringing these about. This course gives you the opportunity to learn research skills that you can use in your career to enhance and develop clinical practice. You can develop these skills in substantial depth during an intercalated programme. Intercalated Programmes If you attain a good standard in examinations you may wish to take advantage of the excellent breadth of internationally competitive research within the Medical School through an in-depth study of chosen topics for one year. Several different intercalating programmes provide the opportunity for engaging in novel research work in either basic or applied medical research. This can happen after your second, third or fourth year of study. Programmes available involve either laboratory- or community-based research. You will learn to analyse and interpret medical research data and, importantly, undertake your own novel and substantial research project. The skills that you will acquire will allow you to contribute to the development of evidence-based clinical practice. You then return to complete the MBChB programme. Why study this course Largest healthcare region in the UK covered by one medical school: With five-and-a-half million people in the West Midlands area, you’ll be studying in the country’s largest health region, next door to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which means you will have plenty of opportunity to gain experience in a variety of medical disciplines and of treating a wide range of patients from different backgrounds and cultures. Early clinical and patient contact: In each of the first two years of the course you will spend 10 days in the community with GPs and patients, linking biological and behavioural theoretical learning to clinical situations with real patients. This increases in the final three years when you will spend extensive periods on clinical placements in our partner hospitals. Optional intercalation: You will have the opportunity to choose from several optional intercalating programmes during your studies. These provide the opportunity for you to engage in novel research work in either basic or applied medical research, which can happen after your second, third or fourth year of study. Programmes available involve either laboratory- or community-based research. Preparing for clinical practice: Your training in hospitals and general practices takes place within a highly organised academy structure. Heads of Academies are senior consultants and GPs who are responsible to the Medical School for ensuring that all students receive excellent training in each different specialty. Outstanding Alumni: Many MBChB Medicine and Surgery graduates have gone on to be leaders in their respective fields. We are proud to say that our distinguished and notable alumni include: Charles George (MBChB, 1965) Chairman, The Stroke Association Jane Collins (MBChB, 1978; MD 1988) Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care Richard Horton (MBChB, 1986; BSc, 1983; MD, 2008), Editor, The Lancet Rowan Hillson (MBChB, 1974) National Clinical Director for Diabetes, Department for Health Steve Field (MBChB, 1982) President, Royal College of General Practitioners Peter Weissberg (MBChB, 1976), Medical Director, British Heart Foundation David Haslam (MBChB, 1972) President of the British Medical Association Active MedSoc: At the University of Birmingham we believe that student life shouldn't be all work and there is plenty for you to get involved with both within the College and the University outside of your studies. The College has its own Society known as MedSoc. MedSoc is an umbrella organisation for a wide range of activities including sporting, social, musical and charitable – there’s something for everyone. Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: A*AA. Candidates should have predicted AAA including Biology and Chemistry (NB. Human Biology is acceptable as an alternative to Biology). General Studies: not accepted. Critical Thinking is also not accepted. Other non-standard subjects may not be accepted. Please contact us for advice. All applicants must: offer acceptable academic qualifications (see below) and sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and attend for interview if invited. Information for International (including EU) applicants is provided in the international section. International students: English Language requirements Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which may be raised through competition. As a minimum, the English language IELTS, for example, must be 7.0 in each component. European Union applicants There are a number of factors that determine fee status but EU Nationals may be considered as ‘home’ students for fee-paying purposes (see below). Because UK-based applicants are selected on the basis of results in each of two national qualifications (for example, A levels and GCSEs), home/EU applicants from outside the UK must offer examination-based qualifications that are equivalent to these. Some examples are below: Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of grade A in six subjects including Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics, to include grade A1 in Biology and Chemistry. The same standard applies in the Junior Certificate. European Baccalaureate Overall score of 85%, with a minimum of 85% in the sciences, to include Chemistry and Biology as full options. Evidence of meeting this standard must be provided for interim results. We require that qualifications are not broad-based and are obtained through assessment of performance in formal, national examinations. For guidance, the following qualifications are not acceptable on their own without, for example, A-levels. These include: Austrian Matura; Bulgarian Diploma; French Baccalaureate (including OIB); German Abitur; Greek (including Cypriot) Apolytirion; Italian Esame Di Stato; Lithuanian Brandos Atestats; Netherlands "Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs" (VWO) Diploma; Polish Matura; Portugese Diploma de Ensino Secundario; Romanian Baccalaureate; Spanish Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) and Título de Bachiller; Swedish Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan (School Leaving Certificate). International Baccalaureate Higher level: 766 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject (in any order) Subsidiary level: The subjects must include English and Mathematics if not offered at the higher level (Maths Studies is acceptable). Minimum of 32 points must be attained You must provide results either from the Middle Years' Programme or an acceptable GCSE-equivalent qualification. MYP results will be scored according to the following equivalencies to GCSEs: 7 = A*; 6 = A; 5 = B. A minimum of 5 must have been achieved in Science, English and Mathematics International applicants We have up to 28 places available for students who are assessed as international for fee-paying purposes. For more information on fee status, please visit www.ukcisa.org.uk. Please note that where there is doubt over your fee status (for example, you are a UK national living outside the EU), the university will investigate your fee status before your application for medicine is considered. If your fee status cannot be defined in time you may lose out on the opportunity for an interview. The school-leaving qualification must be equivalent to A Levels. We will try to be flexible for those international applicants studying in an educational system with no qualification equivalent to GCSE. But, it must be recognised that it is difficult to make an effective judgment of academic potential based on predicted grades alone. School results must be provided as an absolute minimum. [-]

Master

Master in Public Health

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This modular multidisciplinary programme in public health offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters of Public Health. [+]

This modular multidisciplinary programme in public health offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters of Public Health. Designed to provide academic training to professionals currently working in, or who wish to work in, the public health field, students attend compulsory modules then choose from a wide range of approved modules. Students also have to attend a non assessed introductory week at the beginning of the course which provides an introduction to Public Health in particular in the context of health services in the UK (29 September 2014). If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation. We also offer: The MPH (Health Technology Assessment) is a strand of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) programme for those students who wish to specialise in public health with health technology assessment. The MPH (HTA) is an exit qualification from the MPH programme. Fees and funding MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students) MSc £18,900 (International students) The MPH (Statement of Extra Accredited Learning) programme - this programme provides a broader version of the current MPH programme (230 instead of 180 credits). By being formally assessed and accredited in more modules, the MPH (SEAL) allows students to demonstrate their wider competency range. Fees and funding MSc £9200 (Home/EU students) MSc £21,800 (International students) The MPH (International) programme. This course aimed at professionals already working in low- and middle-income countries or those aiming in the future to work in health care in such setting. It builds upon the well-established and successful Masters of Public Health. Fees and funding MSc £7,200/PGDip £4,800 (Home/EU students) MSc £18,900 (International students) As well as practising clinicians, the course may be of considerable value for those involved (or thinking about becoming involved) in senior management in health services, as it covers most aspects of population health including epidemiology, statistics, health economics and health service management. Its modular nature allows the flexibility for participants to shape the programme to fit their needs in a way that ensures maximum utility with minimum disruption. Moreover, the course is delivered in an environment that combines the pragmatism and ‘can do’ spirit of a modern dynamic health service with the rigour, discipline, and high standards of a premier Russell Group University. The course covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. The MPH programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. Overseas students may only study the MPH full-time. Teaching takes place in one-week blocks. Why study this course Our programme is an internationally recognised qualification in Public Health. It equips students with a broad range of skills that are invaluable for: planning, management and evaluation of health services, for disease prevention, health protection and for health promotion. developing a career in a wide range of professional settings, both within and without Public Health and Epidemiology. The course also covers many of the areas necessary for sitting the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Modules mainly take place in the Public Health building which is on the beautiful campus of the University of Birmingham and close to the University railway station. Modules Core modules Introduction to Public Health (not assessed) Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits) Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits) Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits) Option Modules (Tier 2) You will choose 30 credits from the list below: Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits) Health Economics (10 credits) Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health (10 credits) Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits) Health Protection 1 (10 credits) Sociology and Social Policy (10 credits) Health Promotion (10 credits) Public Health in low and middle income countries (10 credits) Option Modules (Tier 3) You choose modules to a total of 40 credits from the list below or any other Tier 2 module not already claimed: Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits) Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits) Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits) Health Protection 2 (10 credits) Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits) International Health Protection (10 credits) Further Public Health in low and middle income countries (20 credits) Entry requirements This programme is open to those with a good first degree in any subject of relevance to public health; this includes most biological sciences. Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate. For the diploma, applications are also accepted from those with a relevant professional qualification or sufficient Public Health experience at the appropriate level without a primary degree, e.g. registered nurses. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the course administrator. Please note: Applications are considered as they are received throughout the year with places awarded to candidates meeting the entry requirements on a ‘first come, first served’ basis Applications from overseas students need to be received by June to enable enough time for processing. Applications from UK students can be accepted until early August. International students: Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band. [-]

Master of Research in Biomedical Research (Integrative and Translational)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme will equip you with the necessary ethos, critical evaluative skills and technical competence to pursue a research career in the in vivo sciences. Such an approach is essential to understand the complex interactions among body systems, and how these may be modified with adaptations, by drugs, and during pathologies. [+]

Master of Research in Biomedical Research (Integrative and Translational)

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You will graduate equipped with essential skills for training to PhD level with an excellent grounding for future careers in biological research, the pharmaceutical industry or higher education.

A Home Office Personal Licence, for which training is provided, is a prerequisite for this course (see here for further information). The research project will require students to carry out licensed procedures. This module will be taught at the beginning of the MRes.

A practical in vivo research skills module involves progressive training with equipment using in vitro and ex vivo approaches. In vivo research modules provides seminars from research-active scientists about their approaches, and a series of taster projects where you observe current research projects in action. A research methods module  gives theoretical and practical instruction in common techniques, experiemenal design and data analysis. The in vivo research project takes 20 weeks and gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in publishable-quality research.... [-]


Master of Research in Cancer Sciences

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The Cancer Sciences MRes programme is designed to offer life and biomedical science graduates the opportunity to gain research training through practical experience in a leading cancer research centre. [+]

Master of Research in Cancer Sciences

The Cancer Sciences MRes programme is designed to offer life and biomedical science graduates the opportunity to gain research training through practical experience in a leading cancer research centre.

The programme consists of three introductory taught modules and an extensive project within a research group in the School of Cancer Sciences. The lecture modules will be taught by leading cancer experts and will cover such topics as the cellular and molecular basis of cancer, the pathology of selected cancers and how translational research is applied to diagnosis and treatment of cancers. The projects will generally be laboratory-based and will provide skills in designing and implementing research strategies to answer fundamental questions relating to cancer causes, diagnosis and/or treatment.... [-]


Master of Research in Clinical Health Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance. [+]

Master of Research in Health Research

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This programme provides a first step in research training for health professionals currently working in clinical areas who want to develop a health related research component to their career. Guided by a supervision team you will undertake a research project and gain confidence in using research methods, project management, and research governance.

There is an opportunity to work alongside existing research staff on established research projects. In Nursing and Midwifery we are particularly interested in supporting applicants who wish to research palliative and end of life care across the life span, and in various healthcare settings.... [-]


MBChB in Medicine and Surgery

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This four-year degree programme is designed specifically for graduates and is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills you need to become a medical practitioner. Right from the start, you’ll experience the practice of healthcare in the community with an attachment to a general practice, allowing you to see how your studies translate into clinical practice. [+]

Undergraduate degree course/programme Medicine and Surgery MBChB Graduate Entry Course A101 In addition to our five-year Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, we have the four-year MBChB for graduates with a first degree in a life science. We will consider only those applicants for this programme who are classified as Home/EU. We also offer a three-year training programme for qualified dentists wishing to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Further information is given within the course details tab (then, select ‘entry requirements’). This four-year degree programme is designed specifically for graduates and is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills you need to become a medical practitioner. Right from the start, you’ll experience the practice of healthcare in the community with an attachment to a general practice, allowing you to see how your studies translate into clinical practice. Academically able with a natural aptitude for science, you’ll have a strong interest in human affairs, a concern for the welfare of others, a flair for communication and the desire to make a real difference. You’ll also need a lot of drive to complete this demanding degree course. Throughout your time with us, you’ll be treated as an individual and we’ll encourage you to develop and explore your own professional interests. In 2016, the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) showed that 96% of our students were satisfied with the overall quality of this course. Outcome of the course Information for applicants At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates. Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK. Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time. There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate. In addition the GMC is currently considering whether to introduce a formal assessment that all doctors would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise. First year - Phase 1 Clinical Orientation This phase begins with a programme covering biological sciences, anatomy and medicine in society, since you will have covered little of these in comparison with your knowledge of other life science subjects. You’ll work on problem-based case studies as part of a tutor-supervised group of about eight students, with each of you covering all aspects of the case studies. The problems are grouped into four six-week themed blocks covering basic science, anatomy (including prosection), ethics, medicine in society and behavioural science, with all these aspects integrated into each of the case studies. Second year - Phase 2 Clinical Experience You will be based in the same Teaching Hospital Trusts that currently teach the third-year course for students on the five-year MBChB, spending the first semester in one teaching Trust and rotating to another in the second. You’ll also join our five-year MBChB students in their clinical science lectures, pharmacology teaching and special study modules in public health and epidemiology. In addition, as a GEC student you’ll continue with a small component of case-based learning to further your basic and behavioural science training. Students on the Maxillofacial Surgery training programme will commence their studies at this stage. Third and fourth years You will now move onto clinical attachments with attachments in medical, surgical and other speciality subjects, such as Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Bone and Joint Disease, Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Peri-Operative Care. You will also do attachments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice. During the final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, as you prepare to become a medical practitioner. Admissions Process Preparing to Apply for Medicine When we are deciding whom to invite for interview, academic excellence is not our only criterion. Therefore it is important for you to demonstrate your motivation towards a career in medicine and are able to show evidence that you will be able to acquire the values of the NHS (including: working together for patients; respect and dignity; compassion; commitment to quality of care; resilience), through people-focused work experience or volunteering. It is essential that you provide evidence of an understanding of working in a UK healthcare environment and an on-going commitment to medicine. The types of experience that we value include voluntary work in a nursing home, care home, hospice or hospital volunteer. We do not rank applications on the amount of experience that has been obtained, though we do expect that the time spent is stated. We are more likely to be reassured of your commitment if you offer a combination of a minimum of two full weeks of experiences within the previous year. Shadowing of doctors is not required and, though it has its benefits, we prefer active involvement in a healthcare setting. Experiences gained whilst still at secondary school are of minimal importance. We recognise that extracurricular activity in areas outside of healthcare can supplement the development of the broader qualities required of a potential doctor. Therefore, you must offer significant and substantial involvement. We especially appreciate non-academic experiences that you have sought independently (such as a job in a customer-focused role). A voluntary role giving you responsibility for a group of individuals is also valued. In general, it should be very clear from your application that engagement in significant activity and taking on responsibility is natural for you and, therefore, should be on-going and of some years duration. We will consider all of these non-academic aspects as described in the personal statement and take account of your total involvement. Thus, for example, we will be concerned if there is little evidence of the use of relevant skills (leadership, effective team-working, problem-solving, coping with significant responsibility) even if there is a great deal of evidence of attending healthcare placements. Why study this course With five-and-a-half million people in the West Midlands area, you’ll be studying in the country’s largest health region. By choosing Birmingham, you will also benefit from an interdisciplinary programme taught by renowned academics whose expertise spans the full breadth of medicine. You will find excellent learning resources and a student-centred, participatory style of learning, together with the opportunity to focus your study on your chosen interests and career goals. The Medicine and Surgery programme benefits greatly from the very active research environment at Birmingham. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences, of which the Medical School is part, has a research income in excess of £50 million per annum, with several major centres focusing on areas that are at the forefront of medical science, including cancer, diabetes, stem cell biology, immunity and inflammatory disease, infection, cardiovascular science and ageing. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) much of this research was rated as internationally excellent and world leading, with most of the remainder being internationally recognised. Notably, Birmingham has the first Cancer Research UK Centre, and was named as the leading cancer studies centre outside London, second only to the Institute of Cancer Research (RAE 2008). Entry requirements We will consider, normally, those applicants who have completed a life science degree at the time of application. We will rank applicants according to the quality of their degree result, giving preference to those with a 1st class mark, but we expect also to consider those who have achieved a result at the upper end of the 2:1 range. Secondary school qualifications are used to discriminate between applicants. In particular, we expect very good results in Science, English and Mathematics. As a guide our A level threshold requirements are BBB, though these grades may be raised through competition. A sound knowledge base in Chemistry is essential, either from A levels or other pre-university examinations, or from the content of the degree programme. Where the highest qualification in English or Maths is at GCSE, grade A is normally required. BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma not accepted We want our students to start the course with a good knowledge of biological processes, cell functions and cell interactions. The degrees we regard as generally suitable are: Biochemistry/Medical Biochemistry Biomedical Science Dentistry Human Biology/Physiology/Pharmacology Pharmacy Physiotherapy Psychology (British Psychological Society accredited programme) Many other degrees may be suitable, but variations between different degree programmes will require each programme to be looked at individually (i.e. syllabus assessed). These include: Most Biological Sciences degrees Nursing Sports Science/Sports Studies MBChB Programme for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Applicants We offer approximately five or six places on a three year training course for qualified Dentists who wish to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and who have achieved or are expected to achieve MJDF or MFDS. Unlike for the full graduate-entry course, international applicants can be considered but preference will be given to applicants who offer substantial evidence of clinical practice in the UK post graduation. It is important to demonstrate commitment to a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Applicants must apply for Year 2 entry on the Graduate-entry course (A101), which must be indicated on the UCAS application. The number of places on this programme will depend on the availability of clinical placements. Additional information: We do not use any additional admissions test such as UKCAT or GAMSAT. Applicants should enter details of all their qualifications on the relevant section of the UCAS form. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Candidates who are undertaking higher degrees are expected to have completed all components of the assessment process (including receiving formal approval of corrections for a PhD thesis) before starting the course. A higher degree or a second degree does not supersede the above requirements. Where more than one undergraduate degree programme has been studied, the result for the first will be of prime consideration (even if it is in a non-relevant subject). Preference will be given to applicants who offer a degree from a UK-based institution because of the uncertainty in assessing the equivalence of degrees from overseas institutions. All candidates who receive offers will have been interviewed. Mature Applicants: The School welcomes applications from candidates who graduated a number of years previously, but will take account of the length of undergraduate and postgraduate training which has to be undertaken. In addition, we expect that no more than four years has elapsed since a significant and relevant qualification. Extenuating circumstances: We may be flexible over the route to achieve our academic requirements but we will not reduce the thresholds. We will consider only very serious life events occurring at an important stage in education; such as, absence from education for a significant period of time through illness or unexpected death of a close family member. Following discussion and receipt of independent evidence, we may, for example, consider applicants who study A Levels over 3 years. Please note that extenuating circumstances during exam periods should be presented to the relevant examination board(s) for consideration. We will not consider further mitigation regarding exam results beyond that which the examination board has deemed as suitable. Post-degree activity: We give preference to applicants who have completed their degree. Your application must leave us in no doubt that you will be/have been engaged fully in significant activity since graduation. We do not expect all of your experiences to be directly related to medicine but your healthcare involvement must be on-going. Repeat medicine application: We will not consider anyone whose application to Birmingham medical school has been rejected previously following interview. Otherwise, we will consider those applying for medicine for a second time. Re-sit grades: These are not considered (except, see extenuating circumstances) Transfer from another degree programme: We do not consider applicants who are currently studying or have previously studied medicine. Non-academic offer requirements All accepted candidates will be required to complete a health declaration form, and some may be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate. The UK Government Health Authorities require that all medical students must be screened to ensure that they are not carriers of the hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer must: Undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B. If negative, they must start a course of immunisation. Thereafter provide certified evidence of these. Prospective students are strongly advised to take the blood test in good time. The UK Government Health Authorities recommend that all medical students should be offered screening for a number of blood-borne viruses (Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus as well as Hepatitis B). You should be advised that any health care worker who is infected with any of these viruses (or who cannot prove that they are not infected) is not able to undertake exposure prone procedures when qualified (which are defined as ‘those invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker.’). The MBChB Course at Birmingham is a non-Exposure-Prone Procedure course, so students with Hep C and/or HIV will not reflect any risk to patients during the course. Therefore, students who are positive or decline the offer of a blood test will still be permitted to continue on the programme. Although, medical students may engage in exposure-prone procedures on a voluntary basis (for example, during their elective). If this is the case, students are required to be screened. International students: This full 4-year course is open to home/EU students only. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. In line with the requirements for applicants from the UK, normally we expect grade A in English at GCSE (or equivalent). Please note that the university’s Standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which are likely to be raised through competition. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. [-]

MPharm in Pharmacy (4 year)

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MPharm is one of several world-renowned healthcare courses in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The programme is designed specifically to equip you with the skills and knowledge pharmacists will need in the future, so at every stage you’ll find yourself experiencing real-life or simulated clinical and patient situations. [+]

The MPharm is one of several world-renowned healthcare courses in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The programme is designed specifically to equip you with the skills and knowledge pharmacists will need in the future, so at every stage you’ll find yourself experiencing real-life or simulated clinical and patient situations. This practical element is supported by fundamental pharmaceutical and medical science studies, taught by our research-active academic and professional staff. It’s the ideal balance of hands-on learning and in-depth study. While at Birmingham, you will be taught the science underpinning the use of medicines, including physiology and anatomy of the human body, the effect of medicines on the human body, and how medicines are designed. Alongside this, you will be trained in clinical communications, problem solving, and decision making to ensure you have the skills to enjoy a rewarding career in pharmacy contributing to patient care. You’ll have a supportive learning environment, with small group teaching sessions to re-enforce your learning. You’ll also have an opportunity to work with other healthcare students (such as doctors and nurses) as an undergraduate. You’ll also have significant clinical placements in all 4 years of the course in primary care, community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy. Pharmacists have a unique mix of scientific and professional knowledge which makes them the healthcare experts on medicines. They are the third largest healthcare profession and work in a wide variety of roles in community and primary care pharmacy, hospitals and in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to completing an MPharm degree, to become a UK-registered pharmacist, you need to successfully complete a professional pre-registration year in a GPhC-approved practice setting and pass the GPhC's professional competency examination. The University of Birmingham is working towards accreditation of this new MPharm degree by the General Pharmaceutical Council. The accreditation process is completed at Step 7, which will occur when our first cohort of students graduate in 2017. Accreditation reports for this School of Pharmacy, and others, are available at the General Pharmaceutical Council website. The degree programme is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council. The MPharm degree combines the study of the science underpinning the pharmacology, synthesis, development, formulation and production of medicines, together with the study of related law, ethics and health science in order to optimize medicines usage for patients.The subjects are taught by global experts and are supported by responsive support services. First year To start with, you will concentrate on fundamentals in the pharmaceutical sciences, including cell biology, physiology, and pharmacology, along with the basic principles of pharmaceutical chemistry, which underpin the formulation and synthesis of drugs. You will discover more about the pharmacy profession itself, covering areas such as the supply of over-the-counter medicines, pharmacy law, dispensing, and the pharmacist’s role in society and healthcare systems. Key aspects of information mastery and evidence-based medicine are also explored in this year. Most of your learning takes place in a patient-orientated context supported by modelled scenarios. You will also have the exciting opportunity to experience the profession at first hand on placements in hospitals and primary care. Second year You will continue to build on the scientific basics, but now you’ll start moving towards practical applications, such as the drug development process. Body-system-themed physiology and therapeutics modules focus on bringing together your understanding of basic physiology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacy. You will also explore the key principles of immunology and the concepts associated with the safe use of medicines, as well as developing evidence-based medicine skills. Throughout the year, much of your studies will take place on clinical placements and as inter-professional learning with nursing, medical and other healthcare students. Third year You will now complete your comprehensive, patient-orientated study of body systems, and there will be a substantial focus on clinical pharmacokinetics, toxicology and diagnostic skills. You will be introduced to advanced topics, such as pharmacogenetics, and there will be a continued emphasis on the pharmaceutical sciences, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical technology. You will learn about health information systems, pharmacoeconomics and policy, which will enable you to learn effectively in a healthcare setting. As with previous years, there will be significant placement learning in a variety of multi-professional environments. Fourth year Your final year focuses on personalised patient care, advanced pharmacy services and the principles of prescribing. Therapeutics teaching draws on your previous studies of scientific and clinical concepts, with the aim of supporting you to deal confidently with complex patient cases involving composite medicines use. You will be able to practise your problem-solving skills through role play and simulated scenarios. In this year, you’ll also be introduced to healthcare research methodology and undertake a substantial individual research project, which may have a laboratory-based scientific theme, or a professional or clinical focus in a healthcare environment. Our course has provisional accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), allowing us to offer an MPharm degree. Key Information Sets (KIS) - Please note that although KIS data is automatically displayed below, the data relates to other programmes with a pharmaceutical element rather than the MPharm itself. The University of Birmingham MPharm programme received its first cohort of students in September 2013 and therefore accurate KIS statistics will not be available until late 2017. Why study this course Inter-professional working: We are one of only three institutions in the UK that teaches pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, nursing and physiotherapy and we are proud of the fantastic opportunities for inter-professional interaction that this gives to our students. Bespoke laboratories: You will learn in dedicated practical teaching facilities, specifically designed to meet the needs of our pharmacy curriculum, including formulation laboratories, dispensing and patient counselling suites. You also have access to specialist anatomy teaching and facilities. Professional experience elective module: In your fourth year, you can fulfil your own personal learning objectives by identifying an area of specialist pharmacy activity you wish to focus on. Practice placements: We believe exposure to the professional working environment is essential. You will spend seven days on practice placements in your first year, increasing to 10 days in subsequent years. These take place in community and hospital settings as well as manufacturing pharmacies and GP surgeries. Clinical communications training: Teaching in clinical communications will prepare you for a career in which the ability to explain information clearly and accurately is crucial. Our specialist teaching methods include real actors to practice communication skills with you in role play scenarios. Virtual chemistry laboratories: Our online laboratory environments allow you to simulate practical experiments providing you with integrated chemistry teaching in a clinical context and a greater depth of knowledge. Exclusive relationships for practice placements: With over 70 outlets in the Midlands, we have exclusive relationships with two community pharmacies – Knights and Jhoots – who provide practice placement opportunities for our undergraduates. Strong league table rankings: The University of Birmingham is currently ranked 16th in the 2015 Times Good University Guide meaning you will be studying a one of the top institutions in the UK. Taught by professionals: A high proportion of the staff who teach on the programme are registered pharmacists or have a first degree in the subject. Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: AAB Required subjects and grades: Chemistry and at least one further science at A level from Biology, Mathematics or Physics. Grade B in Maths GCSE is also required. A Levels - Mathematics and Further Mathematics will not be considered as separate subjects at A2. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. GCSEs - Maths grade C at AS level may be offered in lieu of the GCSE requirement where appropriate BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma will not be considered without A level Chemistry BTEC Diploma in science related subject will be considered in addition to 2 A levels including Chemistry BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in science related subject will be considered in addition to 2 A levels including Chemistry Irish Leaving Certificate - Six subjects at Higher Level, including Chemistry and a second science from Biology, Maths or Physics is required with a typical offer being AAAABB. Scottish qualifications - Chemistry and one further science from Biology, Maths or Physics at Advanced Higher Grade AA plus Higher AABBB is required. Combined qualifications - Applicants offering a combination of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, however the entry grades need to be equivalent to the standard A-level requirement. Mature and graduate entry - Mature students will be required to meet the same requirements as other candidates. Graduates in an appropriate subject with substantial appropriate chemistry content will be considered providing an award of at least a 2.1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) is offered. Various grades at A-level together with an incomplete or partial degree would not be considered. Non Academic offer requirements All accepted candidates will be required to complete a health declaration form and provide appropriate evidence of immunisation against rubella, measles, tuberculosis and varicella. Some candidates may be contacted by an Occupational Health Physician where appropriate. It is a condition of the entry to the MPharm programme that all pharmacy students must be screened to ensure that they are not carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. All applicants who accept an offer must: undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B if negative, start a course of immunisation thereafter, provide certified evidence of these Some NHS Trusts may refuse to allow non-immunised students access, and therefore such students will be unable to participate in placement activities in these Trusts. Hepatitits B immunisation takes several months; therefore, prospective students are strongly advised to take the blood test in good time. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for up to £200 of the cost of their vaccinations. If you are eligible for an award under the National Scholarship Programme (i.e. qualify for at least one of the state benefits associated with Free School Meals entitlement, classed as a Care Leaver or with a household income of £16,190 or less), you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence study at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College, up to the cost of £200. Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. International students: International Baccalaureate Diploma: A minimum of 32 points overall including grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level, including Chemistry plus one from Biology, Physics or Maths plus three further subjects at Standard Level. Maths with Further Maths will count as one higher and one subsidiary. Where relevant, Language A must be English at grade 5. Bonus points will not be taken into account. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s Standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which may be raised through competition. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Employability Pharmacists have a unique mix of scientific and professional knowledge which makes them the healthcare experts on medicines and their effective use. Though most qualified pharmacists go on to work in healthcare settings, mainly community pharmacies and hospitals, there’s a wide range of career opportunities you could consider in, for example, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, government and regulatory bodies, and healthcare informatics. [-]

MRes in Cardiovascular Science

Campus Full time October 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease. [+]

Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease. The programme consists of compulsory taught and research elements. The taught aspects include training in key research skills including scientific writing, critical analysis of literature, presentation skills and a research toolkit module covering key experimental techniques. You will also study a specific module on cardiovascular science to ensure that you have a basic grounding of all aspects of the field and to introduce the topics and research questions on which your project will be based. Why study this course The Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences is one of the University of Birmingham's Research Centres of Excellence. The majority of the research is carried out in the state-of-the-art facilities in the Institute of Biomedical Research, the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Unit, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham City Hospital. Research projects will allow you to become part of a leading cardiovascular research group carrying out novel research. Modules The Cardiovascular Biology module will consist of taught lectures and Journal Clubs where you will further develop your skills in critical analysis and presentation of research data. The Research Project will be supported by regular tutorials with the programme leads. All the taught modules will run within the first term of the course. Research Methods (Distance Learning) Cardiovascular Biology Theory of Laboratory Research Methods Research project After consulting with potential supervisors you will select a 6 month research project which will begin in January and end in July. The project will generally be laboratory-based within one of the research groups in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science. Being an integral member of an active research group will give you the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to ongoing cardiovascular research in Birmingham, and provide you with a real insight into how this research is conducted. Learning and teaching In the first term, you will undertake three taught modules covering cardiovascular biology, research methods and research techniques. During this time you will find out about the research projects on offer and select your project. In the second and third terms (January to July), you will work full time in the lab on your chosen project and produce a research thesis. Entry requirements A good BSc Honours degree, normally first or upper second class, in a science subject (e.g. Biomedical Science, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.). Other equivalent qualifications and work experience will also be considered alongside University regulations. International students: You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). [-]

PhD

Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)

Campus Part time 4 - 6 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This part-time, flexible programme is a professional doctorate equivalent to a traditional PhD, which aims to develop experienced, working registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate distance e-learning material, a systematic review of an agreed research theme and a workplace based research project relevant to their area of practice. [+]

This part-time, flexible programme is a professional doctorate equivalent to a traditional PhD, which aims to develop experienced, working registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate distance e-learning material, a systematic review of an agreed research theme and a workplace based research project relevant to their area of practice. The programme aims to develop experienced, employed registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate taught modules, including: research training a systematic review of an agreed research theme a workplace-based research project relevant to their area of practice as agreed with their academic supervisor and the College As confirmed at local, regional and national (DH) levels successful completion of the proposed DPharm would optimise the candidate's position to achieve Consultant Pharmacist status within the NHS and further the research base in Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management. Due to the flexible nature of the programme this research can be done part-time to fit around your working patterns. The programme runs over 4 years part time for students who already hold a relevant MSc qualification; 5 years part time for students who hold a relevant PG Diploma; 6 years part time for students with minimum entry qualifications (PG Certificate). Why study this course The DPharm is tailored to the needs of the individual candidate and is designed to develop your research skills in your own chosen specialities. You will have expert tutors and mentors who work with you throughout the programme to support your learning and teaching. Modules You will choose your modules from the wide range available in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences on the basis of the your educational level on entry and your need to conduct effective research in your chosen area. You will agree a learning contract regarding the taught composition of the programme. Entry requirements Please note that this programme is only open to Home/EU applicants. This programme is open to those with a Pharmaceutical degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent. Successful applicants will have a Postgraduate award at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level in an appropriate discipline. Employment with an appropriate body agreeing to host workplace based research is essential. Learning and teaching As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself. This programme uses multiple methods of teaching such as - distance learning, campus based teaching days, individual tutorials and workplace-based research. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. [-]

Certificate

PGCert in Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Suitable for all health care professionals with an interest or involvement in delivering training and education, the main aims of this programme are to provide you with an understanding of the principles of adult learning and how they can be applied to multidisciplinary health care simulation training [+]

Suitable for all health care professionals with an interest or involvement in delivering training and education, the main aims of this programme are to provide you with: an understanding of the principles of adult learning and how they can be applied to multidisciplinary health care simulation training an understanding of the evolution, variety and importance of human factors in healthcare practice the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate simulation training the debriefing skills required to aide learners subsequent reflection and development Simulation is becoming increasingly prevalent as a tool for teaching and learning in health care because it provides a safe environment in which students can develop clinical skills and non-technical skills via guided debriefing. The aim of this programme is to provide healthcare educators and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and facilitate effective simulation training and education for their learners. Why study this course Academics from the University of Birmingham, with experience in education and simulation based training, and experienced clinicians based at the University Hospital Birmingham have designed this programme. The programme offers you the opportunity to study the principles of experiential learning theory in healthcare simulation, the process of creating simulation scenarios and the concepts underlying safe and effective debriefing. In addition to theoretical study the course aims to promote the wider use of simulation modalities, non technical skills and human factors in healthcare teaching, learning and practice. Modules This programme comprises three distinct but complementary, compulsory 20 credit modules: Adult learning theory and its application to multidisciplinary healthcare simulation Development and debriefing of multidisciplinary healthcare simulation scenarios Human factors in healthcare Entry requirements A relevant first degree or an equivalent professional qualification is required, ideally in healthcare and allied specialties (including simulation technicians). English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). [-]

Diploma

Diploma Physician Associate Studies

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. [+]

Physician Associate (formerly known as Physician Assistant) is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor. We are currently taking applications for January 2017 entry. January 2014 saw the re-opening of the Physician Associate Studies programme (formerly Physician Assistant) at the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust) and other hospitals and practices in the Midlands. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to graduates to make a valuable contribution to the nation’s health. The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. University of Birmingham staff have taken a key role in the development of the programme at a national as well as a regional level in response to need identified by local healthcare providers. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as Physician Associates (PAs) in the UK (NB: the UK PA training programme does not qualify you to work in the USA). This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week. Course content The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning. Theory is learned mostly through problem-based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments. The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, and placements seek to optimise this. From the first semester, you will have contact with patients as you are attached for 5 days of clinical experience to a General Practice in the West Midlands. The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates mental health in community medicine, Reproductive and Child Health, Surgery, GP, Emergency Medicine A&E and Acute Admissions. Throughout the course, you will receive teaching in a variety of forms; lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and bedside demonstrations. Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach you communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination) and, when appropriate, high tech simulation methodologies such as Harvey and SimMan. Simulation aims both to prepare you for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment. You will sit a national exam at the end of the second year, including a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Regulation Some health professions are registered with a dedicated professional body (e.g. GMC and NMC) or with the Health and Care Professions Council. Many others exist for many years before registered status is achieved, being employed by the NHS and others and providing a valuable healthcare service. This is not yet a regulated profession and whilst national moves towards protected registration are underway and much progress is being made with the support of Trusts and Royal Colleges, the University cannot guarantee their successful completion. For the time being graduates join a Managed Voluntary Register. Disability We welcome applications from people with disabilities. However, the requirements of the Physician Associate role and of the training mean that candidates must be able to demonstrate certain capacities. It is not possible to omit any part of the curriculum and all students must therefore, have adequate vision, hearing, mobility and manual dexterity, and dyslexia must not impair the rapid and accurate reading required in clinical practice. The requirements are explained in more detail in the Code of Conduct. Health Requirements The UK Government Health Authorities require that students working in the clinical area must be screened to ensure that they are not carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. All applicant who accept an offer will need to: Undertake a screening blood test for Hepatitis B If negative, start a course of immunisation Thereafter provide certified evidence of immunity Prospective students are strongly advised to take the blood test in good time. Applicants who are Hepatitis B positive or refuse to have the blood test may be refused admission. Please note: in response to guidelines published by the Department of Health, students on the University of Birmingham Physician Associate programme will not be expected to undertake, or be involved in, exposure prone procedures (EPPs). Why study this course Make a real difference to patient care and the NHS while typically earning a salary of £30,764 rising to £40,558 (with possible progression in exceptional cases to £47,088)… All UoB's graduates are currently being paid at least £30,000 p.a. Many Trusts offer a formal internship training year which would typically start on approximately £25,500 Be part of this new and rapidly growing UK profession and follow a career path which has already had proven success in the US (there are over 86,000 Physician Associates practising there) Pursue a profession that is supported by the NHS and the Department of Health: over 30 hospitals employ PAs across the UK and the numbers are growing fast 95% of our past graduates are now working as Physician Associates in almost every clinical area from specialist mental health to paediatric surgery to oncology to general practice. Entry requirements 2:1 in a Life Sciences Degree (eg. Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Medical Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Zoology) or equivalent qualification If you do not have a life science degree we will consider your A levels and GCSE results and require: A Level Chemistry Grade C or equivalent GCSE Maths and English Grade B or above Please note: extensive experience in the health service may contribute to your application if the above requirements are not fully met. International students: If English is not your first language, you will also need an English Language qualification such as IELTS – 7.5 cumulative, with no less than 7.0 in any band. If you have a UK degree or have lived in UK for some years we can require you to take IELTS to demonstrate you can achieve this standard. The International Student Advisory Service offers help and advice to international students. [-]

MSc

MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

Campus Full time Part time 3 years January 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme is aimed at allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives. It offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. [+]

This programme is aimed at allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives. It offers you the opportunity to advance your practice through selection of modules designed to enhance your ability to take on roles in advanced practice. Invaluable to your career progression this programme will enable you to lead and transform service delivery through research-informed clinical practice. MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice is approved and supported through Health Education England working across the West Midlands and the West Midlands Universities Advanced Practice Group. *Exit awards available are: Advanced Clinical Health Assessment and Decision Making - PGCert Advancing Clinical Practice - PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice – MSc Course Details Given the complex and evolving nature of multi-professional health care, skilled practitioners must be able to lead service transformation through advanced clinical assessment and decision making at the interface between primary and secondary care. Based on international research, developed with clinical experts and delivered within world-class learning facilities, this programme has been designed with high quality, research informed person-centred care at its heart. Why study this course This programme allows you the flexibility to complete modules within a three year timescale. The modules generally run in one or two week blocks making travelling and self-study time more straightforward to fit in. We also offer a distance-learning module. The programme includes a range of modules in areas such as advanced health assessment and clinical decision making, leadership in advanced clinical practice, project management and research. There are opportunities to include Independent Prescribing or specialist clinical modules such as palliative and end of life care, care of older adults with complex needs, health promotion and public health. The programme can be undertaken as a 3 year 180 credit Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. Top-up modules from the set curriculum will be available in September 2015 for existing eligible practitioners who are already working towards a Masters qualification in Advanced Practice and who wish to complete the full Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice. Entry requirements Applicants for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will have completed a course leading to professional healthcare registration, have at least 36 months clinical experience, should normally hold an honours degree in their clinical field of practice. Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development that shows an ability to study at masters level. All routes require current registration with relevant professional/regulatory organisations and a clinical mentor or designated medical supervisor in a current employment context. Please note: the ability to offer the independent prescribing route is subject to final approval by professional bodies. For this route, you will need to provide evidence of current professional registration and current DBS clearance. International students: The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (International) is currently under development to commence in September 2017. Please note: this programme does not offer a route to NMC registration/employment in the UK. Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). [-]

MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice (Distance Learning Programme)

Online 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This online programme is designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of patient care. [+]

MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice (Distance Learning Programme)

The School of Dentistry has been successfully running a part-time campus-based MSc Advanced General Dental Practice course for 11 years, longer than any other. The demand for this highly popular course has led to the creation of the distance learning option, allowing dentists anywhere to gain a higher degree without interrupting their practice.

The distance Masters is based on the teaching of the campus course to ensure you receive the full benefits of all the University of Birmingham can offer.

Details

This online programme is designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of patient care. In response to demand from dentists around the world from 2013 this course was made available as an online distance learning Masters programme, making it easier to fit in with the lives of busy practitioners in these challenging economic times.... [-]


MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This is an interdisciplinary programme for experienced professionals working with people with neuropsychiatric disorders associated with neurodegeneration, brain injury, and other neurological illness. [+]

MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry

This interdisciplinary programme is for experienced professionals working with people with neuropsychiatric disorders associated with neurodegeneration, brain injury, and other neurological illness(principally doctors, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists and psychologists intending to become clinical psychologists). It is also open to psychology and other neuroscience graduates who want to develop their academic and clinical skills. 

Duration: MSc – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, PGDip - 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, PGCert - normally completed in 1 year full time. Full-time – 2 afternoons per week and/or and some 3 day blocks. Part-time – 1 afternoon per week and/or some 3 day blocks... [-]


MSc in Clinical Oncology

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This is a programme for health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology. The full time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology. [+]

MSc  in Clinical Oncology

This is a programme for health care professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to expand their knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of oncology. The full time programme is particularly suitable for medical professionals with an interest in clinical, medical, surgical and translational oncology.

Details

The aim of this programme is to give you a scientific understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of cancer, its epidemiology and pathology, and to place this in a clinical context. We will then address how this knowledge effects therapeutic approaches, and disease management.

The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process, drawing on examples within the department and its associated clinical trials unit. A key part of the Masters programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation.

The course tries at all levels to encourage interactive rather than didactic learning and lecturing. Therefore, this Masters level programme will require you not only to assemble and learn facts, but also to consider some of the philosophical challenges which underlie the treatment of cancer.... [-]


MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care

Campus Full time Part time October 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. [+]

This programme is suitable for doctors, nurses and any other health care professionals aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care; for example covering all dimensions required in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. Aimed at providing all primary health care professionals with skills and academic requirements for specialist clinical practice within the community, as well as research skills and health service evaluation, this course is suitable for those aiming to acquire specialised skills and qualifications in primary and community care, including: experienced doctors doctors in training community and practice based nurses pharmacists any other health care professionals Why study this course The programme is unique, combining both academic and clinical aspects of community and primary care and, as such, would provide a clinically applicable higher level of academic achievement. The clinical modules will offer academic and professional accreditation through recognised professional bodies. Modules Compulsory Modules Dissertation (60 credits) Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20 credits) Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits) Optional Modules (up to a total of 80 credits) Clinical Modules - select a minimum of 40 credits from this list Anticoagulation Management (10/20 credits) Atrial Fibrillation Management and Stroke Prevention (10/20 credits) Heart Failure Management (10/20 credits) Hypertension management (10/20 credits) Management of Gynaecology in the Community (10/20 credits) Non-clinical modules - select a minimum of 20 credits from this list Current Issues in Health (20 credits) Developing Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) Introduction to Health Economics (20 credits) Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (20 credits) Please note: modules must run at a viable level and therefore some modules may not run each academic year Entry requirements A relevant first degree or equivalent professional qualification International students: Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). Learning and teaching As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself. [-]

MSc in Functional and Clinical Anatomy

Campus Part time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme offers the opportunity to study functional, comparative and clinical anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding. The programme is designed for ambitious clinicians who will have studied anatomy at undergraduate level to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject in a functional context in an academically stimulating environment whilst maintaining their clinical careers rather than having to interrupt their career path. [+]

This programme offers the opportunity to study functional, comparative and clinical anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding. The programme is designed for ambitious clinicians who will have studied anatomy at undergraduate level to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject in a functional context in an academically stimulating environment whilst maintaining their clinical careers rather than having to interrupt their career path. Students come from all parts of Great Britain including: Wales, Dublin, Belfast, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Lincoln as well as locally. Why study this course This course will allow you to: develop a level of dissection skill that is both informed by and continues to enhance your understanding of anatomy and its variability between individuals take the opportunity to study developmental and comparative functional anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding develop a capacity for, and a habit of, using analytical and critical approaches in reading research literature as part of independent learning develop advanced skills of independent and collaborative learning that will support your academic work and introduce you to higher levels of clinical practice gain experience of learning in laboratories and clinics where internationally-recognised research and treatment are being developed On completion of the Functional and Clinical Anatomy Masters course you will have gained: knowledge and understanding of the detailed functional anatomy of the body that will inform your understanding and decision making in complex clinical practice a knowledge of the embryological development and growth of the regions and systems of the body and their implications upon its functional anatomy important in decision making in clinical practice an understanding of the consequences of pathological states upon functional anatomy and the anatomical causes of pathology experience and understanding of methodologies and paradigms used in medical research that will enhance your ability to embark upon appropriate and significant research both within the course and in future clinical practice These will give you the opportunity to work in clinics and laboratories where internationally recognised research and treatments are being developed. The flexibility in choosing a dissertation project gives students the opportunity to explore an area of interest and may result in further publications or posters to improve their CV. Modules There are five compulsory modules: Functional anatomy of the trunk and lower limb Functional anatomy of the upper limb, head and neck Dissection and decision making Research methods and appraisal of published work Dissertation based upon research You will take two optional modules, these include: Anatomical and immunological basis of transplantation Anatomical basis of trauma management Inflammatory disease of joints These modules will give you the opportunity to work in clinics and laboratories where internationally recognised research and treatments are being developed. Entry requirements MBChB, MBBS or equivalent certificate in medicine, BDS or equivalent certificate in dental science International students: Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). Learning and teaching As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself. Learning will be through lectures, seminars and small group sessions, with practical experience in clinics and laboratories – all these with a high staff to student ratio. You will produce a detailed and thorough dissection of a human cadaver; this will develop your manual skills as well as inform your higher level of understanding in topographical anatomy. You are encouraged to contribute directly to planning the course content and required to continuously evaluate the taught modules. In addition, student representatives are elected to the course advisory panel. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. [-]

MSc in Genomic Medicine

Campus Full time Part time March 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. It follows a syllabus specified by Health Education England (HEE) for training NHS staff in Genomic Medicine, and HEE has ring-fenced funding to allow NHS staff to study for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) at accredited provider institutions, including Birmingham. [+]

The course is especially designed for healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. It follows a syllabus specified by Health Education England (HEE) for training NHS staff in Genomic Medicine, and HEE has ring-fenced funding to allow NHS staff to study for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) at accredited provider institutions, including Birmingham. Further information about HEE funding is now available. You can choose to study for the full Masters, the intermediate qualifications of Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate, or select individual modules as CPD. The course is also suitable for other Home/EU or international students who wish to learn about the advances in genomics and bioinformatics particularly as relevant to medical applications, and the challenges of introducing the technology into a healthcare system. The Programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills relating to genomics that will empower you to help lead the holistic integration of genomic technology into patient care within the National Health Service, including via the ambitious Genomics England Ltd (GeL) 100,000 Genomes Project which commenced in 2015. The course begins with a brief revision of DNA, genes and genetics and updates these concepts to the scale of contemporary, whole-genome information. It will introduce to you the technologies for generating genome-wide data, and how the resulting vast quantities of data can be approached and interrogated to generate meaningful information that can be useful for families affected by inherited conditions, or for patients with acquired diseases including cancer and infections. You will learn how to interrogate genomic data using bioinformatic tools to identify and investigate the pathogenicity of genetic variants, and relate these to real-life case-studies. The core modules also include consideration of the ethical, legal and social issues that surround genomic medicine, which can be further explored in an optional module. Other options include counselling skills and advanced bioinformatics. Finally, you can choose either a 60-credit research project (which could be a computer-based bioinformatics project, a lab-based or clinically-based project, either in Birmingham or at your home institution), or a 30-credit dissertation (combined with additional taught modules), to hone your research skills while exploring a genomics-related project of your choice. Why study this course You will be taught by people who are leading experts in their field both from the University of Birmingham and the surrounding NHS Hospitals, including the adjacent Women’s Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham (UHB). As leader of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC, a region-wide consortium of all NHS Trusts), UHB will be a major contributor to 100,000 Genomes Project, ensuring close integration between the Project and our MSc programme. Many clinical staff teaching on the course are directly involved with the WMGMC, either as clinical leads or with key roles in the Molecular Pathology Diagnostic Service or the WM Regional Genetics Service, which are both at the leading edge of introducing technologies for stratified medicine (including genomics) into the NHS. You will have opportunities to visit these NHS facilities during the course. Sessions involving patient group representatives in several modules help to keep the patient at the focus of the course. The University of Birmingham enjoys an attractive campus with excellent teaching and learning facilities, which is easy to reach either by rail (we are the only British University with its own railway station on campus, with frequent 8-minute connections to New Street Station in the city centre) or by road. Modules Students registered for the MSc in Genomic Medicine will take seven core taught 15-credit modules, combined with: EITHER, a 60-credit Research Project PLUS one of six optional taught 15-credit modules; OR, a 30-credit Library-Based Dissertation PLUS three optional modules* Core modules (15 credits each): Module 1: An Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics Module 2: Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine Module 3: Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Diseases Module 4: Genomics in Cancer Pathology Module 5: Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare Module 6: Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease Module 7: Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis Projects: Module 8a: 60-Credit Research Project; OR Module 8b*: 30-Credit Library-Based Dissertation Optional modules (15 credits each): Module 9: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics Module 10: Counselling Skills for Genomics Module 11: Economic Models and Human Genomics Module 12: Workplace-Based Learning in Genomic Medicine Module 13*: Genomic Medicine Professional and Research Skills Module 14: Advanced Bioinformatics * Note: Students choosing the 30-credit Library-Based Dissertation must also take Module 13, Genomic Medicine Professsional and Research Skills, as one of their 3 optional modules. Entry requirements The University of Birmingham has general entry requirements including a minimum of GCSE grade C in Maths and English and evidence of English proficiency from all applicants whose first language is not English (e.g. IELTS Level 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band). Applicants for the MSc (Genomic Medicine) without prior relevant experience working in healthcare should have a good honours degree (or equivalent), in a relevant subject (e.g. biomedical science or medicine). However we will consider applicant with alternative academic qualifications, on the basis of professional qualifications and experience within the NHS (or other relevant organisations). The University will consider a candidate’s skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success when making an offer. Students may be contacted to discuss their application or invited for an interview. All applications must have at least one satisfactory reference. [-]

MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for new graduates hoping to pursue a career in health economics or for those currently working in the health care sector who wish to develop skills in health economics. [+]

The MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for new graduates hoping to pursue a career in health economics or for those currently working in the health care sector who wish to develop skills in health economics. This programme gives you the opportunity to follow a more econometrics based pathway underpinned by microeconomic theory, while taking the core modules required to study Health Economics (Economic Evaluation and Modelling for Health Care Decision Making). The programme is targeted at those with an undergraduate economics-based degree and a desire to obtain a technical training relevant for a career in which these skills can be applied to the health care sector nationally and internationally. With its blend of applied health economic modules and specialist economic modules, the MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for individuals wishing to embark on a career as a health economist in industry, the health service or academia. This is an area identified as a priority for the health service and health economists with these skills are in short supply – hence the provision of three fully funded NIHR studentships. NIHR funded studentships The studentships cover fees (Home/EU rate only) and a stipend to support students undertaking the MSc Health Economics and Econometrics. The purpose of this programme is to fully equipped you to utilise, analyse and interpret the big data sets that are increasingly available across health systems in addition to understanding these in the context of health and economic related issues and policy. This programme builds on the strength and experience of the Department of Economics and the Health Economics Unit in providing high quality Masters programmes. The MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is hosted by the Health Economics Unit in collaboration with the Department of Economics. This programme incorporates two core modules provided by the Department of Economics (Microeconomics, Econometrics) and four core modules from the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy Programme (Introduction to Health Economics, Economic Evaluation, Statistics II, Modelling for Health Economics) and one relevant policy based optional module. This programme provides a contrast to the long-established MSc Health Economics and Health Policy programme by providing a greater focus on the underpinning advanced economic theory and econometrics for those students with excellent undergraduate degrees in economics. However it retains the provision of the key skills associated with the conduct of economic evaluation, modelling as well as an exposure to economic policy (expected in many health economic posts). Why study this course The MSc Health Economics and Econometrics aims to: provide a high quality programme examining health issues from an economics perspective, to provide you with an advanced technical training, and to enable you to develop your analytical skills for use in health economics. assist you to develop the analytical ability to relate theories and research findings to your current or future employment experience in the health service provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and historical foundation of health economics develop your skills in the application of research evidence in the field of health economics provide you with opportunities for shared learning develop your understanding of the role of health economics in health care decision making Modules The programme consists of taught modules (120 credits), plus a dissertation (60 credits – MSc only). There are five compulsory taught modules: Microeconomics (Department of Economics) 20 credits Econometrics (Department of Economics) 30 credits Introduction to Health Economics (HEU 20 credits) Economic Evaluation in Healthcare (HEU) 20 credits Modelling for Health Economics (HEU) 20 credits In addition to the above, students need to choose either Statistics for Health Economics II (HEU) or any 10-credit module from those offered within HAPS as part of the Masters in Public Health Programme. Students who take an alternative module in this option will attend Statistics for Health Economics II non-assessed. For the full Masters you will need to submit a dissertation of 10,000 words on an agreed topic in an area of health economics or econometrics (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma may be obtained by completing the taught modules without the dissertation. Entry requirements The normal entrance requirement for our Masters programmes is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above) in Economics or a closely related subject, or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. Appropriate career experience may also be taken into account. It is hard to give general rules on these matters, since each case is considered on individual merit. However, the factors which tend to count in your favour are suitable health services managerial experience, favourable reports from academic referees, or proven ability in research or publication. You should give as much evidence as possible of your capabilities in these areas. International students: Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component). Employability With its blend of applied health economic modules and specialist economic modules the MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for individuals wishing to embark on a career as a health economist in industry, the health service or academia. Employability from the allied and established MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy has been consistently high. This new programme has been specifically designed to complement the current demand by building on specific skills that are known to be in short supply. This programme will supplement the standard health economic toolkit of economic evaluation and modelling by helping those with particular technical interests to develop techniques to analyse aspects of the Health Service and the big data sets that are being developed and those which are currently available in health service systems and databases. [-]

MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme, aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care. [+]

MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy

This programme, aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care.

 Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. This programme is delivered via block sessions of 3 or 5 days 

Start date: September. There is no official closing date for applications but where possible you are advised to apply by the end of June for admission in September. However, later applications will be considered if places are available

Entry RequirementsThe normal entrance requirement for our MSc programmes is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience.... [-]


MSc in Health Research Methods

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research. [+]

How do we know what we know about a disease and it’s treatment? Our most reliable knowledge derives from appropriate, timely, high-quality research. This programme will equip you with the skills needed to understand the critical elements in planning, undertaking, and analysing research in health care. These are vital skills for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research. Our modules can be accessed in a variety of ways including as standalone modules (10 or 20 credits each) or through the 60 credit PG Certificate; 120 credit PG Diploma or the 180 credit Masters If you wish to study this programme to Postgraduate Diploma level then you will need to complete the taught elements of the programme but will not need to complete a dissertation, which is only available to those studying for the Masters. This modular multidisciplinary programme offers a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters in Health Research Methods and is particularly suitable for: clinical and allied health professionals (including doctors, nurses, midwives, dietitians, physiotherapists) laboratory-based scientists wishing to further understand or transition to population-based research graduates looking to launch their career in health research intercalating medical students who have completed at least three years of full-time study those in the commercial health care sector (including the pharmaceutical or devices industries), public sector organisations (including local government), NGOs, voluntary sector and charities foundation skills for postgraduate research programmes (including PhD) The aims of the course are to provide a world class programme that meets the needs of those wanting or needing: a detailed understanding of the range of methodologies and analyses utilised in applied health research the necessary skills to critically interpret the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies. Why study this course You will gain an advanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods in a global health care context. The programme provides in-depth knowledge and practical experience of the range of methodologies and analyses applied in health-related research and will enable critical interpretation of the findings of health research resulting from different methodologies This programme is run and taught by researchers and lecturers actively involved in leading health research nationally and internationally. The programme has a modular nature which allows the flexibility for participants to shape the programme to fit their needs and teaching takes place in one-week blocks. The programme is delivered in a progressive dynamic environment of up-to-date health research that employs rigour, discipline, and high standards. The University of Birmingham is a thriving and dynamic institution that combines over a century of heritage with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in higher education. It is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health. With world-leading activity across a range of subjects, it remains one of the UK’s most broadly-based research-led universities. The University has a particularly strong track record in Health Research and Health Research Methodology. Modules This modular multidisciplinary programme in Heath Research Methods offers a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) and a Masters in Health Research Methods (180 credits). This programme is vital for anyone wanting to develop or enhance their career in health care and health-related research. You will gain knowledge and understanding of: the range and application of research methods in health care critical evaluation and interpretation of published literature epidemiology, to a level that enables formulation of appropriate questions about health at a population level, the selection of appropriate techniques through which such questions can be addressed and the analysis, synthesis and presentation of the data collected statistical tests and their proper use in the analysis of various types of data, to a level that will enable critical analysis of statistical approaches in the epidemiological and clinical trials literature and the correct application of statistics in their own project work You will attain the ability to: critically evaluate published literature, analyse and interpret data and devise areas for further study design and undertake research in a relevant field undertake self-directed learning and applying these skills in future work appropriately synthesise and present existing and new research findings and concepts The programme can be studied either full-time, part-time or over up to five years by flexible learning. NonUK/EU students may only study the programme on full-time basis. Masters Core modules: You will study the following core modules: Introductory module (non-assessed programme overview week) Epidemiology Statistics and Research Methods (20credits) Practical Epidemiology and Statistics (20 credits) Dissertation 60 (credits) Optional modules: You will choose 80 credits from the list below. Health Care Evaluation and Commissioning (10 credits) Health Economics (10 credits) Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits) Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits) Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (20 credits) Clinical Trials (MPH) (20 credits) Economic Evaluation in Health Care (20 credits) Health Information and Health Informatics (10 credits) Advanced Statistical Methods (10 credits) Mixed Methods Research Designs (20 credits) Please note: some optional modules may have pre-requisites Entry requirements Enthusiasm and commitment are vital, while formal entry requirements include: usually a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in medicine, a life/ biological science or another relevant subject an interest in health research methods an interest in evidence-based healthcare On a case by case situation, we also consider: other classes of degree and or relevant professional qualifications experience of working in health or a related field Applications are also welcome from UK medical students who wish to intercalate and have completed at least three years of full-time study. Please note: applications are considered as they are received throughout the year with places awarded to candidates meeting the entry requirements as they are received. Therefore we suggest that overseas students apply early and applications will need to be received by June to enable enough time for processing. Applications from UK students can be accepted until early August. International students: Academic requirements We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. English language requirements You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: by holding an English language qualification to the right level by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band. Employability The programme provides a range of benefits for potential future employment and the flexibility of module choice enables learning tailored to meet your specific needs. For example, the programme: provides an excellent basis for a future study towards a PhD in health develops further skills to augment progression in your current or next position enhances your role within the commercial health care sector (e.g. pharmaceutical, devices and related industries) develops your health research skills within the clinical and allied health professions, public sector including local government, NGOs, voluntary sectors and charities provides a robust foundation for a transition or entry to population-based health research from a laboratory research background (this is a frequent transition which many of those teaching on the programme have followed, including both Programme Directors) or as a new graduate wishing to launch your career in health research to develop skills in applying translational research methodologies [-]

MSc in Immunology and Immunotherapy

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. [+]

MSc in Immunology and Immunotherapy

This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. The programme will be delivered by world leaders at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy research, each with an internationally renowned research group.

Over the past few years significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular and cellular control of immune responses. These discoveries are now being translated into the design and testing of immunotherapeutic interventions for a range of diseases including cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disease. This programme is for biomedical or life scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in both immunology and its translation to immunotherapy.... [-]


MSc in Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This course explores the biological basis of age-related musculoskeletal decline and associated pathologies, including factors influencing the decline and interventions to maintain good musculoskeletal health as we age. [+]

MSc in Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health

Details

The course is aimed at life science graduates interested in gaining an in depth understanding of the ageing process and how it specifically affects musculoskeletal function and health. It is suitable for those considering a research career as this Masters programme has a significant research component and the course is taught exclusively by active researchers in a national centre of excellence.Designed also to appeal to allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, dieticians and those working with the elderly in a clinical context, the part-time study and mentored practice options are specifically in place to support such students.... [-]


MSc in Occupational Health

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme is organised by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) at the University of Birmingham. It is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate training in the revention and control of work-related ill health and to understand the issues of ill health and its effect on work in the 21st century. [+]

MSc in Occupational Health

This programme is organised by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) at the University of Birmingham. It is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate training in the prevention and control of work-related ill health and to understand the issues of ill health and its effect on work in the 21st century. It is open to graduates with relevant first degrees and those with appropriate work experience. This includes doctors, nurses, hygienists, and health and safety personnel.

The programme has been established for over 15 years and more than 200 students from ten different countries have now completed it. It is based on a multidisciplinary approach to tackling a wide range of occupational health issues and is accredited by both the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) for graduate membership... [-]


MSc in Pharmaceutical Enterprise

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

The MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme is delivered by experts in the field, many with on-going experience of the sector; and this ensures the programme maintains relevance in this fast moving industry. [+]

MSc in Pharmaceutical Enterprise

The MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme is delivered by experts in the field, many with on-going experience of the sector; and this ensures the programme maintains relevance in this fast moving industry.

The interactive teaching equips you with the medical, scientific, regulatory and business skills to achieve success. Internships and consultancy project opportunities arising from associated SME companies offer highly prized ‘real life’ experiences.

The MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme aims to provide you with a toolbox of skills to enable you to:

select, develop and commercialise projects with therapeutic potential create, seek funding and take leading executive roles in companies to exploit the commercial potential of projects ina spin-out/SME environment ... [-]

MSc in Physician Associate Studies

Online Full time 4 months September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This Masters level Physician Associate programme is designed for students who have already graduated with a PGDip in Physician Assistant/Associate Studies from a UK or Irish university. [+]

This Masters level Physician Associate programme is designed for students who have already graduated with a PGDip in Physician Assistant/Associate Studies from a UK or Irish university. This programme is studied on a full-time basis for 4 months. There is also a flexible option which needs to be completed within 6 years of graduation from PGDip Physician Assistant/Associate Studies. You will find information on the University of Birmingham PGDip Physician Associate programme on our web pages. You will complete a research methods module (unless you have relevant previous research experience, in which you may be exempted) and then identify a research project in liaison with a Birmingham academic, probably from the core Physician Associate faculty. You will then be supervised through gathering data, analysis and write-up and hopefully publication. Why study this course Birmingham is a well-respected research-orientated institution with a large faculty dedicated to the Physician Associate course and excellent library facilities. The research methods module is distance learning and the Masters can be completed in your own time. Several alumni from our PGDip Physician Associate programme that have successfully completed their Masters. Modules Students may be required to attend the Research Methods distance module and will be required to complete a 10,000 word dissertation. Entry requirements You will need to have gained a PGDip in Physician Assistant/Associate Studies from a UK or Irish University. Employability A Masters qualification for a PA is an important step into the higher echelons of the profession, especially for those aiming for leadership roles in the NHS or in academia. [-]

MSc in Trauma Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MSc Trauma Science programme is delivered by experts in the field, including those from civilian and military backgrounds at the forefront of trauma care and offers up-to-date knowledge of the science of trauma and its management. [+]

MSc in Trauma Science

DetailsThe overall aim of the programme is to enable exploration of the theoretical basis of trauma science in general with a route to particular specialisms depending on the cohort need. For example, there are clear paths of specialism for Physiotherapists, Nurses, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists and Military personnel.Using the process of scientific reasoning as its framework, the programme will integrate the key issues central to the theoretical aspects in these specialist areas with communication skills, management approaches, timely and reasoned decision making, identification of treatment options, best practice etc.You will have the opportunity to tailor your learning experiences and backgrounds to meet your own personal and professional needs. You will also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills within a multidisciplinary setting that cares for trauma-afflicted patients. Enquiry-, evidence-based learning will be a key feature of the programme through problem based learning and journal clubs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take part in a substantive research project, allowing you to develop research skills, project management, oral/poster presentation and writing a research dissertation. Research projects may be undertaken in an academic laboratory or can be in a clinical setting.... [-]


BSc

BSc in Biomedical Science

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

BSc Biomedical Science, the new name for our highly successful BMedSc Medical Science course, explores the science of the human body and the causes of diseases that affect humans. [+]

BSc Biomedical Science, the new name for our highly successful BMedSc Medical Science course, explores the science of the human body and the causes of diseases that affect humans. Based in the University of Birmingham Medical School, our programme explores the major body systems right down to the cellular and molecular level and is constantly updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. You’ll learn from experts who carry out medical and fundamental scientific research in these areas. You’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art newly refurbished laboratories, including our modern prosectorium, where you’ll find out how research translates into advances in clinical practice. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 10-week research project with our internationally recognised research groups as well as the chance to take an optional placement year either in an industrial or a clinical setting. Financial support is also available to some students opting to take on summer projects in the College’s laboratories. The career options open to our graduates are varied. The majority go on to be professional scientists. Many pursue further training and qualifications, including Masters, PhD and Medicine programmes. Our Biomedical Science programme is delivered by staff in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. You’ll be taught by experts who cover all the major disciplines of biomedical science. We are modifying our course from 2014, so that you’ll follow a broad curriculum in the first and second year, with some choice in the second year to work on a topic of particular interest to you. Year 1 and 2 will allow you to create a strong foundation for further specialisation in the third year, when you’ll complete your studies by undertaking an original research project and gain hands-on experience in one of the College research laboratories. First and second year – broad foundations of knowledge The first two years of the course builds a detailed understanding of how the human body functions and what can go wrong in disease. The content extends from the single cell to the whole body. You’ll begin to learn about major pathologies such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, arthritis and diabetes, and the genetic basis of inherited disorders. All students take a common set of key subjects which will provide you with the core knowledge to understand the importance of each of the major disciplines of medical science. This forms a strong foundation for your final year. In addition, throughout the course you’ll develop core research skills, such as data analysis and interpretation, helping you develop an understanding of the key ethical and social issues surrounding medical science. In the second year there will be an opportunity to specialise in a scientific area of your choice, linked to our College major research themes. This student selected component will allow an in-depth exploration of the area under the guidance of one of our subject experts. The themes will include cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, pharmacology and cardiovascular science. This will provide a platform for further specialisation in your third year. At the end of your second year there is the possibility of taking a year out to gain work experience, by securing a placement in, for example, the pharmaceutical industry. You may also opt to undertake a summer research project within the College, for which funding is available. Third year – follow your interest During the first term of your final year you specialise by selecting two taught options from over 20 specialist modules in a wide range of subject areas, including different aspects of neuroscience, cancer, virology, cardiovascular science, pharmacology, endocrinology, stem cell biology, ageing and immunology. You’ll learn about the latest findings and be exposed to advanced research techniques, guided by internationally recognised experts in these fields. These taught options lead on to a substantial research project in the spring term, which in the majority of cases is laboratory based specifically within one of our leading research active laboratories. You’ll work independently, under supervision, for ten weeks full-time on an original piece of research, acquiring and analysing your own data. The project develops and enhances not just your practical and analytical abilities, but also a range of other skills that will be a key to success in whatever career path you choose. Why study this course Based in a Medical School: You will be taught by leading academics and clinicians working at the interface of translational medicine and biomedical science. Advanced teaching and learning facilities: Our newly refurbished laboratories and state-of-the-art prosectorium are among the facilities you will use throughout the programme. In addition, the Anatomy Resource Room contains a full set of anatomy models, and is available for you to book as an individual or in groups. Clinical and industrial experience opportunities: You will have the opportunity to take an optional placement year, which you can spend working in industry or a clinical setting. You may also have access to financial support to take on summer projects in the College’s own active research laboratories. Final year research project: You will gain experience of working in our dynamic research laboratories alongside active researchers to complete a 10 week research project on a topic of your choice. Connections with major research centres: The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is proud of its well-established links with major national centres for research and the local NHS. These include the Institute for Biomedical Research and the Institute for Microbiology and Infection as well as the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), which is due to open in June 2015. Comprehensive support and career guidance: The University’s Careers Network will provide you with a range of informative fairs and events throughout the year, tailored to Biomedical Science, to support you in choosing, researching and taking the first steps on your chosen graduate career pathway. Active MedSoc: At the University of Birmingham we believe that student life shouldn't be all work and there is plenty for you to get involved with both within the College and the University outside of your studies. The College has its own Society known as MedSoc. MedSoc is an umbrella organisation for a wide range of activities including sporting, social, musical and charitable – there’s something for everyone. Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: AAB or ABB + A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Our Unconditional Offer Scheme is available to outstanding applicants. Required subjects and grades: Two science A levels from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics; GCSE grade B in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry (or double award science) if not offered at a higher level. General Studies: not accepted as part of the minimum 3 A Level subjects. International Baccalaureate Diploma: Overall score of 32 points, with minimum grades of 6, 6, 5 in higher level subjects, to include at least two sciences (from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – Maths Studies is excluded). Unconditional Offer Scheme Our Unconditional Offer Scheme is available to outstanding applicants. A Level Predictions of AAA or above, to include Biology and another science subject from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics 6 GCSEs at grade A including English, Maths and two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics 2 GCSEs at grade B Academic reference Personal statement International Baccalaureate Diploma Prediction of 32 with 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level, to include 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics 6 GCSEs at grade A including English, Maths and two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics 2 GCSEs at grade B Academic reference Personal statement Additional information: BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma not accepted. Offers are not made on the basis of tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as part of the minimum of three A level subjects. Scottish Certificate of Education and Irish Leaving Certificate: Please contact Admissions Tutors for further information. International students: We welcome applications from students from the EU and overseas. Standard English language requirements apply. We do not consider any BTEC qualifications. Please contact Admissions Tutors for further information. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Employability Our Biomedical Science graduates have an excellent record of employment in a wide variety of careers. Many embark on laboratory work in universities, often in PhD positions, hospitals, as clinical scientists and biotechnology companies. Other degree-related careers include work in clinical trials, and in marketing and management in biotechnology companies. Every year a number of graduates also make successful applications to study medicine. [-]

BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham

This is an integrated programme, approved by the General Dental Council, leading to a qualification in dental hygiene and dental therapy. It is a collaborative programme funded via the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and validated by the University. [+]

Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists work closely with other members of the Dental team. They are able to carry out preventive and periodontal treatments for adults and children. They carry out a variety of treatments on a wide range of patients including fillings, radiographs and impressions. They may also extract deciduous teeth, undertake pulpotomies and place preformed crowns on children’s teeth. This is an integrated programme, approved by the General Dental Council, leading to a qualification in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. It is a collaborative programme which is delivered by the Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, which is part of the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The funding is provided through the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy is validated by the University of Birmingham, via the collaborative agreement. You will be taught in our new Dental Hospital and School, which opened in April 2016, just a mile from the University's main campus in Edgbaston. As the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years, the new £50 million hospital will provide world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees. First year In dental hygiene, clinical practice is a major component of the early part of the programme, preparing you for seeing your first patient in the second term in your first year. Professionalism is introduced in year one and is embedded in all teaching throughout the course. The Biomedical Sciences and Oral Health Promotion modules prepare you to study disease, patient management, and health education later on in the programme. You will begin to learn about law and ethics in dentistry and how to manage dental decay by restoring teeth on phantom heads in the laboratory. Second year Building on experience gained in the first year, you will be continuing to manage your own list of patients and gaining confidence and competence in clinical skills. You will learn applied pharmacology, general pathology and dental radiography, along with the specialities of paediatric dentistry and the management of periodontal diseases. In addition you will begin to restore teeth for patients on clinic. Third year In your final year, clinical placements (including outreach) prepare you for life after graduation. Integrated clinical practice combines the dental hygiene and therapy skills into holistic patient care. You will also undertake research and critical appraisal of published literature, relevant to your studies. Why study this course Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene and Therapy offers a fully integrated course which links underpinning theory to clinical practice at all levels. It is delivered in a large teaching hospital with opportunities to participate in primary, secondary and tertiary care of patients, and to train alongside other members of the dental team. The opportunity to undertake outreach clinical training in the second and third years of study facilitates the smooth transition from student to qualified professional working within the community. Tuition fees There are no academic fees payable by the student. Funding Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University or other sources. Entry requirements Number of A levels required: 3 Typical offer: ABB Required subjects and grades: A Level Biology at grade B or above; A GDC recognised Dental Nursing qualification may be submitted in lieu of one A Level subject. Minimum of six GCSEs at grade C to include English, Mathematics and a Biological subject/dual award science. General Studies: not accepted. BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are not accepted. Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements. Additional information: Interviewees would be expected to be familiar with the role of the Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist within the dental team in the United Kingdom Satisfactory references, interview, health screening and criminal records searches are all part of the selection process. If the application is successful you will be asked to provide satisfactory evidence of non infectivity and immunisation against Hepatitis B. The School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities for all, and welcomes applicants from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds Individuals are selected on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy currently has no facility to offer places to overseas students from non-EU countries or students with overseas qualifications seeking shortened courses Selected applicants will be invited for interview. All successful applicants must produce satisfactory evidence of immunisation against Hepatitis B and evidence of non-infectivity for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus prior to confirmation of a place and becoming registered as a dental student. (The UK Government Department of Health now requires all potential undergraduate dental students to undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the course; additional health clearance stipulates that individuals must be non-infectious for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. For further information about these requirements, please see: Medical and Dental Students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis). Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter. Candidates are expected to show a range of skills including dexterity, communication and teamwork. Some work experience in dentistry, particularly shadowing a dental hygienist or dental therapist, is required before completing the UCAS form. Selection of students Candidates should demonstrate work observation/experience in Dental Hygiene and Therapy in the UK and evidence of good dexterity (for example, through playing a musical instrument, model-making, DIY work or art). All applicants who have been offered a place at Birmingham will be offered the opportunity to attend the department for a day of familiarisation with the programme. International students: Please note: This course is open to Home/EU students only. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in English by passing IELTS with a score of 7.0 or higher. International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,5,5 at Higher Level (to include biology and preferably chemistry) with a minimum of 32 points overall. Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. [-]

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