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Postgraduate Molecular Biology 2021-2022

MB5021: BIOINFORMATICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

A course containing a series of lectures describing 'latest-methods and discoveries' in areas of bioinformatics and functional genomics including transcriptomics, proteomics, and DNA sequence analysis.Contains a series of in-depth workshops that teach the principles and practice of next generation sequence analysis, transcriptomics, proteomics and sequence similarity analysis. 

MB5025: MOLECULAR GENETICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The course provides a detailed exploration of the structure and function of genes at the molecular and biochemical level. It covers the analysis of genome activity from the 3D structure of chromosomes through to RNA and DNA-protein interactions. The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the approaches and molecular biology techniques used in modern molecular genetics research and its applications in gene editing and gene therapies.

MB5027: SHAPING A RESEARCH QUESTION

5 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This short course allows students to explore the research carried out within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition and identify a supervisor and research area for their extended research project. 

MB5028: PROFILES OF IMMUNOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course provides all of the basics regarding the immune system, including both the innate and adaptive immune system and how they are important in a range of different disease scenarios.

MB5031: EXTENDED MRES RESEARCH PROJECT - PART 2

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course is the second part of the extended research project taken by MRes Medical Sciences students.

MB5516: HOST-PATHOGEN INTERACTIONS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Why do some microorganisms cause disease, yet others don’t?  This course explores host-pathogen interactions from bacterial, fungal, parasite, viral and host perspectives in a lecture series, examining virulence factors, host defences and immune responses.  Students develop a detailed knowledge of one specific host-pathogen interaction through self-directed study and review of a specific disease selected by the student.  In addition, workshops are held which discuss experimental design for analysis of host-pathogen interactions, virulence and novel drug treatments.  The material on the course will enable students to develop and refine their understanding of the roles of host and pathogen in infectious disease.

MB5517: GENOME-ENABLED MEDICINE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

A course describing the wide range of ways in which genome sequencing has transformed our understanding of medicine and human disease.

A course placing a high value on its teaching and learning; lecture material supported by workshops – your chance to put knowledge into practice, ask questions and enjoy the science.

Contains material detailing a range of examples of genome science and its applications in medicine.

A course that makes wide use of the literature, allowing you to read about and understand the latest methods in genome science.

MB5518: RESEARCH TUTORIALS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

 The aim of this course is to develop understanding of hypothesis-lead research and to provide an opportunity to study advanced science concepts and experimental approaches led by an experienced member of academic staff. 

MB5522: ADVANCED BIOINFORMATICS AND GENOME SEQUENCING

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

An exciting course that brings a student right up to date with bioinformatics, genome assembly and annotation technology. You, the student, will isolate a novel bacterium from the environment and purify its DNA. This will be whole genome sequenced, and you will then assemble your own bacterial genome and functionally annotate it, taught by expert bioinformaticians from our Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine. Your analysis will enable you to identify the species you have isolated, its metabolic and environmental responses, growth constraints and regulation, cell surface markers and antibiotic resistance, producing a full inventory of genes and their presumptive functions. Overall the course prepares a student for future employment in a biosciences workplace where genome sequencing and annotation is becoming an everyday tool of modern biotechnology.

MB5523: HUMAN GENETICS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Human genetics has undergone a revolution over the last decade, driven by technological innovations that have given us an unprecedented insight into the genetic diversity of our species. This course will explore how this information is used to determine the role of genetic variation in human health and disease.

MB5526: GENES AND IMMUNITY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The genetic basis of self/non-self discrimination underlies all immune responses and can influence disease susceptibility at the level of both individual and populations. This course addresses this topic through lectures from research active experts in the main areas covered.


The course workshop involves students delivering a poster presentation on a course-related topic, providing the opportunity for students to practice presentation skills before undertaking the Masters Research project later in the academic year.



MB5904: MASTERS RESEARCH PROJECT (LABORATORY)

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

This course offers students the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of data-driven, empirical work within their field of study under the supervision of an experienced researcher.

Topics available will be varied but within the domain of their field of study. Alongside supervisors, students will identify a suitable topic area, describe an appropriate study design and implement an empirical study to be completed within a laboratory setting.  Students will be involved alongside the supervisors in the process of defining the research question, and developing the research plan and, where appropriate, obtaining regulatory approvals. This course is for laboratory-based projects (if you are intending to undertake a project in non-laboratory setting you should register on PU5913)

MB5931: EXTENDED MRES RESEARCH PROJECT - PART 1

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

This course is the first part of the extended research project taken by MRes Medical Sciences students. 

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