We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.
We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.
Is it possible to apply for teaching assistantships, or help mark work, to help provide income for tuition fees on this course?
We do use post-docs occasionally to teach (but not to mark work) but I’m afraid we wouldn’t allow more junior students to teach or mark.
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Is it possible to defer your entry for this course? Also even though the minimum requirements of the course are a 2:1, is there considerable competition from students who have achieved a first?
You can defer entry or perhaps it’s easier to simply wait until October before applying so that you would be considered for next years 2018-2019 intake.
Some of our students will have achieved a first but most will have a 2:1 therefore there is not strictly competetion between students with 2:1 or 1sts. We not only consider undergraduate grades but also references, the sort of undergraduate course (i.e. a students previous contact with immunology) and the students motivation for studying with us. I would say that as long as we feel that the student is sufficiently motivated and would thrive on the course we would be happy for them to come on the programme. Although we have limits to how many students we want to take we are sufficiently flexible to offer places to any applicant that makes the listed criteria and would benefit from the course.
Hope that answers your questions
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What is the general class size in lectures, seminars and practical groups? If there are frequently large mixed course groups working together is there easy access and opportunity to discuss relevant ideas?
As this is an M level degree we try to limit the number of students on the programme to facilitate better discussion of topics and greater access to the lecturers. Last years intake was 15 and we generally take between 15-20 students. This also means that we can discuss topics in small groups rather than just give a stream of lectures. The teaching is varied from small group discussions, to lectures, to individual and group presentations. We find that the students enjoy this variety and that it serves to keep them interested and enables learning through different learning styles.
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A key part of the MSc programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation. This study will be in the form of an extensive laboratory research project carried out in internationally renowned research groups. Each student will be a fully-integrated member of one of the large number of research teams in a wide variety of topics across both immunology and immunotherapy. We also plan to offer some projects within external biotechnology companies.