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University of Worcester, Full Time Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences

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The central purpose is to enable continued professional development by generating a set of intellectual frameworks and rigorous independent research methods which facilitate student engagement in critical debate about the subject, research into its development and, ultimately synthesised into reflection of their own professional practice. Read more
The central purpose is to enable continued professional development by generating a set of intellectual frameworks and rigorous independent research methods which facilitate student engagement in critical debate about the subject, research into its development and, ultimately synthesised into reflection of their own professional practice.

It is designed to offer qualified graduates and suitably experienced professionals the opportunity to develop their academic knowledge, skills and qualifications in order to enhance their personal career development.

The pathways provide opportunities for graduates from the UK and overseas and promotes lifelong learning with an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners.

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The course offers current practitioners the opportunity to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding of Sports Coaching Science. Read more
The course offers current practitioners the opportunity to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding of Sports Coaching Science. Practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be developed in order to enhance the coaching process.

An emphasis implicit within the course is on the interrelationship between the coach, performer and sport scientist.

The focus throughout the course requires students to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching. Upon completion of the course, students should have developed a critical reflective practitioner role, with an indepth understanding of sports coaching principles and processes.

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Future proof your career through professional preparation for management or leadership positions across the global sport industry. Read more
Future proof your career through professional preparation for management or leadership positions across the global sport industry.

The course is aimed at graduates aspiring to work in sports business or management positions in a global industry and professionals working in sport organisations who want to expand their management skills and knowledge to improve their career prospects.

The programme is future-focused, vocationally-oriented and student-driven. An international field visit presents an opportunity to engage in cross-cultural activities and witness the impacts of sport. The Professional Placement enables you to demonstrate your professional sports management competencies in a live setting.

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Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. Read more
Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. This distinctive programme meets the demands of curious minds of young scientists, nurses and clinicians in this field.

What and how will I learn?
The programme provides students with learning of; the source and impact of infections and allergens; how immune system of organisms cope with these exogenous triggers; how it translates into the agriculture, veterinary and patient clinic, offering the latest developments in detection, molecular and immunological diagnostics, forecasting, therapeutics and management. Students gain a tremendous experience in the research methods and techniques used to study infectious disease, allergens and the immunology of the host.

Degree Structure
Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.

Full-time and part-time study will be available.

MSc: one calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules and a 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules without the 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Certificate: up to 12 weeks full-time, up to two academic years part-time (3 x 20 credit modules).

Modules
Fundamental and Translational Aerobiology
Detection and Identification of microorganisms
Impacts of Infectious Agents on Plants, Animals and Humans
Allergens and Allergen Carriers
Allergy Diagnostics and Management
Research Methods

Dissertation/Thesis
All MSc students undertake an independent research project in the areas of Aerobiology, detection, diagnostics, infectious agents, allergens, forensics and immunology which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:
http://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/airborne-infectious-agents-allergens-msc.html

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, database mining, journal articles, wet-lab based experiments and self-directed learning. The last three months of the programme is spent on a laboratory-based research project. Assessment is through coursework, written examination, project reports, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Why should I study this degree at Worcester?
The Airborne Infectious Agents and Allergens MSc introduces exciting new themes that reflect the research excellence within NPARU Division of Institute of Science and the Environment at Worcester University. Students would benefit from the expertise of first-class teaching facilities, molecular, immunological, microbial, forensics and Imaging laboratories, and from the pollen research and forecasting expertise that exist within ISE/NPARU.
The last three months are spent on a practical research project that can be undertaken within ISE/NPARU at Worcester or in a related company or another institute at the UK. Strong links exist with several biotech companies or universities.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a minimum of a minumum lower second-class Bachelor's degree in life sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?
This programme is particularly suitable for scientists or clinicians who wish to be trained in the field of infection, detection and diagnostics, forensics, pollen biology, allergy and immunity. It offers a range of courses and a specialist research project that leads to a specialism in microbiology, allergy and immunology.

Industrial or University Studentships may be available for this programme.

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The MSc Sports Therapy delivers a professional qualification combined with an academic award. The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Read more
The MSc Sports Therapy delivers a professional qualification combined with an academic award. The course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.

The course offers qualified graduates the opportunity to develop their academic knowledge, skills and qualifications in order to enhance their careers and become effective and reflective practitioners in Sports Therapy.

The course combines study of the underpinning theory, skills acquisition and development linked to the current evidence base, and work-based practice to consider contemporary issues and professional practice within Sports Therapy. Students are encouraged to adopt an inter– and multi-disciplinary approach that draws on a broad range of sources.

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The MRes in Biology is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research. Read more
The MRes in Biology is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

The Programme aims to prepare students:
• for doctoral level study.
• to engage in a career in biological research in a HE or industrial context.
• to meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions.
• to think for themselves in the development

Our MRes in Biology programme offers you:

• Academic rigor: Gain a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area with a challenging combination of taught modules, research training and supervised research.
• Wide variety of research interests: We have a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience enabling you to get the most out of both the taught and research element of your programme.
• Excellent supervision: Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.
• Resources: Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and to the state of the art Hive library facilities. The institute of Science and the Environment has a number of laboratories and other specialist facilities available for the delivery of your course. In addition to the large laboratory in the Darwin building, there are five other laboratories.

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This unique course enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Basketball Coaching Science. Read more
This unique course enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Basketball Coaching Science.

The delivery of the course will focus upon an innovative approach that will involve teaching in both Worcester and Lithuania and will take two years to complete. Lectures and seminars will strategically take place at mid and end of the playing season, whilst online classes and tutorials will be available throughout the year.

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to combine studies with elite sports activities, and enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Basketball Coaching Science. It will be of interest to coaches, senior players, coach educators and students throughout Europe who have an interest in developing the game and players.

Practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be further developed in order to enhance the coaching process, and you will be able to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in basketball coaching. The course offers an exchange of methods of basketball practice that exists throughout Europe and provides students with fundamental theoretical knowledge and research skills.

A range of learning styles and activities will be employed, focussing on student engagement and the development of independent learning. These include:
- Lectures
- Practical sessions
- Small group discussions
- Debates
- Tutorials
- Individual research
- Supplementary reading
- Distance learning

Learning will be structured around small group seminars led by tutors who will introduce a wealth of advanced and applied material. Sessions will encourage you to participate fully and to share your knowledge and experiences. Students will be encouraged to develop critical, reflective and analytical skills in an environment of open debate and discussion.

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The Institute of Science and Environment’s educational and research expertise within Ecology and Environmental Management encompass a range of topics; climate… Read more
The Institute of Science and Environment’s educational and research expertise within Ecology and Environmental Management encompass a range of topics; climate change and the degradation and loss of ecosystem services, grassland management and its botanical enhancement, habitat restoration, creation and maintenance, plant community ecology and vegetation dynamics, ecology and management of wild boar, ex-situ species conservation and management, soil and water analysis and management. It can be studied full time over three years, or part time over a maximum of six years.

The Programme aims to prepare students:

- For doctoral level study.
- To engage in a career in in ecological or environmental management in a research, consultancy or wider sector context.
- To meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions.
- To think for themselves in the development of a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.

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The MRes in River Science is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research. Read more
The MRes in River Science is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

This MRes aims to provide a synthesis of scientific knowledge on river geomorphology, hydrology and ecology and focuses on the application of scientifically sound and environmentally-sensitive river management. It also seeks to provide the theoretical underpinning and field and/or laboratory training necessary to undertake a River Science research project at Masters level.

The Programme aims to prepare students:
- For doctoral level study.
- To engage in a career in River Science within a government agency (e.g. Environment Agency), charity (e.g. a Rivers Trust or Wildlife Trust) or an environmental consultancy.
- To meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions.
- To think for themselves in the development of a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.

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The MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research. Read more
The MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

The Programme aims to prepare students:
• for doctoral level study;
• to engage in a career in socio-cultural research in a HE or industrial context;
• to meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions;
• to think independently and develop a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.

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The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts on entering employment. Read more
The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills demanded of Performance Analysts on entering employment.

In particular, you will find that you will be engaged in a wide range of applied activities and scenarios that require you to think creatively, solve problems, and utilise the knowledge you have gained as you progress through your studies. The development of applied skills in performance analysis forms the core of this programme with a significant part of the programme being vocationally based.

Key Features

- Full or part-time options, with a flexible modular scheme so that you can study at your own pace
- Heavy emphasis on development and application of the applied skills of a performance analyst
- Strong links to professional sports clubs and organisations
- Flexible approach to teaching and learning (amalgamation of online and face-to-face learning environments)
- Excellent facilities, including two performance analysis laboratories, Motion & Performance Centre, McClelland Health & Wellbeing Centre, 2,000-seat sports arena, two indoor sports centres, floodlit 3G astro, floodlit synthetic pitch, exercise physiology suite (BASES accredited), sports science laboratories, gymnasia and dance studio

This course is delivered through flexible and distributed learning which means that instead of meeting in a traditional face-to-face classroom over the course of this semester, a majority of our class time will be spent participating in small group, on-line discussions and activities.

These fortnightly, on-line discussions and activities require you to engage with both tutors and peers to support and guide your learning. The online activities are supplemented by two blocks of one-week intensive teaching here at UW (currently delivered in September and January). The remainder of the modules can be accessed, studied and assessed from anywhere in the World meaning you are not tied to one location, reflecting the demands of the modern day performance analyst.

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