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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology Programme codePTR1BIOBIO03
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The enormous impact of fungal infections upon human health worldwide is not widely appreciated, and yet fungal infections kill more people annually than malaria. There is a pressing need for more research in the field of medical mycology to develop more effective antifungal drugs and diagnostics and improve patient outcome. Yet there is insufficient capacity in the field. Therefore, a major objective of our Centre for Medical Mycology (CMM) is to train the next generation of scientists and clinicians to address these urgent medical needs. This MRes Programme addresses this important objective.

Through a combination of lectures, tutorials and research projects supervised by world-renowned experts in the field, this MRes Programme provides an understanding of the fundamental principles of medical mycology and fungal immunology as well as the experimental skills required to address key questions in this field.

The programme includes a combination of four taught modules, which provide the academic understanding and analytical skills that underpin research projects performed under the supervision of Principle Investigators with renowned expertise in your chosen topic. Non-clinical students who are funded by the Centre for Medical Mycology will do two projects: one in medical mycology, and the other in fungal immunology, each about three months long. Other non-clinical students and clinical students will perform one extended project for about six months. You will select your projects from a range of topics that have been peer-reviewed by the Centre Directors.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Outline and critically evaluate types of infection and the mechanisms that underlie fungal pathogenicity.
2. Critically compare the ways in which the immune system detects and clears fungal pathogens.
3. Describe in detail the classes of antifungal drug in clinical use, their modes of action, and the mechanisms underlying the emergence of antifungal drug resistance.
4. Discuss with authority state-of-the-art molecular, cellular, immunological and genomic approaches that are being taken to investigate fungal pathogens and host responses.
5. Present strong evidence of direct expertise in key laboratory and/or bioinformatics skills.
6. Evaluate in detail approaches to our understanding of molecular biology and microbiology with reference to primary literature, reviews and research articles.
7. Analyse in detail essential facts and theory in a subdiscipline of the biosciences.
8. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work.
9. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the biosciences
10. Communicate effectively (orally and/or in written work) arguments, evidence and conclusions in a manner appropriate to the intended audience.
11. Devise and sustain, with little guidance, a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions.
12. Analyse and evaluate appropriate data with very limited guidance.

The main aims of the MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology programme are to provide you with:

  • A thorough understanding of the general principles of medical mycology and fungal immunology.
  • An ability to apply this knowledge in academic and health care contexts
  • Opportunities to learn from world renowned researchers in medical mycology and fungal immunology

For non-clinical students, this MRes Programme provides an ideal platform for a research career in medical mycology or fungal immunology. Those funded by our MRC Centre in Medical Mycology will progress to their 3-year PhD following successful completion of this MRes programme. For clinical students, this MRes will provide an ideal foundation for Clinical Research Training Fellowships applications, for example, and will increase your competitiveness for specialty training positions, particularly in medical mycology.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


165 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

a Students from the Centre for Medical Mycology (CMM) must take both BIOM536 and BIOM537.

b Clinical and non-CMM students must take BIOM538.

c You must select either BIOM515 or BIOM525.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIOM534 Medical Mycology 15Yes
BIOM536 Project 1 - Medical Mycology [See note a above]60Yes
BIOM537 Project 2 - Fungal Immunology [See note a above]60Yes
BIOM538 Extended Medical Mycology Project [See note b above]120Yes
BIOM509 Professional Skills 15No
BIOM567 Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioS MRes MM&FI opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
BIOM515 Cellular Basis of Immunity 15 No
BIOM525 Molecular Basis of Infection 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Outline and critically evaluate types of infection and the mechanisms that underlie fungal pathogenicity.
2. Critically compare the ways in which the immune system detects and clears fungal pathogens.
3. Describe in detail the classes of antifungal drug in clinical use, their modes of action, and the mechanisms underlying the emergence of antifungal drug resistance.
4. Discuss with authority state-of-the-art molecular, cellular, immunological and genomic approaches that are being taken to investigate fungal pathogens and host responses.
5. Present strong evidence of direct expertise in key laboratory and/or bioinformatics skills.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Guided reading of the literature
  • Preparation of essays and reports
  • Preparation of literature review
  • Practicals
  • Research projects
  • Essays
  • Literature review
  • Practical reports
  • Laboratory performance during research projects
  • Project presentations
  • Project reports

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Evaluate in detail approaches to our understanding of molecular biology and microbiology with reference to primary literature, reviews and research articles.
7. Analyse in detail essential facts and theory in a subdiscipline of the biosciences.
8. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work.
9. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the biosciences

See above.

See above.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. Communicate effectively (orally and/or in written work) arguments, evidence and conclusions in a manner appropriate to the intended audience.
11. Devise and sustain, with little guidance, a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions.
12. Analyse and evaluate appropriate data with very limited guidance.

See above.

See above.

7. Programme Regulations

For progression to the PhD studentship, you must pass this MRes with a mark of 50%.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Biosciences offersyou meetings each term with a personal tutor and an academic tutor. You can also expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through appointments.

Academic tutoring: The role of academic tutors is to instil a sense of academic rigour and thinking in our students. You will have access to the Programme Director in Biosciences as a first point of contact for programme-related queries. You can also expect reasonable access to all teaching staff, for academic tutorials, through appointments.

Personal tutoring: The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness.

Learning resources: The Biosciences website includes the student handbook, and in addition each module will be supported electronically through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) where lecture notes, reading lists and assessment details will be provided. You will also be able to follow your record of achievement through the student record tab on the MyExeter student portal. As an MRes student you will have access to computing facilities on campus. 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

Applicants to this postgraduate course must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements to enrol on this programme are available at the Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

This programme is not accredited by an external agency.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

09/09/2019

Date of last revision

29/01/2020