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Postgraduate Course: Research Project in Molecular Biology and Immunology (BILG11014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits75 ECTS Credits37.5
SummaryA 15 week research project in Molecular Biology and Immunology
Course description The course will run alongside 2 other courses (Research Project in Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Scientific Methodologies) and give training across the full range of pathogen and host interactions, from core molecular processes to understanding host-pathogen interactions in the field, including co-infections, zoonoses and evolutionary dynamics.

This training will also give the students a rounded appreciation of how multidisciplinary approaches will allow them to address research problems in an integrated way, when they choose their main PhD project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit a written report of their research project in Molecular Biology and Immunology which will be graded by the project supervisor and Programme Training Committee.

The project will be assessed out of 75 credits

Students will present their projects to their peers and the Programme Committee in a 15 min talk, allowing 5 min for questions. Committee members will prepare written feedback for the students based on both their talk and dissertation. Students will meet with Committee members one-on-one shortly after their oral presentation to discuss feedback and any other concerns.

Dissertations will include:

300 word summary paragraph
2500 words of remaining text to describe project background, aims, results and discussion (excluding figure legends and references)
maximum 5 figures
full citations for all references
students should include materials and methods in the supplementary data, and will be able to submit up to 10 supplementary figures.

Marks will be awarded using the University of Edinburgh marking scheme.
Feedback As well as the assessment feedback, students will have regular (weekly) meetings with their project supervisor during each rotation. Following each rotation, students will meet with the Programme Training Committee to discuss progress and address any questions or problems that may have arisen.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. specific practical experimentation in Molecular Biology and Immunology
  2. general experiment design and planning
  3. data recording
  4. data analysis and presentation
  5. scientific thesis writing
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - autonomy
- teamwork
- oral and written communication skills
- time management
- organisational skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Keith Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 3639
Course secretaryDr Hilary Snaith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3688
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