MSc by Research (tuition and bench fees funded)
Applications are invited for a fees-funded MSc by Research available within the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University.
Fee level of sponsorship: UK/EU fee level - international candidates will need to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in fees (if applicable)
Annual stipend: £ NO STIPEND
We are pleased to announce the availability of fees-funded 1 year Masters by Research project for the 2018/19 academic year entitled ‘Understanding bladder smooth muscle repair capacity in healthy and overactive bladders’. The funding, supported by Kingston Hospital Charity, will cover both tuition fees and bench fees (consumables costs). Please note that a stipend to cover living expenses is not included. The project will be co-supervised by Dr Natasha Hill, Associate Professor at Kingston University, and Dr Eduardo Cortes, Consultant Gynaecologist at Kingston Hospital, in collaboration with Dr Graham Knee, Clinical Director of Histopathology at Kingston Hospital.
The project will involve analysis of clinical biopsy samples from healthy and overactive bladders (OABs). OAB is a seriously debilitating condition with a high incidence in the elderly group leading to increased risk of fractures, isolation, and depression. The successful candidate will use qRT-PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and tissue culture to quantify expression of particular splice variants involved in muscle repair and regeneration and perform mechanistic analysis. Full training in relevant techniques will be provided, in addition to training in both research and transferable skills including experiment planning and design, data analysis, presentation and communication. This is an excellent opportunity to develop cell and molecular biology expertise in a clinical setting.
Self-funded Masters by Research projects are also available in other areas within the School, please see our research pages at the link below, and you can contact any member of staff to find out more.
For further details please contact: Dr Natasha Hill, Kingston University, UK.
Email: [email protected]
Applicants will need to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, a good BSc Hons degree in a relevant subject.
English Language: If you are not from an English speaking country, or have not studied at an English university before, you will need to show proof of internet-based IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent qualification). For IELTS, you need a minimum score 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements. Please see these pages for further information http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/
Deadline for applications: 30 July, 5 pm
Expected start date: October 2018
Duration: 1 year full-time
Please send the following to [email protected] with the email subject “MScR“
• A completed postgraduate application form
• An academic CV
• Copies of your academic certificates (degree level onwards)
• A covering letter stating why you consider you are suitable for the position (maximum 2 pages A4)
• A copy of your English language qualification, if applicable (see ‘English Language’ above)
References do not need to be included with the application, but will be required for shortlisted applicants.
Please ensure that all required documents are submitted together with your application as we are unable to consider incomplete applications.
You should assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by 4 weeks after the closing date.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is home to more than thirty well-funded research groups, offering opportunities for research that is fundamental in advancing basic science and at the same time provides knowledge that is being translated to help tackle human diseases. The graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology therefore provide advanced research-based education with the goal of preparing students for a career in academic, industrial or professional positions in British Columbia and beyond.
The Department offers MSc and PhD degree programs, with the option to transfer into the PhD track during the second year. Enrollment in the two programs combined has been steadlily increasing over the last 5 years from about 65 to 84 grads. The requirements for formal course credits are usually completed within the first two academic terms. Course topics include laboratory techniques, nucleic acids, membrane structure and function, cellular regulation, protein chemistry and molecular biology. Additional options include bioinformatics, genome analysis, cell growth and differentiation, bacterial pathogenesis and immuno-genetics. The balance of the program is research intensive and assessed by examination of a dissertation.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has a rich history and on-going record of exceptional academic and research excellence. The Department was home to Nobel Laureate, Michael Smith and his legacy is sustained through involvement of a number of our professors with the Michael Smith Laboratories and the closely-associated Centre for High Throughput Biology. The majority of our research laboratories are located in the Life Sciences Institute, the largest multidisciplinary research hub at UBC. Key features of our research and graduate programs are that they are set up to enable top-notch work, with the very best facilities and with opportunities for collaboration with researchers from a range of disciplines. Research groups in the Life Sciences Institute include those with a focus on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, bacterial and viral diseases, chemical biology, blood research, molecular epigenetics and others. We encourage you to visit the Department website to check out the specific research interests and achievements of the professors in the Department. A number of our professors have developed and maintain major and cutting-edge equipment that underpins research using macromolecular crystallography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, high-throughput imaging and a range of spectroscopic techniques for macromolecular analysis.
The Department provides tuition benefits to more than half of all students and scholarships to assist with travel to meetings. The Department makes every effort to enable students to gain teaching experience through teaching assistantships, mostly to support teaching in undergraduate laboratory and lecture courses and for which further stipend support is achieved. Overall, the average support package for graduate students exceeds $27,000 per annum.
During the past year we undertook a detailed survey of all graduates who completed their graduate programs in the period from 2003-2014. Of the total of 138 graduates, we have tracked the career progress of more than 120 so far. Of this total, 35 have completed further training in graduate and postdoctoral positions, 20 have entered a professional program (mostly in Law or Medicine), 11 have progressed to a tenure-stream faculty position and 32 have full-time research positions in academia (8), industry (21) or government departments (3). Others have established careers in technical writing or management and the most recent cohort (13) are still at a very early stage of career development. Although we need to continue to track and refine our understanding of career outcomes, it is very clear that our programs enable our graduates to achieve career success in a number of academic, professional and commercial areas.