Teaching and learning
In semester 1, the taught phase of the course, you will be trained in laboratory techniques and will develop your proficiency in experimental design through hands-on laboratory experiments.
Alongside the laboratory classes, you will have a core lecture programme, which is shared between our various postgraduate laboratory-based courses and 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.
The taught modules are assessed by in-module assessments, reports and exams. Successful completion of the taught phase is required to proceed to the MSc research project stage in semester 2.
In semester 2, you will put into practice the laboratory skills from the taught phase by conducting a 6-month MSc research project, which comprise two-thirds of the credits for your degree. You will have the opportunity to choose a laboratory research project from projects covering a broad range of disciplines in immunity, infection and chronic disease. You will become part of an active research group employing modern approaches and technologies to solve significant research questions.
Your research project will involve generating and analysing your research data and is assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, as well as submission of a final dissertation and project presentation.
The project is an ideal preparation if you are wishing to proceed to a PhD in the fields of infectious disease, and offers a great opportunity to enhance your employability as a molecular scientist.
Throughout your study you are welcome to join various research seminars, from both internally and externally invited speakers.
I chose an MSc Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Leicester due to the incorporation of both taught and research elements into the course. Not only did the course provide me with an excellent grounding in scientific research but, also helped me secure my PhD position.