The course is organised on a 1 + 3 year model, with all students receiving a MRes degree after year one. After completing their PhD thesis, all students will be able to take advantage of 9 months additional funding to enable them to complete any outstanding research and to position themselves strongly for independent postdoctoral fellowships.
Year 1: MRes
In the first year, students will undertake a bespoke 180-credit MRes in ‘Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease’. An induction period (2 weeks) will provide an introduction to research in the university of Birmingham, followed by two taught modules of lectures and tutorials covering both research methods and the specific research that is on-going in the laboratories of the principal investigators in this programme. This will be followed by the writing of a grant proposal.
Students will select two rotation interdisciplinary projects (Jan-June) one of which may be technology driven.
The students will select a third project during Jul-Aug; either in the University of Birmingham or at one of our international strategic partners (including Calgary and Melbourne, or alternative partners where appropriate).
Years 2-4: PhD
Students will select their PhD project/supervisors at the end of Year 1 drawing on their research placement experiences and submitted projects. All projects will be overseen by a supervisory team which will include their supervisors and a minimum of two other researchers with relevant experience.
During the PhD, students will undertake a short (2-4 weeks) internship in a non-laboratory science discipline (e.g. science editing at major scientific journals, science policy at funding organisations, or public engagement in science) and a 3 month external (inter)national placement related to the PhD.