The MRes in Vascular and Cellular Inflammation provides a practical training in modern molecular and proteomic research techniques and their application to traditional methods of pharmacological investigation of inflammatory and vascular disease mechanisms. The programme is specifically designed to develop the skills necessary to conduct biomedical inflammatory research, for example in rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes, nephrology, or cancer, and draws upon the unique combination of expertise in inflammatory disease, vascular disease and pharmacology found in the William Harvey Research Institute. It is therefore an invaluable foundation if you wish to pursue a career in industry or academic research. Many students have continued on to carry out a PhD within the School.
In the first term students follow an initial three-month of tutorials and practicals to obtain a broad grounding in inflammation mechanisms, and to develop the necessary laboratory skills for conducting the project element of the programme. This is split up into generic skills (ie writing, presentation skills, statistics, laboratory safety and critical analysis), proteomics, molecular methods, immunological and pharmacological methods. In the following two terms students are expected to apply a variety of techniques as part of an integrated research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor.
Coursework continues throughout the year. Students are able to develop their scientific understanding through the use of problem based learning (students write-up one PBL as a dissertation) and critical analysis and appraisal of key research papers.
Coursework (36 per cent)
Critical analysis of the literature (24 per cent),
dissertation (12 per cent).
Research project (64 per cent)
This forms the major part of the assessment and is divided into three elements;
project write-up (50 per cent)
project presentation (6 per cent)
project viva (8 per cent).
The programme is suitable for life science graduates, with a minimum second class honours degree (or the equivalent from an overseas university), MB BS with or without an intercalated degree.
For language requirements, please refer to the International Students section.