|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
- Both clinical and non-clinical applicants are welcomed
- 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
- Participants will undertake a 6-month project, selecting their topic from peer-reviewed projects on fungal pathogen biology or host-pathogen interactions. (Note that MRC Centre-funded students on our MRes-PhD Programme do two 3-month projects instead.)
- Students will also enjoy a two-day course at the Mycology Reference Laboratory in Bristol, to learn first-hand about the challenges and latest advances in the diagnosis of fungal infections
- Graduates of this programme might expect to pursue a career in academic, clinical or commercial research
Opportunity to gain one of four Medical Research Council funded places
Undertake unique research projects supervised by experts in the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology
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*
14th in the UK for Biological Sciences
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BSc or MSc degree in a relevant Biological Science degree (e.g. 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.
How to apply
Please apply online using the button at the top of this page. 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, e.g. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.
Application documents required:
- Personal statement sharing your future ambitions and describing how this MRes 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.
The MRes in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology will provide you with an extensive foundation of knowledge and key skills to help you progress towards a PhD in this field or a related research area, or to develop a clinical career in mycology or infection biology.
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.
You will undertake a state-of-the-art, six-month research project in Medical Mycology investigating an interesting aspect of pathogenic fungi and/or fungal immunology. (Note that MRC Centre-funded students on our MRes-PhD Programme do two 3-month projects instead.)
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 will be given the opportunity to choose from a selection of projects that have passed peer review.
Please note that the module list below may be subject to change.
As Training Director for our MRC Centre, I encourage you to apply for our unique MRes Programme in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology, which is taught by my fantastic colleagues in the Centre. As an MRes student you will become an integral member of our Centre, joining our highly supportive and collegiate scientific family.
We study pathogenic Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Pneumocystis species that impose such a heavy health burden globally, and we investigate the antifungal immune defences that normally protect us against these infections. You can find out more about our research on the Centre website.
Professor Alistair Brown
Programme Director and Deputy Director of MRC Centre for Medical Mycology
UK fees per year:
£18,000 full-time; £9,000 part-time
International fees per year:
£27,500 full-time; £13,750 part-time
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.
For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
*Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Teaching and research
How will I learn?
- Residential reading party
- Hands-on research projects
- Independent study
Learning from experts
The course will be run by academics residing within the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology including:
- Professor Gordon Brown - Centre Director
- Professor Al Brown - Deputy Director (training)
- Professor Elaine Bignell - Deputy Director (research)
- Professor Adilia Warris - Deputy Director (clinical)
- Professor Neil Gow - Principal Investigator
- Professor Chris Thornton - Principal Investigator
- Professor Tom Harrison - Principal Investigator
- Dr Alex Brand - Principal Investigator
- Dr Carolina Coelho - Principal Investigator
- Dr Rhys Farrer - Principal Investigator
- Dr Duncan Wilson - Principal Investigator
- Dr Steve Bates - Principal Investigator
- Dr Mark Ramsdale - Principal Investigator
- Dr Liliane Mukaremera - Principal Investigator
- Dr Peter Cook - Principal Investigator
- Dr Liz Ballou - Principal Investigator
You will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide 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 will involve a range of activities including end-of-module essays, oral presentations, posters and project write-ups.
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.
Graduates of this programme might expect to pursue a career in academic, commercial or clinical research, ideally in the field of medical mycology.
Further study is a popular option for many of the graduates from our postgraduate programmes. Many graduates go on to undertake a PhD in medical mycology, fungal immunology or a related research area.
Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.