Gain an advanced education and training in the biological sciences, within the context of a range of human diseases that affect a significant proportion of the global population.
The programme provides training in the modern practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and industry. Through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and practical classes, you apply this training towards the development of new strategies to combat the spread of infectious diseases.
You learn skills in experimental design using appropriate case studies that embed you within the relevant research literature. You also gain experience of analysis and statistical interpretation of complex experimental data.
The programme culminates with a research project under the supervision of faculty that currently perform research on disease-causing microorganisms.Think Kent Video Series
Dr Mark Shepherd talks about combating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and Understanding of:
- principles and application of key techniques in modern molecular bioscience
- molecular, cellular and physiological basis of infectious diseases
- virulence factors associated with infectious diseases
- epidemiology of infectious diseases
- current therapeutic strategies and their application in the treatment of different infectious diseases
- how scientific knowledge is disseminated to different stakeholders: eg, media, policy-makers and public.
You gain intellectual skills in:
- research skills: how to formulate research questions and hypotheses to address scientific issues
- analytical skills: interpretation of data, marshalling information from published sources, critical evaluation of own research and that of others
- information technology: use of appropriate technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information
- statistical evaluation: the use of appropriate statistical analysis methods in handling scientific data.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- experimental skills: how to design experiments to address specific research questions and hypotheses
- practical skills: key techniques in modern molecular biology and their application in molecular bioscience to solve research problems
- data handling: how to record experimental procedures and data appropriately using good laboratory practice
- presentation of scientific research: how to write research articles in an appropriate style in keeping with high impact factor scientific journals, and posters and oral presentation for conferences and symposia
- science writing: how to present scientific information to scientific and non-scientific audiences
- careers: a recognition of career opportunities for scientists outside of the laboratory.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication: ability to organise information clearly, present information in oral and written form, adapt presentation for different audiences
- reflection: make use of constructive informal feedback from staff and peers and assess own progress to enhance performance and personal skills
- self-motivation and independence: time and workload management in order to meet personal targets and imposed deadlines
- team work: the ability to work both independently and as part of a research group using peer support, diplomacy and collective responsibility.
This programme aims to:
- provide an excellent quality of postgraduate level education in the field of infectious diseases, their biology and treatments
- provide a research-led, inspiring learning environment
- provide a regional postgraduate progression route for the advanced study of diseases that affect a high proportion of the global population
- promote engagement with biological research into infectious diseases and inspire students to pursue scientific careers inside or outside of the laboratory
- develop subject-specific and transferable skills to maximise employment prospects
- promote an understanding of the impact of scientific research on society and the role for scientists in a range of professions.