The Masters in Biophysical Science has been created to bring excellent science, mathematics and engineering graduates to a position where they can start with confidence on a wide range of careers in the life sciences. This is in response to the growing need for graduates who can apply their subject knowledge outside of the traditional boundaries of their discipline.
Each Biophysical Sciences Masters student selects six taught modules from a selection of fundamental and specialised modules. These modules are designed to provide key knowledge and skills. Also available to students is the module Communicating Science which will give further opportunity to develop transferable skills. Following the taught section of the course an extended research project will be undertaken in a research laboratory under the supervision of a Durham University Academic with expertise in the area of biophysical science research. The project will be chosen by the Masters Student from a selection of projects nominated by Durham Academics. Research projects will allow students to develop vital research skills and will give first-hand experience of ground-breaking biophysical science research.
* •Molecular Cell Biology •Making Organic Molecules •Experimental Design and Analysis •Mathematical Tools •Practical Course in Basic Biological Techniques
•Protein Crystallography •Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience •Molecular Probes and their Use •Medicinal Chemistry •Soft Matter and Biological Physics •Systems Biology and Bayesian Inference •Macrobiomolecule Dynamics
•Biophysical science research project
All students will take the modules Molecular Cell Biology (B101); Practical Course in Basic Biological Techniques (B105) and the transferable skills course: Communicating Science. Students with a first degree in Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics will not take the fundamental module based on their first degree discipline. They will take Molecular Cell Biology plus two of the remaining three Fundamental Modules, avoiding the module in the discipline of their first degree. They will also take three specialised modules. Students with other first degrees will take all four Fundamental Modules plus two Specialised Modules.