Course structure

Description of the programme

Year one:  teaching and research rotation projects

In the first year of the programme students will attend a series of taught sessions and carry out three 10 week research projects in the main themes of study:

  • Molecular phylogeny and epidemiology
  • Molecular biology and immunology
  • Evolutionary biology and ecology

At the end of each Rotation Project, students will write up their work in a Nature paper format; these reports will form 75% of the first year assessment towards the MSc by Research degree awarded by the University of Edinburgh.

In early July, students will select their major research project from a choice offered by potential supervisors, and will spend July-August preparing a mock grant application detailing their chosen project. This will be assessed as the final 25% of the MSc by Research degree.

Years two to four:  main research project

During the three main years of study, projects shared between Edinburgh-based supervisors and their international collaborators will provide the opportunity for some students to pursue research projects in a disease endemic setting.  Projects that link disciplines (for example, evaluating molecular or immunological reagents in an epidemiological study), will also be strongly encouraged.

Trans-skills training

Through all four years of the programme there will also be time set aside for students to take courses offered by the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Biological Sciences Graduate programme.  These courses will cover such topics as project management, how to write a research paper, to ensure that students are equipped with a wide variety of skills to help them maximise their research potential. 


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