MRes in Biomedicine

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MRes Biomedicine Course Outline

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The MRes comprises one academic year full-time programme commencing late September each year. The programme will lead to an MRes in Biomedicine (equivalent to an MSc by Research).

The year includes a three-month taught module followed by a three-month mini project and six-month maxi project. Emphasis will be given to providing students with practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis. 


Below are some examples of Maxi Projects that students undertook during the 2009-2010 academic year.

  • Mario Songane's Maxi Project was entitled

'Which toll- like receptors are involved in the recognition of Neisseria Lactamica, a possible vaccine candidate against meningococcal disease?'

  • Laura Roca Alonso's Maxi Project was entitled

'A study into functional effects of human enteric nervous system stem cell transplantation'

  • Winnie Huiqin Lu's Maxi Project was entitled

'Development of an ELISA assay to evaluate changes of circulating concentration of SPINK5 gene encoding protein LEKTI in normal donors and Netherton Syndrome patients'

Course Aims

  • To introduce students to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine (including Professions Allied to Medicine).
  • Provide practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent research and critical analysis.
  • Provide a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course candidates will have: 

  • gained both practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis.
  • been introduced to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine.
  • gained practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent research and critical analysis.
  • gained a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies.
  • gained an excellent grounding in skills such as critical analytical skills and understanding, ethics, teaching and learning, communication and presentation, and personal and professional development.
  • gained varied and wide ranging information on current aspects of biomedicine in addition to skills involved in design, planning and research methodology.

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