MSc in Clinical Science

Entry requirements: First or second class honours degree 
Full or Part-time: Full-time
School: Medical School

Qualified physicians wishing to gain hands-on, cutting edge laboratory experience in areas of unmet clinical need can spend a year in the Buckingham Institute for Translational Medicine (BITM) prior to joining the MD programme working towards an MSc in Clinical Science. This is a research degree for which you will submit a thesis and be examined by viva voce.

We have interest in a number of areas, including: fetal programming of obesity and diabetes, mechanisms of insulin sensitisation, pancreatic islet cell biology, regulation of energy expenditure, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics and cutaneous pathogenesis. Some recently completed MSc research includes:

  • Mechanisms of pancreatic islet neogenesis
  • Restoration of β-cell function using thiazolidinediones
  • Use of RNAi technology to investigate mechanisms of insulin signalling in pancreatic islet s

A variety of projects are available in these and other areas.

Supported by postdoctoral scientists, you will gain valuable experience in a range of techniques in molecular and cellular biology while being fully-integrated into a research environment. You will have access to state of the art equipment, including RNAi technology, Real-time PCR, cell culture and histology (including an Aperio whole-slide digital pathology platform).  Critical thinking, communication skills and understanding of the scientific method are encouraged through regular presentation at lab meetings and the preparation of your thesis.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess a good first degree (usually first class or second class honours) or overseas equivalent in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Biology or related subjects.

Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

Enquiries and applications

Applicants need not have prior laboratory experience, but we encourage you to contact Dr Kenneth Langlands prior to application to discuss potential projects.

Terms and conditions for prospective students

When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

It is anticipated that following successful completion of the programme students will return to their home countries. Those participants who obtain registration with the GMC by passing the PLAB test during their stay in the UK, or obtaining sponsored registration, may well be eligible to enter further postgraduate training or a service post (staff grade, trust grade, research and teaching fellow) with the possibility of making a long term career in medicine in the UK. This programme may also be advantageous in enabling candidates to access further training in Australia and the United States. Enquiries about those possibilities must of course be made to the appropriate authorities in those countries.

Working in the UK after completing your studies

More information about working in the UK can be found on the UKVI website.  These are some of our past students who have gone on to secure jobs in the UK:

Harmandeep SinghDr Harmandeep Singh
Registrar in Cardiology
Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust
Abhinav ChoubeyDr Abhinav Choubey
SHO in Respiratory
Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust
Saikat DharDr Saikat Dhar
Appointed SHO in Respiratory
Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust
Akash AwasthyDr Akash Awasthy
ST4 in Acute Medicine
Blackpool Victoria Teaching Hospital
Ankit SachdevaDr Ankit Sachdeva
Senior Clinical Fellow in Acute Medicine
Wexham Hospital
Percy JosephDr Percy Joseph
Trust Grade in Renal
Portsmouth City Hospital
Shabbir KhanDr Shabbir Khan
ST3 in Oncology
Works at Sheffield (South Yorks Deanery)
Manjinder SinghDr Manjinder Singh
SHO in General Medicine
Wexham Park Hospital (Slough)
Raajkamal JayaveluDr Raajkamal Jayavelu
SHO in General Medicine
West Midland Hospital
Mohandeep AroraDr Mohandeep Arora
SHO in Care of the Elderly
Peterborough Hospital
Aarij SiddiquiDr Aarij Siddiqui
ST3 in Gastroenterology
North Wales Deanery
Ramandeep SinghDr Ramandeep Singh
Trainee in GP
East of England Deanery
Shalin N DiwanjiDr Shalin N Diwanji
Substantive Consultant in Acute and Respiratory Medicine
Northwick Park Hospital
Shakeela ShaheenDr Shakeela Shaheen
GP Training
West Midland Deanery
Saleem Bashir MirDr Saleem Bashir Mir
GP Training
West Midland Deanery
Nafees AliDr Nafees Ali
F2 LAS job in Otolaryngology
Castle Hill Hospital
Punith KempegowdaDr Punith Kempegowda
Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM)
University of Birmingham

 

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

The NHS Careers website has detailed information on the immigration application process for International Medical Graduates.

The GMC website also has helpful advice and guidance for IMGs.

Many of our graduates have successfully obtained fully-paid substantive NHS posts including training junior doctor posts in different medical specialities in UK hospitals.

What our students say

Ana Nomani (MBBS)
Clinical MD Student
Completion date: June 2014

I completed MBBS from China in the year 2012 and soon after I came to the UK to do Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine. I completed one year of internship in various departments in Saudi Arabia before coming to the UK.

Being a doctor was a dream come true but coming to the UK for postgraduate study was like the cherry on top. Learning from the world’s best doctors and getting trained in one of the finest medical systems was an opportunity provided to us by the University of Buckingham.

Why I chose Buckingham Medical School

Ana NomaniThe University of Buckingham is a channel for foreign students to obtain an MD, which is a highly prestigious degree and carries a lot of worth in countries outside of the UK. The University also encourages us to take the PLAB and the MRCP examination which is an additional qualification.

The entire curriculum is spread over two years and includes lectures and clinical training. The initial few months students have regular bed side training and lectures and later on we are placed in various NHS trusts across the country which gives us immense exposure and a clinical boost in various departments. Regular viva and OSCE after every posting helps us enhance our confidence and tests our ability and knowledge. Feedback sessions after each examination help us improve our weaknesses. All the teachers and doctors involved in the teaching are extremely supportive and helpful. Here at University of Buckingham we are taught to evolve as the finest doctors.

Joining the MD programme at the University of Buckingham was an apt decision for my career. The university offers opportunities to train at professional state of the art hospitals committed towards bringing forth the best in us and making us competent and humane doctors.


Manar Almusarhed (MBChB)
Clinical MD Student
Completion date: March 2015

I am an Iraqi doctor and I acquired my MBChB in 2007. After graduation I spent my two years of internship rotating among different hospitals with different medical specialties; I then spent a further two years in one of the Iraqi general hospitals as an internal medicine senior house officer.

Why I chose Buckingham Medical School

Manar AlmusarhedI have always dreamed of studying and practicing the clinical aspect of internal medicine in the UK. However, practicing medicine in the United Kingdom is impossible for international doctors like me, without sitting PLAB or MRCP, which grant the doctor a full General Medical Council registration. These exams are time consuming and most of the international doctors don’t need the GMC registration since they are returning to their country after completing the study period.

The Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine from Buckingham University solves this problem, by offering a clinical-based teaching that gives the opportunity for the international doctors to enter British hospitals without the need to sit PLAB or MRCP. It allows them to take history and examine the patients in the wards or the outpatient clinics.

The study environment at hospitals participating in this course is brilliant. Consultants and registrars are very kind and keen to help students understand the various medical conditions. Colleagues are also very friendly and happy to help each other. I am pleasantly surprised by the international atmosphere of the course. The students are from diverse backgrounds, making the course more enjoyable and interesting.

I would highly recommend this course for international doctors who would like to broaden their horizons and learn cutting-edge medical topics.


Mohammed Faris Al-Ani (MBChB)
Clinical MD Student
Completion date: March 2015

I am Dr Mohammed Faris Al-Ani. I qualified with a MBChB in 2008 from Almustansyria University – College of Medicine in Baghdad in 2008.

I completed a one and a half year internship in the major clinical fields (Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Gynecology). As part of my rural area service I worked for one year in a primary health centre. After which I started a training programme in Orthopedic surgery for another 2 years.

Why I chose Buckingham Medical School

Mohammed Faris Al-AniI applied for the postgraduate Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine programme with a scholarship from my government (Iraq) and started in March 2013.

Since childhood I have dreamt of attending a prestigious university as it would offer better courses and employ teachers who are experts in their field. Qualifications gained abroad can open doors to better job opportunities at home.

I found the course very beneficial as I spent two terms at Ealing Hospital in London where we had daily lectures on different topics of medicine. These lectures were well organised and provided us with the latest research in the medical field and were based on updated guidelines and clinical pathways.

In addition to lectures, we had bedside teaching which took a lot of modalities in teaching like systemic examinations, picking up clinical signs or case based discussion.

The subject I found most interesting was the “medical ethics”, “generic skills” lectures and the “clinical skills” lab which provides doctors with skills that they need in everyday work.

I recommend this program to overseas students because it opens doors to new modalities of medical practice in many different specialties of internal medicine as during each term a different specialty is covered in a specialised hospital.

Candidates MUST NOT pay any agent or representative of the university or any person claiming to be such an agent or representative of the university, any monies whatsoever, in any currency, as these costs are borne by the university directly.

Payment methods

All fees are to be paid in pounds sterling. For different methods of fee payment, please refer directly to the methods of payment page. All payments will be acknowledged by email. No responsibility will be taken by the University for any payments made to any other bank account or to individuals.

GMC sponsored candidates

The University of Buckingham Medical School has been awarded sponsorship status by the GMC. This provides a mechanism for medical faculty to recommend suitable candidates enrolled on the Clinical MD for full GMC registration. The agreed selection process is extensive, comprising a filtering teleconference interview conducted shortly after a candidates’ initial application, followed by intensive scrutiny and assessment during the initial three months of the teaching programme. Candidates’ clinical abilities, language proficiency, and grasp of the ethical obligations expected of a fully GMC-registered medical practitioner are assessed and recorded in weekly objective structured reports. Those whose performance meets the required standard will proceed to a final structured interview. Success in all stages of this process will result in candidates’ names being recommended to the GMC for full registration.

Administration of the assessment process is resource-intensive, and costs must be met from additional fees charged to candidates wishing to be considered for sponsorship. Such fees are over and above standard tuition fees for the Clinical MD programme and do not guarantee a successful outcome for the sponsorship assessment process. These are also separate from any additional fees charged by the GMC once candidates are recommended for registration.

The overall cost of this process is £7,500 (non-refundable).

GMC registration by sponsorship is not available for candidates during the first year of MSc studies. Such candidates will only pay the initial teleconference interview fee. Assessment will resume during the clinical phase.

Postgraduate loan scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced from 1 August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>

Scholarships

Very few scholarships or bursaries are available to the candidates for the MD programmes at the present time and the availability of these will be announced on this website as and when they become available.

Tuition fee refund

If a student withdraws from the programme, or fails to register, then an administrative charge of £5,500 will be retained (except for overseas applicants unable to obtain a visa, who will normally be refunded in full upon receipt of an original visa refusal letter). The remainder of any money paid will be refunded.

*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.

On-campus accommodation

A typical room in University of Buckingham accommodationWe guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.

Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.

What’s included?

All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, visit our Accommodation pages or get in touch with our Accommodation Team.

We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.

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