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University of Leeds, Full Time MSc Degrees in Biological Sciences

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Many pharmaceutical companies are expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, which is creating demand, and thus opportunities, for talented, well-trained people. Read more
Many pharmaceutical companies are expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, which is creating demand, and thus opportunities, for talented, well-trained people. At the same time, these companies report difficulties in recruiting employees with relevant skill sets and those with broad industrial experience are greatly sought after.

To address this skills gap, the University of Leeds and Covance have formed this partnership to train the next generation of scientists for the biopharmaceutical industry.

• This unique professional training course delivered in collaboration with the multinational company Covance has been designed
to train future leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry.

• The course is 20 months in duration covering campus-based taught modules in the first six months, followed by a 12-month
guaranteed paid placement in industry. You can expect to earn approximately £20,000 over the duration of your placement.

• This course will provide you with an integrated understanding of the full biological drug development pathway and the regulatory
framework. We are focusing mainly on large molecule drugs: monoclonal antibodies like Herceptin, bio-similars and antibody-drug
conjugates; gene therapies and the technologies that underpin the discovery and development pathway.

• You will be taught by leading industrialists and internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields in the areas
of science that underpin drug development.

• You will access cutting edge practical technologies and gain hands-on practical training in protein purification, characterisation,
formulation and assessment of binding function. In addition you will use cell-based assays to look at drug potency, all performed in a
strict regulated environment to prepare you for working in this regulated industry.

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Our MSc Bioscience course gives you the opportunity to develop a broad scientific base on which to build your future career. The programme consists of core research training modules designed to equip you with the expertise needed to work at the forefront of the modern bioscience sector. Read more
Our MSc Bioscience course gives you the opportunity to develop a broad scientific base on which to build your future career.

The programme consists of core research training modules designed to equip you with the expertise needed to work at the forefront of the modern bioscience sector. You could specialise in exciting contemporary topics in the areas of human disease, bioinformatics, biotechnology and plant science, and choose from a range of optional modules, including those associated with the specialisms we offer. This means you can study the topics that interest you and match your career aspirations.

Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop your independent thinking, problem solving, communication skills and practical ability, making you attractive to employers.

You’ll study in a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

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This programme is designed to prepare you for a career in conservation, or for further research at PhD level. If you’re already an established conservation professional, our modules provide additional skills to support you to progress in your employment. Read more
This programme is designed to prepare you for a career in conservation, or for further research at PhD level. If you’re already an established conservation professional, our modules provide additional skills to support you to progress in your employment.

Distinct from similar courses offered in the UK, the course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, explore the institutional framework underlying biodiversity and conservation and gain key analytical and practical skills for a range of academic and professional careers. You’ll also gain valuable experience in biodiversity and conservation-related research.

The University of Leeds has twice been recognised by the European Union as a "centre of excellence" for biodiversity and conservation training. We believe biodiversity can only be managed and conserved when it can be measured and interpreted properly.

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In the last 10-15 years the study of plant sciences has been revolutionised by the development of new tools and technologies which have allowed unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology - knowledge which is being applied to develop sustainable solutions to some of the major challenges of the 21st century. Read more
In the last 10-15 years the study of plant sciences has been revolutionised by the development of new tools and technologies which have allowed unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology - knowledge which is being applied to develop sustainable solutions to some of the major challenges of the 21st century.

This programme provides training in modern molecular aspects of plant science. Teaching is delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) and is often related to their areas of expertise and current research projects.

You’ll benefit from the research of international experts in DNA recombination and repair mechanisms and explore the wide range of approaches used in bio-imaging alongside the range of modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular sciences. You’ll explore the key topic areas of molecular biology; structural biology; cell imaging and flow cytometry; high throughput techniques; and transgenic organisms.

Our Facilities

You’ll study in a stimulating environment which houses cutting-edge facilities. The CPS laboratories feature a state-of-the-art plant growth unit, including tissue culture suites with culture rooms, growth rooms and cabinets alongside glass-houses to meet a range of growth requirements.

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The need to develop new strategies to combat diseases remains a major global challenge. Read more
The need to develop new strategies to combat diseases remains a major global challenge. This programme provides advanced training in the mechanisms underpinning a spectrum of infectious and non-infectious diseases, including viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and chromosomal abnormalities. You’ll also explore current and emerging diagnostic and treatment strategies.

You’ll learn about the latest molecular, genetic and cellular approaches being used to understand, diagnose and treat human disease, including traditional methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and novel methods involving genome and proteome analysis. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate the role of the immune system in the response to infection and disease, covering topics such as innate and adaptive immunity, allergy and immune evasion.

You’ll study in a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), and you’ll graduate with the solid base of scientific knowledge and specialist skills valued by employers.

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The MSc in Molecular Medicine gives you the opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician through an advanced understanding of the molecular basis of many diseases and their treatments. Read more
The MSc in Molecular Medicine gives you the opportunity to develop as a scientist or scientifically-literate clinician through an advanced understanding of the molecular basis of many diseases and their treatments.

You’ll study how to apply molecular approaches to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a range of cancers, chronic, autoimmune and genetic diseases. You’ll also carry out a research project in one of these areas within a research group at the forefront of the field. Project supervision is assured by outstanding academics and clinicians working on cutting-edge research.

This flexible programme allows you to develop core scientific skills and follow your professional interests with a choice of optional modules. You'll be part of a world-renowned School and will be taught by internationally recognised scholars.

Throughout the programme you will:

- gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles, application and potential of molecular medicine
- learn techniques in the field of molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and chemistry
- develop the ability to carry out molecular, biological and bioinformatics research for investigation of human diseases
- be able to engage in research projects using the latest technologies that generate results with scientific impact and the potential for improving patient health
- learn to critically evaluate current issues in molecular medicine, translate research findings into clinical applications, and recognise commercial opportunities

Programme structure

Starting in September, the MSc in Molecular Medicine is a full time, twelve months programme which combines a seven month research project with some taught modules.

The MSc programme comprises of a 180 credits, consisting of:

A research project: 75 credits
Scientific core skills: 45 credits including Bioinformatics and Research Methods

A choice of student-selected modules: 60 credits

• Human Molecular Genetics
• Immunity and Disease
• Animal Models of Disease
• Stem Cell Biology
• Cancer Biology
• Genetic Epidemiology

Career Prospects

This exciting programme provides excellent training for:

- science graduates looking for an opportunity to go on to do doctoral research, enter academic medicine or pursue a career in industry, clinical service or a related discipline;
- clinicians interested in an clinical academic career.

Many of our past students are now doing PhDs across the UK or internationally. Some are working in NGOs or in the industry. Talented graduates from the MSc will be strongly supported to join PhD programmes in the institutes here at the University.

We anticipate that an MSc Molecular Medicine will be ideal preparation for those intending to secure clinical fellowships.

Why study at the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds has been named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

Teaching is stimulating and delivered by active scientists and clinicians, many of whom are world-leading in their research fields. You will benefit from small group teaching including lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials.

Your research will be based in one of the internationally-renowned Institutes of the School of Medicine. You will be able to choose from a wide range of research opportunities in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Cancer and Pathology or Rheumatology.

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This vocational training programme has been developed to appeal to recent biology, biomedical, biochemistry and medical graduates who aspire to develop a career in the field of clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology (ART) and/or the associated reproductive sciences. Read more

Introduction and Course Objectives

This vocational training programme has been developed to appeal to recent biology, biomedical, biochemistry and medical graduates who aspire to develop a career in the field of clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology (ART) and/or the associated reproductive sciences. The programme has been developed by the Division of Reproduction and Early Development within the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics in association with the clinicians and embryologists working at the Leeds Centre of Reproductive Medicine in the Leeds NHS Trust. The programme leaders have over 20 years of experience of training clinical embryologists, reproductive medicine practitioners and reproductive scientists.

This is a laboratory-based science degree not a clinically- based infertility treatment course. The programme will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the theory and practices that underpin human clinical embryology and ART. The curriculum covers: the cell and molecular biology of human reproduction, fertility, andrology and embryology; the management and efficient running of an ART laboratory; the practices, genetic and epigenetic concepts of micromanipulation and techniques such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD); advances in cryobiology and its application to gamete and embryo freezing and fertility preservation. It will also provide graduates with valuable insights into the theory underpinning clinical treatments and the ethical and legal controversies surrounding assisted reproduction in humans. The programme will equip graduates to pursue a career in human assisted reproduction (e.g. clinical embryology, infertility treatment) and/or research in the reproductive sciences.

The programme places a strong emphasis on all aspects of practical training for clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology. Masters students will be tutored in research methods. They will receive hands-on training from specialist practitioners in andrology, gamete handling, IVF, ICSI, embryo culture, gamete and embryo freezing, vitrification, biopsy. Students will interact with established, clinical embryologists and reproductive medicine specialists.

Course Content:

The course will comprise the following compulsory modules:

• Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology;
• IVF and Embryo Culture;
• Micromanipulation;
• Cryobiology and Cryopreservation;
• Ethics and Law for Embryologists;
• Research in Reproduction, Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology

Course Delivery

This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach which combines lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive group discussions, presentations and problem based learning sessions /case studies with self directed learning. The theoretical training is complimented by the conduct of original research and by laboratory-based practical sessions. The course content is further enhanced by an extensive array of online resources and by the provision of printed versions of all module workbooks. Course assessments will include essays, presentations, projects, practical log books, a research dissertation and examinations.

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This course focuses on using chemical methodology to tackle complex biological and medical problems. You will be taught by experts in chemical biology, biophysics and medicinal chemistry using a "problem-based" approach. Read more
This course focuses on using chemical methodology to tackle complex biological and medical problems. You will be taught by experts in chemical biology, biophysics and medicinal chemistry using a "problem-based" approach. In addition, visiting lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry provide expertise in industrially-relevant applications of chemical biology and drug design.

The programme will highlight the interdisciplinary and 'problem-based' nature of research in chemical biology.
On graduation, you will be ideally placed to undertake interdisciplinary research in academia or the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, or to pursue a science-related career such as patent work, scientific publishing or scientific administration.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, meaning that graduates from this programme with an appropriate first degree in chemistry satisfy the academic requirements for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

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The School of Food Science and Nutrition (formerly the Procter Department of Food Science) was one of the first in the UK to teach Food Science and to establish a Research School, in the early 1960s. Read more
The School of Food Science and Nutrition (formerly the Procter Department of Food Science) was one of the first in the UK to teach Food Science and to establish a Research School, in the early 1960s.

This programme will enable you to develop an in depth knowledge of food science, and food processing and composition, focusing on biotechnology applied to food. It has a strong background in the core sciences of chemistry and biochemistry, alongside the processing of food.

Modules studied include:

Microbiological and Chemical Food Safety
Food Processing
Food Chemistry
Food Processing and Nutritional Quality
Food and the Allergic reaction
GMOs, Antibodies and PCR
Food Biotechnology

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River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population. Research training in water dynamics and management are demanded by both industry and academia. Read more

Overview

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population. Research training in water dynamics and management are demanded by both industry and academia. The University has a world-class reputation for water-related research and GIS development in an environmental context. This programme builds on that success.

Core components are river basin hydrology and basic environmental GIS. Students choosing a RB pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in channel hydraulics and sediment transport, river ecology and environmental assessment. Students on a GIS pathway gain advanced knowledge and skills in GIS for environment, GIS programming and digital image analysis and remote sensing.

This highly practical course advocates learning by doing and is assessed 100% by coursework. We host guest lecturers from business, industry and academia, visit work places and conduct a series of field-, laboratory- and PC-based practicals. You also have the chance to take a work placement module.

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The programme offers a detailed understanding of the principles of water resource management and an appreciation of the institutional and legal frameworks impacting on river basin management. You learn to formulate important research questions and design methodological approaches to answer them; and to develop quantitative analyses skills.

This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level. We also offer some of the modules on this programme as standalone Continuing Professional Development modules.

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Our Physics MSc is highly flexible, giving you the opportunity to structure your course to meet your individual career aspirations. Read more
Our Physics MSc is highly flexible, giving you the opportunity to structure your course to meet your individual career aspirations.

The course gives you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills in physics, at the forefront of research in the area. This will help to prepare you to progress to PhD study, or to work in an industrial or other business related area.

A key feature of the course is that you can choose to study a wide range of optional modules or focus on a particular area of research expertise according to your interests and future career aspirations.

Under the umbrella of an MSc in physics, you can specialise in astrophysics, bionanophysics, soft matter physics, condensed matter physics, quantum technology, optical materials or medical imaging. Or you can take a diverse range of modules to suit your interests and keep their options open.

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