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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Bioscience

Programme code:MSC-BIOL/BSUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Dimitra Mitsa Contact

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 or equivalent qualification (see l ).

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 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 (60 credits) and specialist taught modules selected from a wide range of areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, plant biology, human genetics, microbiology, biotechnology and crop science. 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]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules: 

BIOL5126MPractical Bioinformatics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5148MResearch Planning and Scientific Communication15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5201MAdvanced Biomolecular Technologies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5373MProtein Engineering Laboratory Project15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5393MBioscience MSc Research Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules: 

BIOL5125MInfectious and Non-Infectious Diseases15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5135MBioimaging15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5147MAdvanced Immunology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5178MHigh-Throughput Technologies15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY5132MGlobal Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY5133MCrop Production in a Changing Environment15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules: 

BIOL5207MMedical Diagnostics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5209MTreatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY5235MCrop Science & Plant Biotechnology30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EPIB5032MIntroduction to Genetic Epidemiology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDM5221MCancer Biology and Molecular Oncology15 credits1 Jan to 30 Apr

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:03:56


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