Established in 2001, the College of Medicine aims to be a centre of excellence in world-class research and medical education. The College’s principal activities are: • Higher degree programmes including PhD, MD, MCh and Taught Masters degrees • BioMedical and healthcare research with a strong interdisciplinary ethos • Four-year Graduate Entry Programme in Medicine
The College offers postgraduate degrees of Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MCh) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through supervised research within individual research groups. The research activity of the College will be focussed through the Institute of Life Science, an exciting development in interdisciplinary collaboration in the fields of community based medicine, medical, engineering, computing, physics and bioscience with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.
The College welcomes applications from those interested in any area of the College’s research. Candidates will be asked to nominate their preferred research area from a list of potential topics for research students.
Students complete a programme of research, with regular discussion with and advice from an appointed supervisor. Excellent laboratory facilities are equipped to support genomics, proteomics, bio-imaging and microbiology, with access to equipment such as automated sequencing, confocal microscopy, high-throughput genomic analysis, mass spectrometry. A suite of seminar rooms and meeting rooms are provided within the College, with further laboratory and general facilities becoming available shortly.
The College has its own super computer Blue C, the fastest dedicated to life science research. The College also has its own dedicated student computer suite located in the Grove Building on the Swansea Campus, with access to office management systems, E-mail, library catalogue, and the Internet. All students also have access to all student facilities within the University, including the library (which has comprehensive IT facilities), sports, counselling and social activities.
Weekly College research seminars, frequently with talks from eminent invited speakers, provide an opportunity for discussion of current research projects. The College also holds an annual postgraduate event where students present their work.
This vibrant research environment comprises two areas of expertise – Bio Medical Research (BIMR) and Centre for Health Improvement Research and Evaluation (CHIRAL).
All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass one of the following English Language Tests:
• IELTS test at grade 6.5
• TOEFL test score of 570/230
Applicants for the MPhil degree should normally possess:
An honours degree in a relevant subject (normally at least a Lower Second Class).
Or an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification or other evidence of previous study and research.
Applicants for the PhD degree should normally possess:
A Master’s degree or evidence of satisfactory work at postgraduate level (or equivalent part-time) after attaining a first degree or a good honours degree in a relevant subject (normally at least an upper Second Class).
All PhD candidates will initially be admitted to the MPhil degree, and required at the end of the first year to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory progress and an ability to proceed to PhD.
Applicants for the MD/MCh degree should normally possess:
A Bachelor of Medicine or Surgery of the University of Wales awarded at least three years prior to the submission of the thesis. (Approval to admit medical graduates of another approved University should be sought at the admission stage).
Swansea University offers part- and fully-funded scholarships annually on a competitive basis for home and EU students. Overseas candidates may be eligible for funding from other bodies, details of which may be obtained from the University International Office.
The Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, NHS national research programmes, the National Assembly of Wales, the Research Councils, the European Commission, charitable bodies, and industrial collaborators have all supported research projects.
Swansea has an enviable reputation when it comes to promoting research and our facilities are world-class. The admissions tutor can provide you with detailed information on the varied research facilities available to you for this course.
Assessment is normally through a combination of examination and course work, however, you should contact the admissions tutor of your course for detailed information on assessment.
Information regarding dates and times for Enrolment can be found on the Student Records webpages.
Applications should be made through UCAS.
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