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MSc Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research modules

MD978 Research Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Core module (15 CATS)

This module is a series of masterclasses on biomedical research topics with a focus on infection, cellular dynamics and neurobiology as well as quantitative methods applicable to biomedical research. Each session will be led by a researcher with direct experience of the topic under discussion and will consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, laboratory demonstrations and literature review.

Assessment:
• Short report (200 words) on each masterclass. It is anticipated that there will be 18 masterclasses in 2017/18
• In-class oral presentation
• Essay of c. 3,000 words


MD997 Frontier Techniques and Research Skills in Biomedicine
Core module (10 CATS)

The module aims to develop students’ understanding and application of state-of-the-art methodologies and ability to mine data for biomedical sciences, and also develop research skills and appreciation of research integrity. The module will equip students with the necessary skills to develop research ideas, questions and hypotheses, and propose suitable methodologies to address these.

Assessment:
• Research proposal of c.2,000 words
• In-class oral presentation
• In-class tests


MD991 Physical Biology of the Cell
Core module (10 CATS)

The module aims to provide a physical sciences perspective to cellular biology and equip postgraduate students for a research career at the interface of biology and physics. The module explores the basic physical concepts underlying the behaviour of biomolecules, dynamic cell processes, cellular structure and signalling events.

Assessment:
• Short report after each class, solving a problem set in class.
• Open book examination

MD979 Laboratory Project 1 and MD980 Laboratory Project 2
2 x core modules (40 CATS each)

Students undertake two eleven-week laboratory projects in two different disciplines. In most cases, this will be a biology-focused project and one in either chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering or computer science. Projects can be undertaken in WMS or a department within the Faculty of Science at Warwick.

Assessment:
• Performance in laboratory work
• Research project report
• Presentation


CH948 Warwick Interdisciplinary Transferable Skills
Core module (16 CATS)

This module is designed to be integrated with all the modules and research work undertaken during the MSc year. Its aim is to help you realize the skills that you have learned during your MSc that 'transfer' across the boundaries of any particular module. Its content is the kind of skills that future employers, whether in academia or industry or elsewhere, are concerned about.

Assessment:
• Portfolio of evidence


MD998 Molecular Biology: Principles and Techniques
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module provides students with a physical sciences background with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of modern molecular biology, and equips them with both the theoretical and practical skills necessary to analyse and manipulate biomolecules such as DNA and proteins.

Assessment:
• 5 x laboratory reports
• Oral examination


CH932 Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module is designed as an introduction to chemical concepts for graduate students from non-chemistry backgrounds.

Assessment:
• Oral examination
• Weekly workshop assessment

LF903 Quantitative Skills for System Biology
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module will introduce you to programming in R. You will learn all basic principles of programming in learning-by-doing workshops and a series of mock exams with increasing complexity from one-line statements to multi-loop programs.

Assessment:
• Examination


CH915 Principles and Techniques in Analytical Science
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module will introduce theoretical and practical fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative analysis. You will discuss sources of errors in chemical and instrumental analysis, and will consider practical aspects of sampling and calibration techniques.

Assessment:
• 5 x lab reports
• Written examination


CH922 Microscopy and Imaging
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module provides a foundation in the principles and applications of microscopy, starting with basics of light microscopy and progressing to state of the art super-resolution microscopy, electron microscopy and scanned probe microscopy. The latter includes atomic force microscopy and electrochemical imaging techniques for which Warwick is particularly well-known. The module includes workshops on image analysis and seminars that cover the most recent developments in the field.

Assessment:
• 2 x written assignments
• Oral examination


CH923 Statistics for Data Analysis
Optional module (10 CATS)

The aim of this module is to give students a basic understanding of the statistical methods appropriate to data analysis in analytical science, and to provide guidance on some statistical tools for more advanced study. Topics include: basic probability; error analysis and calibration; summarising data and testing simple hypotheses; statistical computing (software and practice, including simple graphics); experimental design and analysis of variance; sampling methods and quality control; simple analysis of multivariate data.

Assessment:
• 1 x class test
• 1 x written assignment

CH925 Computational Modelling
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module introduces students to computational modelling techniques with particular emphasis on ordinary differential equations (ODEs, deterministic and stochastic), which are essential to modelling chemical reaction kinetics, and reaction diffusion equations (partial differential equations, PDEs), important for analysing the mobility of chemical species for example. Students will gain a basic understanding of the mathematics of ODEs and PDEs, how to solve elementary problems analytically, and how to solve them numerically on the computer using MATLAB.

Assessment:
• 2 x written assignments
• Written examination


CH926 Molecular Modelling
Optional module (10 CATS)

This module introduces students to molecular modelling techniques as applied to biophysical systems with particular emphasis on the methods used and their underlying theory. The student should gain a basic understanding of the available computational methods and their theoretical foundations; what time scales and length scales are accessible; what properties can be computed and to what level of accuracy; and what methods are most appropriate for different molecular systems and properties.

Assessment:
• 2 x written assignments
• Oral examination