The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process and a key part will be the planning, execution and reporting of an independent research project within urology chosen by you after discussion with your allocated supervisor, leading to the submission of a Master’s dissertation.
The discipline of urology manages over a third of all solid malignancies and for this reason there is a strong oncological element to the syllabus. Cancer research at the University has received several accolades including being ranked as one of the best centres in the UK for number and quality of publications in Cancer at the last UK Research assessment exercise.
Some of the taught component will be delivered at the Birmingham Cencer Research UK Centre which is an internationally-renowned centre for translational cancer research, combining high-quality basic science and trials infrastructure with the largest clinical referral base in Europe.
Other elements of this programme will be delivered in one of the prestigious hospitals affiliated to the University of Birmingham – i.e. University Hospital Birmingham (QE), University Hospital North Staffordshire, City Hospital, New Cross Hospital, Russells Hall Hospital, amongst others. The hospitals in the Midlands are well recognised as leaders in the varied disciplines of urology. This component gives students an opportunity to gain a clinical perspective on urology in the United Kingdom.
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The taught component will comprise of core
Anatomy, embryology and genetics in urology
Urological physiology and nephrology
Imaging, investigation and technology
Research methods and statistics
Microbiology and pathology
Oncology and pharmacology
In addition to the above you could tailor six of the following eight optional modules:
Emergency urology and trauma
Lower urinary tract symptoms and andrology
Urolithiasis and urinary tract infection
Upper tract malignancy
Incontinence and urogynaecology
Lower tract malignancy
Clinical trials module
Urological nursing and prescribing (module in development)
An undergraduate degree at 2.1 level or equivalent and 6 months urology experience would be desirable. Overseas candidates must meet the University’s English Language requires e.g. IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any band).
For students interested in clinical urology and who possess/are eligible for GMC registration, employment opportunities may be available to run in parallel with the course and we encourage applications in this field.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.