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Description

Programme Specification for the 2022/3 academic year

MSc Pathogen Evolution

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Pathogen Evolution Programme codePTS0BIOBIOCA
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2022/3
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

It is more important than ever before to equip scientists with an understanding of the evolutionary processes that underlie pathogen infections. The MSc Pathogen Evolution programme at the University of Exeter utilises the extensive expertise of academics based at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) and College for Medicine and Health (CMH), to provide interdisciplinary training in core skills covering molecular, environmental and evolutionary aspects of pathogen biology. Teaching will be delivered by a team of researchers working at the cutting edge of their respective disciplines at our Penryn Campus and will provide you with a broad understanding of key principles, modern methodologies, and open questions in the field. As our goal is to prepare students for a future research career in this field, the course will also provide training in critically evaluating and synthesising recent research findings from the primary literature, as well as training in experimental design and statistical analyses. A key part of the programme is an independent research project, where students will be integrated into the research group of academics and conduct cutting-edge research that aims to make genuine contributions to this highly relevant field.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to:

  • provide you with knowledge and understanding of topics that underpin our understanding of pathogen evolution.
  • provide you with a scientific, intellectual, and practical training that will enhance your employability and prepare you for autonomous lifelong learning.
  • enable you to experience a supportive learning environment that fosters your academic and personal development.
  • provide you with a thorough knowledge of the philosophical basis of the scientific method.
  • develop your problem solving ability.
  • provide you with a thorough understanding of how to conduct an independent research project in a relevant field

4. Programme Structure

The MSc Pathogen Evolution is a one-year full-time programme of study at Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). If the programme is taken part-time, 60 credits are taken in year 1 and 60 credits plus a further 60 credits (dissertation) are taken in year 2.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and its constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website.

Stage 1


180 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

a)     Module is part of the CMH MSc programme Environment and Human health Pandemics and AMR.

b)     Module can be taught remotely if needed.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIOM4009 Research Project 90No
BIOM4025 Statistical Modelling 15No
BIOM4048 Advanced Topics in Pathogen Evolution 30No
HPDM140 The Global Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis a,b15No
LESM006 The Art of Science a15No
BIOM567 Application of Genomics in Infectious Disease b15No

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. Recount core knowledge, and demonstrate critical awareness of key issues and current topics in pathogen evolution
2. Be aware of modern approaches and methodologies employed to investigate the evolutionary processes that underlie pathogen infections
3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical comprehension of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
4. Critically evaluate current research in the discipline, evaluate methodologies and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses.

 

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory skills, independent reading, critical synthesis and essays (see module descriptions).

Art of Science: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research Project: literature review, project report.

Statistics module: data handling exercises, class test, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: essay, discussion sessions, oral presentation, grant application, data handling exercise, scientific report, press release

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:

5. Collate and synthesise information from multiple sources;
6. Critically evaluate current research in the discipline;
7. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your research;
8. Undertake research in an organised and rigorous manner

 

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory skills, independent reading, critical synthesis and essays (see module descriptions).

Art of Science: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research Project: literature review, project report.

Statistics module: data handling exercises, class test, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: essay, discussion sessions, oral presentation, grant application, data handling exercise, scientific report, press release

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:

9. Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively
10. Make sound judgements in interpreting your data, and communicate your conclusions effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
11. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
12. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
13. Manage deadlines and targets

Lectures, seminars, discussion groups, oral presentations, poster presentations, practical laboratory skills, independent reading, critical synthesis and essays (see module descriptions).

Art of Science: oral presentation, poster presentation, written report.

Research Project: literature review, project report.

Statistics module: data handling exercises, class test, discussion sessions.

Subject-specific modules: essay, discussion sessions, oral presentation, grant application, data handling exercise, scientific report, press release

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

The marking criteria, which closely reflect the skills outlined in the Programme Outcomes section, and the Department’s expectations with regard to study groups, are available in the Student Handbook, which can be found at: www.intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

See also learning support via Study Hub Home | StudyHub (fxplus.ac.uk)

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students’ learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

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

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not accredited by an external body.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

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

Exeter Medical School

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MSc Pathogen Evolution

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

15/12/2021

Date of last revision

4/03/2022