In Vivo Research Approaches

Module Overview

This module will enable you to gain an appreciation of the in vivo research ethos via a seminar series delivered by in vivo research active staff, e.g. The integrative approach, Available technology, Translational research, Modelling in vivo systems, Interactions among organ systems, Systems Biology, Design of in vivo experiments, Data handling, Statistics for in vivo research, The 3Rs - Replacement, Refinement and Reduction.


10 credits

Module Attendance Required

1 day a week for 10 weeks

Module Dates

Semester 1


  • 40% Experiment design essay
  • Written report max 2,000 words - Design an original experiment using animal or humans to gather data relevant to a research question, justifying the in vivo approach and techniques from both scientific and ethical stances.
  • 30% Critique of a case study - journal club presentation.
  • 30% Data analysis examination (3hr, short answer format)

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

The programme is organised jointly by two senior academics: Dr TA Lovick, Reader in Neuroscience and Dr S Egginton, Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, with more than 50 years experience between them in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level students of biomedical science, medicine, dentistry and nursing.

We currently have approximately 140 other members of academic staff actively engaged in in vivo work, including 23 senior staff who contribute to our undergraduate teaching and are thus in an ideal position to extend training to Masters level. Importantly, therefore, training will be offered as an integral part of active research programmes.