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Proliferation is tightly regulated in normal cells so that it is balanced with differentiation in adults. Mutations in different genes can result in cells undergoing uncontrolled growth so that ultimately tumours are formed. Read more

Course Description

Proliferation is tightly regulated in normal cells so that it is balanced with differentiation in adults. Mutations in different genes can result in cells undergoing uncontrolled growth so that ultimately tumours are formed. The MSc in Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine will give you thorough training in this subject area with opportunities to undertake research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on various processes relating to tumourigenesis such as: understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour. Investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells. Investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells. If you wish to broaden your expertise beyond the area of molecular cancer research you can chose to undertake a research placement in another area of molecular biomedicine. We investigate the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases including; hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. We aim to develop approaches for preventing and treating such diseases. Please see the Faculty of Life Sciences research pages for full details of the opportunities available:

Our research
http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/research/

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

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Proliferation is tightly regulated in normal cells so that it is balanced with differentiation in adults. Mutations in different genes can result in cells undergoing uncontrolled growth so that ultimately tumours are formed. Read more
Proliferation is tightly regulated in normal cells so that it is balanced with differentiation in adults. Mutations in different genes can result in cells undergoing uncontrolled growth so that ultimately tumours are formed. The MSc in Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine will give you thorough training in this subject area with opportunities to undertake research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on various processes relating to tumourigenesis such as:Understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour. Investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells. Investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells.If you wish to broaden your expertise beyond the area of molecular cancer research you can chose to undertake a research placement in another area of molecular biomedicine. We investigate the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases including; hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. We aim to develop approaches for preventing and treating such diseases.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

Teaching and learning

The programme comprises four compulsory components:

Research projects: Your two projects will provide experience in carrying through a substantive research project including the planning, execution and communication of original scientific research. They are assessed by written report.

Tutorials and Workshop Unit : Tutorials give you the opportunity to learn about research being carried out in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and thereby to acquire a broad knowledge of biological sciences. The Bioethics Workshop gives you experience of exploring and debating some of the ethical issues that surround current scientific research. Activities for the Tutorials and Bioethics unit include preparative directed reading, private study and preparation of oral presentations. This unit is assessed by members of staff for the tutorial session and staff assessment of oral presentation during the tutorial and written reports.

Science Communication Unit: This unit allows you to acquire the ability to listen to a presentation, understand the key concepts and record important details, and then summarise its contents in a brief written report. Activities include private study and preparation of written assignment. For each of 5 seminar presentations, a 500 word precis has to be written. You are assessed on these assignments plus a poster and an oral presentation.

Experimental Design and Statistics Unit: This unit aims to introduce you to the procedures and tools used in the design of experiments and the methods and tools used in statistical data analysis. Activities include lectures, workshops, group discussions and e-learning. Assessment is through multiple choice exam, critical assessment of literature and online statistics exercises.

Career opportunities

The extensive laboratory experience you will gain on this course will equip you for a future career in bioscience research. The University of Manchester has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities and several of our graduates have pursued research careers in industry.

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This programme is designed for professionals in health and related areas, such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, who wish to acquire knowledge and understanding of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine and related disciplines. Read more
This programme is designed for professionals in health and related areas, such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, who wish to acquire knowledge and understanding of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine and related disciplines. It introduces you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with the emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform and impact upon clinical practice.

The theory is delivered using the online Blackboard virtual learning environment that provides the flexibility of studying at your own pace and from any location in the world. You will interact with other students on the course through online discussion groups and receive excellent support from your tutors who are only an email or phone call away.

Workshops at our Stoke-on-Trent campus enable you to put your learning into practice by applying molecular techniques to diagnostic and analytical practice in our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The full programme incorporates the PgC Molecular Basis of Disease and PgD Molecular Biology for Health Professionals as qualifications in their own right or as step-off points on the way to achieving the MSc. Undertaking the full-time distance learning route to the MSc should take around 18 months.

Course content

Each of these awards has been designed specifically to meet the needs of professionals in Biomedicine.

The Certificate will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with the emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform and impact on clinical practice.

The Diploma takes theory into practice, with hands-on practical skills developed during two one week residential short courses (in January and June). These workshops will enable you to meet with your cohort, attend seminars and undertake practical work in our excellent laboratory facilities under the guidance of practicing clinical scientists and academics.

The Masters in Molecular Biology incorporates all of the Certificate and Diploma studies and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a masters research project. Projects may be completed in your place of work or at the University.

Graduate destinations

The programme comprises postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters courses and is aimed at professionals in health and related areas such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, who wish to acquire knowledge and develop understanding of molecular biology and its impact on biomedicine. The programme explores current understanding of molecular biology and techniques within a clinical context.

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This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read more
This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Degree information

The programme provides key knowledge, skills and techniques essential for a career in all fields of research in biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. Practical research constitutes 75% of the programme. Students conduct one 10-week and one 20-week project under supervised conditions within highly-rated research programmes with an excellent track record of cutting-edge, high impact research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. There are no optional modules for this programme.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), a mini research project (45 credits) and a maxi research project (90 credits).

Core modules
-Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
-Research Methodology and Statistics
-Foundations of Biomedical Sciences

Dissertation/report
Students undertake two research projects, culminating in one dissertation of 6,000 words (mini project), and one dissertation of 12,000 words and an oral examination (maxi project).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, taught modules, workshops, tutorials, portfolio development, self-directed learning, research workshops, specialised research allocation, and laboratory meetings. Assessment is through assignments, online examinations, presentations, portfolio, reflective report, an essay, the mini and maxi research projects, and a viva examination.

Careers

The majority of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. First destinations of recent graduates include: Biomedicine PhD, Endocrinology PhD, Laboratory Assistant and Research Assistant.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, Imperial College London
-Laboratory Technician, University College London (UCL)
-Biomedical Researcher, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)
-PhD Biological Sciences, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
-PhD Biomedicine, University College London (UCL)

Employability
The Biomedicine MRes is a comprehensive, one-year laboratory research-oriented programme designed to train and equip students prior to entering PhD or higher degree training. It allows clinicians to explore biomedical research before deciding whether to embark on a research-based career. It draws on the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The programme is designed to allow students to explore other areas of biomedicine they may not have previously considered.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research postgraduate education in children's health. Our research and educational portfolio cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to ovulation health sciences, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the development of new areas of investigation.

MRes Biomedicine students have the opportunity to draw on the extensive expertise and knowledge of both ICH and GOSH and benefit from excellent state-of-the-art facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

There is also the option to apply for a combined MRes + PhD four year programme.This option may be of interest for those who are able to obtain 4 years of funding and wish to go on to study for an MPhil/PhD at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

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This innovative master program enables you to meet the demands of employers in the scientific field worldwide. You will be trained in all aspects of cutting edge molecular stem cell biology including legal and ethical aspects, good medical practice and acquisition of third party funding. Read more

Overview

This innovative master program enables you to meet the demands of employers in the scientific field worldwide. You will be trained in all aspects of cutting edge molecular stem cell biology including legal and ethical aspects, good medical practice and acquisition of third party funding. The course combines cutting edge approaches such as iPSC and bioprinting with traditional basic disciplines such as histology to secure an in-depth understanding towards innovative translational approaches in medicine. The course is entirely taught in English.

Learning outcome

Holding our degree means you have acquired a robust expertise in theory and practice in one of the most scientifically and ethically demanding biomedical fields of today.

During the first year of the program, students achieve a fundamental understanding of developmental processes that are linked to the current progress of stem cell research. This theoretical knowledge is further deepened and expanded on by hands-on experience in the relevant laboratories.

The inclusion of local national and international guest lecturers gives students the opportunity to get an idea what is going on in the field of stem cell research and which labs can be chosen for specialized practicals.

During the second year, the curriculum emphasizes application-oriented courses suited to understand the cellular and molecular basis of human diseases and to familiarize with the complex demands of modern medicine. The 4th semester is reserved for the master thesis; multiple international collaborations and a mobility window offer the chance to perform practicals and master thesis abroad.

Modules

The major modules in the program are listed below:

Stem Cell Physiology (I and II)
3x Lecture Series on recent developments in stem cell research (by national and international experts)
Bioinformatics
Stem Cell Practical Courses- 2 weeks-long practical courses (4 times)
Molecular Tracing Methods
Molecular Genetic Methods
Tissue Engineering
Lab Rotation
Pathology of Degenerative Diseases
Course in Animal Care and Handling
Scientific Responsibility in Biomedicine
Lab Bench Project & Grant Writing
Master Project
Language Courses

Possibility for International Double degree program `Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine´

In addition to the regular master program, we also offer a double degree master program in `Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine’ in collaboration with Jinan University in China. This program is supported by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) with a stipend of 800, -- Euros/month plus travel expenses (flight) for every participating student. The selection for this program will be made from the regular master students. More information is available on our website.

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) has a very international outlook and it is closely interconnected with the thriving research and business initiatives of the surrounding Ruhr region. Aside from the RUB, the surrounding Ruhr region offers a lot of opportunities to young researchers, such as 15 universities, 4 Fraunhofer institutes, 4 Leibnitz institutes and 3 Max-Planck institutes, which makes it easy for the students to interact with the experts and get hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art laboratories.

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This course is taught collaboratively by leaders in the field of medical imaging at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. Read more
This course is taught collaboratively by leaders in the field of medical imaging at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland.

The Master of Molecular Imaging explores in depth the scientific principles and applications of the key molecular imaging technologies in life science research and biotechnology. It will appeal to talented graduates who wish to develop their skills in a range of advanced imaging methodologies and apply them to challenging problems in biomedicine and health.
Molecular imaging is a form of biomedical imaging, which is rapidly growing in importance in the applied life sciences. The key technologies for imaging the molecular signatures of disease in humans and animal models are PET, SPECT and MRI. These technologies are continually evolving as scientists and engineers develop new approaches and new applications.
This course gives graduates the opportunity to discover this rapidly evolving field and play an important role in its further development. It will prepare graduates to work in multi-disciplinary teams that advance these technologies beyond their current capabilities to meet the future challenges in biomedicine.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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This innovative degree offers a fascinating opportunity to study modern and topical research areas in Cell Biomedicine. You will gain the essential skills required to prepare for your career in either biomedical research, a clinical setting or within the health industry. Read more

Summary

This innovative degree offers a fascinating opportunity to study modern and topical research areas in Cell Biomedicine. You will gain the essential skills required to prepare for your career in either biomedical research, a clinical setting or within the health industry.

This postgraduate degree will provide you with advanced research training in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology and you will conduct your own lab based research project. With a focus on research methods, you will take you research methods to the next level in producing your own research design, understanding ethics in research projects and best practice in handling statistical data-sets. The programme includes a variety of subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work that will give keep you up-to-date with the current advances in the field. You will learn the theoretical and technological aspects of cellular biomedicine and their practical applications within industry.

You will be taught by enthusiastic, research active experts in the field who conduct research in a diverse range of topics that you can choose to study such as cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, microbial resistance to antibiotics, immune mechanisms of disease, stem cell research and molecular modelling in cell biology.

You will conduct your research project in our state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with microscopy analysers, autoradiography, flow cytometry, high sensitivity HPLC and LC-MS, and neural stem cell and tissue culture facilities.

You will automatically be a part of our Health Sciences Research Centre, a community of leading experts who are currently investigating a range of topical issues. You will participate in engaging discussions within research seminars on the latest developments within neuroscience and the health sciences.

Content

In this postgraduate programme, you will be trained in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology with a focus on the lab based research project. The programme has a strong focus on research methods and will provide you with necessary skills in research design, ethics and statistical methods.

You will learn the most recent advances in cellular biomedicine by being part of engaging subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and conducting your own research. You will study the theoretical and technological and their practical applications in cellular biomedicine.

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The MSc in Biomedicine provides you with the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of practical and theoretical biomedical science at a leading university in this field. Read more
The MSc in Biomedicine provides you with the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of practical and theoretical biomedical science at a leading university in this field.

The course provides the knowledge and skills required for subsequent progression to PhD study, a career in biomedical/pharmaceutical research (industry or university based) or hospital-based employment. Our scheme provides focus on, and training within, several ‘hot’ topics in biomedicine, while still retaining elements of flexibility and choice.

Modules
Core:
• Supervised Research Project (six months)
• Fundamental Research Skills

Optional:
• Microbes and Disease
• Diseases of the Brain
• Molecular Basis of Cancer
• Biomedicine in Context
• Drug Development (from concept to clinic)
• Essential Tools for Clinical Research
• Models of Disease

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-Provides you with a broad overview of the molecular and cellular causes and treatments of human diseases. -Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the most important topics in molecular medicine. Read more
-Provides you with a broad overview of the molecular and cellular causes and treatments of human diseases
-Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the most important topics in molecular medicine
-Gain hands-on training in research techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics
-Learn to apply your skills to industry-relevant challenges

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Research techniques and experimental design
-Advanced topics in biomedicine
-Biology of cancer
-Synthetic biology
-Regenerative medicine

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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This Masters in Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology is a new, exciting and innovative programme that has grown out of our well-regarded MRes in Bioinformatics. Read more
This Masters in Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology is a new, exciting and innovative programme that has grown out of our well-regarded MRes in Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology and computing and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. ‘Polyomics’ is a new term used to describe the modern integrated approach to biological analysis involving genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and systems-level datasets. The MSc Bioinformatics programme focuses on using computers to glean new insights from DNA, RNA and protein sequence data and related data at the molecular level through data storage, mining, analysis and display - all of which form a core part of modern biology.

Why this programme

-Our programme emphasises understanding core principles in practical bioinformatics and functional genomics, and then implementing that understanding in a series of practical-based elective courses in Semester 2 and in a summer research project.
-You will benefit from being taught by scientists at the cutting edge of their field and you will get intensive, hands-on experience in an active research lab during the summer research project.
-Bioinformatics and the 'Omics' technologies have evolved to play a fundamental role in almost all areas of biology and biomedicine.
-Advanced biocomputing skills are now deemed essential for many PhD studentships/projects in molecular bioscience and biomedicine, and are of increasing importance for many other such projects.
-The Semester 2 elective courses are built around real research scenarios, enabling you not only to gain practical experience of working with large molecular datasets, but also to see why each scenario uses the particular approaches it does and how to go about organizing and implementing appropriate analysis pipelines.
-You will be based in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, an ideal environment in which to train in bioinformatics; our College has carried out internationally-recognised research in functional genomics and systems biology.
-The new programme reflects the development and activities of 'Glasgow Polyomics'. Glasgow Polyomics is a world-class facility set up in 2012 to provide research services using microarray, proteomics, metabolomics and next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. Its scientists have pioneered the 'polyomics' approach, in which new insights come from the integration of data across different omics levels.
-In addition, we have several world-renowned research centres at the University, such as the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology and the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, whose scientists do ground-breaking research employing bioinformatic approaches in the study of disease.
-You will learn computer programming in courses run by staff in the internationally reputed School of Computing Science, in conjunction with their MSc in Information Technology.

Programme structure

Bioinformatics helps biologists gain new insights about genomes (genomics) and genes, about RNA expression products of genes (transcriptomics) and about proteins (proteomics); rapid advances have also been made in the study of cellular metabolites (metabolomics) and in a newer area: systems biology.

‘Polyomics’ involves the integration of data from these ‘functional genomics’ areas - genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics - to derive new insights about how biological systems function.

The programme structure is designed to equip students with understanding and hands-on experience of both computing and biological research practices relating to bioinformatics and functional genomics, to show students how the computing approaches and biological questions they are being used to answer are connected, and to give students an insight into new approaches for integration of data and analysis across the 'omics' domains.

On this programme, you will develop a range of computing and programming skills, as well as skills in data handling, analysis (including statistics) and interpretation, and you will be brought up to date with recent advances in biological science that have been informed by bioinformatics approaches.

The programme has the following overall structure
-Core material - 60 credits, Semester 1, made up of 10, 15 and 20 credit courses.
-Elective material - 60 credits, Semester 2, students select 4 courses (two 10 credit courses and two 20 credit courses) from those available.
-Project - 60 credits, 14 weeks embedded in a research group over the summer.

Core and optional courses

Core courses include:
-Programming (Java)
-Database Theory and Application
-Foundations of Bioinformatics
-Omics and Systems Approaches in Biology
-These 4 courses are obligatory for those taking the MSc degree and the PgDip; they are also obligatory for those with no prior programming experience taking the PgCert.
-60-credit summer research project lasting 14 weeks - this is also obligatory for those taking the MSc programme; normally this will be with one of the research laboratories in Glasgow associated with the programme, but there is also the opportunity to study in suitable laboratories in other parts of the world

Optional courses include:
-RNA-seq and next generation transcriptomics
-Metagenomics
-Pathogen Polyomics
-Cancer Genomics - NGS and functional analysis methods
-Disease Pathway Analysis - Systems Approaches and De Novo Pathway Mapping
-Using Chemical Structure Databases in Drug Discovery for Protein Targets
-Identification of disease-causing genetic variants
-A range of more general biology and computing biology courses are also available in semester 2

Career prospects

Most of our graduates embark on a research career path here in the UK or abroad using the skills they've acquired on our programme - these skills are now of primary relevance in many areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Many are successful in getting a PhD studentship. Others are employed as a core bioinformatician (now a career path within academia in its own right) or as a research assistant in a research group in basic biological or medical science. A postgraduate degree in bioinformatics is also valued by many employers in the life sciences sector - e.g. computing biology jobs in biotechnology/biosciences/neuroinformatics/pharma industry. Some of our graduates have entered science-related careers in scientific publishing or education; others have gone into computing-related jobs in non-bioscience industry or the public sector.

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Medical Life Sciences is an English-taught two-year Master’s programme in molecular disease research and bridges the gap between the sciences and medical studies. Read more
Medical Life Sciences is an English-taught two-year Master’s programme in molecular disease research and bridges the gap between the sciences and medical studies. You will get to know clinical research from scratch; you will learn how to investigate diseases/disease mechanisms, how to translate research results into prevention, diagnosis and therapies of diseases.
From the basics of medical science to lab experiments for the Master’s thesis, individual scientific training takes first priority. Experimental work in state-of-the-art research labs is essential in Medical Life Sciences; clinical internships, data analysis, lectures, seminars and elective modules complement the Medical Life Sciences curriculum.

To lay the foundation for working in medical research, Medical Life Sciences (MedLife) provides basic knowledge in courses on clinical manifestations of diseases, human biology, molecular pathology and immunology. Lectures, seminars and tutorials in molecular biology, bioinformatics, clinical cell biology, medical statistics, and human genetics broaden your knowledge and make the interfaces between medicine and the sciences visible. You will learn how to acquire knowledge, verify and use it, all of which are important skills in research.

Focus Areas

From the second semester, you additionally specialise in one of the following focus areas:

INFLAMMATION takes you deep into the molecular mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases, the causal network between inflammatory processes and disease, genetics and environment. New research results for prevention, diagnosis and therapy will be presented and discussed. An internship in specialised clinics helps to see how “bed to bench side”, i.e. translational medicine, works.

EVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE looks at how interrelations between humans and their environment have led to current disease susceptibility. Why do we suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity? Is our lifestyle making us sick? Why are certain genetic variants maintained in populations despite their disease risk? Evolutionary medicine focuses on bridging the gap between evolutionary biology and medicine by considering the evolutionary origins of common diseases to help find new biomedical approaches for preventing and treating them.

LONGEVITY focuses on molecular mechanisms that seem to counteract the detrimental effect of ageing. The disease resilience and metabolic stability of extraordinarily fit people well over 90 years of age are of special interest. This research is complemented by experiments on model organisms. You will also look at the molecular pathways of ageing, and which role genes and the environment play. How the intricate web of counteracting effects triggering ageing and/or longevity works stands as the central focus of this area.

ONCOLOGY delves deep into molecular research on malignant diseases, the interplay of genetics and environment, cell biology of tumours, and many other aspects. You will achieve a better understanding of unresolved problems and opportunities of current research approaches.

Scientists and clinicians will make you familiar with these topics in lectures and seminars. You will discuss different research approaches, perspectives and the latest developments in medical research. Lab practicals in state-of-the-art research labs, a lab project, and the experimental Master's thesis will provide ample opportunity to be involved in real-time research projects.

Electives

To widen your perspective, you choose one of three electives designed to complement the focus areas. The schedules are designed so that you can take part in more than one elective if places are available. Tracing Disease through Time looks at disease etiology by analysing biomolecules, diets and pathogens in archaeological specimens. You may opt for Epidemiology to immerse yourself in epidemiological approaches with special emphasis on cardiovascular diseases, one of the greatest health threats in modern societies. Another option is Molecular Imaging, which gives you insight into the world of high-tech imaging in medical research.

Additional electives such as Neurology, Tissue Engineering or Epithelial Barrier Functions and Soft Skills courses such as Project Management, Career Orientation and English Scientific Writing are integrated into the curriculum during the entire duration of your studies.

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About the course. -Provides you with broad research training to prepare for PhD studies or a career in biomedical research. -Gain hands-on training in advanced techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics. Read more
About the course:
-Provides you with broad research training to prepare for PhD studies or a career in biomedical research
-Gain hands-on training in advanced techniques such as confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, in situ hybridisation and bioinformatics
-Choose a research project from areas such as cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, stem cells and regenerative biology, microbiology and genetics

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Research techniques and experimental design
-Research planning and project management
-Advanced topics in biomedicine
-Research project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

All our master’s programmes emphasise the practical skills that employers need, whether that is the ability to identify plants, carry out environmental assessments or use the latest cutting-edge molecular techniques. As a University of Reading MSc graduate, you will be well equipped to work in the field or the lab, and in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD and pursue a career in research either in industry or in universities.

Typical roles of graduates from our ecology and wildlife-based MSc programmes include conservation officers, project managers, field ecologists and environmental consultants. Graduates from our biomedical MSc programme typically go on to pursue PhD studies or work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Unique in Europe, this course combines biomedicine and pharmaceutical science to prepare you for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical, bioscience or healthcare sectors. Read more
Unique in Europe, this course combines biomedicine and pharmaceutical science to prepare you for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical, bioscience or healthcare sectors.

If you're interested in a career in the fascinating and challenging world of drug design, this is the course that will take you there.

Rather than presenting just one of the disciplines used in the field, this postgraduate degree, unique in Europe, blends the subjects you need - biomedicine and pharmaceutical science - into one comprehensive course that focuses on the integration of modern organomedicinal chemistry and molecular biology.

You’ll study various steps involved in developing and creating effective drugs, from concept to clinic, including the theories and practical applications of chemical drug design and immunology, pharmacology and molecular biology. Learning will be based on emergent technology from academic research and how it is applied to the drug development process, identification of drug targets, and development of effective drugs via reference to the relevant biological systems and pathways.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Drug-Design-and-Biomedical-Science-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and practical experience you’ll need to forge a rewarding career in research and development in the pharmaceutical, bioscience or healthcare sectors. You’ll develop in-depth understanding of disease processes and molecular targets and an ability to apply this knowledge and theory to key aspects of drug design and biomedical science.

Equipped with the ability to follow developments in the field, you’ll learn to apply them to your work and make innovative contributions to the industry that will benefit others. Complex issues often arise in this field: you’ll acquire the skills necessary to make informed judgements and effectively communicate decisions.

There is an emphasis on developing your practical laboratory skills with various opportunities for hands-on experience in a range of current techniques and practices. In your final trimester you’ll undertake an independent project within a vibrant biomedical or drug design research team, allowing you to apply and further develop your technical, research and professional skills. There may be the opportunity to conduct your research project externally in a relevant organisation or industry in the UK or overseas.

You’ll also develop key skills including communication, problem solving, team work, project management, and leadership. You’ll learn through interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, site visits and laboratory sessions, and by engaging with guided independent study. A variety of assessment tools are used to enhance and evaluate your learning.

This programme is also available as a Masters by Research: http://www.napier.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/research-degrees/courses

Modules

• Current practice in drug development
• Advanced immunology
• Molecular pharmacology and toxicology
• Research skills
• Quality Control and Pharmaceutical Analysis or Biotechnology and Drug Discovery
• Drug design and chemotherapy
• Research project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

The rapidly developing pharmaceutical, bioscience and healthcare sectors all need qualified drug discovery or biomedical scientists. This course is your fastest and most effective route to a successful career in drug design.

You could establish a laboratory-based career with global pharmaceutical companies, developing biotechnology companies, contract drug testing, hospitals, NHS, local government or health and safety divisions.

Alternatively, further studies to PhD level are available at institutions all over the world leading to an academic career.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The Master of Science by Research degree in Biomedical Sciences is a 12-month, research only degree, in which the candidate will undertake a supervised research project in the broad area of Biomedical Sciences, in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews. Read more
The Master of Science by Research degree in Biomedical Sciences is a 12-month, research only degree, in which the candidate will undertake a supervised research project in the broad area of Biomedical Sciences, in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews.
The candidate will be based in the interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC), based at the North Haugh Science Campus, St Andrews. The BSRC comprises research groups undertaking highly innovative, multi-disciplinary research in eleven broad areas of biomedical research, employing state-of-the-art techniques to address key questions at the leading edge of the biomedical and biological sciences.

There are eleven research themes running through the BSRC: Biophysics; Chemical Biology; Chemistry; Enzymology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Molecular Medicine; Parasitology; Structural Biology; Translational Biology; Virology. These interdisciplinary approaches bring together molecular biologists, chemists, computer scientists, geneticists, bioinformaticians and clinicians to challenge and further our understanding of disease, in terms of basic biological function through to medical intervention. Further details about the BSRC can be found here: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/bsrc/.

Candidates may approach potential supervisors in the BSRC directly (https://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/research/phd-study/phd-study-supervisors/phd-study-bsrc-supervisors/) or via advertised projects listed here (https://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/research/mscres/). We strongly recommend that potential candidates make contact with a potential supervisor before applying.
The School of Biology provides a unique and supportive environment for scholarship, amid a beautiful setting for university life. We are a highly research active School, with a diverse and vigorous post-graduate community. The School comprises a large number of research groups organised into three interdisciplinary Research Centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and the Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). Together these centres encompass the full spectrum of research in biological sciences, spanning investigations on the properties and behaviour of individual molecules through to planetary environmental dynamics. Our postgraduate students enjoy a supportive and welcoming environment, including the student-led ‘Bionet’ society that provides a wide range of networking and social opportunities.

Progression and Assessment

Students in the MSc(Res) program will be assigned an Internal Examiner (IE) and Post-Graduate Tutor by the School. There will be a progress review meeting at three months to monitor and evaluate student progression, convened by the IE, with the student and Tutor in attendance.

In addition to the project-specific training that you will receive during your degree, Msc(Res) students will also have access to a wide range of training in transferable skills through the award-winning University of St Andrews GradSkills program, run by our Professional Development Unit CAPOD. Specific post-graduate programs run within the School of Biology may also offer additional training, for instance in statistical, bioinformatics or molecular techniques.
The degree requires submission and examination of a dissertation at the end of the one-year program. This thesis will consist of up to 30,000 words. The thesis will be evaluated by the IE and an External Examiner appointed at time of submission. Evaluation will be based on the written submission and there is no requirement for a viva voce examination.

Fees

For details of post-graduate tuition fees relevant to our research degrees including the MSc(Res), please visit:
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/research-fees/

Application

Please apply via the University’s Post-Graduate Application portal: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgr/home.htm

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The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases. Read more
The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases.

The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master's programme is designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. The aim of the programme is to mix theoretical knowledge with practical skills and is most pronounced in the individual experimental projects done during the first and second year of studies.

The programme is newly designed but has evolved from two previous master’s programmes at Linköping University: Medical Biosciences, and Molecular Genetics and Physiology. Previously existing courses have been further developed and new ones have been created to meet the rapid development within the area. This means that the experiences from previous programmes and the novelty of a newly improved and updated programme are united.

Courses are taught using a multitude of formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups with Problem-Based Learning methodology, laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology and Problem-Based Learning promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, the choice of elective courses offers individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases employability for all students within the area of Life Sciences. Different areas, such as: Cardiovascular biology, Stem cells and Applied Regenerative Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Neurobiology are covered (for a summary of all courses, please see the curriculum), but there is also a special emphasis on scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes, and multidisciplinary collaboration in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in the field of biomedicine.

Individual projects in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice are key parts of the programme. During the first year, the Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences will allow students to work with a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one semester Degree Project (Master Thesis) is done. For both projects, chosen in collaboration with the project supervisor, the aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental project and produce a written synthesis of the data generated in relation to the current knowledge within the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University, or at other Swedish or international universities, in the industry or in the public administration sector.

Double degree programme: An extra feature of the programme is the possibility for a limited number of students to study the second year in Vienna, Austria. Apart from the experience, an additional degree, is earned - Master of Science in Engineering. In contrast to the research oriented environment in Linköping, the studies at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme, have a strong link to the industry.

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