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Musculoskeletal Ageing MRes

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Full time


12 months

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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).

Specific Programme 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

Career prospects

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.


This module provides the student with the opportunity to study a topic of their interest in greater depth. Students will work in a guided but independent fashion to plan and carry out a piece of original research. In addition, students will develop generic research skills, and have the opportunity to undertake training in a range of complementary skills. Students will be able to take advantage of the range of expertise and facilities within the CIMA partnership by undertaking a three week placement at the University of Sheffield or Newcastle University. Examples of project topics within and approaches to studying musculoskeletal ageing being explored by our current students include; inflammation and ageing; miRNA; modelling; vitamin D; mechanical loading; gait and locomotors ability; epigenetics; systems biology.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£8,040 per year. The mentioned fee is for year 19-20 there may be slight increase on 20/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£22,850 per year. The mentioned fee is for year 19-20 there may be slight increase on 20/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Undergraduate first or upper second class honours degree in a related biological science or clinical degree.

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