MBiolSci Research Project (Chronic Disease and Immunity)

Module code: BS4317

This module provides the opportunity to gain highly valuable laboratory work by undertaking a 6 month research project placement within the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, or a research laboratory within the College. You can choose a research project from a pool of submitted outlines after meeting with potential supervisors. 

During this placement you will present a written synopsis of the background to a research project and develop a series of different molecular and cell biology experimental approaches to investigate a research problem relevant to chronic disease and inflammation. Alongside enhancing your research and analysis skills, this module will equip you the transferable skills that will be beneficial for your future.

Topics covered

  • How to present a written synopsis 
  • Experimental design and the importance and nature of controls
  • Data analysis
  • Development of a series of different experimental approaches
  • Preparation of a sound summary
  • How to extract principal findings and present them in a logical and coherent way


  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 10 hours of project supervision
  • 365 hours of supervised lab time
  • 205 hours of independent study


  • Oral or poster presentation (10%)
  • Supervisor's report on lab performance (35%)
  • Dissertation (55%)