Course Information for Students

The following information is a very brief summary of that contained within the course handbook and includes basic information about the course, the rules and regulations that concern your work and the support provided to you within the course and by the University.  Please refer to the Course Handbook (available at the start of the course) for more details.

Overview of the course

The course comprises Taught Modules and Supervised Modules.

The Taught Modules consist of lectures, tutorials or laboratory demonstrations. The modules cover a core content of essential subjects and five alternative specialised pathways, called the Genetic Mechanisms, Experimental Medicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Microbes and Infection.

In the supervised modules, you will work under individual supervision from your Project Supervisor. You will first write a literature review of the background to your research project, then do a 4-months laboratory Research Project. The projects that we offer cover a very wide range of subject areas. We will try, as much as possible, to allocate you a project in an area of your choice.

The course is supported electronically by the software package Blackboard, which is accessed via the University website. Module timetables, lecture handouts, announcements by staff or other events will be available on Blackboard throughout the course. You will also use Blackboard to submit electronic copies of your coursework and access your marks via the grade centre.

Criteria for the award of credit units and degree

To be considered for the award of the MSc degree, a student must take all of the core modules and all of the modules belonging to their chosen pathway. Each module is assessed individually and marked on a 100-point scale. The pass mark for each unit of assessment (module) is 50 on the 100-point scale and this must be obtained in order to receive the credits for the module.

A student requires 180 credits to receive a Masters. That is, all modules must be passed. The MSc will be awarded with distinction to any student whose final average mark is 70% or higher and has 90 credits units marked at 70% or greater. Any student who also obtains a final average mark of at least 60% but lower than 70% and 90 credits units all marked at 60% or greater will be awarded an MSc with merit. When calculating the average mark, individual marks are weighted in proportion to the number of credits carried by each module.

A student who fails to obtain the MSc but who achieves 120 credits or more will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular Medicine.

Holidays and personal study periods

The course does not follow the standard University semesters and holidays calendar. There is no break during the University Easter holiday.  Please refer to the Course Handbook for details about scheduled breaks.