Taught course

Musculoskeletal Ageing

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a biomedical science-related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This unique one-year programme is run by the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and funded by Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. CIMA is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the University of Liverpool and the University of Newcastle.

The course provides multidisciplinary research training on the musculoskeletal system as a whole in the context of ageing. The training has a strong focus on employability. Topics range from basic science to clinical aspects, from in vitro to in vivo models, and from the latest advances in the assessment of the musculoskeletal system to lifestyle interventions.

Although you’ll be based at Sheffield, the course involves exchange visits to the other universities.

Core modules

  • Principles of Human Nutrition: relevance to ageing
  • Biology of Ageing
  • Biology and Assessment of Skeletal Health
  • Muscle in the Integrated Musculoskeletal System
  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment

The taught element is online and may be taken remotely at home (live interactions will take place between 9–5pm UK time). This includes live lectures, wikis and blogs, and tutor support.

The research project involves hands-on laboratory work. It includes placements with all three universities.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by industrial partners. You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework, a mock grant proposal and a research project dissertation

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Jennifer Walsh
+44 (0)114 271 1798