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Postgraduate taught

MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2020
Contact

Programme Director: Professor Alistair Brown
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Entry requirements

BSc or MSc degree in a relevant Biological Science degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Biosciences

Overview

  • You will be studying within the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology – a world-leading research centre that is helping to tackle the major global threats to human health caused by fungal diseases
  • The course covers aspects of medical mycology, immunity, the molecular basis of infection, and the genomics of infectious disease
  • You will undertake a substantial (3-6 month) project on fungal pathogen biology or host-pathogen interactions
  • You will undertake a unique three-month research project directly related to the ongoing research in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology and be supervised by leading experts
  • Graduates of this programme might expect to pursue a career in academic, commercial or clinical research

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Opportunity to gain one of four Medical Research Council funded places

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

2nd in the Russell Group for Biosciences in the National Student Survey 2019

92% of Biosciences students agreed they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the NSS 2019

10th in the UK for Biological Sciences

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Entry requirements

BSc or MSc degree in a relevant Biological Science degree (eg Microbiology, Biochemistry or another Biomedical Science), and Medical and Dental graduates with a minimum of 12 months postgraduate clinical experience (completion of UK Medical or Dental Foundation Year 1 competencies). Applicants with significant professional experience in medical mycology or fungal biology will also be considered.

Applicants must also provide one strong academic reference.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload the documents listed below. Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

  • CV
  • Personal statement sharing your future ambitions and how this MRes-PhD programme will enable you to achieve those ambitions
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained. This should be an interim transcript if you are still studying.
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your current proficiency in English.
  • One academic reference.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

The MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology will provide you with an extensive foundation of knowledge and key skills for a subsequent PhD project in this research area. If you are successfully funded by the Centre for Medical Mycology, a choice of PhD project will be offered to you towards the end of your MRes degree.

The programme will provide you with:

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

We will also help you to develop a range of transferrable skills including self- learning, critical evaluation, analytical skills and applied statistics, IT-based approaches, and scientific writing, whilst exposing you to cutting edge research techniques.

Project 1 – Medical Mycology

You are required to undertake a three-month research project in Medical Mycology and the other in Fungal Immunology. Each research project is unique, is directly related to the ongoing research in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, and is supervised by leading experts in their respective fields. You select your topics from the offered projects that have passed stringent peer review.

Project 2 – Fungal Immunology

You are required to undertake a three-month research project in Fungal Immunology. Each research project is unique, is directly related to the ongoing research in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, and is supervised by leading experts in their respective fields. You select your topics from the offered projects that have passed stringent peer review.

Extended Medical Mycology Project – Clinicians

You will undertake one extended six-month research project in Medical Mycology investigating an interesting aspect of pathogenic fungi and/or fungal immunology. Projects are relevant to the main research priorities of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, and are supervised by leading experts in their respective fields. You have the opportunity to choose from a selection of offered projects that have passed peer review.

Please note that this programme is currently in development. The module list below is indicative and subject to change.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

International fees per year:

£26,500 full-time; £13,250 part-time

Teaching and research

How will I learn?

Learning from experts

The course will be run by academics residing within the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology including:

Tutorial support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There is also a postgraduate tutor available to help with further guidance and advice. In addition, the programme director will offer every student a meeting each term to review academic progress.

Assessment

Assessment will involve a range of activities including end of module examinations, oral presentations, posters and project write-ups.

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My group studies the pathogenic yeast, Candida albicans. Candida normally lives in our gut, doing us no harm. However, it also causes common infections such as thrush, and life-threatening infections in intensive care patients. We aim to understand what makes this yeast so adept at switching from a harmless component of our microbiota into an aggressive cause of infection. 

In part this is because Candida is able to rapidly tune its own physiology to different niches within our bodies.

We are investigating the molecular mechanisms that mediate these adaptive responses to the local nutrients and environmental stresses in these niches, and the interactions between these nutrient and stress responses. This is increasing our understanding of how Candida survives inside us.

In the longer term, this will promote the development of better diagnostics and more effective antifungal therapies.

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Professor Alistair Brown

Programme Director and Deputy Director of MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

Careers

Employer-valued skills this course develops

We will help you to develop a range of transferrable skills including self- learning, critical evaluation, analytical skills and applied statistics, IT-based approaches, and scientific writing, whilst exposing you to cutting-edge research techniques.

Career paths

Graduates of this programme might expect to pursue a career in academic, commercial or clinical research.

Further study

Further study is a popular option for many of the graduates from our postgraduate programmes and graduates may undertake a PhD in a related research area. If you are successful in securing funding from the Centre for Medical Mycology, you will progress to a PhD in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology.

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