Foundation Masterclasses

Foundation Bioscience Masterclasses programme for 2020-2021

This training will be held online in 2020/2021 until further notice. We offer the following half- or one-day Foundation Masterclass, mandatory or optional (for first and second-year students). Make sure you enter the details of all training you will be doing during your first year in the 'PhD Professional Development Record' and submit it to EASTBIO by September 2021.

Mandatory Quantitative and Computational Skills masterclasses (total of 30 training points):

  1. Statistics and Experimental Design (9 October 2020)
  2. Introduction to Matlab (13 November 2020)
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Bioscientists (25 March 2021, 10:00-15:40)
  4. MANTRA, Research Data Management (a free, online non-assessed course, with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research)


Set 2 - Interdisciplinary Working (optional; 10 points for each course):

  1. Introduction to Biology for Quantitative Scientists (10 December 2020, 13:30-16:30)
  2. Primer for Mathematical Modelling for Biologists (12 February 2021)
  3. Introduction to Chemistry for Biologists (19 March 2021)
  4. Introduction to Biology for Chemists and Chemical Engineers (18 May 2021, 10:00-15:30)


Set 3 - Foundation Bioscience Training - Primers in Transformative Technologies (optional; 10 points for each course unless otherwise stated):

  1. Good enough practices in research computing: How to not lose your stuff and generally be more efficient (26 October 2020; open to all cohorts; optional, no points)
  2. Advanced Imaging, including Super-resolution microscopy and Image Analysis (18 November 2020, 10:00-16:00)
  3. Primer for Synthetic Biology (26 November 2020, 10:00-16:00)
  4. Cool Farm Tool masterclass (22 January 2021, 10:00-12:30)
  5. Advanced Approaches for Genome Manipulation and Modification (25 January 2021) 
  6. Structural Biology & Crystallography (9 March 2021)
  7. Primer for Advanced ‘Omics’ Approaches (3 May 2021, 10:00-17:00)
    Dynamic Modelling for Systems Biology (13 May 2021, 11:00-16:30)
  8. Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry (details TBC)
  9. Introduction to In Vivo Approaches and the 3Rs (via local institution)
  10. Coding Club


All first-year students must finalise their choice of masterclasses and other EASTBIO training by the 30 October 2020, via our online Sign-Up form. Please register your interest for specific optional courses to enable us to secure their delivery. Between mandatory and optional courses, students should aim to have 120 training points by the end of their first year and a total of 200 points by the end of their second year of PhD study.