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Postgraduate Molecular Biology 2023-2024

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

Today, the profound influence of novel immunotherapies to treat cancers, autoimmune disease, infection and even to maintain transplant survival strategies means that a good understanding of basic immunology is valuable in many aspects of Biomedical Science. This course provides background knowledge of the innate and adaptive immune system and how that understanding is being used in a range of disease scenarios to provide new therapeutic options for patients. 

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 working as a group to review a specific disease selected by the students. In addition, students will enhance their ability to work within teams and will develop their skill in academic writing, creating a group-written review article.

Course workshops discuss experimental design for analysis of host-pathogen interactions, virulence and evaluation of novel drug treatments.

The course materials will enable students to develop and refine their understanding of the roles of host and pathogen in infectious disease.

Please note that some of the material on this course may describe animal research and/or may discuss disease outbreaks.

MB5518: RESEARCH TUTORIALS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The aim of this course is to develop understanding of hypothesis-led research and to provide an opportunity to study advanced science concepts and critically evaluate research 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 analyse the genome of an unknown bacterium from the environment. The genome of this isolate has been extracted and whole genome sequenced. You will 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, produce a full inventory of genes and their presumptive functions, allowing an exploration of the antibiotic resistance potential of the bacteria. Overall, the course prepares a student for future employment in a biosciences' workplace, where genome sequencing, assembly and annotation is becoming an everyday tool of modern biotechnology. 

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 involves students delivering a media presentation on a course-related topic.



MB5528: ADVANCED GENOMIC TOOLS IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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

Contains material detailing a range of examples of advanced genomic tools and technologies and their applications in biomedical science. 

A course that makes wide use of the literature, allowing you to read about and understand the latest genomics-based methods.

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.

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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