The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the molecular characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell can lead to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases.
The basis of the two-year master’s programme in Life Science and Technology is formed by research carried out in the life sciences and chemistry groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Researchers take a science-based approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, systems biology and sustainable use of biological sources. Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme you are a member of a research team in the LIC. Guided by a personal mentor, the student assembles a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a life sciences professional.
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If you are interested in Life Science and you are looking for a programme with ample of opportunities to assemble your own study path, our Life Science and Technology programme is the right choice. The programme addresses societal problems on a molecular and cellular level. You can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of Life Science and Technology research with one year of training in business, communication or education.
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In recent years the study of plant sciences has been revolutionised by the development of new tools and technologies which have allowed unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology – knowledge which is being applied to develop sustainable solutions to some of the major challenges of the 21st century.
This course will give you specialist training in the modern molecular aspects of plant science. A large part of your teaching will be delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) linked to the latest research in their areas of expertise.
You’ll explore the wide ranges of approaches used in biomolecular sciences as applied to plant science. This will cover theory and practice of recombinant DNA and protein production, bioimaging using our confocal microscope suite, practical bioinformatics and theories behind ‘omic technologies.
You’ll also learn how to design a programme of research and write a research proposal, read and critically analyse scientific papers in plant science and biotechnology and present the findings. A highlight of the course is your individual 80 credit practical research project.
The course is 100% coursework assessed (although some modules have small in course tests). Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop your independent thinking, problem solving, communication skills and practical ability, making you attractive to employers or providing an excellent foundation for further study (eg PhD).
You’ll study in a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
You’ll study in a stimulating environment which houses extensive facilities developed to support and enhance our faculty’s pioneering research. As well as Faculty operated facilities, the CPS laboratories are well equipped for general plant research. There is also a plant growth unit, including tissue culture suites with culture rooms, growth rooms and flow cabinets alongside transgenic glass-houses to meet a range of growth requirements.
On this course you’ll gain an overview of a range of modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular plant sciences.
You’ll also apply your knowledge to an extended practical investigation in the form of a laboratory-based mini project, involving practical training in a range of modern molecular biology and protein engineering techniques such as gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis.
A module on plant biotechnology will address current topics such as the engineering of plants, development of stress-tolerant crop varieties and techniques for gene expression and gene silencing through reading discussion and critical analysis of recent research papers.
You’ll learn from the research of international experts in DNA recombination and repair mechanisms and their importance for transgene integration and biotechnological applications; plant nutrition and intracellular communication; and the biosynthesis, structure and function of plant cell walls.
You’ll also explore the wide range of approaches used in bio-imaging and their relative advantages and disadvantages for analysing protein and cellular function. Bioinformatics and high throughput omic technologies are crucial to plant science research and you will take modules introducing you to these disciplines.
In the final part of the course you'll work on an independent laboratory-based research project related to your course options. You’ll receive extensive training in experimental design, the practical use of advanced techniques and technologies, data analysis and interpretation, and will be assigned a research project supervisor who will support and guide you through your project.
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
Your learning will be heavily influenced by the University’s world-class research as well as our strong links with highly qualified professionals from industry, non-governmental organisations and charities.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.
Through your research project and specialist plant science modules, you’ll receive substantial subject-specific training. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop you into a scientist who is able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability.
We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.
The strong research element of the Plant Science and Biotechmology MSc, along with the specialist and generic skills you develop, mean you’ll graduate equipped for a wide range of careers.
Our graduates work in a diverse range of areas, ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research.
Links with industry
We have a proactive Industrial Advisory Board who advise us on what they look for in graduates and on employability-related skills within our courses.
We collaborate with a wide range of organisations in the public and commercial sectors. Many of these are represented on our Industrial Advisory Board. They include:
Industrial research placements
Some of our partners offer MSc research projects in their organisations, allowing students to develop their commercial awareness and build their network of contacts.
* One-year masters studentships are available for this stream. Each studentship will be worth £5000 and can be taken either as a reduction in fees or as a bursary. Studentships will be awarded based on academic merit and are open to all applicants, regardless of fee status (home/EU/overseas). Please indicate 'Data Science' in the first line of your personal statement.
* Two PhD Studentships targeted at successful graduates from this stream. Two 3-year PhD studentships will be on offer, targeted at students obtaining a minimum of a Pass with Merit on the Data Science stream. These studentships will cover the cost of tuition fees for home/EU applicants and a stipend at standard Research Council rates.
This course is a stream within the broader MRes in Biomedical Research.
The Data Science stream provides an interdisciplinary training in analysis of ‘big data’ from modern high throughput biomolecular studies. This is achieved through a core training in multivariate statistics, chemometrics and machine learning methods, along with research experience in the development and application of these methods to real world biomedical studies. There is an emphasis on handling large-scale data from molecular phenotyping techniques such as metabolic profiling and related genomics approaches. Like the other MRes streams, this course exposes students to the latest developments in the field through two mini-research projects of 20 weeks each, supplemented by lectures, workshops and journal clubs. The stream is based in the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine and benefits from close links with large facilities such as the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre, the MRC Clinical Phenotyping Centre and the Centre for Systems Oncology. The Data Science stream is developed in collaboration with Imperial’s Data Science Institute.
Students with a degree in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics computer science (or related area) who wish to apply their numeric skills to solve biomedical problems with big data.
Students will gain experience in analysing and modelling big data from technologically advanced techniques applied to biomedical questions. Individuals who successfully complete the course will have developed the ability to:
• Perform novel computational informatics research and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of results.
• Implement and apply sophisticated statistical and machine learning techniques in the interrogation of large and complex
biomedical data sets.
• Understand the cutting edge technologies used to conduct molecular phenotyping studies on a large scale.
• Interpret and present complex scientific data from multiple sources.
• Mine the scientific literature for relevant information and develop research plans.
• Write a grant application, through the taught grant-writing exercise common to all MRes streams.
• Write and defend research reports through writing, poster presentations and seminars.
• Exercise a range of transferable skills by taking short courses taught through the Graduate School and the core programme of the
MRes Biomedical Research degree.
A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The projects available to each student are determined by their stream. Students may have access from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream. Example projects for Data Science include (but are not limited to):
• Integration of Multi-Platform Metabolic Profiling Data With Application to Subclinical Atherosclerosis Detection
• What Makes a Biological Pathway Useful? Investigating Pathway Robustness
• Bioinformatics for mass spectrometry imaging in augmented systems histology
• Processing of 3D imaging hyperspectral datasets for explorative analysis of tumour heterogeneity
• Fusion of molecular and clinical phenotypes to predict patient mortality
• 4-dimensional visualization of high throughput molecular data for surgical diagnostics
• Modelling short but highly multivariate time series in metabolomics and genomics
• Searching for the needle in the haystack: statistically enhanced pattern detection in high resolution molecular spectra
Visit the MRes in Biomedical Research (Data Science) page on the Imperial College London web site for more details!
The biomolecular and biomedical sciences are challenging, demanding enthusiastic, driven students. Of course, these cutting-edge fields also offer incredible potential for positive impact – and meaningful careers.
The biomedical sciences offer hope for curing diseases and bettering the health and well-being of people across the globe. Every discovery shapes the future. Every contribution furthers the common good.
GCU is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for allied health research conducted at world-leading standards (Research Excellence Framework). Our highly regarded MSc Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences programme will prepare you with practical skills in scientific investigation and a valuable body of academic knowledge informed by the newest research in the field.
We keep the curriculum career-focused with laboratory-based classes and Research Project modules.
Our department is respected for multi-disciplinary research. Our work has real-world impact for advancing human health. We ask questions that matter – and answer them. This pursuit is at the heart of everything we do.
The fast-growing field of biomolecular and biomedical sciences offers career opportunities that are both meaningful and rewarding. Professionals are in high demand.
Biomolecular Studies; Molecular Aspects of Medicine; Cellular and Systems Pathology; Novel Cell Based Technologies and Therapeutics; Integrated Cell Biology; Applied Molecular Microbiology; Skills for Professional Practice for Biosciences and MSc Research Project.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
GCU’s graduates are competitive candidates who employers value for their integrity, knowledge and skills. As a graduate of the MSc Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences, you’ll be prepared to take on any challenge and succeed in any role you choose.
The programme prepares graduates for careers in healthcare, medicine, biomedical, biotechnology and more. Work in industry, conduct research in the public or private sector, or find an academic role. The work you do in this programme will also prepare you to pursue further study, such as a PhD.
Nanoscale Science and Technology research students in nanoLAB cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries of medicine, engineering and the physical sciences. This gives you the chance to thrive on interdisciplinary challenges, collaborate with industrial partners and even create your own spin-off company to commercialise the results of your research.
MPhil supervision is available in:
-Micro and nanoscale design, fabrication, manufacturing and manipulation
-Top-down and bottom-up fabrication
-Nanoscale materials and electronics
-Applications of nano and microelectronics in medical science, including cell biology, neuroscience, human genetics and ageing
-Chemistry of nanoscale systems
-Biomolecular engineering - microfluids, bioprobes and biosensor systems, MEMS/NEMS-based sensors and devices
Many research projects cross the disciplinary boundaries of medicine, engineering and the physical sciences. Depending on the source of funding, your project may involve collaboration with an industry partner or you may work in a team with a number of students to develop an idea to the point where, following your degree, you can create a spin-off company to commercialise the results of your research.
There are opportunities for you to develop your business awareness and skills, with training in topics such as intellectual property protection. nanoLAB also hosts regular research seminars, conferences and workshops.
HOW TO APPLY:
Before you apply you need to find and contact a research supervisor. Your specific area of research will determine which graduate school you work with and how you find your research supervisor:
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We may offer studentships to high-quality applicants from June onwards, so early application is recommended.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.