The programme consists of three major components comprising 180 credits over 44 weeks.
1. Direct Research Experience – [120 credits]
There will be two 18-week research projects to be undertaken in different laboratories, with different supervisors. The second project will normally be on a significantly different topic than the first project and will employ different techniques, which may be complementary. The objective is to gain some breath of experience in techniques. Each of the two projects will be assessed by a written report and an oral examination with an External Examiner. Lists of research project areas are sent out with application forms (see FindaPhd.com).
2. Training in Research Techniques – [30 credits]
A series of 10 (3 hour) lecture/demonstrations will cover a wide range of modern techniques including:
- NMR Spectroscopy;
- X-ray crystallography;
- Microscopy and fluorescent cell sorting;
- DNA/peptide/protein Synthesis and Sequencing;
- Plant and animal cell culture;
- Mass spectroscopy;
- Reporter gene technology
- Cell manipulation, transfection and micro-injection;
- Protein expression and purification.
Assessment will comprise essays and oral presentations. For those who come to us with a physical sciences background, it may be recommended that third year Modules in Biochemistry or Biological sciences may replace attendance at some of the above.
3. Science Funding and Enterprise Skills in Biosciences [10 credits]
The module is taught as a 2 day intensive workshop in which a range of subjects are covered relating to:
- How science is funded in the public and private sector
- Research councils and charities funding
- Project Planning
- Intelectual property
- Financial planning
Assessment take the form of a group work activity aimed at producing a grant proposal or business plan for a research project. This includes a oral presentation of the plan as well as an assessment of a critical review of another groups plan.