Taught course

Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics

UCL - University College London · Institute of Ophthalmology

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in relevant subject (e.g. Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics (MSc RPAT) is an intensive, preclinical science based course intended for those who have a bio/-medical degree background, and have an interest in furthering their knowledge and understanding of the development of novel therapies. The programme is intended to develop practical skills and strategies for shaping their research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations.

It should be noted that while the programme is located within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO), there is no assumption that only students with an interest in this area should apply. The core learning is not subject specific.

The programme will utilise the expertise available at the IoO given that the staff are mainly translational researchers across the life sciences.

You will understand how to:

  • Apply and evaluate your knowledge and understanding of evolving personal lab based practical bench skills and utilising appropriate systems, technologies and processes
  • Analyse and use evidence drawn from stats, case based analysis, lab/bench practice and other research data in order to identify theses for exploration and develop, evaluate and evidence conclusions
  • Analyse statistics and other research data, technology and information sources in order to identify appropriate strategies in respect of specific identified solutions.

The programme is also predicated on you being able shape your own area of interest from a suite of optional modules delivered through other UCL departments. The location allows for students to place their learning on this programme in a context that explicitly consolidates research into translational practice and implementation. 

The period of study provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then drives into a term of independent research activity and lab based practice, ensuring that you will leave with meaningful bench skills and a defined lab based research project completed, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Module teaching is primarily in the form of attended lectures and seminars across Terms One and Two, in module teaching. Lectures allow for specific, in depth information to be provided. Seminars allow for interrogation and discussions of material covered to develop understanding.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 207 608 6869