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Translational Medicine MSc

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  • Objectives
    “To provide an advanced understanding of the methodologies and processes required for the translation of laboratory-based science technology into practical clinical/ healthcare applications”. Cranfield University is dedicated to providing solutions in research and training for in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic medicine. Close working relationships with major partners in the healthcare industry have allowed Cranfield Health to develop this MSc in direct response to their needs. With Cranfield's track record in producing graduates who closely match what employers are seeking, this newly updated MSc is intended to provide a variety of opportunities for those who successfully complete it. This course examines the evolving nature of Translational Medicine and prepares graduates in experimental design, protocol initiation, experimental design, study management, data analysis, regulatory submission and research governance and is delivered in real-life situations which may result in typical applications such as: * new technologies such as pharmacogenomics and stratified medicine and and treatments in the healthcare sector * new therapies that might change the ways that we treat inflammatory developmental and neurological disease and cancer * new emerging topics such as medical informatics and bioinformatics that will become essential to maximising the benefits of the Human Genome Project * new approaches in drug and biomarker discovery for the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Entry requirements
    1st or 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a discipline such as biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, biomedical engineering, medicine, medicinal chemistry, nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, physiology, statistics, toxicology or an equivalent qualification. In certain cases, a blend of qualifications, motivation and relevant experience may be acceptable. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English (such as achieve a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
    Available full or part time
    Funding available

    Translational medicine involves the use of laboratory findings to find practical new ways to diagnose and treat patients, supporting programmes with the potential to improve the health of millions of people all over the world.

    This desire to see a rapid progression from laboratory bench to hospital bedside brings with it huge hurdles that must be addressed and overcome - scientific, technological, commercial, ethical and regulatory.

    This has created the need for a whole new range of suitably trained professionals to carry out the critical task of moving medical research closer to commercial medical technology, hence the introduction of this degree, the first of its kind in the UK.

    The course prepares graduates in experimental design, protocol initiation, study management, data analysis, regulatory submission and research governance It is delivered by leading academics and consists of ten modules and a four-month research project which is usually in industry.

    Suitable for both recent graduates and people with industry experience wishing to diversify into a new and exciting field, this qualification can take you on to a host of exciting employment opportunities in pharmaceutical companies, research organisations, the National Health Service or academic institutions.

    Originally launched in 2003 Translational Medicine MSc has been updated to reflect industry developments at a global, national and local level - ensuring that the course remains unique and relevant to industry needs.  

    Duration of course:

    Full time - one year
    Part time – up to three years

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    Course structure

    The course is divided into two parts:

    Taught modules

    A formal taught component comprised of ten modules, each of two weeks duration and consisting of one week of lectures, practical work, site visits and one week for private study. This element constitutes 50% of the overall mark. The marks for each of the ten modules are obtained from a piece of coursework which may take the form of a written piece, group work, and /or an oral presentation.
    Research project and thesis

    This element constitutes the remaining 50% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor, and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.

    The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as a fantastic opportunity for you to meet potential future employers and practically apply your new knowledge.

    Course content

    The content of this course has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in Translational Medicine.


    1 Translation of New Medicinal Discoveries into the Clinic

    2 Experimental Methods I: Research design and methodology

    3 Experimental Methods II: Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis

    4 Drug Target and Biomarker Discovery Technologies

    5 Preclinical Research

    6 Research Governance and Ethics

    7 Clinical Evaluation I: Practical and scientific perspectives of translational medicine

    8 Clinical Evaluation II: Novel approaches in Translational Medicine

    9 Clinical Evaluation III: Regulatory requirements and marketing – research interface

    10 Experimental Methods III: Scientific writing


    Research project and thesis

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