The taught phase consists of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and intensive laboratory classes comprising six practicals each lasting either four-to-six days. Successful completion of the taught phase is required to proceed to the project stage.
You will be trained in lab techniques and will develop your proficiency in experimental design. These skills will then be put into practice in the five to six month lab-based research project which comprises two-thirds of the credits for your course.
The core lecture programme, which is shared between our various postgraduate lab-based courses, will develop your specialist knowledge. There are also optional lectures in fields related to your own, which will allow you to increase your understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of your specialty. On days when there are no lectures, structured lab practicals are run in the first semester, alongside tutorials and seminars, plus training and employability sessions.
Assessment is a mix of formal exams (MCQ, short-answer and long-answer/essay) and coursework including practical reports, presentations and other written tasks. Assessment of the laboratory research project is based on your lab performance, the written dissertation and the project presentation.