You will be trained in research methods and study science communication across a range of media. You will gain advanced laboratory expertise across a number of key areas, learning techniques including immunoassays, protein analysis and spectrophotometry as well as developing your expertise in molecular virology and molecular biology. Guided by tutors and working as part of a research team you will carry out a detailed research project chosen from a range of microbiological areas.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
We will give you access to Class 2 microbiology facilities, along with cell culture and micro-electric fabrication equipment. With our new dedicated biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013) you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.
You'll benefit from working with a first class teaching team. One of our lecturers, Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, developed internationally-recognised research data on treating acne using the ingredient thyme, with a student who performed all the practical tests for her project.
MSc Toxicological Sciences
I acquired a wide range of lab skills through the practical sessions on my course, and I was able to further develop on my communication and presentation capabilities which really helped with my confidence. I’m now training to become a project manager, and it's so rewarding being involved in medical treatments that are helping to improve patients’ quality of life.
Modules & learning
Discuss and evaluate current research in biomedical sciences and relate this both to the theoretical basis of the subject and to the methodologies used to generate the data.
Gain a grounding in the different approaches to research, including quantitatative and qualitative data collection methods. You will then be able to plan research, effectively search for and evaluate research literature and be able to apply and analyse data using appropriate statistical tests.
Combine theory and practice of many modern analytical techniques that are used in biological, medical and chemical analysis, and learn the important steps in the development and assessment of analytical measures.
Develop an in-depth understanding of the infection process, taking into consideration the pathogenesis process both from the point of view of the pathogen as well as the host where the immune response will be investigated.
Look at different aspects of current trends in microbiological research, and use laboratory sessions to undertake problem solving activities such as the planning of a class lab activity and mini projects.
Study up to date issues concerning current biotechnological products and processes, especially with regard to the use of microorganisms and recombinant DNA techniques.
Undertake an independent research project within the remit of expertise of our course team. Design experimental methods to test your aims or hypotheses and report the findings in the form of both a thesis and an oral presentation.
I find it really exciting to generate new data and ideas alongside my students and collaborators, which may one day lead to changes in the ways in which we tackle diseases caused by microorganisms. Teaching allows me to share and explore these latest findings with those who will go on to work in the field.
Fees & funding
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
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