On this page you will find information about the taught component of the course, the six -month laboratory research project and the course assessment.  The taught component is the first part of the course and it is followed by the research project including the thesis and Viva voce examination. More information, about each of these components, is given below.

Taught component - lectures

The taught component consists of 6 modules. These will be taught through a variety of methods including Lectures, seminars, Laboratory practicals, and online learning.

Module 1- Omics
What are the Omics, what is the state-of-the-art? How to interpret the data that emerges from Omics: what do the numbers mean, what are the assumptions, what are the shortcomings?

Module 2- Non-coding RNA, gene editing and in vitro modelling
What are non-coding RNAs? What are their biological functions? How can we harness this technology? Given a target of interest, e.g. identified using via Omics, how do we dissect the function and mechanisms of action of this target using in vitro modelling methods?

Module 3- In vivo modelling and use of human material and data
What kind of in vivo models are generally used for studying and modelling human disease? What are the practical implications for the use of these models? What are the ethical and practical implications for studies in humans and using human tissue?

Module 4- Core and professional skills
Basic laboratory skills within the teaching laboratory. The aim is to help students apply practical skills for the solution of scientific problems in preparation for the literature review and research project.

Module 5- Systematic Review and PhD proposal
Students will identify a topic of interest, perform a literature review with the aim of identifying a question that requires further study, and design a course of experimentation to answer the question.

Module 6- Functional Omics Research Project
Students will engage in a 6-month long research project that will culminate in an MSc thesis.


These modules will be assessed through a range of course work, presentations, and group work.
The research project component (Module 6) will be assessed in the form of an oral presentation part way through the project period where they will take questions from the floor and from academic members of staff. Students will be required to submit an MSc thesis on their laboratory work and defend their work in an oral examination