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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Microbiology and Immunology)

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  • Objectives
    The Postgraduate Diploma in Science program in Microbiology and Immunology is designed to * Train students to plan and carry out original experiments and to rigorously interpret results; * Facilitate students' ability to analyse and communicate scientific results and ideas, both those generated by their own work and those reported by others; * Engender an enthusiasm for scientific inquiry; And * Encourage each individual to develop skills requiring both analytical and creative thought.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Course description
    Areas of Specialisation

    The coursework and research components of this Postgraduate Diploma in Science enable students to further their knowledge in some of the following areas: Microbiology (including Virology, Bacteriology and Parasitology), Biotechnology, Immunology, and Environmental Microbiology.

    Course Structure


    Research Points
    (75 points)

    This comprises an original, supervised research project and report and an oral presentation.

    Assessment:

    A written report (thesis) and oral presentation will be assessed at the end of the year.

    Coursework
    (25 points)

    This comprises lectures and seminars on selected topics within microbiology and immunology, discussion of research data and its interpretation, detailed study of original literature, and one or more oral presentations and literature surveys on selected topics.

    Assessment:

    Written examinations, literature survey and/or seminar presentations.

    To successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Science program in Microbiology and Immunology students must obtain passes of 50 per cent or better in both the Research Project and Coursework. In order to apply for higher degrees, students must obtain 75 per cent or better in both the Research Project and Advanced Coursework.

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