The aim of the course is to enhance the employment prospects of science graduates by developing and improving their scientific, laboratory and language skills. The course will also provide basic skills in vocational and education training through the students’ work programmes. At the end of the training period students will: • have systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the subject • have conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline • be able to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses • have developed scientific skills and knowledge, and transferable skills, in a European workplace setting • have comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research • be able to record and reflect on skills and learning from the research laboratory experience through the ‘Realise’ scheme • be conversant with the running of a modern biological research laboratory • have developed skills in an appropriate European language, including scientific vocabulary • have developed organisational and commercial awareness. Work and achievement on the programme will be documented in the EU Europass (a kind of record of achievement signed by all parties), and students are required to pursue the University’s ‘Realise’ scheme which enables them to identify their personal and professional skills and development needs.
Keele University has developed collaborative relationships with a number of European research institutes, and now wishes to build on this experience to enable well-qualified students to develop their scientific training and employment skills within a European context. We believe that this will help to develop future employees with a European outlook, competent in at least one European language in addition to English.
Students will spend the first part of the course at Keele, and will undertake a placement in a European research institute as laboratory research assistants, working on projects in the host institution and pursuing a programme of research training. Financial support may be available to support some students during their placements.
Course Structure and Content
The course is full-time for 12 months, starting in September. The first period, September to January, is spent at Keele, and the period February to August (about 30 weeks) is spent in a European host institution. Students return Keele to submit their final dissertation and portfolio in September.
Keele-based Programme (30 credits)
During the first Keele-based part of the programme, students will take the following modules:
Structured Scientific Research Training (20 credits)
Language Training (10 credits)
Students will take modules appropriate to their research training language needs, in preparation for their European placement.
Students be required to pass the research training before being permitted to up their placement. Students who fail the language module may tak the placement but will be required to be reassessed during April.
Host Institution Programme (150 credits)
Students will take up a placement in a European host research institution appropriate for their scientific interests. Placements are available in the countries and disciplines listed below. For full details of each placement available look on the website.
Countries :France, TheNetherlands, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Norway
Disciplines: immunology, fisheries ,neuroscience, entomology,parasitology, medicalsciences
There are limited places in each host institution (maybe only one, rarely more than two) so it is important to apply early. During the placement students will be working within research laboratories alongside research teams, undertaking laboratory training and pursuing a specific laboratory-based research project which will have been negotiated and agreed by all parties prior to the placement. Students will be integrated into the training programmes of the host institution, and will have a named tutor responsible for their programme. The placement will lead to completion of two modules:
European research training portfolio (40 credits)
European research report/dissertation(110credits)
Requirements for a Degree
In order to obtain the Masters degree students are required to pass all 180credits. Students who pass the Structured scientific research training (20 credits) and the European research report/dissertation (110 credits) but fail one or more other modules maybe awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (130 credits). Students who pass the Structured scientific research training (20credits) and the Research training portfolio (40 credits)but fail one or more other modules may be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). Note that all modules are at level 4 except the language module which will be level 1.