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Duration

One year full-time

Application Deadline

The deadline for this course has passed but we are still accepting applications where places are available

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2020

Join the exciting, fast and interdisciplinary field of Translational Medicine and use cutting-edge research to develop new medicines, diagnostic tools or community practices.  

MSc: Become a self-reliant scientist 

Completing our MSc will help you develop into a confident and self-reliant scientist with extensive knowledge and understanding of translational science. You’ll be equipped for both academic study at a doctoral level, as well as for a career in research and development.  

MRes: Graduate as a resourceful researcher 

Our MRes is designed to turn you into a competent and resourceful researcher. It gives you the opportunity to pursue a range of extended research and technological skills, from developing an extended translational research project to gaining an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of genetics and genomics, and learning about the technology used in biomedical or translational research. 

PGCert & PGDip

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma degrees in Translational Medicine are available that are shorter and cover a subset of the full-length degree components.

For more information about the course, watch the Translational Medicine Course Talk 2020.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

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Tuition fees

2020 UK/EU

  • Full-time MRes: £13,000
  • Full-time MSc: £10,500
  • Full-time PgDip: £7,250
  • Part-time PgCert: £2,000

2020 Non-EU (International)

  • Full-time MRes: £22,500
  • Full-time MSc: £21,000
  • Full-time PgDip: £16,000
  • Part-time PgCert: £4,250

*Fees are reviewed on an annual basis for each year of entry.

For more information, see our fees and funding.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

This is the entry criteria for the 2020/21 academic year: 

  • undergraduate degree or equivalent

  • international qualifications

  • English language requirement.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

Experience of the research process and/or completion of an undergraduate dissertation is essential. 

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. 

We may invite you to interview if are unable to make a decision directly from your application.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use to UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

English language requirement

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

You can choose to study Translational Medicine at an MSc or MRes level.

Your modules will be delivered in lectures, tutorials, presentations, discussions, online activities.

MSc modules

On the MSc, you will study 7 taught modules, and then complete a 3-month research project. The MSc course will equip you for academic study and a career in research and development.

View the MSc module guide.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trials (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (60 credits)

MRes modules

As the MRes has a greater focus on research, you’ll study four core taught modules during the first part of the year, with the remaining time focused entirely on project work. This course is designed to turn you into a resourceful researcher.

View the MRes module guide.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

Semester 3

  • Research Project (105 credits across all 3 semesters)

PGDip modules

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of seven taught modules listed for the MSc above, without a research project.

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Semester 1

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trials (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

PGCert modules

Students entering the Postgraduate Certificate programme are required to complete the following two taught “core” modules:

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development (15 credits)

  • Clinical Trails (15 credits)

Furthermore, students on the PGCert programme have to complete additional modules worth 30 credits, to be chosen from the following list:

  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

  • Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

  • Personalised Medicine (15 credits)

  • Population Health Research (15 credits)

Our postgraduate courses in Translational Medicine equip graduates with expertise in bench-to-bedside pathways, genomic diagnostics and data analysis.

The MRes emphasises research and prepares you for transition to a PhD-level programme or to work in research and development in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology setting. 

By providing practical research experience and training in drug development, genomic diagnostics and data analysis, our Translational Medicine MRes equips you with skills that are in great demand in the life sciences sector. 

Access career pathways 

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have helped us design the programme. This means you’ll be equipped with expertise in the relevant bioscience and bench-to-bedside development pathways. You’ll also gain technical knowledge to prepare you for a PhD-level programme and to participate in research and development in pharmaceutical and biotechnology settings.  

Address the skills shortage

According to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, there is currently a skills shortage in translational medicine which requires complex understanding to bridge the gap between bench and bedside.

How to apply

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system, which you can access below.

 

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Access our online application system

  1. Select the relevant application link and create an account: 

 

  1. Once you've created an account, you will then be able to complete the application form and upload any relevant documents. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections. Please make sure that the information you provide is accurate, including the options you select in menus.

  2. Add pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

  3. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’.

You can track your application through your online account.

Guidance for completing your references

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making significant changes to the content of the Translational Medicine courses.

The programme includes laboratory-based research projects. These will be offered as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place. There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future, and this may restrict access to the campus. If that were to be the case in the spring of 2021, this would interfere with the ability of students to complete laboratory-based research projects; they would have to pursue exclusively data analysis projects instead.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.  

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.   

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales and for successful students to graduate without delay. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We have applied for approval to make a change to an assessment in the Clinical Trials module.

Previously, the final mark for this module was calculated from the marks for a mini-trials protocol (80%) and a practical booklet (20%). The practical booklet would have been composed of notes taken while attending practical sessions during the module. Due to Covid-19, however, students will no longer be attending practical sessions in the physical presence of tutors in the way that the organisers had originally envisaged.

We have proposed replacing the assessment of the practical booklet with the assessment of material delivered during a Good Clinical Practice short course.

Award

The MSc and MRes Translational Medicine programmes are not accredited, and so any changes will have no bearing on the qualification.

Location of study

Once face-to-face teaching resumes, this will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. The delivery of face-to-face teaching will be based on government and institutional guidelines.

Consenting to these changes

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

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Duration

One year full-time

Application Deadline

The deadline for this course has passed but we are still accepting applications where places are available

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