A Centre for Digestive and Gut Health has recently been established as one of the Centres of the iNstitute of Global Healthy and Innovation. The centre combines the research expertise of Microbiology, Nutrition, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Surgery and Computational and Systems Medicine. The proposed MRes course is designed to provide multidisciplinary training in microbiology, nutrition, hepatology and microbial signaling. The emphasis will be placed on the host-microbial interaction and the association between gut microbiota and health and disease.

Stream Overview

The MRes in Biomedical Research Microbiome in Health and Disease comprises a 12-month MRes course offered by the Centre for Digestive and Gut Health.  The emphasis of the MRes in Microbiome in Health and Disease is on multidisciplinary approaches to systemic understanding of the gut microbiome and developing new targets for disease prevention and treatment.  Like the other MRes streams, this course exposes students to the latest developments in the field through two mini-research projects of 20 weeks’ lab time, supplemented by lectures and journal clubs.  The MRes course provides specific Gut Health teaching in microbiology, nutrition, microbial signaling and liver and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as analytical technology teaching aligned with the MRes in Biomedical Research. In addition to structured teaching, the MRes year consists of two 5-month laboratory research attachments.

Stream Objectives

Students will gain experience in applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical questions.  Individuals who successfully complete the course will have developed the ability to:

  • Perform novel laboratory based research and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of results.
  • Undertake two research projects in line with the multidisciplinary culture of the Centre.
  • Demonstrate practical and intellectual dexterity in the research project elements.
  • Develop an appreciation of cutting edge technologies discovering host-microbial communication and current understanding of this association in human health and disease by attending the taught course elements.
  • Be able to interpret and present scientific data
  • Be able to interrogate relevant scientific literature and develop research plans
  • Be able to write a grant application, through the taught grant-writing exercise common to all MRes streams.
  • Be able to write and defend research reports through writing, poster presentations and seminars.


Delivery mode

Lectures, Practical training, Research projects, Tutorials, Workshops

Assessment mode

Critical evaluation of research, Project Dissertation and Viva Voce


Equivalent professional qualification, Undergraduate degree