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The UCL School of Pharmacy has an international reputation in natural drug discovery and the evaluation of drug leads from natural sources. Read more

The UCL School of Pharmacy has an international reputation in natural drug discovery and the evaluation of drug leads from natural sources. This MSc has been designed in response to ever-increasing interest in the development and use of medicines derived from natural products.

About this degree

This programme aims to train students in the methods used to analyse and characterise medicinal natural products, to examine the safety and efficacy of currently used herbal medicines, analytical and bioassay methods, and the ethnopharmaceutical uses of plants from traditional systems of medicines.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Analytical Techniques in Phytochemistry
  • Biodiversity and Medicines
  • Medicinal Natural Products
  • Natural Products Discovery
  • Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a four-month research project in the third term which culminates in a dissertation. Topics range from natural product isolation and characterisation, synthesis, analysis, and a survey of medicinal products used in the community.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory-based practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework and practical assignments, and the research project and oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry MSc

Careers

Recent graduates of this programme have progressed to careers in herbal, phytopharmaceutical or health food sectors. Some are involved in drug discovery while others pursue a PhD in the UK or overseas.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides a broad overview of natural product science, the impact of natural products as medicines, their analysis and their place in various societies.

Specifically the programme covers herbal medicines in healthcare and their safety and efficacy, with examples of natural products as medicines. There will also be lectures on the analysis of natural products and their place in the drug discovery process.

A visit to an industrial manufacturer of herbal medicinal products will take place.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This second year Master degree allows students to deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of analytical control of drugs and health products that are based on plants. Read more

This second year Master degree allows students to deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of analytical control of drugs and health products that are based on plants. It focuses on the quality control of such health products compared to international standards.

The Master degree also aims to increase the safety of therapeutic products that are based on plants and which are therefore not concerned by the pharmaceutical circuit controls. The program thus develops a strong interdisciplinary dimension through the involvement of pharmaceutical sciences, technical sciences and the legal domain.

Program structure

Semester 1: Education units in Bordeaux 

  • Validation (1 ECTS)
  • Access to Euro- Mediterranean market of drugs and other health products (3 ECTS)
  • Microbiology control and quality (2 ECTS)
  • Drug design & pharmaceutical technology for drugs and natural products (3 ECTS)
  • Quality control applied to drugs (3 ECTS)
  • Research and analytical development (3 ECTS)
  • English & communication skills (3 ECTS)
  • Quality by Design & Chemometry (3 ECTS)

Semester 1: Education units in Rabat-Morocco

  • Project management: drug control and natural products (9 ECTS)

Semester 2:

  • Training period of six months in France or abroad (30ECTS)

Strengths of this Master program

  • Permits students from pharmacy and other specialties to acquire strong skills in analytical chemistry for drugs and natural products.
  • Develops global knowledge about analytical and regulatory problems related to counterfeit drugs and health products.
  • Includes “hands-on” qualification training for key techniques using the latest equipment from the university laboratories for chemical and structural analysis.

After this Master program?

Graduates from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Bordeaux have an excellent employment record.

Graduates may access leading positions within pharmaceutical organizations; the cosmetics and food industry in France and around the world.



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Train as a pharmaceutical scientist at Liverpool John Moores University on this new, Masters-level Drug Discovery and Design course. Read more
Train as a pharmaceutical scientist at Liverpool John Moores University on this new, Masters-level Drug Discovery and Design course. Gain hands-on laboratory experience, carry out novel research and enjoy excellent employment prospects.

•Complete this masters degree in one year (full time)
•Explore molecular chemistry and the drug creation aspect of the pharmaceutical industry as you train to become a qualified pharmaceutical scientist
•Gain hands-on experience in relevant laboratory techniques with a 12 week research project
•Benefit from LJMU's £12 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
•Enjoy excellent graduate employment prospects

Enhance your subject knowledge and gain hands-on experience with this new Masters course, taught by tutors with personal industry experience and strong manufacturing connections.

Completing a PG Cert by the end of the first semester on this course, you will devote the next semester to Diploma level study and then undertake a 12 week laboratory project for the final part of your MSc.
There are opportunities for topic specialisation and the chance to undertake cutting edge research.

You will learn in a supportive, flexible academic environment, studying at the Byrom Street site, right in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

The School's laboratories are currently undergoing a £12 million upgrade. Here you’ll find chromatographic equipment and spectrometers, tableting and particle sizing equipment, computing laboratory and state-of-the-art molecular modelling software, electron spin resonance spectrometers and thermal analysis equipment, including dynamic differential scanning calorimetry plus chromatography, LC-MS and NMR instruments.

In terms of independent study support, the Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is located just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Research Methods
Gain the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.
Analytical Techniques, Structure and Function in Organic Molecules
Understand the application of analytical chemistry to pharmaceutical materials and the effect of functional group chemistry on both the structure and consequent properties of relevant molecules.
Physicochemical Properties of Therapeutic Agents
Understand the physical and chemical properties of both small molecules and macromolecules and how these influence their in vitro and in vivo behaviour as active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Medicinal Chemistry
Understand the application of medicinal chemistry to the drug discovery process and the requirement for a modern synthetic approach to the supply of relevant molecules.
Natural Products
Understand various aspects of chromatographic, spectroscopic and assay techniques and approaches pertinent to natural products drug discovery, and the chemistry of natural products.
Research Project
Complete an independent, in-depth, 12 week scientific study related to the pharmaceutical sciences.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The chemistry of biological processes is the basis of all life on planet Earth. On this course you will develop an understanding of the processes that are core to biological chemistry. Read more
The chemistry of biological processes is the basis of all life on planet Earth. On this course you will develop an understanding of the processes that are core to biological chemistry. We will explore aspects such as biosynthesis, retrosynthetic analysis, molecular biology and the principles of drug development. We will also look at the applications of biological chemistry in catalysts, synthetic methods and spectroscopy, giving our graduates an edge when looking for employment in academia or industry.

Distinctive features:

• Available on a one year full-time or three year part-time basis.

• Explore real life biological systems as well as applications of biological processes, for example in catalysis.

• Specialise in an area of interest to you with an end of course research project.

• Some overseas academic placements may be available for the research project.

Structure

This course may be taken on a one year full-time or three year part-time basis.

There are two parts to the degree. Part one comprises core and optional taught modules which you will take during the autumn and spring semesters. In these modules we will provide you with an understanding of the biological problems and processes at the interface of chemistry and biology. We will study real life systems and explore aspects such as natural product synthesis, biocatalysis, molecular biology, synthetic biology, enzymology, medicinal chemistry and molecular modelling.

Upon successful completion of part one of the degree you will progress to part two, the summer research project. We will make a range of project options available to you from the field of biological chemistry. For this project you may work with a research group in the School of Chemistry. You may also be able to complete this project with one of our academic partner institutions overseas.

If you are on the one year full-time degree option, you will undertake all modules and your research project in one year.

Core modules:

Structure and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
Biosynthetic Approach to Natural Products
Biocatalysis I - Modern Approaches to Biocatalysts
Colloquium
Biocatalysis II - Industrial Applications of Biocatalysis
Medicinal Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Advanced Techniques in Organic and Biological Chemistry
Key Skills for Postgraduate Chemists
Practical Chemical Biology
Research Project

Optional modules:

Modelling of Biological Macromolecules
Asymmetric Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products
Analytical and Structural Techniques in Chemical Biology
Molecular Modelling

Teaching

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, workshops, computational sessions, laboratory practicals and tutorials.

Your research project will be carried out in one of our laboratories under supervision of an academic member of staff with interests in a similar field, unless you choose to complete your project during a placement with one of our academic partner institutions overseas, depending on availability.

Modules relating to computing frequently take place in our computer rooms, while practical work will be undertaken in our laboratories. We frequently invite external academic speakers and industry experts to the School for seminars, which our postgraduate students are encouraged to attend.

Support

All of our students are allocated a personal tutor when they enrol on the course. A personal tutor is there to support you during your studies and can advise you on academic and personal matters that may be affecting you. You should have regular meetings with your personal tutor to ensure that you are fully supported.

You will have access to the Science Library, which holds our collection of chemistry resources, as well as to the other Cardiff University Libraries.

Feedback:

We offer written and oral feedback, depending on the coursework or assessment you have undertaken. You will usually receive your feedback from the module leader. If you have questions regarding your feedback, module leaders are usually happy to give advice and guidance on your progress. We aim to provide you with regular feedback on your work after assessments have been submitted.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed in a variety of ways depending on the module content and learning outcomes (found in the module descriptions). We use course work, assessed workshops, posters and oral presentations or a combination of these to assess your progress on the course.

Your research project at the end of the course will be assessed through a dissertation, a presentation, and an oral exam.

Career prospects

After completing this course there are usually two career streams open to graduates, research or industry. Within these two fields there are a variety of career options. For example, many of our graduates choose to follow up their MSc and decide to complete a PhD research degree with us. Those who have chosen not to continue in academia or teaching have gone on to a wide range of employment in private industries such as Kimberley-Clark group, Thales group, and Imanova Ltd.

Placements

For the end of course research project we may have some placements available with one of our academic partner institutions overseas. Please enquire early for further details

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The Drug Sciences MRes is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training and acquiring a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD-level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Read more

The Drug Sciences MRes is for graduates wishing to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a flexible opportunity for high-level research-based training and acquiring a range of academic skills that will prepare students for PhD-level study or a career in biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

About this degree

This programme includes taught and research components and runs for 12 months. The research project begins immediately when students join their chosen laboratory. Project work continues throughout the whole year. The taught component is tailored to individual research programmes. Students select the appropriate modules for their chosen research discipline. There is also core training in research methods and transferable skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of both a taught component (30 credits) and a larger research component (150 credits). The taught component will be drawn from a range of specialist options taught by the School of Pharmacy. Students will study either one 30-credit or two 15-credit modules. Not all modules will be available every year.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students select either one or two modules from a wide range including:

  • Medicinal Natural Products
  • New Drug Targets in the CNS
  • Anticancer Personalised Medicines
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Analysis and Quality Control
  • Preformulation
  • Formulation of Small Molecules
  • Personalised Medicines
  • Natural Product Discovery, Pharmacogeonomics
  • Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers
  • Advanced Structure Based Drug Design
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutics
  • Nanomedicines
  • Polymers in Drug Delivery
  • Formulation of Natural Products and Cosmeceuticals
  • Developmental Neurobioloy
  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Cognitive Systems Neuroscience
  • Systems and Circuit Neuroscience

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a programme of full-time research equivalent to approximately 10 months' duration. This research will be written up as a dissertation at the end of the period of study.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, laboratory work, participation in the research training programme. Assessment is through written examination, research dissertation, oral presentation and viva voce examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Sciences MRes

Careers

Graduates of this programme can expect to become proficient research scientists equipped for a career in research, in the pharmaceutical industry, or with a government regulatory body.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This MRes in Drug Sciences is conducted primarily as an in-depth and novel research project at the forefront of research in the area of medical and pharmaceutical sciences within the internationally recognised UCL School of Pharmacy.

Thus students gain research experience and training in their chosen research laboratory and also importantly, they have the opportunity to interact with expert researchers in all aspects of the drug discovery and delivery process.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy

87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The field of medicinal chemistry is becoming increasingly important as we continue to push the boundaries in the discovery of new drugs and applications in healthcare. Read more
The field of medicinal chemistry is becoming increasingly important as we continue to push the boundaries in the discovery of new drugs and applications in healthcare. This MSc in Medicinal Chemistry will allow you to specialise in this area and explore the wider context of drug discovery, business and healthcare.

On the course, you will develop the specific technical knowledge, understanding and laboratory skills needed to design drugs. You will also investigate the relationship between medicinal chemists and drug discovery companies with stakeholders such as patients, investors and governments.

Distinctive features:

• Available on a one year full-time or three year part-time basis.
• Explore medicinal chemistry in a wider industrial context, including how businesses interact with patients and investors.
• Specialise in an area of interest to you with an end of course research project.
• Some industrial and academic placements are available in the UK or abroad for the research project.
• Network and build contacts with industry professionals who are frequently invited to present guest seminars.

Structure

This course may be taken on a one year full-time or three year part-time basis.

There are two parts to the degree. Part one is comprised of core and optional taught modules which you will take during the autumn and spring semesters. In these modules we will provide you with a foundation in the skills required by contemporary medicinal chemists, such as the techniques and trends in modern drug discovery. We will also look in more detail at the modelling of biological macromolecules and drug targets. We will then follow the process of drug development through from laboratory to clinic.

Upon successful completion of part one, you will progress to part two, the summer research project. We will make a range of project options available to you from the field of medicinal chemistry. For this project, depending on the subject you choose, you may work with a research group in the School of Chemistry or our partner, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies. You may, if available, also be able to complete this project with one of our industrial partners or within another academic institution in the UK or abroad.

Core modules:

Colloquium
Key Skills for Postgraduate Chemists
Drug Discovery Chemistry
Techniques in Drug Discovery
Drug Targets
Drug Development from Laboratory to Clinic
Trends in Drug Discovery
Practical Medicinal Chemistry
Research Project

Optional modules:

Module title Module code Credits
Modelling of Biological Macromolecules
Structure and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
Biosynthetic Approach to Natural Products
Biocatalysis I - Modern Approaches to Biocatalysts
Biocatalysis II - Industrial Applications of Biocatalysis
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Asymmetric Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products
Advanced Techniques in Organic and Biological Chemistry
Analytical and Structural Techniques in Chemical Biology
Bio-imaging Applications of Coordination Chemistry
Molecular Modelling

Teaching

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, workshops, case studies, computer-aided sessions, practicals and tutorials.

Your research project will be carried out in one of our laboratories under supervision of an academic member of staff with interests in a similar field. You may have the opportunity to complete your project during a placement in industry or with one of our academic partner institutions overseas, depending on availability.

Modules relating to computing frequently take place in our computer rooms, while practical work will be undertaken in our laboratories. We will also invite industry experts for seminars with our students within one of the core modules. Students will also benefit of the weekly seminars organized by the School of Chemistry, where leading experts in various scientific fields are invited to present their work.

Support

All of our students are allocated a personal tutor when they enrol on the course. A personal tutor is there to support you during your studies, and can advise you on academic and personal matters that may be affecting you. You should have regular meetings with your personal tutor to ensure that you are fully supported.

You will have access to the Science Library, which holds our collection of chemistry resources, as well as to the other Cardiff University Libraries.

Feedback:

We will provide regular feedback on your workload, written and oral depending on the coursework or assessment you have undertaken. You will usually receive your feedback from the module leader. If you have questions regarding your feedback, module leaders are happy to give advice and guidance on your progress. We aim to provide you with feedback within two weeks of you submitting an assessment.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed in a variety of different ways depending on the module content and learning outcomes (found in the module descriptions). We use coursework, assessed workshops and presentations or a combination of these to assess your progress on the course.

Your research project at the end of the course will be assessed through a dissertation, a presentation, and an oral exam.

Career prospects

After completing this course there are usually two career streams open to graduates, research or industry. Within these two fields there are a variety of career options. For example, many of our graduates choose to follow up their MSc and decide to complete a PhD research degree with us. Employment opportunities for successful graduates include the expanding worldwide pharmaceutical industry, where many choose to specialise in the research and development of new drugs. Research-related jobs usually require a PhD, for which this programme provides an ideal preparation.

Placements

For the end of course research project we may have some placements available with one of our industrial partners or at another UK or overseas academic institution that we have an agreement with. Please enquire for further details.

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Content. The increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the market distortions imposed by some countries, confront Europe and other world regions with a number of challenges along the entire value chain. Read more
Content

The increasing demand for raw materials, their price volatility, the production concentration and the market distortions imposed by some countries, confront Europe and other world regions with a number of challenges along the entire value chain. To tackle this supply risk challenge and to deal with environmental problems arising from too large emissions of waste (such as CO2), technological innovation is required with respect to exploration of new resources and sustainable primary mining, sustainable use of resources in specific products and production processes (e.g. substitution of critical metals in materials), prevention of waste generation, valorisation of secondary (alternative) resources and recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products.

The International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) aims at educating a new range of professionals with a holistic overview on resource management and up-to-date processing technologies, who are familiar with sustainability concepts and possess an innovative mind-set to boost the economic importance of this sector.

Students will be acquainted with the different (technological) options for optimizing flows of natural resources in the different parts of the chain, ranging from resource exploration over sustainable materials use and use of resources in production processes to recovery/recycling of resources from end-of-life products. The focus is on developing ground-breaking technologies, engineering and re-inventing the value chain to make it more sustainable. Students will get a broad view on the entire value chain in its different aspects.

Networking and exchange of knowledge and experience between different nationalities, between academic and non-academic partners and between scholars and students will be promoted.

SINReM is offered by a consortium consisting of 3 Institutes of Higher Education:

Universiteit Gent / Ghent University (UGent, Gent, Belgium);
Uppsala University (UU, Uppsala, Sweden);
TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TUFreiberg, Freiberg, Germany).

The SINReM programme is (co)financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology within the EIT Raw Materials programme and aims at achieving an EIT label. EIT-labelled educational programmes foster students to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurs.

Career Perspectives

Graduates are qualified for a professional career in the private (supporting companies in making processes, products and services more sustainable), research (applied research at universities, research institutes or companies) or public sector (consulting in local, regional and (inter)national administrations, defining and implementing sustainable development policies).
Graduates have an entrepreneurial mindset, a multidisciplinary view and creative innovative problem-based technology development skills

Structure

This 2-year programme contains 120 ECTS credit units and leads to the joint diploma of International Master of Science in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management.

In order to expose all students to different institutional settings, student mobility within Europe is an integral part of the programme.

General Entrance Module - Semester I 30 ECTS - Ghent University
Advanced Module - Semester II 30 ECTS - Uppsala University
Field trip - Summer School - University of Freiburg
Advanced Module II - Semester III 60 ECTS - choose a one of the following majors containing (elective) courses in combination with master dissertation research:
geo-resource exploration (Uppsala)
sustainable processes (Freiberg)
sustainable materials and resource recovery (Ghent)

All students will be moving as a cohort to Gent, Freiberg and Uppsala in the first year, which approach has significant networking and social cohesion advantages.

During this first year, students are introduced to the value chain, management of natural resources, the circular economy, its economic, policy and legal aspects, inventory techniques, the clean technology concept and life cycle assessment tools to assess sustainability of products, services and processes. Moreover, students are exposed to a basic training in the different technological tools that can be used to intervene in different parts of the value chain (geo-resource exploration, sustainable (chemical) extraction processes, sustainable materials and resource recovery technology).

In the second year students have the option to further specialize by selecting a major and conducting thesis research. They interact with the professional sector through cooperation in thesis research, internships, lectures and seminars.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, candidates must have at least a bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits) in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth science, materials science) including 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS pure or applied chemistry or an equivalent level from a recognised university or Engineering College.

In terms of language requirements the following is currently applied in or acceptable by the partner institutes. Changes to these requirements are however admissible (upon approval by the MB).

Nationals of Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, need to send proof of at least one year - 60 ECTS (finished successfully) - of comprehensive English-based instruction at a HEI do not need to present a language certificate but a mode of instruction.

Candidates from any other nationality need to present test results of one of the following tests (validity of 5 years; TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted):

TOEFL IBT 86
TOEFL PBT 570
ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing

Candidates apply online through a standard online application form. All candidates fulfilling the above-mentioned minimum admission requirements receive and an official letter of admission signed by the legal representative of Ghent University (the Rector), in name of the consortium. Any applicant will need to be granted academic admission by Ghent University, advised by the SINReM Management Board, before starting the program. To this aim, candidates have to prove through their application file that they meet the admission requirements.

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Global infectious diseases are rarely out of the news, as new communicable diseases - Ebola, Zika, bird flu - along with some old familiar ones - tuberculosis (TB), cholera, HIV, malaria - raise concerns about outbreaks and global pandemics. Read more

Global infectious diseases are rarely out of the news, as new communicable diseases - Ebola, Zika, bird flu - along with some old familiar ones - tuberculosis (TB), cholera, HIV, malaria - raise concerns about outbreaks and global pandemics. In our ever-changing, rapidly globalising world, the free movement of people and goods, social change, urbanisation and environmental degradation mean that microorganisms can move quickly between and across populations, crossing natural and human-made borders with ease. A communicable disease that develops in one country has the potential for global impact. On top of this, microorganisms are constantly adapting and developing resistance to existing antibiotic and other treatments, leading to the resurgence of old diseases and the evolution of new ones. 

In response, new and improved treatments are constantly required to combat parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. These pathogens have the potential to adversely affect the health of millions of people and they challenge scientists, particularly in the field of microbiology, to respond swiftly and preemptively. 

This course is ideal if you have an undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject and you would like to develop an academic or professional career as a researcher into global infectious diseases. The course is research-focused and it will help you develop the research skills and subject-specific, laboratory-based expertise you need to develop as a microbiological researcher. You will develop the knowledge and learn the skills you need to undertake an original, independent research project and dissertation. 

In addition to your own laboratory work, you will attend group laboratory meetings and seminars, to deepen your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and to contextualise your research. 

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop a range of research skills and subject-matter expertise in global infectious diseases.
  • Undertake a laboratory project in a research-intensive environment, under the guidance of leading-edge researchers.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), a joint initiative with University College London.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Ideal if you want to gain qualifications necessary for pursuing a research career.
  • You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a research supervisor.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The research component of this degree occupies about two-thirds of the programme. The remaining third comprises postgraduate taught modules that will provide the necessary theoretical and practical background for you to pursue your chosen research topic.

You take the compulsory module Research in Microbiology (30-credit taught module, taught in the day), choose taught option modules (worth 30 credits) and complete a research project and dissertation (120 credits, full-time laboratory work, attendance at seminars, journal club, etc.).

COMPULSORY MODULES

OPTION MODULES



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World-class microbiological research takes place in Newcastle in medical sciences, biological sciences, and civil engineering and geosciences. Read more
World-class microbiological research takes place in Newcastle in medical sciences, biological sciences, and civil engineering and geosciences. We welcome MPhil research proposals in all three of these fields. We are well funded and this creates a vibrant and dynamic environment for postgraduate study.

We offer MPhi supervision in:

Medical sciences

The Centre of Bacterial Cell Biology researches fundamental aspects of the cell biology and biochemistry of bacteria, providing scientific insights crucial for the discovery and development of new antibiotics, as well as providing solutions to a huge range of industrial and environmental problems. Other research interests include:
-Chromosome replication and segregation
-Transcription and translation
-Protein structure, function and engineering
-Cell envelope, growth and division
-Synthetic biology, development and gene regulation
-Bacterium-host interactions

Biological sciences

The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Group researches:
-Microbial biology in a range of habitats
-Discovery of natural products, eg antibiotics
-Reduction of food spoilage
-Production of biofuels, bioremediation of polluted environments
-Pathogens and host–pathogen interactions in a range of diseases including those in plants and coral reefs

Civil engineering and geosciences

The multidisciplinary research of Civil Engineering and Geosciences contributes fundamental advances in:
-Microbial ecology
-Environmental microbiology
-Environmental engineering and Earth systems
-Biogeochemistry
-Microbiological aspects of engineered and natural environments
-Anaerobic crude oil degradation in petroleum reservoirs
-Engineered biological treatment systems
-The microbial ecology of climatically significant processes such as methane cycling

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This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (EMJMD, ACES) offers specialised training to deliver highly skilled graduates capable of addressing the challenge of food provision for a growing world population. Read more
This Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (EMJMD, ACES) offers specialised training to deliver highly skilled graduates capable of addressing the challenge of food provision for a growing world population.

Food security is of global importance and, in the face of declining resources, aquaculture will have an increasingly demand for people with in-depth knowledge and practical expertise to enable this major industry to produce nutritious, high-quality and affordable foods. Graduates will be capable of addressing these challenges and will have exciting international career opportunities.

The sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in Europe has become essential for improving the competitiveness of this sector internationally. There are many major scientific, technological and social obstacles, however to overcome.

Special Features

• The course is delivered by an international team of experts at world class research facilities including: Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI; University of Crete (Greece); and University of Nantes (France).

• Associate institutes with world-class reputations are an integral part of this course and include the United Nations University - Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the Huinay Research Station, Chile.

• There are numerous international partners (including the International Oceanographic Commission, Sainsbury’s and Marine Harvest) offering dissertation placements with full industry participation.

• The course gives students an opportunity to study for 6 months in three European countries and an unparalleled insight into aquaculture practices and policies across Europe and beyond.

• You will gain research experience through a dissertation, linked to an industrial partner and hosted by an ACES partner, with supervision from experts in the field.

• You will benefit from strong peer-group support and networking developed throughout the programme as you move around the partners as one group during the first three semesters.


• A limited number of Erasmus+ Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for each intake to cover the tuition fees, living and travel expenses. Any student can apply for a scholarship and applications from EU and particularly non-EU candidates are welcome.

Modules

To achieve the award of Erasmus Mundas Joint Masters, you must successfully complete three modules (each worth 10 ECTS, equivalent to 20 SQCF) at each of the partner institutions and a research dissertation (30 ECTS or 60 SQCF).

SAMS_UHI

Overview of Global Aquaculture - (core)
Environmental interactions of Aquaculture - (core)
Governanance, management and knowledge exchange - (optional)
Innovation, technology and systems - (optional)



University of Crete

Managing biological lifecycles - Finfish - (core)
Sustainability of feed production - (core)
Fish quality and welfare - (optional)
Environmental impacts for Aquaculture - (optional)



University of Nantes

Managing biological lifecycles - Shellfish - (core)
Marine product safety - (core)
Refinement and development of marine natural products - (optional)
Food composition, trophic transfer and human nutrition - (optional)



Dissertation module - (core)

Students are able to decide on their host institute for this module

Successful candidates receive an Erasmus Mundus+ Joint Master Degree from UHI, the University of Crete and the University of Nantes.

Locations

This course is available at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, PA37 1QA

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Our MSc is for students from a variety of backgrounds with varied levels of biotechnology experience. You will develop an understanding of contemporary molecular biology and biotechnology principles and practices. You will also gain the skills and knowledge base required for employment in the biotechnology industry.

This course covers the scientific principles needed to give you an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology. It helps you to develop generic practical skills in:
-Handling micro-organisms
-Molecular biological techniques
-Data analysis

You will examine:
-The production of novel biological compounds
-The fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants
-The search and discovery of commercially significant natural products
-Use and exploitation of genetically modified organisms (GMO)

The course also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as:
-Bioethics
-Regulatory affairs
-The role of intellectual property and commercialisation

Facilities

The School of Biology has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including:
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We offer MPhil supervision in the following subjects areas associated with environment science:

Applied and environmental biology

We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance, embracing experimental approaches that encompass genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. Our research provides evidence for the underlying molecular and physiological processes that affect animal behaviour and physiology.

Our research is driven by the desire to develop new biological systems that address health, food, energy and water security. The applied nature of our work has led to the launch of successful spin-out companies, such as Geneius. These companies offer graduate employment opportunities and make a substantial contribution to the local economy. The commercial applications that result from our research range from natural products discovery and creation of novel antimicrobials and biopesticides to sustainable methods of reducing food spoilage.

Based in the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), our research laboratories include well-equipped molecular laboratories for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) amplification, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and facilities for the production of novel recombinant proteins, including protein engineering. Microbiological laboratories are equipped to Category 2 standard. We have the latest equipment for profiling plant leaf gas exchange and light use efficiency, high performance liquid chromatography, fluorescence and light microscopy and easy access to central facilities for confocal and electron microscopy, DNA sequencing, microarray analyses and proteomics. We also have a suite of licenced controlled environment rooms for growing transgenic plants and for housing quarantine invertebrate pests.

Applied and environmental biology research is based in the School of Biology and led by academic staff with international reputations.

Environmental change and management

We study long-term system evolution and change, developing knowledge relating to the Earth's surface and the processes that form its structure and function. We also study how human behaviour impacts on these systems and influences sustainable management.

Based in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, you will be part of an active research community of nearly 200 social science researchers. We pride our research on being the highest academic quality with an international focus, underpinned by a concern for informing public debate and contributing to public policy formulation.

Research in physical geography is supported by a number of laboratories:
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-Geomorphology Laboratory
-Chemical, paleoecology and organic chemistry laboratories
-Spatial Analysis Laboratory

We have over 90 academic and research staff and we will ensure that your project is supervised by experts in your field.

Geosciences

Geoscience research at Newcastle is focused on:
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-Geoenergy, reflecting a balance between fossil fuels as a critical energy resource and the move towards a lower carbon global economy

Our biogeochemistry and geoenergy research forms a strong multi-disciplinary group. We also have links to the engineering community through our work on microbial processes of significance to oil and gas production such as reservoir souring.

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ECTS credits: 120
Duration: two years

NHH is one of few business schools in the world where you can specialise in business within the energy sector and graduates from this master’s programme are in great demand. This programme aims to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary managers in the fields of energy and natural resource development.
Future development and prosperity depends largely on access to energy sources and secure, reliable supplies of natural resources. Exploitation of these resources has a significant impact on the environment and getting the balance right is a critical factor in the commercial world where business sustainability is increasingly defined by factors going beyond the bottom line.
Whether your goal is to shape public policy, become a resource economist, work for a big energy corporation, or pursue a career in commodity trading and financial products, the programme provides you with an excellent basis for a future career that encompasses crucial and relevant issues to modern society.

SPECIALIST AREAS

The programme broadly focuses on four main subject areas:

Economic fundamentals of energy and natural resource value chains
Business/government interactions in commercial energy and natural resource development
Strategic responses to more competitive energy and natural resource markets
Environmental impact of business and government decisions
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Research Distinction
In addition, we offer methodological courses at advanced level for students who want to elaborate their analytical skills. The advanced courses will qualify for a master's with "Research Distinction". Students who are planning to pursue a PhD are encouraged to select at least two advanced courses.

NORWAY'S LEADING BUSINESS SCHOOL

It makes a difference where you study. NHH is one of the best business schools in Europe and is a member of the exclusive CEMS network (http://www.cems.org) – the strategic alliance of 30 leading business schools, 65 multinational companies and five NGO partners.
We welcome talented students from across the world to our master’s programmes and offer them a first-rate education – with no tuition fee.

NO FEES

NHH is a government funded university and therefore charges no application or tuition fees. As a student at NHH, the only fee you are required to pay is a small semester registration fee to the Student Welfare Organization in Bergen (SiB), allowing you to benefit from their services. The amount is currently approximately NOK 800 per semester. Some applicants are obliged to document financial ability in order to be granted a residence permit to study in Norway (citizens outside the EU/EEA area and Switzerland).

3 OUT OF 4 STUDENTS HAVE A JOB BEFORE GRADUATING

NHH graduates have relevant jobs waiting. According to our recent employment survey 3 out of 4 students have already landed a job before they graduate. The average salary for NHH graduates is approximately NOK 524 000 (approx. USD 63 000) including benefits.

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Your programme of study

Chemists have always been in demand worldwide with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, fine chemicals, and within research laboratories across the globe. The programme at Aberdeen is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Aberdeen is noted for Nobel prizes within Chemistry which include the invention of modern chromatography (Synge 1952) and the discovery of a new element - protactinium (Soddy 1921).  Teaching at Aberdeen is informed by world class research within food security. Class sizes are kept small to enable you to have strong teaching interaction and support in your studies. You will be taught by many staff in the environment group (TESLA) and (MBC)

The programme focuses on specialised modern analytical methodology. The range of industries or institutes where these skills are asked for includes the pharmaceutical industry, environmental institutions, research institutes and also the oil & gas industry. There are many new innovations which require chemists with advanced skills to analyse and test new methods of providing health via IOT devices, smart phones and small sensors deployed throughout the body to quickly provide analysis and customised recommendations.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Advanced Analytical Methodologies A and B
  • Practical Exercise and Professional Skills in Analytical Chemistry

Semester 2

  • Research Techniques and Professional Skills and Problem Solving Theory and Practice
  • Research Project in Analytical Chemistry

Semester 3

  • Research Project in Analytical Chemistry

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • A Royal Society of Chemistry accredited degree programme
  • Alumni feedback and mentor students on this programme
  • Main areas are Bimolecular Chemistry (Natural products, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, surface and catalysis

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

Find out more from the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise in these areas of biology:

Ecology and conservation

Our Ecology and Conservation Research Group works to understand patterns observed in nature - species and habitats. This often includes anthropogenic effects.

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Our research covers:

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-Ecology

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The Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling group focuses on analysing the structure and dynamics of complex biological and clinical systems. We have a specific interest in investigating spatially and temporally heterogeneous processes in biology. We are driven by practical problem solving through the use of modelling.

Applied and Environmental Biology

We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance. Our experimental approaches include:

-Genomics

-Molecular biology

-Biochemistry

-Physiology

Some examples of the commercial applications we develop include:

-Natural products discovery

-Creation of novel antimicrobials and biopesticides

-Sustainable methods of reducing food spoilage

-Microbes involved in biofuel production

-Uses of microbes in bioremediation of polluted environments

We invite you to propose your own research topic, or you can follow one of the projects suggested on the School of Biology website. If you wish to develop your own research topic, you are recommended to contact a potential supervisor at the School of Biology to develop your ideas, before submitting your formal application via the Applicant Portal.

You will benefit from two supervisors from our research community. You are encouraged to present your research results at our annual Postgraduate conference. You'll also benefit from training in a wide range of transferable skills, such as statistics and web design, through the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School.

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