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This exciting new course is designed to equip future scientists with the knowledge to make a difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. Read more
This exciting new course is designed to equip future scientists with the knowledge to make a difference in the understanding and treatment of cancer. The course will take the mechanistic understanding of cancer biology and apply it to the analysis of risk, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Building on a foundation of the understanding of basic cancer cell biology, translational coverage will consider design of treatment modalities, mechanisms of action of anti-cancer drugs, therapy resistance and biomarker discovery. The course will allow the students to gain expertise and knowledge in therapy, cancer chemoprevention, anti-cancer target discovery, clinical trials, imaging, cancer risk and epidemiology and biostatistics. A key component of the course is a five/six-month research project, which will give students an opportunity to study one of these areas in depth.

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Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise. applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Read more
Our geochemistry research includes specific areas of expertise: applied and fundamental aspects of geochemistry; environmental sustainability; climate change; and biosphere/geosphere interactions. Through working with academics who are leaders in their field, you will be supported and guided to produce research of an international standard.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. For geochemistry we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Petroleum-related geological research
-Reservoir and source-rock geochemistry
-Microbial deep biosphere of petroleum reservoirs
-Origin, significance and maturation of molecular biomarker compounds in the sedimentary record
-Physico-chemical properties and behaviour of mudstone sequences
-Shale gas
-Geological sequestration of CO2
-Palynofacies and organic facies of ancient and modern sediments

Environment-related research
-Geomicrobiology
-Mineral science
-Molecular microbial ecology
-Molecular palaeontology
-Soil biogeochemistry
-Waste management
-Bioremediation of polluted soils and waters
-Biogeochemical cycling of elements through Earth history
-Climate change during past greenhouse conditions
-Processes of carbon cycling and export across the land–ocean transition

Delivery

We offer the MPhil and PhD on a full time or part time basis. You will work with research-active academics who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. You will receive formal training in research skills and methods and discipline-specific training is provided where appropriate.

The first three months of study involve intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You are encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Facilities

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.
-Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories
-Geotechnics and Structures Research Laboratories

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Do you want to focus your scientific career on one of the fastest moving sectors of science? The UK has hundreds of biotech companies and is a leader in innovating specialist products from living organisms. Read more
Do you want to focus your scientific career on one of the fastest moving sectors of science? The UK has hundreds of biotech companies and is a leader in innovating specialist products from living organisms. Biotech applications are enhancing food production, treating medical conditions, and having a significant impact on the global future.

Given the common expectation for job candidates to have some form of postgraduate qualification, this Masters course offers a route to careers in biotechnology as well as the broader life sciences industry. If your first degree included the study of genetics and molecular biology, and a research module, you’re well-placed to join us.

This course can also be started in January (full time 21 months) - for more information please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/biotechnology-dtfbty6/

Learn From The Best

The quality of teaching in life sciences at Northumbria has been recognised by strong performance in student-led awards, Further evidence of academic excellence is the number of invitations to members of our team to join the editorial boards of scientific journals.

Our teaching team maintains close links with biotech companies and research labs, including via on-going roles as consultants, which helps ensure an up-to-date understanding of the latest technical and commercial developments. Several academics are involved in biotech ventures that make use of the University’s facilities: Nzomics Biocatalysis develops enzyme alternatives to chemical processes, and Nu-omics offers DNA sequencing services.

Teaching And Assessment

We aim for interactive teaching sessions and you will engage in discussions, problem-solving exercises and other activities. Teaching can start in the lab or classroom and then you make the material your own by exploring and applying it. Technology Enhanced Learning makes this easier; each module has an electronic blackboard site with relevant information including electronic reading lists and access to websites, videos and other study materials that are available anytime, anywhere.

You will undertake assignments within small groups and we provide training in communication skills relevant for scientific communication. The course aims to foster your ability to work at a professional standard both individually and as part of a team.

Module Overview
AP0700 - Graduate Science Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0701 - Molecular Biology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0702 - Bioinformatics (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0703 - Subject Exploration (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0704 - Industrial Biotechnology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0705 - Current Topics in Biotechnology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0708 - Applied Sciences Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. We are fully equipped for molecular biology manipulations and imaging – techniques include RT-PCR to show whether or not a specific gene is being expressed in a given sample. We also have pilot scale bioreactors so that we can scale up experiments and processes.

For cell biology and immunology, we have two multi-user laboratories. Technologies include assays for measuring immune responses at the single-cell level, and for monitoring the functioning of cells in real time. Further capabilities include biomarker analysis, flow cytometry, chemical imaging and fluorescence microscopy. For genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, our capabilities include genomic sequencing, mass spectrometry, 2D protein electrophoresis and nanoflow liquid chromatography.

All our equipment is supported up by highly skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

Research-Rich Learning

In fast-moving fields like biotechnology, it’s particularly important for teaching to take account of the latest research. Many of our staff are conducting research in areas such as molecular biology, bio-informatics, gene expression and micro-biology of extreme environments. They bring all this experience and expertise into their teaching.

As a student, you will be heavily engaged in analysing recent insights from the scientific literature. You will undertake a major individual project in molecular and cellular science that will encompass all aspects of a scientific study. These include evaluation of relevant literature, design and set-up of experiments, collection and processing of data, analysis of results, preparation of a report and presentation of findings in a seminar.

Give Your Career An Edge

Many recruiters in the biotech industry expect candidates to have studied at postgraduate level so our Masters qualification will help you get through the door of the interview room. Once there, your major project and other assignments will help ensure there is plenty to catch their attention. Employers are looking for the ability to solve problems, think critically, work with others and function independently – which are exactly the attributes that our course develops to a higher level.

During your time at Northumbria, we encourage you to participate in the activities organised by the Career Development Service. We also encourage you to apply for associate membership of the Royal Society of Biology, with full membership becoming possible once you have at least three years’ postgraduate experience in study or work.

Your Future

The biotech industry has made huge progress in the last few decades and the years ahead promise to be even more transformational. With an MSc Biotechnology, you will be ready to contribute to the changes ahead through a rigorous scientific approach and your grasp of the fundamental knowledge, insights and skills that underlie modern biotechnology.

Scientific research is at the heart of the course and you will strengthen pivotal skills that will enhance your employability in any research-rich environment. By developing the practices, standards and principles relevant to becoming a bioscience professional, you will also prepare yourself for success in other sectors of the life sciences industry and beyond.

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In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this MSc in Diabetes. Read more
In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this MSc in Diabetes. To address the immense challenge presented by this disease, it is essential that the researchers and medical practitioners of tomorrow understand the cutting edge advances and technologies to tackle diabetes.

Why this programme

◾This is one of the only MSc in Diabetes programmes focused entirely on research rather than health care management. You will be taught by clinicians and scientists known for their world-class research.
◾The University has state-of-the-art research facilities to study obesity, metabolic disease and diabetes from the whole body to the molecular level and students will undertake a research project/dissertation in this area.
◾The University of Glasgow is expert in establishing disease-specific bioresources linked with routinely-acquired anonymised data from the National Health Service in Scotland.
◾The collective expertise within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences spans a full range from molecular and biomarker/ “-omic” techniques through clinical investigation to population-level epidemiology, clinical trials and cardiovascular endpoint adjudication.
◾This Degree in Diabetes is ideal for those who aspire to build their future career in diabetes whether in the fields of basic research, medical practice, pharmaceutical industry, public health or nutrition. We aim to provide an excellent research training that will inspire and provide students with the confidence to join the global research effort in tackling diabetes.
◾Using world-leading experts and experienced and dedicated teaching staff, this programme aims to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge of pathological mechanisms and methodologies used for studying diabetes as well as providing a firm grounding in generic research skills.
◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations.
◾The MSc Diabetes programme is taught predominantly at the new Teaching and Learning Centre on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus. This has state-of-the-art teaching facilities, Wi-Fi, computer clusters and cafe area. There is frequent convenient transport to this campus from the central University campus.

Programme structure

The MSc in Diabetes is a 12 month, full time programme. The programme is made up of eight compulsory courses, two are of 20 credits (one in each semester) and 6 are of 10 credits (four in the first semester and 2 in the second semester). In addition, students will select two optional 10 credit courses from a choice of six in the second semester. A dissertation/research project of 60 credits is undertaken to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The taught courses will be undertaken in the period October to March during the academic session, with the dissertation commencing in June with submission in mid August.

Dissertation

To fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of research in the area of diabetes under the supervision of a project supervisor. Projects may take a number of different formats including a literature review, meta-analysis, data audit or secondary analysis, laboratory-based project, clinical/human volunteer based investigation. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.

Career prospects

Graduates may wish to pursue a career in diabetes clinical research entering clinical translational diabetes research or commercial industrial research. Other opportunities for diabetes specialists are available in education, public health and professions allied to medicine. The MSc Diabetes also provides an excellent basis to pursue PhD level research.

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This programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification by following a structured route in scientific research. It is closely linked with parallel MPhil and PhD programmes of work. Read more
This programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification by following a structured route in scientific research. It is closely linked with parallel MPhil and PhD programmes of work. Students can select from a wide range of theory courses appropriate to their individual research topic across the disciplines of chemical and life sciences. The programme comprises taught courses (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits) and is suitable for students who want to gain a postgraduate research qualification and strengthen their practical skills. The research project may be partially assessed by the publication of an original paper rather than a traditional thesis. The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive insight into the mechanics of research from both the literature and experimental perspectives. On successful completion of the programme, students are able to critically assess the primary research literature in depth, and appreciate the significance of the economic, environmental and social impact of research and development in a competitive industrial world. They can also design and carry out experiments to test hypotheses, and compose and present scientific information for publication purposes. The university has an extensive network of overseas contacts, with staff based in, or regularly visiting, some 40 to 50 countries. Overseas students are able to obtain an MSc by Research by attending classes for three to four months in the UK, with a project based and supervised in their own country, subject to approval by the Faculty of Engineering and Science.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide a critical understanding of the knowledge base required for a proposed research project

- To provide and build upon analytical, conceptual and research skills

- To achieve an understanding of the research methods appropriate to the chosen field

- To undertake a critical investigation of an approved topic.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/science

What you'll study

Recent topics include:

Analytical informatics and chemometrics
Biomarker profiling
Biomaterials
Cell biology and intracellular gene delivery
Medicinal chemistry and drug-delivery systems
Nanotechnology
Mass Spectrometry
Pharmaceutical materials science
Biotechnology
GIS and remote sensing
Chemostratigraphy and inorganic forensic fingerprinting
Geography - sustainable development
Landscape ecology
Palaeoenvironmental analysis
Solar energy conversion and hydrogen production

Students must also take 60 credits of Master's level courses in order to obtain the award.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation or a published original research paper.

Career options

This programme offers opportunities in the public and private sectors.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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