The MSc by Research in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences has been designed to offer a range of pathways for you to research your chosen subject interests within Social and Applied Sciences, whilst sharing in the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component of the course.
You’ll share a breadth of experience – the multi-disciplinary nature of the taught component means you will share a broad experience of methodological and research issues. Allied with subject specific supervision, this will allow you to develop a unique awareness of knowledge and experiences across the natural and social sciences in addition to a focus on your own research topic.
Biosciences pathway: Students pursuing the bioscience pathway would be expected to have research which falls within the areas of the members of the biomolecular research group (BMRG). The BMRG have specialities in cell and molecular biology, protein science, chemical and structural biology, cancer biology, bioinformatics, metabolomics and evolutionary genetics. A selection of current research projects include:
*Development of fluorescent chemosensors for medical applications, biochemical investigations, environmental monitoring, biotechnology and drug discovery. *Investigating the protein structure and biological control potential of plant lectins. *Studying organism development and ageing with respect to environmental stimuli. *Studying prion protein development and maintenance in yeast. *Investigating the therapeutic potential of novel animal venoms as anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and anti-cancer agents. *Computationally investigating the molecular dynamics of cell skeletal components. *Investigating mammalian embryology and comparative genomic studies in a variety of avian species. *Investigating the biochemical and biophysical properties of muscle proteins. *Investigating alternative splicing and the circadian clock in plant stress responses. *Deployment of molecular techniques an attempt to understand the patterns in the spatial distribution of organisms.
Members also have collaborative interests with external partners including local schools and biotechnology businesses. For more information on member’s research activities or for contact details, please click on a member’s individual Staff Profile.
We are a close-knit community of academics, researchers and students dedicated to the study of Life Sciences. You would be joining an active and dynamic post-graduate community and would have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from this community.