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A range of Life Sciences Masters degrees at the University of Sussex

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex is a leading centre of research, ranked in the top 10 for Biological Sciences in the latest Times Higher Education table of research excellence (2014). You will have the opportunity to work alongside academic experts on world-leading research. Life Sciences at Sussex is renowned for offering a global outlook and positive approaches to our research and your studies.

MSc or MRes?

The School offers a range of Masters of Science (MSc) and Masters of Research (MRes) degrees. An MRes features a larger research component and is ideal if you're interested in continuing onto a research career. An MSc degree contains a smaller research component alongside taught modules, and is a great choice if you're interested in a broader range of careers.

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MSc in Cancer Cell Biology

This MSc will equip you with a detailed understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer. You'll gain research experience in a project placement with research scientists and clinicians, including those working on DNA repair, genome instability and cell cycle function, based at the internationally renowned Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology

This 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.

MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation

This MSc is an outstanding learning experience that will give you knowledge and skills in conservation biology, as well as a global outlook on conservation and the positive approaches conservation biologists can take to address the challenges facing nature. This course will place you in a strong position to continue on to a career in conservation either in the UK or internationally.

MSc in Neuroscience

This MSc offers a wide choice of modules and research projects in contemporary topics including neurodegeneration, sensory circuits, addictive behaviour and consciousness. The course supports conversion to neuroscience from related disciplines. The six-month practical research project helps prepare students for PhD study, and develops transferable professional skills such as critical thinking and science communication.

MRes in Neuroscience

This MRes is ideal for you if you have a strong academic record in neuroscience and plan to pursue an academic career. You will undertake two four-month practical research projects, chosen from a range of topics spanning contemporary neuroscience. A wide choice of taught modules is also offered, together with core modules to help you deepen your knowledge, build your laboratory experience and strengthen your research skills.

MRes in Animal Behaviour

This MRes is based around an in-depth research project which will provide you with advanced knowledge and research skills in areas of animal behaviour; from sexual selection and social behaviour, to animal navigation and neuroethology.  This course will place you in a strong position to move on to a PhD in animal behaviour or a research career in associated areas.

MRes in Conservation Biology

This MRes is based around an in-depth research project in conservation biology. You'll gain an advanced, global outlook on conservation and approaches to the challenges facing nature. The degree will enable you to move on to a PhD, as well as providing you with the knowledge and skills required for a career in conservation biology.

MRes in Evolutionary Biology

This MRes is based around an in-depth research project in evolutionary biology. The research-focused degree examines evolutionary biology; from the evolution of sociality, symbioses and sexual conflict, through to the evolution of genes and genomes. You'll develop into a researcher capable of contributing to the grand challenges of antibiotic resistance, cancer and environmental change.

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Funding opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer an exciting new range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to £3,000, including our Chancellor's Masters Scholarship.  Find out more about available funding awards by visiting our funding database.

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