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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Bioscience

Programme code:MSC-BIOL/BSUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Alison Baker Contact address:a.baker@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a subject that has covered the cellular and molecular basis of life such as: Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry.
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Masters Bioscience Examination Board

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should:
- have gained a broad understanding of the Biosciences
- have received a solid training and personal development experience in genetic and transferable skills and attitudes
- have an integrated and critical understanding of research principles and methodologies in the biosciences
- have developed critical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, in the interpretation of data
- have received training in a range of practical molecular and cellular laboratory skills that are of broad relevance to research in the biosciences
- have put these practical, data analysis and writing skills into practice through undertaking a supervised research project that reflects their research interest.

The MSc Bioscience programme provides research training for students who wish to develop a broad scientific base from which to build their future careers. The programme consists of 55 credits of compulsory core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting edge of a modern bioscience sector - including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning modern bioscience and an extended practical project intended to give the students experience with the techniques used in molecular biology.

Added to this is an independent research project (85 credits) and specialist taught modules selected from a wide range of areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, plant biology, human genetics, microbiology and biotechnology. There is individual planning of the route that each student wishes to adopt when they start the course, with students being guided in their choice of options by the Programme Manager.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules: [140 credits]

BIOL5172MPractical Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5294MMSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal
Pre-requisite for: BIOL5392M
5 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5371MResearch Planning and Scientific Communication10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5372MAdvanced Biomolecular Technologies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5373MProtein Engineering Laboratory Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5392MBioscience MSc Research Project80 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug

Students may be directed to take BIOL5312M or BIOL5178M instead of BIOL5373M where appropriate and where material has been covered within undergraduate programmes (mainly University of Leeds graduates from the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology).

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL5112MBioimaging10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5146MAdvanced Immunology10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5152MTopics in Plant Science10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5171MInfectious & Non-infectious Diseases10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5178MHigh-Throughput Technologies15 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5251MPlant Biotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5276MMedical Diagnostics10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5282MCrop Science & Sustainable Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5296MTreatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer10 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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