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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Bioinformatician
  • Clincial trial design
  • Computational biologist
  • Medical researcher

Overview

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The right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.

Summary

Study Stratified Medicine at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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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About

The Stratified Medicine BSc Hons is a three year full-time course (or four years with optional placement). In year one students will study six modules which will establish a strong foundation in topics such as disease and treatment, pharmacogenomics, anatomy, clinical governance, computer programming and the ‘omics’ (genomics, proteomics and metabolomics). Year two will consist of six modules which will develop your expertise both ‘in silico’, with applied computer programming, data management and analysis and ‘in vivo’ with a study of specific disease epidemiology and pathology, for example inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

A third year, optional placement year is available which provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience professional work experience in an industrial, hospital or university environment.

Final year provides essential know-how of clinical trial design and analysis, healthcare economics and the application of your acquired expertise through completion of a research project (data analysis/clinical research).

You will gain an in-depth understanding of disease systems, molecular pharmacology, genetic and proteomic biomarker discovery and validation, and bioinformatic and statistical analyses of large patient and ‘omic’ datasets.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Full time.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

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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Year one

Introduction to Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Medicine

Year: 1

This module seeks to introduce students to important basic concepts of the emerging areas of stratified medicine. It also covers fundamentals of pharmacogenetics introducing 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 explores the issues surrounding stratified medicine research and its application into society.

Anatomy and Systems Based Physiology

Year: 1

Mathematical and Computational Methods 1

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the mathematical methods needed to tackle problems across scientific disciplines. It also introduces the student to scientific computing and programming. Teaching includes lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Genetic inheritance and 'omic' technologies

Year: 1

The purpose of this module is to describe the concepts behind the inheritance of genetic traits, how they can affect human health and discuss the principles and uses of ?omic? type analyses in stratifying patients into clinically relevant subgroups.

Clinical governance, regulatory processes & ethics

Year: 1

This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to 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 level 6 module. Teaching includes lectures and tutorials.

Disease and treatment

Year: 1

This module will introduce fundamental aspects of disease systems and treatment approaches in stratified medicine covering topics ranging from the classification of disease to current and emerging trends in therapeutics.

Year two

Epidemiology of Disease

Year: 2

The purpose of this module is to describe the concepts behind the epidemiology, how it influences human health policy and discuss the types of study, analyses and interpretation in tracking human disease and how this relates to stratification of patients into clinically relevant subgroups.

Pharmacology

Year: 2

This module will introduce fundamental pharmacological principles to the student and develop their understanding of therapeutic classes and key factors influencing therapeutic outcome.

Mathematical and Computational Methods 2

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the typical challenges faced across scientific disciplines when analysing and using data. It describes the mathematical approaches taken to address these challenges. It also introduces high performance computing and a high-level structured programming language. Teaching includes lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Neurological Disease

Year: 2

This module provides insight into the cellular and molecular causes of common neurological diseases, their treatment and the potential to stratify patients for most appropriate therapies

Inflammatory and immunological Diseases

Year: 2

The purpose of this module is to describe key immune/inflammatory disease causes, effects on sufferers, clinical management strategies, molecular pathways of disease and the potential application of stratified medicine.

Psychiatry for Stratified Medicine

Year: 2

This module provides an overview of aetiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders and integrates this knowledge with an understanding of the role of a stratified approach to clinical and psychiatric management strategies.

Year three

Placement: Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

Placement provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience professional work experience in an industrial, hospital or university environment.

Students benefit by greatly improving their practical abilities, time management, organisational and interpersonal skills and hence their employability.

Year four

In Silico Genomic Proteomic & Metabolomic Analyses Methods

Year: 4

This module provides an overview of in silico methods, theories and applications to study genes, proteins or metabolites. It builds on the concepts developed in the level 4 module, genetic inheritance, genetics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Translational Stratified Medicine Portfolio (Entrepreneurship)

Year: 4

This module will introduce entrepreneurship concepts focussed on launching a business in the biotechnology or health sectors. It will provide an overview of the steps necessary in planning, forming and funding a new ?biobusiness? and managing intellectual property and commercialisation of novel products.

Clinical decision making & diagnostic theory

Year: 4

This module explores the performance evaluation and clinical uptake considerations for a stratified medicine product. It explores stratified medicine from the regulatory and clinician?s point of view, examining existing and emerging technologies and systems. It provides an appreciation of the regulation and clinical guidance which is required to ensure the use of tests are evidence-based and considers the impact of their application to patient management.

Clinical Research Project

Year: 4

This module provides students with experience of an independent original scientific research study. It provides experience of planning, organisation, conduct, critical analysis and reporting/presentation of research study findings.

Biomedical Informatics

Year: 4

This module will provide an understanding of biomedical informatics and its use within basic research and applied research and practice. It will build on knowledge gained in the level 4 module genetic inheritance, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Clinical trials design and patient recruitment

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an integrated study of clinical trial design, patient recruitment and the regulatory and ethical processes involved. It builds on the concepts developed in the level 4 module clinical governance, regulatory processes and ethics module. This knowledge is integrated with an understanding of the role of clinical trials in progressing research and development of disease therapies.

Stratified Medicine Disease Case Study

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module seeks to consolidate skills acquired in years one and two of the Stratified Medicine course so that students may conduct an independent literature review and project plan. Students will gain experience in presenting material by poster presentation, oral presentation and written report.

Stratified Medicine & Healthcare Innovation

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will review the fundamental principles of healthcare economics in the field of stratified medicine and explores current approaches highlighting the shortfalls in the existing paradigm which must be addressed. Practical skills for evaluating the clinical and economic benefits of stratification are also developed.

Entry conditions

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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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science

Provided the subject requirements are met you can substitute a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University for one A level Grade B.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include 9 distinctions) in an appropriate acceptable science discipline.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Cert (Higher Level) grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B:
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry

Plus English and Maths Grade H6 or above (HL) or Grade O4 or above (OL) if not sitting at Higher Level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include Grade B in 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (to include minimum 13 at higher level) to include 2 science subjects – 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry, Double Award Science.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 70%, to include 70% in two Level 3 modules - 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B:
Group A: Information Technology, Physics, Mathematics
Group B: Biology, Chemistry

Plus NICATs Maths (25 credits) or Maths 1 & 2.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Grade C or 4 or above in English, Mathematics and Biology or Double Award Science at grade C,C/4,4.

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Satisfactory health screening will be required.

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

HND entry requirement:

Pass HND in an acceptable science discipline with overall Merit to include 60 distinctions in level 5 credits/units

HNC entry requirement:

Pass HNC in an acceptable science discipline with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on telephone 02871 2675027 or email: flhsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Bioinformatician
  • Clincial trial design
  • Computational biologist
  • Medical researcher

Career options

Your future

You will exit this course with a highly sought after combination of expertise in disease pathology, bioinformatics and biostatistics and will be equipped to become part of a rapidly expanding workforce on the cutting edge of medical progress. You will be well positioned for a career in research, the health service, the pharmaceutical, or diagnostics industries.

Your future career will improve the quality of life of patients through better healthcare, and smarter technologies to treat and manage diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer or immune disease.

Work placement / study abroad

A third year (optional placement year is available)

The placement provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience professional work experience in an industrial, hospital or university environment.

Students benefit by greatly improving their practical abilities, time management, organisational and interpersonal skills and hence their employability.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Undergraduate Achievement Award from the Society for Endocrinology

Additional mandatory costs

Health Screening and Vaccinations

Costs for 2016: £35 - £155 dependant on vaccinations required.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5027

E: flhsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Dr Catriona Kelly

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5674

E: c.kelly@ulster.ac.uk

Administrative Co-ordinator: Mrs Brenda Plummer

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5662

E: bl.plummer@ulster.ac.uk