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Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology MRes

Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology MRes

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Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Immunology (Microbiology) Immunology (Medicine) Mycology

Course type


Course Summary


  • 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

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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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.


The analysis of whole genomes has revolutionised biological research in recent years. Determining the complete genome sequence of almost any microbial pathogen is now within the reach of most research bioscientists. Furthermore, recent technological advances have made it possible to study gene expression and epigenetic modifications on a genome-wide scale. Many of these genomics technologies are based on microarrays and massively-parallel sequencing methods (?next-generation sequencing? or NGS). To gain the maximum benefit from these advances now requires new approaches to biological and biomedical research and an increasing role for computational analysis of biological sequence data (bioinformatics). In this module, you will learn about the cutting-edge technologies that are driving advances in our understanding of pathogen genomes and how these methods offer potential for more accurate diagnosis, predict which drugs are likely to be more effective and monitor treatment and control of infectious disease in individuals and populations.

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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.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more

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