MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing Bursary Competition for 2014 Entry

MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing
Bursary Competition for 2014 Entry

The MRC – Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield. The aim of the centre is to understand the processes and effects of ageing in tissues of the musculoskeletal system leading to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and muscle weakness, how ageing contributes to disease and how this can be treated or prevented.

A unique programme
This programme, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Arthritis Research UK, offers students multidisciplinary training in the processes and effects of ageing in the whole musculoskeletal system, and how these may be ameliorated or prevented.

If you consider that by 2050, one in four of the UK population will be aged 65 or over (currently one in six), and that during that time the UK’s population of over 65?s will grow from the 10 million today, to 19 million, it is no surprise that Musculoskeletal Ageing is an exciting, rapidly evolving field of research and that the UK government has set research into Ageing as a real and urgent priority. The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing will equip you with the skills and experience to meet this key future challenge.

The research expertise of three Universities

Although MRes students will primarily be based in (and registered at) either the University of Liverpool, Sheffield or Newcastle, as a student of CIMA (the Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing), you will enjoy online modules delivered jointly by the three Universities and you will also have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and expertise across the three institutions through a series of exchange visits and placements.

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As a CIMA student, you will be allied with the wider cohort of CIMA researchers, participating in regular CIMA scientific meetings and events, whilst being supported by teaching and supervision delivered by world renowned CIMA investigators ( from each of the three Universities.

Course Structure

During the first semester, you will undertake 60 credits of taught modules, which will ground you in current approaches and techniques to study the integrated musculoskeletal system as a whole and the effects ageing has on this system (see picture below for module topics). The modules are delivered by e-learning, including live interactions with tutors and peers, online lectures and presentations and discussion forums.

During the second semester, you will undertake a research project module which provides the opportunity to apply what you have learned during the first semester to a research project under the expertise of supervisors based across the CIMA consortium. During this time, you will have the opportunity to undertake an exchange visit to another CIMA site (for example, to learn a particular research technique in another laboratory).

For further information on the course, please visit:

CIMA Centre:
CIMA MRes Sheffield:
CIMA MRes Liverpool:
CIMA MRes Newcastle:

NEW: Bursary Competition for 2014 Entry

CIMA is currently offering a number of competitive bursaries for outstanding applicants (individual awards of up to ?3000) towards the MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing. To apply for a bursary you must:

1. Fill out an application for the MRes directly to the University at which you wish to register

For University of Liverpool:
Apply online here:
Course information here:

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For University of Newcastle:
Apply online here:
Course information:

For University of Sheffield:

Course information here:

2. Fill out this additional bursary application form and submit to

We expect successful candidates to demonstrate aspects of the following skills/abilities:

  • A minimum grade (or expected grade) of 2.1 in a degree in a related subject
  • Practical laboratory experience (particularly if related to the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing)
  • Presentation or conference attendance experience (particularly if in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing)
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to research in the area of Musculoskeletal Ageing

The closing date for bursary applications is Wednesday 9th July 2014

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application the week commencing 21st July 2014. We expect interviews to be held 30th or 31st July 2014 at the Sheffield Medical School. Please make sure you are available to travel to Sheffield during this week.

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