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The number of projects using biobank samples for research is constantly increasing. At the same time, requirements on quality of biobanking samples are increasing because of the growing spectrum of potential methods for different analyses and applications. Read more
The number of projects using biobank samples for research is constantly increasing. At the same time, requirements on quality of biobanking samples are increasing because of the growing spectrum of potential methods for different analyses and applications. The further development of biobanking processes depends on a deeper understanding of biobanking processes, to keep quality of biobank resources up-to-date with research. Hence, there is an essential and demanding requirement for training of experts in the field of biobanking, e.g. of well-structured postgraduate training programs.

The distance learning master course „MSc in Biobanking” is organised to be completed within four semesters (90 ECTS Credits) and the curriculum is comprised of 13 modules. It is open for graduates with a bachelor degree in medicine, technical specialists and graduates in natural sciences (biology, pharmacy, biotech etc.), who have interest in the field of biobanking or wish to specialise or broaden their professional knowledge in biobanking. Also people with a respective expertise working in biobanks may apply.

The goal of this course is to acquire knowledge, experience and practical skills which will qualify for working in the multidisciplinary field of biobanking. Therefore, knowledge and skills that will be educated include areas such as (1) organisation of a biobank, (2) implementation of a biobank in the health care system and in existing research infrastructures, (3) representing a biobank and networking in the national and international area, (4) sample management including pre-analytic handling, logistics, storage and shipment, (5) quality management, (6) ELSI (ethical, legal and societal issues of biobanking), (7) biobanking IT-landscapes and needs, (8) biobank budgeting, business planning and sustainability and others.

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The Applied Computing Department is a young department of modest size but is successful in attracting research funding from various sources in the UK and the EU (including industry, research councils and charitable foundations). Read more

Course Outline

The Applied Computing Department is a young department of modest size but is successful in attracting research funding from various sources in the UK and the EU (including industry, research councils and charitable foundations). It supports a significant range of research interest and over the last few years the number of research students has grown steadily. The Department has a history of involvement in EU framework projects. More recently, we were partners in two EU FP6 funded projects: SecurePhone and BroadWan. We have been working and collaborating with many European research institutions including The Technical University Graz, CNUCE, Pisa, Thales, Thomson, TELENOR, RAL, Salzburg, Telephonica – Spain, Atos Origin, The University of Saarbrucken – Germany, INFORMA – Italy, and ENST – France.

The main research areas of interest in the Department cover image / video processing and analysis techniques and applications; wireless mobile network technologies; and biometric-based authentications for constrained devices / environments. In image processing we mainly, but not exclusively, use wavelet transform techniques for facial feature detection and recognition, online image / video compression for constrained devices, visual speech recognition, feature detection in biomedical images, digital watermarking, content-based video indexing for biometric video databases. In the wireless networking area, our research effort focuses on convergence and integration of different wireless technologies and standards, wireless mesh technologies, intrusion detection and prevention, efficiency and stability of ad hoc networks.

Currently the Department has a number of research groups consisting of 5 research active academics, 12 PhD and 3 MSc/MPhil students at various stages of their studies.

Find out more about our Department of Applied Computing on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/appliedcomputing.

Teaching Method

Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

After your degree

We have a high graduate employment rate:

- The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ranked Buckingham top for job prospects with 96.9% (July 2013).
- The Guardian League Table for 2014 ranked Buckingham top in the category of job prospects (June 2013).
- The Complete University Guide reported that the University ranked second for Graduate Prospects (May 2013).

Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

What our students and alumni say

Please see the Research Students page for examples of currently on-going as well as already successfully finished research projects: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/appliedcomputing/researchstudents.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/sciences/mphil/computerscience.

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The University of Venice offers a MSc (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale) degree in "Environmental Sciences" which includes three available study plans; among them, the Global Environmental Change is taught entirely in English (http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id170980). Read more

Overview

The University of Venice offers a MSc (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale) degree in "Environmental Sciences" which includes three available study plans; among them, the Global Environmental Change is taught entirely in English (http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=170980)

Joint degree

The Msc programme in Enviromental Sciences offers the possibility of getting a Joint Master's Degree in Sustainable Development (http://www.unive.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=75952).
The programme offers an interdisciplinary approach, combining the specialisation in teaching and research of 6 partner universities: Graz (Austria), Ca' Foscari Venice, Leipzig (Germany), Utrecht (the Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland), and Hiroshima (Japan).
Admission to the programme is open to students holding the equivalent of an undergraduate/first cycle degree programme (Italian Laurea triennale), who will be selected on the basis of their research skills, basic knowledge of natural and/or social sciences, and a general insight in the subject of sustainable development and intervention strategies.

The study plans

The programme unfolds into three semesters of full-time lectures and lab experience. The last semester is dedicated to the development of individual projects and of the thesis, supervised by a department member. Each study plan is organized around a set of core courses, two elected activities and a final examination, in which the candidates will defend the thesis.

Students can choose among three study plans:

Global Environmental Change [English-taught Programme], which provides a thorough understanding of Earth System dynamics, taking a holistic and systemic approach, which also include the social and economic systems. Several disciplines are covered, including: climatology, past and recent climate history, tools for predicting changes in climate, analysis and forecasting of the impacts of climate change on the environment, society and human welfare, adaptation and mitigation strategies, integrated assessment of global change drivers.

Environmental Control and Reclamation [IT] which provides advanced knowledge and skills related to the analysis of the processes that contribute to the de-contamination and environmental qualification; technologies currently in use for the treatment of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and their energy conversion; methodologies for environmental monitoring; productive activities and sustainable rehabilitation of the environment.

Assessment and Management of Environmental Systems [IT], which provides in-depth knowledge intended application and development of methodologies for the management of environmental data; the assessment and management of natural resources; the resource assessment of natural ecosystems; rehabilitation and environmental restoration of ecosystems modified by man; planning and land management, landscape and marine and coastal ecosystems; the assessment and management of environmental sustainability.

Applying to the programme

In order to enter the programme, applicants need to have an equivalent of a three-year Italian undergraduate degree (laurea) such as a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences or related subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, ecc.) with good background on fundamental topics in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Data Sciences.

When and how to apply

The classes start in September. Please note that it is best to apply as early as possible. Applications are made directly to Ca' Foscari University of Venice. For full details visit How to apply, or contact the Administration office () or the Head of the teaching committee ().

Graduate careers & Occupational Profiles

Students graduating from the MSc in Environmental Sciences may use their new skills to enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree. In particular this MSc will suit skilled motivated science graduates wishing to develop a scientific career in ecosystem research as well as those aiming to contribute to evidence-based environmental policy. Graduates interested in foundational, experimental, and applied research, can join Ca' Foscari PhD Programmes in Environmental Sciences or in Science and Management of Climate Change.
Possible career opportunities include:
- Geologist
- Biologist and similar professions
- Planning, landscape architecture and territory conservation
- Agriculture and forestry
- Botanist
- Ecologist
- Zoologist

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