MSc Laboratory Research Project in Infection and Immunity

Module code: MB7306

One of the most attractive features of the MSc in Infection and Immunity is the independent laboratory research project which runs for a full 6 months from mid-January through to the end of July.

Drawing on the theoretical and practical principles learned from the taught modules, you will be shown how to apply modern research techniques to an important laboratory-based research problem supervised by an experienced member of the University’s academic staff. Towards the end of semester 1 you will have the opportunity to choose a short-list of your preferred projects from a varied list of current research in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and in other research-active departments of the University. Through an Erasmus Exchange Scheme, a small number of projects are also offered in partner Universities in Nantes and Rennes in France.

Following the experimental phase of the project, you will then write up your results in the format of a dissertation, guided by their supervisor. Recent projects by MSc Infection and Immunity students have led to publications in referred journals. The project is an ideal preparation if you are wishing to proceed to a PhD in the fields of infection and immunity, and offers a great opportunity to enhance your employability as a biomedical scientist

Recent projects have included:

  • The microbiomics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Studies on action of new drug candidates for the treatment of invasive pneumococcal diseases
  • Growth arrest, neutral lipid content and antibiotic tolerance in mycobacteria
  • Studies on phase variable restriction-modification systems on resistance of Haemophilus influenzae to infection by bacteriophage
  • Identification and characterisation of novel bacterial transferring and lactoferrin binding protein(s)

Learning

  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 20 hours of project supervision
  • 730 hours of supervised laboratory research
  • 430 of independent study

Assessment

  • Dissertation, 15,000 words (55%)
  • Research poster (10%)
  • Lab performance assessment (35%)