You’ll have 120 credits of taught modules and undertake a 60 credit research project and dissertation.
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
You'll define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning medical microbiology.
Immunity and the Immune System
This module will establish the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning the science of immunology.
Common Research Methods: transferable research skills
You’ll gain understanding in planning, preparing and executing research in the field of molecular biology, microbiology immunology and genetics. You’ll learn how to plan research projects, assess published literature, analyse data and gain experience presenting research data and preparing publications.
Common Research Methods: molecular techniques
During the molecular biology practical laboratory sessions, you’ll gain experience of standard techniques related to laboratory research in the fields of immunology, microbiology and genetics. From this, you will appreciate the workflow of gene cloning, followed by sequence analysis of genes and their variability, as well as cloning and expression of recombinant proteins.
Baterial Pathogenesis and Infections
This module will highlight the different mechanisms associated with disease pathogenesis for a selection of bacteria, and to give you an understanding of clinical syndromes using a systematic approach, including the microbiology of important diseases, diagnostic approaches and choice of antibiotic.
Viral Pathogenesis and Infections
You’ll learn how viruses interact with cells, what the underlying molecular mechanisms of infection and replication are, and how these interactions lead to clinical disease.
Innate Immune Recognition
This module will describe current understanding of pattern recognition receptors and damage/microbe-associated molecular patterns within the context of infections, tumour recognition, immunoevasion and immunopathology.
You’ll analyse current and potential therapeutic strategies of immunological-based clinical conditions, including the use of cytokines, engineered antibodies, in utero stem cell transplantation and vaccine technologies.
The project will establish the technical skills required for research at the host-pathogen interface and for designing experiments and to demonstrate the ability to write scientific text. You will carry out a research project, with topics being determined by members of academic staff. You’ll add to their practical and intellectual skills in scientific investigation. You’ll also gain experience of project and time management, and acquire specialised skills related to the project.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.