What modules will I study?
What modules will I study
LM Molecular Probes and Imaging Techniques 10 credits Module code 03 2231
LM Frontiers in Physical Science for Biomedical Imaging 10 credits Module code 03 22309
LM Imaging + Image Analysis 10 credits Module code 06 22312
LM Frontiers in Biomedicine for EPS 10 credits Module code 04 22314
Bioscience for Engineers 10 credits Module code 04 17142
Communication Skills 10 credits
Research project in Chemistry and Biomedical Imaging, and including Ethics and Safety aspects 120 credits
What element of choice is there?
All taught modules (60 credits) are compulsory and this means that you study them alongside all the other students on your programme and this enables you to make new friends quickly and creates a strong and supportive leaning environment within the student cohort which is fostered by group exercises as well as individual work. It also ensures that you get a solid academic grounding across the breadth of the course on which to build your research skills and develop the ability to work and communicate across disciplines.
For your research project (120 credits) you will have a wide choice of projects selected from our suites of projects at the interface between imaging chemistry and biomedicine. This is your opportunity to put into practice the skills you develop in the taught modules and to undertake an exciting piece of frontier and interdisciplinary research. You may select your research project at the outset of the programme, but can change that selection if your interests change during your studies on the first three taught modules (up to the end of November). Alternatively you may choose to wait and choose in November when you have commenced the programme.
How does the programme differ from the MSc in Chemical Biology and Biomedical Imaging and the PSIBS Integrated PhD programme?
Both the MSc and MRes are one-year programmes aimed to develop students knowledge and skills to equip them to work at the interfaces where chemistry is applied in biology and medicine. The two programmes differ in their relative emphasis between taught courses and training through research.
The MRes has a greater research and practical skills focus and is particularly suitable for students who already know that they wish to pursue a career focused on research whether in industry, in biomedical or imaging research centres, in Universities or in hospital labs. Students completing the MRes programme are well trained researchers with the skills to perform in a variety of research-related roles in the healthcare and imaging industries. For those MRes students who decide they want to deepen their research skills still further, there is an option to transfer into year 2 of the PSIBS integrated PhD programme, and use their first year as part of their studies for a Doctorate.
The PSIBS integrated PhD programme is a 4-year integrated programme that seeks to train students to be able to develop the chemistry and physics of imaging techniques and the computational analysis of image data to enable and support future breakthroughs in biology and biomedicine. This programme is suitable for students who know that they want to undertake PhD studies with a view to pursuing a high-level research career and breaking the boundaries of current knowledge in industry, in biomedical or imaging research centres, in Universities or in hospital labs.
What are my opportunities for future study after this programme?
The programme is a self-contained programme in itself, but also provides an ideal platform for students who subsequently wish to continue their training and study for a PhD. The research and practical skills developed through course and particularly the experience of research in the major research project mean that you will be well prepared and able to make a flying start in your PhD.
This programme offers the possibility (subject to satisfactory performance) to transfer directly into year 2 of the interdisciplinary PSIBS 4-year integrated PhD programme.
Alternatively the programme provides a solid foundation for entry into year 1 of our three year PhD programmes at the interface between chemistry and biomedicine, which could be undertaken in the context of the PSIBS Doctoral Training Centre.
Students wishing to transfer into the 4-year PSIBS integrated PhD at the end of this MRes programme must have achieved and average of 60% or more in their taught modules and 60% or more in their research project, and must have the approval of the PSIBS steering committee and the University. They will be expected to have integrated some computational practical experiences into their research projects. These students will forgo the MRes qualification and instead proceed directly into year 2 of the PSIBS integrated PhD. In year 2, alongside their PhD research and other PSIBS training activities they will additionally take PSIBS module LM Computational Tools for Modelling and Analysis (06 22313) and some aspects of LM PSIBS Advanced Professional, Transferable and Research Skills (03 22311) so as to gain the full experience of the PSIBS training programme.
What sort of careers does the programme equip me for?
The course will enable you to broaden your skill base and equip yourself for a career at the interface between Chemistry, Biology and Medicine, in industry, hospitals or research centres.
The course also develops your skills in a variety of other areas, such as how to research a topic in the literature, how to design practical experiments, tackling and solving unfamiliar problems, report writing, oral presentations and communicating with the public. You will develop your skills of critical analysis and evaluation of methods and hypotheses, team working and independent learning, and computer skills.
These are all key skills used in many jobs and these skills will position you to tackle a wide spectrum of different careers in the marketplace (for example journalism, accountancy and finance, analysts, marketing, sales) should you decide not to pursue a career in science or healthcare, or you should elect to change direction mid-careers.
They also encompass some of the key skills that are needed in more senior (often managerial) roles in industry, hospitals or research centres, enhancing your prospects of developing once in your chosen role.
Why is a cross-disciplinary training particularly valuable?
The ability to work and communicate across disciplines is particularly valued in industry where a flexible skill base allows their researchers to move between different types of research projects in response to breaking developments or changing strategic needs.
The skill of communicating with people from different scientific disciplines, that our students develop, is similarly valued by practitioners, as such communicators are the key people that enable multi-disciplinary research teams to operate and have the ability to cross fertilise ideas between different projects.
Many of the great challenges in modern biomedicine (diagnosing disease, curing cancer, treating alzheimers etc) are so complex that they need a multi-disciplinary research approach. For example developing new ways to diagnose disease needs understanding of the disease and how it manifests itself, of how probes can be developed that respond to those biological changes, and how instrumentation and techniques can detect the physical changes in the probe to afford the diagnostic image of the disease.
By developing such multi-disciplinary skills you will equip yourself to be able to make research breakthroughs not possible by contemporaries with single disciplinary skill sets and thus improve your attractiveness as a future postgraduate employee in the life healthcare and medical science industries.
We seek highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in developing themselves and their skills and the ability to maximise the benefits of training at the interface between chemistry and biomedicine.