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The right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.
Stratified Medicine, also known as Personalised Medicine, is at the cutting edge of a new era for medicine. Our ability to understand how genes, lifestyle and environment can influence disease promises to revolutionise healthcare practices. Stratified Medicine relies on using biomarkers (e.g. genes or protein) to stratify (or split) patients into specific groups for diagnosing or treating diseases. The ideals of Stratified Medicine will be realised with the development of technologies and systems to predict disease, select the best treatment, and reduce side effects for individual patients. This approach to streamline healthcare provides more accurate clinical decision making tools to identify ‘the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.’
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About this course
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The course is designed as a Masters programme but it is credit-bearing and flexible, so students may also exit with a PgCert or PgDip at key points.
- October 2017
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Introduction to Stratified Medicine & Pharmacogenomics
This module seeks to develop students? knowledge of important and emerging areas within stratified medicine. It explores the role of pharmacogenetics developing an understanding of the molecular aspects of stratified medicine and creates a foundation for future learning in modules to follow. The module reviews the methods of biomarker discovery and translation and considers the issues surrounding stratified medicine research and its application into society.
MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL METHODS
This module provides an introduction to the mathematical and statistical methods need to tackle problems across scientific disciplines. It also introduces the student to scientific computing and programming. Teaching includes online lectures and tutorials.
In Silico Genomic Proteomic & Metabolomic Analyses Methods
This module provides an overview of in silico methods, theories and applications to study genes, proteins or metabolites.
Clinical Trials Design and Patient Recruitment
This module is designed to provide students with the ability to critically evaluate clinical trial design, patient recruitment and the regulatory and ethical processes involved. The module will also provide students with the ability to critically appraise clinical trial analysis, reporting and quality assurance.
Clinical Decision Making and Diagnostic Theory
This module details the regulatory and clinical guidance which is required to ensure the use of tests are evidence-based. Prognostic and clinical decision making theory are explored in consideration of current and future clinical applications for stratified medicine.
Clinical governance, regulatory processes and ethics
This module is designed to provide an understanding of the concepts of clinical governance, its regulatory processes and how it relates to ethics. The module also covers research governance and good ethical research practice. It creates a foundation for the clinical trials design and patient recruitment module. Teaching includes online lectures and online tutorials.
This module develops essential skills, knowledge and understanding of biomedical informatics in relation to basic research and applied research and practice. Providing an overview of biomedical and health informatics.
Stratified Medicine & Healthcare Innovation
This module will explore current and future healthcare economics in the field of stratified medicine and examine existing shortfalls and potential solutions to the existing paradigm. Transferable skills in evaluating potential markets and performing cost benefit analysis are also developed.
This module will allow you to undertake an in-depth project in a topic related to stratified medicine.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Students will be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certicifcate, Diploma or Masters
Course on an individual basis.
The basic entry requirements are outlined below.
Applicants should normally have gained:
(a) I. A BSc Honours or non-Honours degree with significant bioscience (or biostatistics) from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;
II. An equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and evidence of competence in mathematics (GCSE grade C or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
Teaching and Learning
All course content will be delivered online, the course will be taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials and independent reading. Problem areas identified by students will be further explained during tutorials and lecture material will be supplemented with possible sources of reading material to encourage independent learning.
Assessment will be by 100% coursework.The pass mark for the module and individual pieces of coursework is 50%. Coursework will consist of online tests, discussions and assignments.
Careers & opportunities
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This course provides an academically challenging science education for those who wish to follow a career within the area of Stratified Medicine. Graduates may also choose to proceed to higher postgraduate degree programmes (MPhil/PhD). Students will aslo undertake this online programme for their continued professional development within their individual areas of employment and this may be for career enhancement.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
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Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
"This course was a fascinating introduction to the expanding field of personalized medicine. The blend of biomedical and computational modules provided me with an excellent foundation from which to develop my career in this area. There was a consistently good level of support from the academic staff throughout which makes a big difference when you're studying online. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in bioinformatics or computational."
"I found the MSc in Stratified Medicine was perfect for me following the completion of my undergraduate degree in biomedical science. The flexibility of distance learning and the structure of the assessments allowed me to work to my fullest potential whilst also adjusting to post-university life."