Taught course

Research Pathways in Advanced Therapeutics with Practice

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 with practice (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 research practice for identifying science based solutions and innovations.

While the programme is located within the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, 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 and contains a placement with global partner institutions.  

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

The extended period of study (20 months) provides you with an intensive taught curriculum, which then feeds into periods of independent research activity, ensuring that you will leave with a substantial lab based skills and research portfolio, maximising your capacity to develop your practice further through PhD study/Institutional research or in workplace Laboratory contexts.

In Terms Four and Five there will be a more extensive Lab placement either at UCL IoO or with an international partner institution which will provide additional lab expertise within an academic environment and foster academic collaboration. There will be a preliminary module focused on preparing a grant funding application around the proposed project, allowing a thorough understanding of the background science and implementation of grant writing skills taught in Year One, and a reflective module which will ask you to appraise and evidence your practical bench and lab skills.

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
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Teaching is primarily in the form of attended lectures and seminars across Terms One and Two. Lectures allow for specific, in depth information to be provided.

Seminars allow for interrogation and discussions of material covered to develop understanding. Group tutorials allow for more detailed appraisal of the learning journey and consideration of material covered in lectures and seminar

Course contact details

+44 (0) 207 608 6869