The four-year programme starts with a year-long MRes followed by a three-year PhD assignment.
The MRes consists of a nine-month interdisciplinary research project, taught courses in advanced cell biology and biochemistry, practical laboratory experience of biomolecular techniques, specialist lectures in transferable skills and group discussion sessions.
In term one, you choose a research project after discussion with academic staff during the first two weeks of the course. Each research project has at least one physical and one life sciences supervisor. Under the guidance of your supervisors, you write a literature report and research proposal for submission at the end of term.
CORE TAUGHT MATERIAL
- Cell biology
- Chemical Biology and Enzymology
- Analytical Tools and Techniques
- Physical Techniques in Biology
- Molecular Basis of Cancer
- Theoretical Approaches to Biology
- Imaging in Chemistry and Biology
- Single Cell Technologies
You begin term two with an assessment on the core lecture courses undertaken in term one. You also begin your research project in the laboratory.
Continuing with your programme of taught material, you choose two courses from the options available, in discussion with your project supervisor.
You also attend Journal Club, which is an assessed transferable skills course, which aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.
At each Journal Club meeting you will work in a group and make a presentation about a seminal high impact paper. This will be followed by a chaired discussion/debate about the paper.
You will be assessed on your ability to organise the presentation in a logical manner, the use of clear PowerPoint slides, the clarity of the presentation and its scientific content.
In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up as a thesis. You will also present your research findings at a one day MRes Conference held at the beginning of September, which counts towards your overall assessment.