|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
- 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
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
8th in the UK for Biological Sciences
The Guardian University Guide 2021
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.
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”.
- 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.
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.
UK fees per year:
£17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time
International fees per year:
£26,500 full-time; £13,250 part-time
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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
- Dr Alex Brand - Principle Investigator
- Dr Carolina Coelho - Principle Investigator
- Dr Rhys Farrer - Principle Investigator
- Dr Duncan Wilson - Principle Investigator
- Dr Steve Bates - Principal Investigator
- Dr Liliane Mukaremera - Principal Investigator
- Dr Peter Cook - Principal Investigator
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 will involve a range of activities including end of module examinations, oral presentations, posters and project write-ups.
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.
Programme Director and Deputy Director of MRC Centre for Medical Mycology
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.
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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