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Musculoskeletal Ageing MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Age Studies Neuroscience / Neurobiology Geriatric Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing has been established by leading international researchers and clinicians within the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as part of our MRC/Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) initiative ( CIMA researchers investigate why our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles function less well as we age, and how age related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age related clinical disorders (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) can be ameliorated or prevented. The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing provides a unique opportunity for the study of the musculoskeletal system and ageing from an integrated perspective, providing students with access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities from across the three CIMA partner sites, with teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers and clinical practitioners.

During the first semester, students undertake 60 credits of taught modules, which will ground the student in current approaches and techniques to studying the integrated musculoskeletal system as a whole and the effects ageing has on this system. These modules are delivered by e-learning, including live interactions with tutors and peers, online lectures and presentations and discussion forums. Students supplement the online component via self-directed learning. During the second semester, students undertake a research module which will provide the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a project under the expertise of supervisors based across the CIMA consortium. They will also receive multidisciplinary skills training specific to their individual training needs, and have the opportunity to undertake an exchange visit at another CIMA site (for example, to learn a particular research technique in another laboratory).

Aims: To provide students with a wide breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the integrated musculoskeletal system as a whole and the effects ageing has upon this system; to develop oral and written communication skills to enable discussion with scientific and lay audiences and publication in peer reviewed journal articles; to provide students with multidisciplinary knowledge, techniques, and complementary skills, to enable interaction across disciplines and sectors to the benefit of academic, industrial and public sector employers; to maximise career potential through structured training delivered by international researchers and by providing access to state-of-the-art training and research facilities; to prepare the student for entry into a PhD programme.

Careers: CIMA MRes graduates will be well equipped to embark on further research from a wide range of career options, within clinical practice, academia, and commercial/ private sector. The programme provides an ideal foundation for continuation of studies at doctoral level, with opportunities available to register for a CIMA PhD in Musculoskeletal Ageing upon completion.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module focuses on the biology of muscle ageing and methods of studying muscle ageing within the integrated musculoskeletal system. Students will develop a critical approach to current understanding of the biology of muscle ageing and current theories of muscle ageing, in addition to a broad knowledge of appropriate techniques and approaches for studying muscle ageing, within the context of an integrated musculoskeletal system. Knowledge is consolidated and practically applied in the identification of a research question and submission of a simulated grant application to the Medical Research Council, thereby providing the student with the skills and knowledge to draft a grant proposal to Research Council specifications.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students will need to pay £7,500 for the entry 2018/19. There might be a slight increase in fees for the entry 2019/20.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students will need to pay £22,850 for the entry 2018/19. There might be a slight increase in fees for the entry 2019/20.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need an undergraduate First Class or 2:1 Honours degree in a related biological science or clinical degree. Intercalating students are welcome to apply.