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Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology - MSc


University of Sussex School of Life Sciences

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Most biological disciplines rely on analyses at the molecular level and the use of molecular biology to manipulate genes and proteins. Our MSc will give you the training necessary to become an active and engaged researcher in this field.

You’ll spend a large part of your course researching real biological problems in a research-active laboratory, relying on close interaction with your supervisor and becoming part of their research group.

You’ll benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, including the Sussex Centre for Advanced Microscopy.

How will I study?
You’ll take a variety of formal taught research and study skills, laboratory-based and seminar modules across the autumn and spring terms.

The core of the course is the research project, which begins in the spring term and

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Entry Requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant science (such as genetics, cell biology, biology), computing or mathematics subject. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).


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Student Profile(s)

Souvik Naskar

‘The MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology changed my life. From starting as a very ordinary student with an interest in biological science at genetic and molecular level it enabled me to become part of a neuroscience research team and a privileged contributor to a recently published research paper in the highly respected Journal of Neuroscience.

‘The faculty provided unstinting assistance and guidance. Right from the beginning as a struggling new student, through to submission of my MSc dissertation, I was fully supported.

‘The most significant aspect of the programme was being involved in an extended high-quality research project of my choice in the distinctively top-class labs at Sussex. I learned state-of-the-art techniques from my supervisor and I’m still working part-time in his lab, gaining expertise in different cell biology techniques and transgenic transfection in embryonic stem cell culture. I’m currently also working on molecular mechanism CamKII and its role in learning and memory, again at Sussex.

‘This fantastic programme takes you from the theoretical knowledge gained from your undergraduate degree, to the technical experiments and productive analysis you need to develop before pursuing a PhD, research position, or moving into a role in industry. It’s the perfect platform for your future career.’

Souvik Naskar
Research Technician,
University of Sussex


Hannah Teehan: Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline

‘Sussex appealed to me not only for its reputation, but also as the course allowed me the flexibility to focus on the areas of genetics that I was most interested in.

‘The course was very lab based and so I was introduced to a wide range of new lab skills that have proven to be very useful as I now pick up new techniques very quickly in my current role as a Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline.

‘My time conducting a research project at Sussex really stands out for me. I was introduced to a wide range of new skills including cell culture, cloning, electroporation and TIRF microscopy, to name a few. There was so much support for me when I needed it but also trust that I was capable of working by myself, which really boosted my confidence.

‘Sussex is a fantastic place to study. The campus offers lots of services, including a well-resourced library and onsite doctor. From day one, people are so willing to help, whether it's to direct you around the campus or support you with your studies.’


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