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Welcome to the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

We welcome you to the start of your Postgraduate Taught Programme in the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. The University has a worldwide reputation based on high quality teaching and research, and I am sure that your taught programme will provide an inspirational platform for your future career success.

Within the Faculty, our goal is to create an environment that allows you to excel and reach your full potential. Offering access to first-class facilities and strong links with eminent researchers, commercial partners and regional health-service providers, our postgraduate taught programmes are designed to meet the diverse needs of all our students. The curriculum of our taught programmes provides the knowledge and skills you will need in your subject area and all our Masters programmes include an opportunity to carry out an independent research project on subjects spanning areas of life sciences and biomedical research from molecular to experimental biology and clinical medicine. While subject areas cover a broad range of disciplines, all our taught programmes have a number of common aims:

  • To enhance your knowledge, and a critical awareness of your chosen subject. Whether you are a graduate, professional or have a clinical background, the programmes have been tailored based on previous student feedback.
  • To obtain a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your area of research and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • To address complex issues with originality and insight.
  • To demonstrate self-direction and an independent learning ability required for future career progression.

As a student of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning, within a supportive environment that fosters your development and helps prepare you for your future career. This handbook will be a useful resource as you progress through your taught programme. It provides programme specific information that I am sure that you will find helpful throughout your study. If however, you have questions or would like some further advice, please do not hesitate to contact the people listed in this handbook for further information and assistance.

I wish you every success as you embark upon your taught programme, and in your future career.

Professor Sarah Herrick
Director for Postgraduate Taught Education for the School of Biological Sciences; Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health


Compulsory Introductory Course

All students are automatically enrolled onto an introductory unit (BIOL62000) that provides information on health and safety, academic malpractice and academic literacy. Completion instructions for each of these sections are clearly defined within the course.

Completion of the academic malpractice and health and safety sections is mandatory for all students. All assessments must be completed as soon as possible after the programme begins, with the academic malpractice assessment completed before the first piece of coursework is submitted and no later than 31 October 2021. Completion of these assessments is monitored by the School.

All students are also strongly advised to complete the academic literacy section.

Key Contact Details

If you have any queries or concerns at any time during your period of study at The University of Manchester, there is a range of people you can approach. Your Programme Administration Team will be your first point of call for general issues. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Programme Director for specific aspects to do with the course or your Academic Advisor for career development issues. If you wish to raise a confidential matter at School level, you should approach the Deputy Head of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience– contact details below.

Responsibility for overall management of the Programme lies with the Programme Director who has assembled a Programme Committee, which meets regularly, to advise on content, structure, management, student supervision, and regulatory matters such as Programme improvement and refinement. The Committee also includes the student representative who is democratically elected by you to attend these meetings.

School PGT Director
• Professor Sarah Herrick

Deputy Head of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
• Mrs Kelly Salimian

Programme Director
• Professor Hector Chinoy

Programme Director
• Dr James Bluett

Academic Advisor
• Dr Ben Parker

Programme Administration Team

Your first point of call should be directed as follows:

• Student Support

• Assessments

• Curriculum

Student Representative
• To be appointed democratically

Your contact details

You will be supplied with a student e-mail address. The University will direct communications to you by using your student e-mail address and it is your responsibility to ensure that you can access and read mail from this source.  You should check your university email regularly and in turn should send all emails to the University using your student email address.



Blackboard is a web-based system that complements and builds upon traditional learning methods used at The University of Manchester. All course-related materials will be placed on Blackboard so it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the system as soon as possible. Blackboard also offers Discussion forums which you may find a useful resource to share information about assignments and other course-related queries.

Blackboard is available to students.

  • Students should access Blackboard via My Manchester
  • Queries (technical related) should be directed to the eLearning team
  • Queries (course content related) should be directed to: the Programme Administration Team


School/University Facilities

Computers and printers:

On campus, access to computers, printers, email and the internet is available at several computer clusters within the School including the Multiuser laboratories on the ground floor of the Stopford Building. Additionally, there is a Postgraduate Hub on the 3rd Floor of the Stopford Building.

Food/Drink on Campus

There is a café bar and students’ common room on the 1st floor of the Stopford Building.  Also, Innovation Cafe and Starbucks are on the Ground Floor of the Manchester Biotech Incubator Building (which is attached to the Stopford Building and can be accessed using your student card on the ground floor).

International students

The International Society is a busy centre for international students based in the Greater Manchester area. It is located on Oxford Road (see campus map).

The society offers students the opportunity to engage with social events, visit places of interest as well as language support and cultural events.

Sharing Information

The University may share appropriate information relating to your health and/or conduct with external organisations such as your professional employer(s) (for example, relevant NHS Trust, Professional and Statutory Regulatory Bodies (PSRB)), placement and training providers and/or regulator. This may occur where concerns in relation to your health and/or conduct arise and the University considers it necessary for them to be disclosed to one or more of the above organisations. The University’s Privacy Notice for Registered Students (which is accessible via this link) includes further information about how the University may use and process your personal data, including the legal basis and conditions which may be relevant to such processing (see section 6 of the Privacy Notice). The University will only disclose special category data (such as data relating to your health) to a third party organisation where one of the additional conditions are satisfied (see section 9 of the Privacy Notice), including where processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest.

Staying Safe – Covid-19

Feeling prepared and equipped at the present time inevitably brings thoughts of health and safety. We have followed the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to make sure our campus is a safe and happy environment for you to start your studies.

When arriving on campus, you’ll notice the changes we’ve made to keep everyone safe. For example, our buildings will have clearly marked entry and exit points; we’ll be asking everyone to sanitise or clean their hands immediately on entry; and markings on floors, stairwells and doors will help maintain social distancing.

It’s important for everyone to follow the guidelines on campus to keep themselves and others safe. We have faith that all members of our University community will do the right thing.

Our ‘Staying Safe’ microsite outlines the safety measures that are in place as well as useful information regarding:-

 Student Frequently Asked Questions is regularly updated online but if you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact your school as soon as possible.

Programme Information

Welcome to the Programme

Welcome aboard to the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine. We do hope that you enjoy your time on the course. You will be provided with a unique opportunity for face-to-face learning with National and international experts in their field. The course is well-established having been running for over 20 years and has acquired a reputation within the rheumatological community.

Kind regards,

Professor Hector Chinoy
Programme Director
MSc Programme in Clinical Rheumatology

Syllabus and Route through the Programme

The MSc programme consists of

  • a research skills day
  • six taught modules (three each year)
  • a supervised research project.

The PGCert programme consists of

  • 4 core compulsory modules

The programme is undertaken part-time on a day release basis (over two years for the MSc, one year for the PGCert). Each module runs for six weeks. Two modules are run in the first semester of each academic session and are examined in January, and one module is run in the second semester of each academic session and is examined in March.

Prior to the taught modules, each year there is a Research Skills teaching day. For those students registering for the first time in 2020 you will undertake this in October 2020. This will cover the use of the library and design and analysis of experiments. The research day provides opportunities for students to gain training in skills required when undertaking research, and are tested by oral and poster presentations. For those registered on the PGCert course, research skills will be assessed by mandatory poster and oral case presentations.

A variety of different teaching methods is employed – teaching is mainly in seminars with some practical sessions, and there is also some small group bedside teaching. Students are encouraged as much as possible towards self-directed learning. All lectures are uploaded to Blackboard which can be accessed via My Manchester.

In addition:

  1. at the beginning of the semester 2nd year students will give a short presentation of their project work to their fellow students.
  2. all MSc students (first and second year) will be asked to present a 5 minute update of their research project at a date to be circulated. This date will coincide with the annual appraisals (presentations in the morning and appraisals in the afternoon).

Each MSc student must submit an interim report of his/her project work (around 1000 words) twelve months after commencement of the programme.  This is compulsory for continuing registration for the MSc Programme.

Many of the students are rheumatology trainees in the North Western region and are continually acquiring understanding, knowledge and skills in their every day work environments relevant to the programme. For overseas students, clinical observerships may be arranged (subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, local hospital requirements and VISA requirements) to enable them to participate in ward rounds and clinics and each overseas student is appointed a clinical supervisor who ensures that the student has adequate opportunity to prepare himself/herself for the assessments. Clinical supervisors are normally consultants from any one of the local hospitals.

Credit Requirements

Each module has a credit rating of 15, meaning that the total number of credits obtained from the six taught modules equals 90.  The number of credits required for the award of the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine is 180 – the remaining 90 credits are obtained from the research project (90 credits).  The number of credits required for the award of a PG Certificate in Clinical Rheumatology is 60.

Programme Aims

In order to foster the continuing professional development of medical practitioners intending to pursue a career in rheumatology or a related subject, the programme aims to:

(a) facilitate students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the practice of rheumatology thus enabling them to contribute to rheumatology service development regionally and nationally.

(b) provide experience in undertaking and analysing research, as well as emphasising the importance of research as a basis for evidence-based practice.

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding relevant to the practice of rheumatology, with particular respect to aetiology and pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of the different forms of musculoskeletal disease. (MSc & PG Cert)

Demonstrate specialist knowledge of the structure and function of joints and supporting tissues in health and when diseased.(MSc)

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of clinical research methods including clinical trials, the development of measurement tools and the design and conduct of observational studies. (MSc).Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of clinical research methods including clinical trials. (PG Cert).

Intellectual Skills

  1. Demonstrate the ability to read scientific papers critically. (MSc)
  2. Plan, conduct and write up a piece of supervised research. (MSc)
  3. Discuss clinical problems in relation to research evidence. (MSc)
  4. Plan, conduct and present an oral and poster presentation (MSc & PG Cert)

Practical Skills

  1. Assess competently, by taking a history and performing a physical examination, a patient presenting with musculoskeletal problems. (MSc & PG Cert)
  2. Examine competently a sample of synovial fluid. (MSc).
  3. Use evidence from history, physical examination and the results of laboratory tests to formulate a management plan (MSc & PG Cert).
  4. Work with colleagues from other disciplines and specialties (understanding the role of the multi-disciplinary team) and in a variety of health contexts (MSc & PG Cert).

Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities

  1. Give oral and poster presentations to specialist and non-specialist academic audiences (MSc & PG Cert)
  2. Learn to manage a research project. (MSc)
  3. Evaluate his/her own academic and personal achievement. (MSc & PG Cert)
  4. Demonstrate good communication skills (with patients and colleagues). (MSc & PG Cert)

Course Units

BIOL60521: Clinical Skills (MSc and PGCert)

Credit rating 15


To facilitate the student in developing the clinical skills necessary to evaluate fully the patient presenting with musculoskeletal disease


To facilitate the student in developing the clinical skills necessary to evaluate fully the patient presenting with musculoskeletal disease, specifically to take a history from the patient, examine the patient and formulate an investigation and management plan.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of points which are important in the history and examination of the patient with musculoskeletal disease.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various investigations (and their interpretation) which inform the assessment of the patient with musculoskeletal disease including (but not confined to) radiological investigations and electrophysiology
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to assess disease activity and severity in musculoskeletal disease
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the different members of the musculoskeletal multidisciplinary team including (but not confined to) the physiotherapist, podiatrist and occupational therapist.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of drug treatment and of surgical treatment in the patient with musculoskeletal disease.

Intellectual Skills

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • Synthesize and evaluate the different elements of the history, examination and investigation results which will inform the management plan in patients with musculoskeletal disease.
  • Discuss the principles of management plans in patients with different musculoskeletal diseases specifically the inter-related roles of rheumatologist, orthopaedic surgeon and members of professions allied to medicine.

Practical Skills

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • Take a comprehensive history from a patient presenting with musculoskeletal disease
  • Examine the musculoskeletal system and accurately report findings
  • Competently assess a patient presenting with musculoskeletal problems, and form a differential diagnosis, investigation and management plan.
  • Work with other members of the multidisciplinary team to deliver the management plan.

Transferable Skills

  • Give oral presentations to peer and specialist audiences.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
MCQ/EMQ paper 50%
Clinical Examination (OSCE) 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Charlotte Filer Unit coordinator
Paul Sanders Unit coordinator

BIOL61231: Peripheral Joint Problems (MSc and PGCert)

Credit rating 15


To facilitate students in developing an insight into disease processes affecting peripheral joints


To facilitate students in developing an insight into disease processes (and their consequences) affecting peripheral joints, with particular emphasis on inflammatory arthritis.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of different types of inflammatory arthritis (including juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and the disease processes affecting the peripheral joints and soft tissues.
  • Competently assess the patient presenting with inflammatory arthritis, and form a plan of management.
  • Discuss different modalities of treatment for the patient with peripheral joint problems

Assessment methods

Method Weight
MCQ/Essay/Short Notes Paper 50%
Clinical Examination (OSCE) 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pauline Ho Unit coordinator
Rachel Gorodkin Unit coordinator

BIOL61252: Spine & Bone (MSc and PGCert)

Credit rating 15


To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of metabolic bone disease


To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of metabolic bone disease and spinal disorders and the necessary skills to diagnose and manage patients with these conditions

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors important in the aetiology and pathogenesis of metabolic bone disease and spinal disorders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis and clinical features of metabolic bone disease and spinal disorders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of different imaging techniques which are used in the assessment of metabolic bone disease and spinal disorders
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the principles underlying management of metabolic bone disease and spinal disorders including medical and surgical interventions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of physical and psychologic treatments in the prevention and management of metabolic bone disease and spine disorders

Intellectual Skills

  • Evaluate clinical aspects of metabolic bone disease and spine disorders in relation to published research

Practical Skills

  • Perform a competent clinical assessment of patients with metabolic bone disease and spine disorders.
  • Formulate a reasonable differential diagnosis and management plan

 Transferrable skills

  • Give oral presentations to peer and specialist audiences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
MCQ/EMQ paper 50%
Clinical Examination (OSCE) 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Terence O’Neill Unit coordinator

BIOL60501: Research Skills (PGCert)


To facilitate the student in developing a knowledge and understanding of the principles of clinical research methods including clinical trials

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of research as a basis for evidence-based practice.
  • Plan, conduct and present an oral and poster presentation.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills.
  • Understand the regulatory requirements of a clinical research trial.
  • Be aware of the different types of clinical trial.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Poster Presentation 50%
Oral Presentation 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jennifer Humphreys Unit coordinator

BIOL63211: Basic Science (PGCert)

Credit rating 15


To facilitate the student in developing an understanding of joint structure and function in health an disease

The following topics will be covered:

  • Basic anatomy of the joints
  • Pathology of muscle, bone and connective tissues
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Synovial fluid analysis
  • Immunology (basic and advanced)
  • Introduction to scientific methodology
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Clinical pharmacology (with specific reference to biological therapies)


To facilitate the student in developing an understanding of joint structure and function in health an disease

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should be able to:

  • Normal joint structure and function.
  • The basic principles of common disease processes affecting the musculoskeletal system.
  • The role of synovial fluid examination.
  • The immune system in health and in rheumatic disease and inflammation
  • Clinical pharmacology basic principles and those relevant to the treatment of MSK diseases

Assessment methods

Method Weight
MCQ Paper 50%
Essay/Short Notes Paper 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Bowes Unit coordinator
Darren Plant Unit coordinator

BIOL60511: Connective Tissue Disorders & Vasculitis (MSc and PGCert)

Credit rating 15


To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of the different connective tissue diseases and vasculitides


To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of the different connective tissue diseases and vasculitides, and the necessary skills to diagnose and manage patients with these diseases.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of the module, the student will be able to

  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors important in the aetiology and pathogenesis of connective tissue disease and vasculitis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of defining and classifying connective tissue disease and vasculitis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathology and clinical features of connective tissue disease and vasculitis, including an understanding of the clinical and biochemical results of these processes and their implications for diagnosis, morbidity and mortality.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the principles underlying management of connective tissue disease and vasculitis.

Intellectual Skills

  • Evaluate clinical aspects of connective tissue disease and vasculitis in the relation to published research

Practical Skills

  • Perform a competent clinical assessment of patients with major connective tissue diseases and vasculitides
  • Formulate a reasonable differential diagnosis and management plan

Transferable skills

  • Give oral presentations to peer and specialist audiences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
MCQ/EMQ/Essay/Short Notes Paper 50%
Clinical Examination 50%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sahena Haque Unit coordinator

BIOL61222: Epidemiology of Rheumatism

Credit rating 15


To facilitate students in acquiring knowledge and understanding of the principles of epidemiological methods.

The module will cover sets of topics on a weekly basis as follows:

  1. Measurement of disease occurrence
    • Incidence/prevalence
    • Classification criteria
    • Cross-sectional studies
    • Basic statistics (1)
    • Epidemiology of osteoporosis
  2. Case control studies
    • Odds ratios and relative risks
    • Basic statistics (2)
    • Reliability and validity
    • Epidemiology of osteoarthritis
  3. Cohort studies
    • Assessing causality
    • Bias and confounding
    • Epidemiology of SLE
    • Research governance
  4. Clinical trials
    • Clinical appraisal
  5. Burdens of illness
    • HRES & payment by results
    • Health economics
    • Mortality
    • Questionnaire design
    • Epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis
  6. Genetic epidemiology
    • Methods of genetic analysis
    • HLA-DR4 and Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Interactions between genes and the environment


To facilitate students in acquiring

(a) knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principles of epidemiological methods with particular reference to chronic disease
  • the epidemiology of some common musculoskeletal disorders
  • the principles of genetic epidemiology
  • the principles of health economic evaluation

(b) knowledge and understanding of the principles of clinical research methods including clinical trials, the development of measurement tools and the design and conduct of observational studies, and the skills necessary to undertake epidemiological research under supervision.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Define common epidemiological terms.
  • Design a simple clinical trial.
  • Perform a critique of a published clinical trial.
  • Assess the validity and reliability of a clinical measurement tool.
  • Describe the characteristics of case-control and cohort studies.
  • Describe the process whereby genetic studies may add to the understanding of rheumatic diseases.
  •  Describe the incidence, prevalence, risk factors for and prognostic factors of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and osteoporosis.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Paper Critique 30%
Written Paper 70%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jane Schofield Unit coordinator

General Reading list

Some recommended texts/papers are as follows. Other text-books/papers will be recommended throughout the Programme, usually by the module co-ordinator:

Reference texts:

How to read a paper – BMJ

Statistics at Square One, Campbell J

Blooms Taxonomy kit

NIHR Introduction to GCP

University of Manchester Online courses:

Critical Appraisal for Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Manchester Library, My learning Essentials

Start to finish: Present like a Pro, University of Manchester Library, My learning Essentials


Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology. 4th Edition.  Watts RA et al. Oxford University Press

Rheumatology. 7th Edition. Hochberg MC, Gravallese E, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME & Weisman MH. Elsevier Mosby

In addition, the series “Current Opinion in Rheumatology” and “Current Rheumatology Reports” provide up to date review articles.

“Up to date” – an electronic “textbook”. Sections are updated yearly.

Clinical Examination in Rheumatology. Doherty M & Pattrick M

Orthopaedics and Rheumatology in Focus. Herrick AL, Glynne JH, Funk L & Hutchinson C

Oxford Handbook of Rheumatology 4th Edition. Clunie G, Wilkinson N, Nikiphorou E & Jardon D

EULAR Textbook on Rheumatic Diseases 2nd Edition. Bijlsma J, Hachulla E



Epidemiology in Medicine. Hennekens CH and Buring JE. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1987

Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine. 2nd Edition. Sackett D et al. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Clinical Epidemiology: How to do a Clinical Practice Research. 3rd Edition. Sackett D

“Epidemiology of the rheumatic diseases” 2nd Edition by Hochberg MC and Silman AJ. Published by Oxford University Press



Clinical examination in Rheumatology. Doherty & Doherty. Elsevier Health Sciences Mosby 1992.



‘How to write a thesis’. University of Manchester.

“Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, JGA Andrew, AL Herrick, DR Marsh. Elsevier Health Sciences Churchill Livingstone 2000 (this is aimed at undergraduates but the detailed examination section may be useful).



Immunology, RothD & Roitt I, Brostoff J & Male D. Mosby – 8th Edition. Elsevier Health Science Division.

Roitt’s Essential Immunology. 13th Edition. PJ Delves, S Martin, D Burton & I Roitt

Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology. 3rd Edition. Isenberg D et al. Oxford University Press


Rheumatology. 5th Edition. Hochberg MC, Silman AJ, Smolen JS, Weinblatt ME & Weisman MH. Elsevier Mosby


In addition, the series “Current Opinion in Rheumatology” and “Current Rheumatology Reports” provide up to date review articles.

“Up to date” – an electronic “textbook”. Sections are updated yearly.


Clinical Examination in Rheumatology. Doherty M & Pattrick M


Each student will be appointed a personal tutor/mentor, with whom problems can be discussed. Each student should see/contact his/her mentor at least 6 monthly. A record of the meeting will be kept by the mentor and also by the student.   The progress of the project will be discussed at these meetings (as well as progress on the programme more generally) but the supervision of the project is the responsibility of the project supervisor.

Dissertations (MSc)

A research project is an integral part of the MSc programme. The project is a substantial piece of work which can be either clinical or laboratory based depending upon the needs and preferences of the individual students. As a third option, an educational based project may be chosen. A list of suggested projects will be circulated at the commencement of the programme. Dr Ben Parker is project co-ordinator and will discuss with each student his/her choice of project as well as give general advice about the project.

The dissertation is worth 90 credits of the total credit rating. As a rough guideline you should aim for project length of approximately 15000 – 20000 words. As a generalisation we believe that the experimental work of the dissertation should be comparable to that of one scientific paper although writing up the dissertation is considerably longer due to the inclusion of a substantial literature review and more detailed methods and results sections that would be possible to include for publication in a journal.

The project work is concentrated between March to September of each academic session. However, it is very important that a clear idea of project work is developed early on in the programme so that arrangements can be in place for commencement of your project work as soon as the taught modules are complete. This avoids delays that might be brought about for example by having to wait for ethical committee approval. Therefore forward planning is all-important.

Each student will have a project supervisor who will regularly discuss the project with the student, offer advice, and monitor progress. Project supervisors will be drawn from the members of the academic staff and senior NHS staff.

ALL students will be required to submit an electronic copy of their dissertation.

Please note that a Notice of Submission form must be completed six weeks before the dissertation is due to be submitted.



All students at dissertation level are allocated a Supervisor. Briefly, the responsibilities of the Supervisor include: giving guidance about the nature of research and the standard expected; the planning of the research programme; and pointing the Student towards relevant literature and other sources of information.

The relationship between the Student and their Supervisor is of central importance. Both the Student and the Supervisor have a responsibility to ensure that the dissertation is completed within the prescribed period of the programme. Supervisors and students should establish at their initial meeting clear and explicit expectations of each other in order to minimise the risks and problems of misunderstanding, inadequate supervision and unsatisfactory work.

Progress monitoring meetings must be closely documented. It should be noted that in some instances students may be jointly supervised by staff, and be assigned a principal and second supervisor.

If you have any queries or concerns at any time during your period of study, there is a range of people you can approach:

  • The Programme Administration Team
  • Postgraduate Taught Education Support Manager
  • Your Supervisor
  • Programme Directors
  • Postgraduate Taught Director

Log Book (MSc)

A log book of your meetings with the programme director and project supervisor is a mandatory part of the course. The log book is designed to facilitate your learning during the MSc and ensure that your project remains on track. All log book forms must be returned by the dates specified to the programme administrator.


Occupational Health Screening

You are required to attend an occupational health screening appointment. The Programme Administration Team will send you a Occupational Health screening form by email which you should return to Occupational Health directly within two weeks of receipt. The Occupational Health Service will then send you an appointment time.

Recording Lectures

Please do not assume you can record lectures with a voice recorder or similar device. If you wish to record a lecture or other teaching session, ensure you obtain the prior permission of the lecturer. You may not share any recordings with any other person (including by electronic media) without first being given specific permission by the lecturer.


Programme Management

The programme is managed and operated in accordance with the policies, principles, regulations and procedures of The University of Manchester.

The Programme Directors, have day-to-day responsibility for the management of the programmes and are assisted by the Programme Administration Team.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee meet 3 times a year. The committee’s functions and responsibilities are to maintain the standards of teaching, to evaluate and revise the programme in the light of feedback, to monitor student progression and to provide a forum for discussion between the University and the students.

The Programme Committee reviews the annual monitoring report and acts on recommendations arising from the annual monitoring process.

The membership of the Programme Committee includes: the Programme Directors; the Programme Administration Team; Teaching Staff and Student Representatives.

The Programme Committee report to the Consortium and School PGT Committee.

External Examiner

The External Examiner for this programme is Dr James Galloway who is a Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology and is based at King’s College London.

Please note that it is for information only and it is inappropriate for students to make direct contact with External Examiners under any circumstances, in particular with regards to a student’s individual performance in assessments. Other appropriate mechanisms are available for students, including the University’s appeals or complaints procedures and the UMSU Advice Centre. In cases where a student does contact an External Examiner directly, External Examiners have been requested not to respond to direct queries. Instead, External Examiners should report the matter to their School contact who will then contact the student to remind them of the other methods available for students. If students have any queries concerning this, they should contact their Programme Administrator in the first instance.

The role of the External Examiner

External Examiners are individuals from another institution or organisation who monitor the assessment processes of the University to ensure fairness and academic standards. They ensure that assessment and examination procedures have been fairly and properly implemented and that decisions have been made after appropriate deliberation. They also ensure that standards of awards and levels of student performance are at least comparable with those in equivalent higher education institutions.

External Examiners’ reports

External Examiners’ reports relating to this programme will be shared with student representatives and details of any actions carried out by the programme team/School in response to the External Examiners’ comments will be discussed. Students should contact their student representatives if they require any further information about External Examiners’ reports or the process for considering them.



Progress and Assessment


Deadlines for Assessed Work

All assessed work must be handed in at the prescribed time. Dates will be published in advance of the deadline. We recommend that you transfer these dates to your diaries as soon as they are published.

Assignment Word Count (Including Dissertation)

In accordance with the University Policy on Marking:

Each written assignment has a word limit which you must state at the top of your first page. It is acceptable, without penalty, for you to submit an assignment within a range that is plus 10% of this limit. If you present an assignment with a word count exceeding the specified limit+10%, the assignment will be marked but 1% will be deducted from this mark for every 100 words over the limit given.

For an original word limit that is 1000 words and an assignment that is marked out of 100.  If a submission is made that is 1101 words then it exceeded the 10% leeway, and is more than 100 words over the original limit and should receive a 1 mark deduction.

In accordance with accepted academic practice, when submitting any written assignment for summative assessment, the notion of a word count includes the following without exception:

  • All titles or headings that form part of the actual text. This does not include the fly page or reference list
  • All words that form the actual essay
  • All words forming the titles for figures, tables and boxes, are included but this does not include boxes or tables or figures themselves
  • All in-text (that is bracketed) references
  • All directly quoted material

Certain assessments may require different penalties for word limits to be applied. For example, if part of the requirement for the assessment is conciseness of presentation of facts and arguments. In such cases it may be that no 10% leeway is allowed and penalties applied may be stricter than described above. In such cases the rules for word count limits and the penalties to be applied will be clearly stated in the assessment brief and in the submission details for that assessment.

Submitting your work

All assignments must be submitted electronically. The published deadlines for assessments all relate to the electronic submission which is completed via Blackboard, using the Turnitin system in the majority of cases. You must submit by the deadline advertised in your timetable/assessment handbook.

  • Submitting an electronic copy of the work
  • Log onto Blackboard via My Manchester
  • Click on the relevant course unit
  • Go to assessment folder
  • Upload your assignment via the Turnitin process


The University uses electronic systems for the purposes of detecting plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice and for marking. Such systems include Turnitin, the plagiarism detection service used by the University.

The School also reserves the right to submit work handed in by you for formative or summative assessment to Turnitin and/or other electronic systems used by the University.

Please note that when work is submitted to the relevant electronic systems, it may be copied and then stored in a database to allow appropriate checks to be made.

Please note that you can only upload one document so you cannot save your references/appendices as a separate document.


Guidance for Presentation of Taught Masters Dissertations

The University of Manchester guidance on presentation of taught Masters Dissertations is available at:
Guidance for the presentation of Taught Masters dissertations

The guidance explains the required presentation of the dissertation, and failure to follow the instructions in the guidance may result in the dissertation being rejected by the examiners.

There is more information on taught masters dissertation requirements on Blackboard: 


Extensions to Assignment Deadlines

On rare occasions students may need to request an extension to a coursework deadline due to circumstances beyond their control. If you need to request an extension to your assignment submission deadline then you must submit an extension request form which must be accompanied by supporting evidence (medical letters, certificates or other appropriate evidence). The supporting evidence must justify the length of the requested extension.

The extension request form is available via the Student Support Team (

The form should be submitted as soon as possible before the coursework deadline and should be submitted to the Student Support Team.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your request has been received.

You will be notified of the outcome of your request via email as soon as possible. Please note that an extension to a deadline is classed as mitigation. Mitigation can only be applied once to a piece of work. i.e. you cannot have an deadline extension and also apply for mitigation for poor performance due to the same circumstances.


Late Submission Penalty (Including Dissertation)

Work submitted after the deadline without prior approval will be subject to a late penalty in accordance with the University Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes.  The penalty applied is 10% of available marks deducted per day/24 hours (from the time of the original or extended deadline), until the assignment is submitted or no marks remain.

Penalties for late submission relate to 24 hours/calendar days, so include weekends and weekdays, as well as bank holidays and University closure days.

The mark awarded for the piece of work will be reduced by:
10% of the available marks deducted if up to 24 hours (1 day) late
20% of the available marks deducted if up to 48 hours (2 days) late
30% of the available marks deducted if up to 72 hours (3 days) late
40% of the available marks deducted if up to 96 hours (4 days) late
50% of the available marks deducted if up to 120 hours (5 days) late
60% of the available marks deducted if up to 144 hours (6 days) late
70% of the available marks deducted if up to 168 hours (7 days) late
80% of the available marks deducted if up to 192 hours (8 days) late
90% of the available marks deducted if up to 216 hours (9 days) late
100% of the available marks deducted if up to 240 hours (10 days) late

If the assessment is submitted within 10 days of the deadline the assessment should be marked and feedback to the student provided. If this mark before the penalty is applied reaches the appropriate pass mark but the applied penalty results in a fail of the assessment, the student should not be required to resit the assessment as the original mark can be taken as the resit mark. Further information and examples can be found in the Policy and associated Guidance documents.

For work submitted more than 10 days late, it is regarded as a non-submission and need not be marked. In this case a mark of zero will be awarded and normal resit regulations will apply.

The sliding scale should only be applied to first-sit submissions. For all referred (resit) assessment, any late submission will automatically receive a mark of zero.

For further information:

Guidance on Late Submission

Policy on the Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes


Academic Malpractice

Academic malpractice is any activity – intentional or otherwise – that is likely to undermine the integrity essential to scholarship and research. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results, and anything else that could result in unearned or undeserved credit for those committing it. Academic malpractice can result from a deliberate act of cheating or may be committed unintentionally. Whether intended or not, all incidents of academic malpractice will be treated seriously by the University.

The procedures and penalties for dealing with academic malpractice are covered by the same regulation as apply to Conduct and Disciple of Students (Regulation XVII).

You are responsible for ensuring that you understand what academic malpractice is, and how to avoid committing it. If you are unsure, ask your lecturer or academic advisor.

As further support for students, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has developed an Introductory Course. This unit must be completed by all postgraduate taught students and will allow you to test your understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and academic malpractice. You can access the resource via Blackboard. Log in to My Manchester and click on the Blackboard tab. The online resource will be listed under the My Communities heading. The module should be completed as soon as possible after you begin your programmes, but must be completed before you submit your first piece of academic work for assessment.


Feedback for Assessments

The purpose of feedback is to provide constructive comments so that you can improve the standard of your work. Thus, in addition to marks you will receive written feedback on most of your assessed coursework.

Marks awarded for your assessments (i.e. everything which contributes to your final degree classification) are subject to ratification by the examination board and the external examiner at the awarding examination meeting. Consequently all marks given before the final examiners’ meeting has taken place must be regarded as provisional. Shortly after the examinations meetings we will publish results and a breakdown of your marks. These will remain provisional until after the final examination board has met.

The marking process involves several steps to ensure appropriate academic consideration and quality assurance processes have been adhered to. Students will be notified by email once the work has been marked and grades are available. We will endeavour to mark work and give feedback to students 15 working days after the hand-in date. However, occasionally there may be delays as a result of staff illness or other unforeseeable factors. In these circumstances, you will be kept informed of this.

Following graduation you may obtain a detailed official written account of all your examination results (called a transcript) from the Student Services Centre on payment of a small fee. This carries the University stamp and is recognised for such purposes as admission to a further course of study at another institution, membership of professional bodies, exemption from sections of professional examinations etc. If you need an official transcript, contact the SSC on 0161 275 5000.

Unofficial transcripts can be provided by the PGT Assessments Team.


How To Find Your Marks

Once work has been marked and moderated you will receive an email from the Assessment Team to tell you that the marks have been released. Work submitted via Blackboard will usually show a mark along with feedback on the Blackboard system.

You can also access marks by logging into your My Manchester account and going to My Services/Self Service and Student Centre. You can choose ‘Assignments’ from the drop down box and choose the relevant unit. Your Final mark for the unit does not appear until the unit is fully completed and marks have been through an exam board.



Examinations may be scheduled at any point during the academic year. The Assessments Team will provide you with details on when examinations will be scheduled. Please be aware that you may be tested on any topic from within a unit. Do not presume that because a piece of coursework has covered one area of a unit that it will not also appear in the exam. More details will be provided by the individual unit leads. Past papers for some units (where appropriate) are available online:

Do not assume that exams will take the same format as previous years. Academic staff should not indicate what will/ will not feature in an exam as this may not be accurate. Staff may have submitted questions that may not, necessarily, appear on the final exam paper. You should presume that anything can appear on the exam paper unless informed officially by the Assessments Team or Programme Directors.

Students are expected to attend all scheduled examinations. If for any unforeseen circumstances you experience any issues in attending, you must report this to the Programme Administration Team/Programme Director who may recommend that you submit a Mitigating Circumstances application.

Student Representation and Feedback


Election of Student Representative

At the beginning of the year you will be asked to elect a student representative. The student representative will be invited to attend the Programme Committees for parts of the meeting that do not involve discussion of individual students and the assessments. The student representative should make students’ views known to the programme management. In addition, they should report any relevant information back to the students.


Feedback from/to students

The University has a Policy on Feedback to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Students in relation to the timely provision of feedback for academic progression.

Students will also have the opportunity to feedback their thoughts on the programme via a series of anonymous evaluation forms. Student feedback questionnaires will be made available via the Module Leads at the end of each module. The information will then be collated to assess the performance level of the programme. It is expected that every student will complete these forms. These feedback questionnaires are produced by the programme and allow students to comment on specific aspects of the organisation and delivery of the taught modules. The information obtained is collated and discussed during the next Programme Committee meeting. The quality of teaching on the programme is monitored in part by student feedback. Thus it is very important that you make your views, good and bad, known.

At the end of each semester, you will be asked to complete an anonymous University generated online evaluation form. This is known as a Unit Survey and will address more general issues with the information obtained being used to inform the teaching strategy of the Faculty/University. You will also receive a Postgraduate Taught Unit Survey form at the end of the semester. Again all students are expected to complete these surveys.

University Regulations

Postgraduate Degree Regulations and exemptions

Please be aware this programme has some higher requirements to the University degree regulations and details of these are outlined below:

  • For those modules with clinical (OSCE) – (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) examinations, students must gain 50% in this OSCE in order to pass the module.

The University Postgraduate degree regulations can be found online:

In order to progress to the dissertation/research project you must have satisfactorily achieved the relevant pass mark in taught course units, including by use of resit and/or compensation as outlined in the degree regulations, in order to continue to this element of the programme.

Ethics Procedures

The nature of your programme and/or project work may require ethical approval.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have followed the correct ethical procedures, and that you have done this in good time.

Speak to your Supervisor or Programme Director at the earliest opportunity to ascertain whether ethical approval is required.


Tier 4 Visa Census Requirements

If you are a Tier 4 visa holder, you must attend census points throughout the year, in addition to complying with your programme’s attendance requirements. Census checks are at specific times throughout the year and usually take place

  • September / October
  • January
  • May/June
  • July

The School must be able to confirm your presence to the UKVI by the end of each census point in the academic year. If you do not attend a census point when required by the School and you do not provide a valid explanation for your absence you will be deemed ‘not in attendance’. Further information can be obtained from the Student Support Team (


Student Support and Guidance

Academic Appeals, Complaints, Conduct and Discipline

Academic Appeals

Student Complaints

  • The University’s Student Complaints Procedure (Regulation XVIII) and associated documents, including a complaints form, can be found at
  • The University has separate procedures to address complaints of bullying, harassment, discrimination and/or victimisation - see
  • Students thinking of submitting a formal complaint should, in most instances, attempt informal resolution first (see the procedure). Formal complaints should be submitted on the relevant form to Faculty Appeals and Complaints Team, Room 3.21, Simon Building, University of Manchester, M13 9PL (e-mail:

Conduct and Discipline of Students

The University Library has produced online resources to help students in avoiding plagiarism and academic malpractice at:

Students thinking of submitting a formal complaint should, in most instances, attempt informal resolution first. Students can submit complaints to the Head of Teaching, Learning & Student Experience, Kerry Mycock (, for the School to respond to.


Mitigating Circumstances

Grounds for mitigation are unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances that could have, or did have, a significant adverse effect on the academic performance of a student. Possible mitigating circumstances include:

  • significant illness or injury;
  • the death or critical/significant illness of a close family member/dependant;
  • significant family crises or major financial problems leading to acute stress; and
  • absence for public service e.g., jury service.

Circumstances that will not normally be regarded as grounds for mitigation include:

  • holidays, moving house and events that were planned or could reasonably have been expected;
  • assessments that are scheduled close together;
  • misreading the timetable or misunderstanding the requirements for assessments;
  • inadequate planning and time management;
  • failure, loss or theft of a computer or printer that prevents submission of work on time; students should back up work regularly and not leave completion so late that they cannot find another computer or printer;
  • consequences of paid employment (except in some special cases for part-time students);
  • exam stress or panic attacks not diagnosed as illness or supported by medical evidence; and
  • disruption in an examination room during the course of an assessment which has not been recorded by the invigilators.

If you feel there are circumstances in which you may be adversely affecting your performance on the course or in examinations, you should inform your Programme Director and/or Academic Advisor as soon as possible.

You can then complete a Mitigating circumstances form which can be sent to you by the Programme Administration Team. Requests must be accompanied by appropriate, independent, third-party supporting or collaborative documentation, which will be subject to verification.

If the information, and details of the mitigating circumstances, are considered to be highly confidential, you should submit these in a sealed envelope attached to the Notification of Mitigating Circumstances Form, together with the supporting documentary evidence. Mitigating Circumstances Panels have full regard for the confidentiality of any application they receive.

Mitigating Circumstances forms and evidence must be submitted before the release of any results deemed affected i.e. cannot be submitted once the mark and feedback for the piece of work deemed affected have been released to students. Retrospective mitigation cannot be considered without a credible and compelling reason for not being submitted earlier.

A mitigating circumstances panel will meet to discuss any requests for mitigation. The Panel will determine whether there is substantiated evidence of circumstances eligible for mitigation. It will then decide whether the circumstances will have had or could have had an adverse effect on the student's performance, and, if so, it will judge how significant the effect was likely to have been. If the Mitigating Circumstances Panel judges that the effect was or would have been significant, the mitigation request will be approved. Mitigation requests may be approved for a specific assessment or more general impairment over a number of assessments, or for both. If a mitigation request is approved, this will be noted at the Examination Board who will determine how to apply it, given the student's assessment results.

Following the Examination Board students will receive confirmation of the outcome of their mitigation request.




It is the expectation of the University that postgraduate taught students pursue their studies on a continuous basis for the stipulated duration of their programme. However, it is recognised that students may encounter personal difficulties or situations which may seriously disrupt or delay their studies. In some cases, an interruption or extension to your programme of study may be the most sensible option.

Students who wish to interrupt the programme or extend to write up the dissertation should initially discuss their plans and reasons with the Programme Director.

Students should also provide documentary evidence when appropriate, for example, doctor’s letter, sick note etc.

An application must be submitted to the Programme Director who will either support or reject the request. The form will then be submitted for consideration to the School Interruptions Panel who will make the final decision.

The forms required for formal application are available from the Student Support Team.


Students who are considering withdrawing from the programme should discuss this either with the Programme Director and, if in their dissertation year, with their research supervisor, and make the application by formal letter.

Students may liaise directly with the Programme Administration Team who will communicate this information directly to the Fees and Records Departments of the University.


Occupational Health

Occupational Health is a specialised area of medicine concerned with the way in which an individual’s health can affect his or her ability to do a job and to study and conversely how the work environment can affect an individual’s health. Their aim is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of students and to reduce the incidence of ill-health arising from exposure to work place hazards.

The service provides confidential services to protect the health of staff and students at The University of Manchester.


Counselling Service

The counselling service is available for all students. It is free and consists of a team of professional counsellors. The service provides confidential counselling for anyone who wants help with personal problems affecting their work or well-being.

The service is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday all year round except public holidays.


Fitness to Practise

Postgraduate students at The University of Manchester who are qualified health or social care professionals (e.g. doctor, dentist, nurse, social worker) registered by a healthcare or social care regulatory body (e.g. General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council, Social Care Council) are expected to behave at all times in a way that is consistent with the recommendations or code of practice of the relevant professional regulatory body.

Postgraduate students need to be aware that in the event of misconduct, dishonesty, unprofessional behaviour, or other behaviour or illness (e.g. mental health illness) that raises the possibility that the student’s fitness to practise may be impaired; the University has a duty to protect the public and to inform the relevant professional regulatory body. This means, for example, that where a student has been found to be dishonest (e.g. plagiarism, collusion, falsification of research data or other forms of cheating) the matter may be reported by the University to the relevant professional regulatory body.

Students who are dishonest not only risk failing to be awarded the intended degree, but also place at risk their whole professional career.

Further information on Fitness to Practise related matters can be found online:

Disability Advisory and Support Service

The University of Manchester welcomes students with a disability or specific learning difficulties. The University has a Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS), who can supply further information, and staff will be pleased to meet you, by prior arrangement, to discuss your needs. Staff will liaise with your School to make the necessary arrangements for your support during your time in Manchester. The office can also provide a copy of the University's Disability Statement, 'Opportunities for Students with Additional Support Needs at the University of Manchester' which sets out the policy and provision for students with a disability.

DASS is located on the 2nd Floor of University Place (see Campus Map)

  • Email:
  • Phone 0161 275 7512; Text 07899 658 790 (only for d/Deaf students);
  • Website:
  • DASS are open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Students Union Advice Centre

The Students Union has advisors who can help with any matter ranging from finances to housing and beyond.


University Careers Service

As a postgraduate the demands on your time can seem overwhelming. The University careers service can make your life easier by offering a range of services designed to help you. Advice and support for Postgraduates include:

    • Help with CVs and applications, practice interviews and psychometric tests
    • Drop in quick query advice service
    • Personal Career consultations targeted to your needs
    • A range of postgraduate employability training opportunities
    • 24-hour access to up to date information, advice, vacancies and details of forthcoming events, including a specifically designed section for postgraduates available through our website:
    • Information on Job opportunities and vacancies through our fortnightly vacancy paper bulletins


Monitoring attendance and wellbeing of students

In order to monitor their progress, students will have regular, scheduled meetings with their academic advisor. Progress forms should be completed at these meetings. These meetings are in addition to the research project supervisory meetings between the student and supervisor, of which there should be a minimum of 10 per academic year.

Students are required to attend ALL lectures.

Attendance monitoring will take place during ALL sessions. It is your responsibility to make sure you have signed the register. Postgraduates are also expected to sit ALL examinations and coursework tests for their degree programme and to submit ALL coursework assignments by the deadline specified.

Attendance is monitored in conjunction with Regulation XX – Work and Attendance of Students.

Absences supported by medical or other appropriate information will not normally be counted towards the assessment of unsatisfactory attendance. Any absences must be supported by a Mitigating Circumstances Form and supporting evidence.


A-Z of Student Services

The A-Z of Services can be found on the My Manchester website or here.

Here you can find more information on a wide range of topics such as library services, disability support and careers advice.


IT Services and eLearning

IT Services Support Centre online

Details of what IT support is available and how to access it can be found on the FBMH eLearning Support page.
Login to the Support Centre online to log a request, book an appointment for an IT visit, or search the Knowledge Base.
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 5544 (or extension 65544).  Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In person:  Walk-up help and support is available at the Joule Library, Main Library or Alan Gilbert Learning Commons:
Use Support Centre online for support with eLearning, from where you may make a request, or search the Knowledge Base.

For IT and eLearning support visit:

Blackboard, the University's 'virtual learning environment', will be used for online teaching.

What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is a web-based system that complements and builds upon traditional learning methods used at The University of Manchester. By using Blackboard you can

  • view course materials and learning resources,
  • communicate with lectures and other students,
  • collaborate in groups,
  • get feedback
  • submit assignments
  • monitoring your own progress at a time and place of your own convenience.

Training in the use of software
The Faculty eLearning team have produced a short introduction to Blackboard for new students.  The recording is hosted in two places: the Video Portal and on YouTube:

The recording is just over seven minutes long and covers most of the commonly used tools in Blackboard.


Religious Observance

The University supports a wide range of religions and will make every effort to support students in observing their religious beliefs.

For centrally timetabled examinations, key dates are to be noted in terms of formally notifying the University on dates in which undertaking assessment will be affected by religious observance. Please contact the Student Support Team with details of any assessments and teaching that may be affected.


Religious Observance and Looking after yourself and your patients during Ramadan 

Policy on Religious Observance:


Library Facilities

Library facilities are available across campus including the Stopford Building.

Photocopying is available in The University of Manchester Library. It is important that you abide by the regulations concerning the copying of copyright material.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is a state of the art study and learning centre in the heart of the Oxford Road campus boasting an onsite café, an impressive atrium providing a social meeting space with wifi access and flexible study spaces and environments throughout the building. The Learning Commons is open to students and staff of the University and is open 24/7 during term time.

Additional support for your studies is available through My Learning Essentials.


Online Skills Training Resource

The Faculty has developed a skills training resource to support you through your postgraduate taught programme. This online material should supplement the assessed learning material and activities undertaken in your taught programme.

Accessing the online skills resource
You can access Blackboard through the My Manchester portal ( The skills training resource is available in an academic community space available to all registered PGT students in the Faculty through Blackboard.

If you cannot see these units in your Blackboard please contact your Programme Administrator.

Full details of all these resources can be found in the introduction to each unit. These resources have been designed to give you formative feedback on your progress through them. If you experience any problems and would like to talk to someone please contact your Programme Director. If you have questions about referencing and how it applies to your own work, please contact your Programme Director or dissertation supervisor/module lead.

Research Methods* This course is spilt into 2 units that cover introductions to study design, statistics and dissertation skills. It has a number of online quizzes where you can test your knowledge.
Introduction to Statistics* The course provides a valuable foundation for understanding and interpreting biostatistics. It aims to provide you with the fundamentals of quantitative analysis.
Presentation Skills This short interactive unit is designed to help you to enhance your presentation skills. Regardless of whether you are presenting in public, preparing for conferences, an oral examination or more informal settings this unit will give you the tops tips to improve your delivery. The course also includes a unit on influencing effectively, alongside the presentation and poster information.
Qualitative Research Methods* This unit has been designed to give you an introduction to Qualitative Research.
Intellectual Property Awareness Resource This Intellectual Property (IP) awareness resource has been created in order to improve your understanding of IP. Topics include: Types of intellectual property • Copyright and IP clearance • University policy on IP • IP commercialisation • IP in research or consultancy • IP issues to be aware when dealing with academic materials

 * NOTE: the material in this online resource is for reference and formative learning purposes only. In some of your taught programme you may be required to undertake assessed course units for Research Methods, Qualitative Research or Statistics. If your programme involves taught units then you should refer to the Blackboard material relating to that course unit. Please contact your Programme Administrator if you are unsure which material relates to your assessed work. You will still be able to refer to the online skills resource in later years.


University Proofreading Statement

If a student chooses to approach another person to proofread their written work or seeks to use the services of a proofreading service or agency, they must take account of the following principles:

  • it is the responsibility of students to ensure that all work submitted is their own, and that it represents their own abilities and understanding. Any proofreading of work that is undertaken by a third party must not compromise the student’s own authorship of the work;
  • proofreading undertaken by a third party must not take the form of editing of text, such as the adding or rewriting of phrases or passages within a piece of student’s work;
  • proofreading undertaken by a third party must not change the content or meaning of the work in any way