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 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 speciality. To bring you right up to date with your chosen topic, you can attend Departmental seminars and College Research Theme days that include both visiting and internal speakers.
On days when there are no lectures, structured lab practicals are run in the first semester, alongside tutorials, seminars and employability sessions. Some of your practicals will be generic to all MSc students in our School of Biological Sciences. In the second half of your first semester you will have specialist immunology practicals covering techniques relevant to your research project.
Assessment is a mix of formal exams and coursework including essays, practical reports, presentations and other written tasks.