You can choose to study either our MRes or PgCert. The MRes programme consists of four taught modules in addition to a 105 credit research project, whilst the PgCert includes three taught modules.

 MG 5149

The MRes is 40% taught modules and 60% research project. The taught modules are:

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics
  • Big Data in Biomedicine
  • Research Methods and Management

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) programme consists of three modules:

  • Case Studies in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics
  • Big Data in Biomedicine

Module content

Case studies in drug discovery and development (15 credits)

The development of new drug therapies involves a lengthy and complex process that often begins with basic science, leading to the identification of a druggable target, drug discovery and medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical and clinical trials before a new medicine can be approved and lead to tangible health impact.

This module will illustrate this process using case studies that explore the development of medicines against two diseases of global importance: malaria and HIV/AIDS. The module deals with topics at the interface between the biology of disease processes, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, with learning topics that include diseases of global importance and how effective treatments have been found against them.

Big Data in Biomedicine (30 credits)

Since the human genome was first sequenced in 2003, the biomedical sciences have experienced an explosion of DNA sequence data, functional genomics collections and epidemiological information. The exponential progress in this area was made possible by the emergence of novel technologies used to sequence DNA, investigate gene function and to store and analyse large amounts of data. New technologies, comprehensive datasets and advances in data storage have ushered in the field of ‘systems biology’, a catchphrase used in reference to growing efforts to use holistic approaches to study complex problems in biology and medicine.

There is now a shortage of properly trained scientists who can analyse these data. This module emphasises hands-on data analysis activities, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work with this data in industry or academia.

Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics (15 credits)

Powerful new technologies are transforming healthcare. Over the last decade technologies have emerged that allow scientists to interrogate the genome at the level of the chromosome or a single nucleotide in just a few days, resulting in greater availability of genomic data which is increasingly being used to determine health management.

This online module focuses on these fundamental genomic technologies. It will allow you to familiarise yourself with the molecular and cytogenetic techniques currently employed in the diagnostic laboratories and, using that knowledge, develop testing stratagems for particular clinical condition(s). You will also gain an in-depth understanding of genetic technologies currently used in research, and the challenges involved in implementing novel technologies in the diagnostic setting.

Research Methods and Management (15 credits)

This module tightly integrates with the research project by introducing you to the conceptual, technical, regulatory and ethical aspects of conducting research. It also covers a number of transferable skills related to self-directed learning, literature analysis, communication, and time management. It is predominantly taught via a ‘flipped classroom’ approach involving self-directed learning followed by class presentations, discussions and tutorials. The principal assessment will be on the research proposal for your laboratory project.

Research project (105 credits)

The supervised research project provides immersive, work-based training in translational science. Students choose a subject, formulate a specific research question or aim, devise a research strategy to address this question, perform the research, and analyse the resulting data. The project background, experimental procedures, results and discussion are written up as a 25,000-word dissertation and presented orally to an audience with the aid of a poster.


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