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The one-year Master of Research (MRes) programme is an innovative route to starting out on a research career. The MRes will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience research projects over a broad range of disciplines and laboratory environments. Read more
The one-year Master of Research (MRes) programme is an innovative route to starting out on a research career. The MRes will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience research projects over a broad range of disciplines and laboratory environments.

Our MRes programme allows you to gain research experience and professional skills, sometimes in a different area to your first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research. This will allow you to make an informed choice about the research area you want to invest your scientific career in.

You choose two laboratory placements which can be in any of our areas of research within the biological and biomedical sciences. As we have over 200 research active labs we can offer you a wide range of projects to choose from. For an idea of the breadth of available projects, browse our Research section.

The programme also helps to develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics and science communication.

Course description

The one-year Master of Research (MRes) programme is an innovative route to starting out on a research career. The MRes will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience research projects over a broad range of disciplines and laboratory environments.

Our MRes programme allows you to gain research experience and professional skills, sometimes in a different area to your first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research. This will allow you to make an informed choice about the research area you want to invest your scientific career in.

You choose two laboratory placements which can be in any of our areas of research within the biological and biomedical sciences. As we have over 200 research active labs we can offer you a wide range of projects to choose from. For an idea of the breadth of available projects, browse our Research section.

The programme also helps to develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics and science communication.

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

MRes graduates acquire a vast array of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive laboratory research experience. 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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Cell Biology lies at the heart of today's central questions in the biological sciences. Research in Cell Biology is crucial to understand the inner workings of animals, plants and bacteria. Read more
Cell Biology lies at the heart of today's central questions in the biological sciences. Research in Cell Biology is crucial to understand the inner workings of animals, plants and bacteria. It is central to diverse subjects including cell communication, cell division and cell motility. Importantly, our understanding of Cell Biology will undoubtedly help in the quest for treatments for major diseases, including cancer. This programme will give you the unique opportunity to consider the most exciting current problems in cell biology under the guidance of leading experts in Cell Biology.

You will gain training and experience in the concepts and techniques used in cutting edge research in cell biology and it's application in widespread fields of research. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to directly apply these ideas in your research projects. The diverse fields studied and large number of leading researchers employing Cell Biological approaches in Manchester permits you to perform your studies in the area you find most stimulating.

Through this programme, you will have a unique opportunity to define the mechanisms that define and regulate the function of cells and organisms.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Cell Biology 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

This course will provide training in transferable and subject specific skills. Your experiences of group based activities and presentations will be valuable in scientific and non-scientific careers. Your general scientific training will provide you with invaluable skills for a career in academic research, further study (e.g. PhD) or in industrial research. Finally, the widespread impact of Cell Biology on diverse subject areas will provide you with experiences in diverse subject areas and permit you to work within almost any area in the Biological Sciences.

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It is estimated that the world population will peak at around 9 billion by the middle of the century. Already, 1 billion people do not have enough to eat. Read more

Course Description

It is estimated that the world population will peak at around 9 billion by the middle of the century. Already, 1 billion people do not have enough to eat. According to a recent report from the Royal Society, food production needs to increase by 50-100 % by 2050. At the same time, agriculture is being placed under pressure from different directions. Changing climates, caused by rising CO2, are leading to more extreme weather events, increasing crop failures. Plants are also being looked to as a possible solution to climate change they are increasingly being grown to provide biofuels. In this context, plant sciences are more important now than ever before. This is also an area with a recognised skills shortage.

The MSc in Plant Sciences at The University of Manchester offers students the opportunity to contribute directly to the future. Key themes of Plant Science research in Manchester include increasing plant stress tolerance and developing novel ways to generate new crop varieties whilst exploring the wider roles of plants in our environment.

During the 12 month course, students spend the majority of their time working on two original research projects, gaining the practical laboratory skills required for biology-related careers in industry or academia. The degree is not only directed at students with a specialist backgrounds but is particularly suited to life scientists who wish to gain experience in plant based research, offering the possibility to work on a broad range of topics.

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Plant Science 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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Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Read more
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Biochemical understanding is fundamental to all biological disciplines. While much of modern biochemistry aims to provide an understanding of fundamental biological processes at a molecular level, it also contributes to the solving of medical problems and the discovery of safe and effective drugs. This programme allows students to gain research experience in contemporary biochemistry, which may be a different area to their first degree, and professional skills, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Biochemistry 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

Graduates acquire a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive laboratory research experience. Graduates typically enter professional careers in research, the health service or industrial environments. The University of Manchester has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities.

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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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Developmental biology is aimed at understanding how a fertilised egg gives rise to a complex multicellular organism. Read more
Developmental biology is aimed at understanding how a fertilised egg gives rise to a complex multicellular organism. The Developmental Biology MSc will give a thorough training in this subject area with opportunities to undertake research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on a range of model organisms and diverse areas of developmental biology. Some of the major areas of research undertaken at The University of Manchester are as follows:
-Studies of gene expression and cell signalling in model organisms, such as Drosophila, Xenopus, and mouse are illuminating the mechanisms by which different cell types and tissues arise during development. Findings obtained from these studies serve as general principles relating to human development.
-The ways in which misregulation of developmental mechanisms leads to human diseases, e.g. cancer, are being explored using various models.
-The mechanisms regulating stem cell maintenance and differentiation are being investigated, in order to harness the therapeutic potential of stem cells.
-The healing process is being studied to improve wound repair and in the longer term regeneration of organs.

This is a research focused master's course. We do not teach Developmental Biology 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

MSc graduates acquire a vast array of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive laboratory research experience. 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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Bioinformatics is changing as high throughput biological data collection becomes more Systems oriented. This means that employers are looking for people able to work across the traditional disciplines. Read more
Bioinformatics is changing as high throughput biological data collection becomes more Systems oriented. This means that employers are looking for people able to work across the traditional disciplines.

The MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Manchester reflects these exciting developments, providing an integrated programme taught by researchers at the forefront of fields spanning Bioinformatics, Genomics and Systems Biology.

Bioinformatics has been an identifiable discipline for more than a decade, driven by the computational demands of high volumes of biological data. It incorporates both the development and application of algorithms to decipher biological relationships.

Enormous success has been achieved, for example in defining homologous families of sequences at the DNA, RNA, and protein levels. However, our appreciation of function is changing rapidly as experimental analysis scales up to cellular and organismal viewpoints.

At these levels, we are interested in the properties of a network of interacting components in a system, as well as the components themselves. The concepts or Systems Biology and Bioinformatics complement each other, and both are addressed in this course.
This combination reflects the current skills sought in academic and industrial (eg pharmaceutical) settings. An important feature is the extent to which computational biology is concerned with finding patterns in biological data, and generating hypotheses that feed back into experiments.

Teaching is delivered by more than ten academic staff working in the fields of Bioinformatics, Genomics and Systems Biology, representing the breadth and depth of these areas.

Aims

The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of methods to analyse and interpret the data generated by modern biology. This involves the appreciation of biochemistry and molecular biology, together with the techniques of IT and computer science that will prepare students for multidisciplinary careers in research.

To achieve this there are three main objectives:
-Provide biological background to the data types of Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics.
-Develop the computational and analytical understanding necessary as a platform for processing biological data.
-Demonstrate applications and worked examples in the fields of Bioinformatics and System Biology, integrating with student involvement through project work.

Coursework and assessment

Research projects 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.

Taught units involve lectures, practicals and problem classes and are assessed through both coursework and exam.

Course unit details

The taught part of the course runs from September to April and consists of 60 credits delivered from four 15 credit units.
-Bioinformatics
-Programming Skills
-Computational Systems Biology
-Experimental Design and Statistics

You will undertake two research project, each of 60 credits, in Semester 2 and the summer. Additionally tutorials and the Graduate Training Programme (skills development) will run through the whole programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates acquire a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive research experience. Around half of each class find PhD positions straight after the MSc, whilst others build upon their training to enter careers in biology and IT. The combination of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics addressed in this course reflects the current skills sought in academic and industrial (e.g. pharmaceutical) settings.

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Our Master of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine provides high-quality research and training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare. Read more
Our Master of Research (MRes) in Translational Medicine provides high-quality research and training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare.

With advances in technology, graduates are now faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research.

Employers demand skillsets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and this Masters is designed to provide this breadth of training.

The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools.

Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit.

Our MRes in Translational Medicine (Interdisciplinary Molecular Medicine) provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

The training in metabolomic techniques is novel for a UK course, and teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is unique.

With its extended 35-week research project and broad training in biotechnology for medical healthcare, this MRes provides an excellent platform to progress into PhD research, or for a career in academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or as a clinical academic.

The MRes has substantial interdisciplinary focus; training comprises four taught modules before you undertake an extended 35-week research project within The University of Manchester, Waters or one of the Greater Manchester teaching hospitals.

A wide choice of projects are available, allowing individuals to focus on areas of interest such as the use of gene expression profiling, proteomics, metabolomics, stem cell research, tissue culture or pharmacogenetics in the biology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, stroke or diabetes.

The MRes lasts for one year full-time, so it provides the ideal opportunity to experience the challenges of multidisciplinary research first-hand before committing to further training.

Over 85% of our graduates secure further research (PhD), pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, or medical training posts upon completion.

Career opportunities

Our MRes, with its extended 35-week research project and broad training in biotechnology for medical healthcare, provides an excellent platform to progress into PhD research, or for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology Industries or as a clinical academic.
-More than 50% of our graduates progress into PhD research (for example, within the Universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol).
-Around 15% pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry in the UK or abroad.
-Approximately 25% are intercalating medics who complete their medical education.
-An estimated 10% pursue an undergraduate medical degree.

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Our PGCert in Translational Medicine provides high-quality training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare. Read more
Our PGCert in Translational Medicine provides high-quality training skills for students who want to use state-of-the-art biotechnologies to rapidly translate disease research into improved clinical healthcare.

With advances in technology, graduates are now faced with heightened expectations to conduct effective bioscience research.
Employers demand skillsets comprising biological, medical, physical and computational characteristics and this PGCert is designed to provide this breadth of training.

The core aim is to train the next generation of scientists able to 'fast-track' biological and scientific data into advanced therapies and diagnostics tools.

Our understanding of the molecular basis of disease and drug mechanisms has improved dramatically in recent years, yet there is a distinct shortage of individuals able to apply this knowledge into effective clinical benefit.

This course provides intense training in 'omics' skills and techniques such as genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

The training in metabolic techniques is novel for a UK course, and teaching on the integration of different omic platforms and data in a systems medicine strategy is unique.

Teaching and learning

The postgraduate certificate requires the completion of four taught units delivered using a variety of face-to-face, workshop and e-learning approaches. Each unit lasts the equivalent of two weeks and consists of a package of lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Career opportunities

The aim of the PGCert is to give you a thorough knowledge and understanding of the key technologies used in the field of translational medicine.

This will help you to obtain laboratory-based positions or progress your career if you are already employed within academia or the pharmaceutical industry.

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Biotechnology is the application of biology in industry and exploits living things and processes commercially to make useful products and provide practical solutions. Read more
Biotechnology is the application of biology in industry and exploits living things and processes commercially to make useful products and provide practical solutions. In the 21st century, biotechnology is set to continue to have a major impact on all our lives from improvements in medicine and pharmaceuticals to food quality, agricultural systems and biofuels.

Using the considerable interdisciplinary research strengths and business initiatives that exist within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and the Manchester Enterprise Centre, we are able to offer a challenging and innovative programme that combines expertise in entrepreneurial business development with cutting edge research.

Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) is based within Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester. We are recognised as one of the UK leaders in the area of enterprise education. The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health is one of the leading centres for life sciences research in the UK.

This research based MSc course will provide you with the scientific research skills and the business knowledge required to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products. You will also explore how these translate into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries. The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Career opportunities

The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market. Around three-quarters of recent graduates have moved on to careers in industry including Business Development and knowledge transfer positions in bioscience and pharmaceutical companies. The remaining graduates have moved on to industry related PhD research.

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The Master of Enterprise [MEnt] is run jointly by the School of Chemistry and Manchester Enterprise Centre. The course has been designed to combine Masters level research, sound business theory and the practical enterprise skills needed to apply that knowledge in a business context. Read more

Overview

The Master of Enterprise [MEnt] is run jointly by the School of Chemistry and Manchester Enterprise Centre. The course has been designed to combine Masters level research, sound business theory and the practical enterprise skills needed to apply that knowledge in a business context.

The Master of Enterprise degree reflects the nature of knowledge-based enterprise and innovation. Students develop ideas from their discipline into new products and services. The School of Chemistry has particular strengths in biological chemistry and organic synthesis, computational and theoretical chemistry, materials chemistry (inorganic and polymer), magnetic resonance and structural chemistry, radiochemistry and environmental chemistry and nanoscience. Manchester Science Enterprise Centre provides the enterprise element of the course and support in the business development activities undertaken by students. Each student has at least one subject supervisor, an enterprise supervisor and potentially a business mentor from a relevant industry sector.

Programme Content and Assessment

Students will learn key enterprise skills such as opportunity recognition, idea generation and the ability to transform ideas into tangible business proposals. Students will also gain essential knowledge and awareness in areas such as finance, risk management and market research.

Students are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Students take two compulsory enterprise units (30 credits in total) and two optional subject units (30 credits in total) from your academic area of interest and an Enterprise Project (120 credits). These can be selected from any of the University’s postgraduate programmes and will enable you to enhance your subject knowledge a commercial context.

Year-long enterprise research project

The project will develop a students competences in knowledge transfer and will combine enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation research from a commercial perspective.

The project must have a potential commercial application and can be based on a students own proposal for a start-up business, or it can be undertaken on behalf of an external organisation. We can source suitable projects for students if required.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

Fees for this programme are dependent upon the subject based units that you choose and the School of Chemistry tuition fees. Contact Elisa Harrocks for more details.

Manchester Science Enterprise Centre offer a limited number of scholarships for both UK and EU student.

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These are exciting times in biology and medicine. The genomics revolution is opening up whole new areas of research - from new insights into how organisms function, to new understandings of disease and disease processes. Read more
These are exciting times in biology and medicine. The genomics revolution is opening up whole new areas of research - from new insights into how organisms function, to new understandings of disease and disease processes. Medicine is currently involved in the largest and most ambitious IT project in the world - the capture and interpretation of electronic patient records. This information will make health care much more effective and can help spot new diseases early - whilst they can still be contained and controlled. At the heart of all these developments are data and knowledge - and a real need and demand for the skills and techniques that computer scientists can bring these problem areas. Biology and healthcare now provide some of the fastest growing and most challenging areas for computer scientists to apply their skills.

The Digital Biology pathway is centered around a central theme of Biohealth Informatics. The theme is specifically designed for computer scientists without any previous experience of medicine or biology and will help you to develop the core skills needed to work or research (as a computer scientist) in these rapidly evolving fields. This core theme is complemented by a range of other themes that allow students to develop additional skills which have important applications in healthcare and biology.

Teaching and learning

Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. This is reflected in the way the Manchester course is taught, with students able to choose from an extremely broad range of units that not only cover core computer science topics, but that draw on our interdisciplinary research strengths in areas such as Medical and Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities.

Coursework and assessment

Lectures and seminars are supported by practical exercises that impart skills as well as knowledge. These skills are augmented through an MSc project that enables students to put into practice the techniques they have been taught throughout the course.

Facilities

-Newly refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers
-Access to world leading academic staff
-Collaborative working labs complete with specialist computing and audio visual equipment to support group working
-Over 300 Computers in the School dedicated exclusively for the use of our students
-An Advanced Interfaces Laboratory to explore real time collaborative working
-A Nanotechnology Centre for the fabrication of new generation electronic devices
-An e-Science Centre and Access Grid facility for world wide collaboration over the internet
-Access to a range of Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
-Specialist electronic system design and computer engineering tools

Career opportunities

Students following the Digital Biology pathway have all the career options as described for general Advanced Computer Science.
In addition, students following this pathway are well placed for careers with healthcare providers, the pharmaceutical industry, and bio-health research institutes.

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry.

Accrediting organisations

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfills the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with CEng accredited Bachelors programme.

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This twelve month chemistry MSc is designed primarily for international students, either to act as a preparation for PhD studies or for students wishing to broaden their research experience and knowledge of chemistry within the context of the English language. Read more
This twelve month chemistry MSc is designed primarily for international students, either to act as a preparation for PhD studies or for students wishing to broaden their research experience and knowledge of chemistry within the context of the English language.

The programme consists of six taught modules, worth a total of 90 credits, delivered in the first six months of the course followed by a substantial research project, also worth 90 credits.

The modules will include both analytical and synthetic topics and a research project from a wide range of areas may be selected.

Aims

To provide students with essential skills in the characterisation of materials by spectroscopic, structural and analytical techniques. This will be achieved with reference to organic, organometallic and polymeric materials.

To give students an in-depth experience of chemical research through individual, extended Masters research projects.

To develop confidence in the use of English oral and written skills within a chemical context.

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Our Medical Mycology MSc course offers intensive full-time or part-time learning covering the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection. Read more
Our Medical Mycology MSc course offers intensive full-time or part-time learning covering the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection.

This course is ideal if you are a graduate who wishes to develop your skills as a mycologist. You will gain a significant level of theoretical understanding and practical skills, which will be important for following a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research in the UK or overseas.

Our course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a mycologist. We provide a number of hands-on practical sessions linked with each module, as well as work experience at the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), clinics and ward rounds. This will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a specialist career in diagnostic, clinical or academic settings, and will provide you with comprehensive skills to set up good quality diagnostic services around the world.

In addition, the faculty for this course is of an exceptionally high standard, with a number of world-leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians involved.

The University of Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG) - a world-leading unit for basic, applied, translational and clinical fungal research - is aligned to the international LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) initiative.

This course runs parallel to the MSc Medical Microbiology and MSc Medical Virology courses, with long traditions and an excellent reputation in their fields.

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The Masters course in Biomaterials is multi-disciplinary. It provides students with a rich understanding of about current clinically used biomaterials and state of the art advances in research to improve these. Read more
The Masters course in Biomaterials is multi-disciplinary. It provides students with a rich understanding of about current clinically used biomaterials and state of the art advances in research to improve these. The clinical application of these biomaterials will be demonstrated along with indepth description of materials structure and processing (e.g. polymer, composite and ceramic). The project component will allow hands-on training for the student in further developing novel biomaterials.

Teaching and learning

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec):
-Research Methods course unit (15 credits)
-Master Class Course Unit (15 credits)
-Structure & Mechanical Properties of Polymers (15 credits)
-Clinical Applications of Biomaterials (15 credits)

Semester 2 (Jan - March):
-Composite Materials (15 credits)
-Nanobiomaterials (15 credits)

Summer ( March- Sept)
-Research project (90 credits)

Career opportunities

The medical device industry is estimated to be increasing at a rate of ~15% per year (Grammenou, 2006). As such it is important to provide scientists that are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the workplace to advance this important clinical need.

The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as biomaterials scientists, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within The University of Manchester or external institutes.

Accrediting organisations

Accredited by the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM 3 ) as meeting the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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