Microbial Pathogenesis Stream - MRes in Biomedical Research
The Microbial Pathogenesis stream provides research training in fundamental aspects of microbial pathogenesis with particular attention to the scientific and profession acumen required to establish research independence. The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection, as a function of microbial pathogenic strategy and physiology.
Based in the Section of Microbiology the stream provides an opportunity to learn directly from internationally-respected scientists through sustained interaction for the duration of the course.
The stream delivers training in:
- molecular microbiology and integration of molecular and cellular information to understand the genetic basis of virulence;
- modelling host and microbial aspects of infection to help characterize the host-pathogen interaction;
- functionality and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors;
- derivation of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science.
PhD Studentships are avaliable via this stream. Please click here for more information.
At a glance
Course code: A1BA -- applicants should state that they are applying for the Microbial Pathogenesis stream on their applications.
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October
Entry Requirements: A good first degree (2:1 or better) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK.
Organising Department: Department of Medicine
Course Director: Professor Nigel Gooderham
How to apply
- Please refer to guidance on the Admissions page
The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection as a function of microbial pathogenic strategy and physiology. This research-oriented approach to training in
biomedical science will comprise both theoretical and
practical elements. The course will expose students to the
latest developments in the field through two mini-research
projects and a series of technical workshops. Students will
gain experience in applying technologically advanced
approaches to biomedical research questions.
Individuals who successfully complete the course will have
developed the ability to:
- Demonstrate practical dexterity in the commonly
employed and more advanced practical techniques of
molecular and cellular microbiology
- Exercise theoretical and practical knowledge and competence required for employment in a variety of biomedical environments
- Identify appropriate methodology during experimental planning
- Interpret and present scientific data
- Interrogate relevant scientific literature and develop research plans
- Recognise the importance of justifying expenditure (cost and time) during experimental planning
- Recognise potential methodological failings and strategise accordingly
- Perform novel laboratory based research, and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of findings
- Write and defend research reports, which appraise the results of laboratory based scientific study
- Communicate effectively through writing, oral presentations and IT to facilitate further study or employment in molecular, cellular and physiological science
- Exercise a range of transferable skills
This will be achieved by providing a course of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops. The programme is underpinned by the breadth and depth of scientific expertise in the department. Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.
The section of Microbiology is situated on the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London in the Centre for Molecular Microbiology and Infection (CMMI).
A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The range of projects available to each student is determined by their stream. Students may have access to projects from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream. For more information about the type of research opportunities offered to MPath students, please see the research project examples.
For more information on how to apply see admissions.
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