Introduction to Microscopy and Imaging

Code: BMS601, Offered By: Research Study Skills


OPEN TO:   Research students in the faculties of Science, Medicine, Dentistry & Health and Engineering

YEAR OF STUDY:  1st and 2nd year research students

Researcher Development Framework Categories:
A1) Knowledge base
A2) Cognitive abilities
C2) Research management
D1) Working with others


Students will be introduced to microscopy and image formation.  We will cover how light can be used to study biological samples, the important difference between magnification and resolution, and the various types of microscope platforms that are available. We will also look at how fluorescence microscopy can be used to study biological processes.


To produce scientists from a broad range of disciplines who understand the principles of light microscopy, are aware of recent advances in LM techniques and theory, and understand and can apply basic techniques in image processing.


The students will acquire new insights into and awareness of significant recent advances in light microscopy through an understanding of the underlying principles. They will demonstrate their understanding of the principles of image processing through manipulation of images of their own.


The course will involve lectures, workshops and practical exercises provided by members of the University of Sheffield Light Microscopy Facility and academics. Students will be expected to work independently and in groups.