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This course is designed to develop the professional and field skills, including identification and survey techniques, required for effective conservation. Read more
This course is designed to develop the professional and field skills, including identification and survey techniques, required for effective conservation. It will familiarise you with the key ecological concepts underlying evidence-based conservation. You will produce professional reports and assessments and undertake monitoring of species and communities. You will also gain additional skills essential for conservation practitioners, for example:
- knowledge of international and national wildlife legislation, planning law and environmental policy

- IT competencies, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

- an understanding of the ecological requirements of different species and the implications of environmental change

- an ability to statistically interpret field data.

The course has two pathways: one is focused on conservation within the UK/EU and the other focuses on conservation at the International level.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/conservation-ecology/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers conduct first-class research in conservation ecology.

- We have strong links with many conservation organisations and research institutions, such as the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, RSPB, Fauna and Flora International, TRAFFIC and Conservation International, providing excellent project opportunities and enhancing career prospects.

- Focusing on the practical application of theory means graduates can adapt quickly to the demands of the conservation professions. We develop your field skills including identification techniques, required when undertaking biodiversity surveys.

- Research-informed teaching keeps our students up to date with the latest thinking. Equipping you with current conservation legislation and practice is essential in the context of rapidly-changing demands on land use.

- We develop your transferable skills, particularly communication, organisation and research planning, which will assist you when carrying out your project and prepare you for a career in conservation ecology.

- On successful completion of the MSc, you will be able to apply for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Professional accreditation

CIEEM accreditation indicates that a key professional body recognises that we offer our students the opportunity to develop the key skills needed for employment in conservation ecology. Additionally our students have access to vital information about current developments in ecology and consultancy and can benefit from all that CIEEM offers.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics associated with conservation ecology, and include field visits and exercises, lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory sessions and project work. A key component of the course is developing field skills, including species identification. Techniques for identification are taught in the field and in laboratory sessions, using expertise from the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences and, where appropriate, from the University of Oxford Museum of Natural History.

As needed, you will be taught by guest speakers who are conservation practitioners or who work in conservation research organisations. Some parts of the course share modules with master’s provision in Environmental Assessment and Management and also in Primate Conservation. This cross-disciplinary nature for certain aspects of the course is a key strength.

Field trips

We use the varied landscape of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire as our natural laboratory, and the course has a large practical component, developing survey and assessment methods as well as identification skills. This landscape is used to illustrate major conservation issues as well. Most of this field work is conducted as part of the modules during semesters but we also have a field skills based period at the end of the taught component of the course and offer opportunities to work towards gaining specialist licences, which are invaluable for consultancy work.

There are no extra costs associated with the fieldwork components of this MSc.

Work placement and professional recognition

We encourage you to conduct your research project with conservation organisations or with one of our research groups. We have good links with a range of national and local conservation organisations and ecological consultancies. On successful completion of this MSc, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. With an additional two years' work experience, you will be eligible to apply for associate membership.

How this course helps you develop

We help you to develop links with potential employers, often through project work, and we encourage contact with practitioners throughout the course. The course is underpinned by theory but there is an emphasis on developing practical skills, including industry standard survey techniques and species identification skills. We also provide opportunities to develop techniques for data handling and analysis along with a focus on professional communication skills. We encourage all our students to learn from their peers as well, helping to develop essential teamworking skills.

Careers

Graduates of this course gain employment primarily with environmental consultancies or agencies, conservation organisations or charities, or continue academic research as a PhD student. Some of our past students are currently working for environmental consultants, the RSPB, the Environment Agency, DEFRA and Natural England.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 95% of our research in Biological Sciences was rated as internationally recognised, with 58% being world leading or internationally excellent. That makes us the top post’ 92 University for its Biological Sciences submission.

In addition to this research which underpins our teaching, our Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation is developing the use of mobile applications for data collection and processing in the field. Our Phase One Toolkit, which was developed by staff who deliver our MSc Conservation Ecology, with student input, is widely used by consultancies, demonstrating that our students have access to innovative data collection tools.

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The advent of affordable rapid genome sequencing will produce enormous amounts of genetic data on both individuals and populations, and the challenge for scientists is to unlock the potential of this ‘big data’. Read more
The advent of affordable rapid genome sequencing will produce enormous amounts of genetic data on both individuals and populations, and the challenge for scientists is to unlock the potential of this ‘big data’. Doing so requires a new generation of scientists who can combine genetics and bioinformatics to understand how genomic changes cause diseases such as cancer, thus enabling the development of novel treatments, through drugs and gene therapy, and prevention strategies. With the huge expansion in number of individual genomes being sequenced, this is one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical science as we embrace the era of personalised medicine.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/Courses/Postgraduate/Medical-Genetics-and-Genomics/

Why choose this course?

- This is a 12 month full-time course, with part-time places available.

- Aimed at graduates (UK/ EU, International) wishing to develop skills and knowledge in human genetics and genome analysis for employment in the medical biotechnology/pharma and genomics sector, and those wishing to go on to do research degrees.

- This course will prepare you for entry into a career in medical genetics and genomics.

- Our lecturers conduct first-class research, with over 95% of Biological Science research internationally recognised in the 2014 REF.

- You will be taught by Oxford Brookes staff, with specialist lectures provided by staff of other partners in the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre, and will have a range of project opportunities using human genome data.

- The Faculty will invest over £8M in Bioscience facilities from 2015, with funding from HEFCE.

- Projects may be linked to specific needs and interests in the work-place, at Brookes or within other genomic laboratories under Brookes supervision. We also have strong links with local industry.

- We develop your transferable skills, particularly communication, organisation and research planning, which will assist you when carrying out your research project and can provide a basis for application for a research degree or career in genomics research.

Teaching and learning

The taught programme will be available with options for full-time and part-time MSc (180 credits), as well as individual CPD modules. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma qualifications are also possible, requiring 60 and 120 credits, respectively.

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods used within the course are varied and are designed to be stimulating as well as academically rigorous. They are based on your learning needs, individual aims and the academic standards expected for the course.

You will receive unparalleled support from tutors and have access to state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform. Our tutors have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

Embedded throughout the curriculum are skills that are essential to achieve quality outcomes for genomic medicine in practice. This will develop skills culminating in the research project, which will enable students to undertake research and evaluate new findings to implement in patient diagnosis, treatment and care, problem-based learning, work-based learning and inter-professional learning to develop skills for working in specialist and interdisciplinary teams. The development of skills in bioinformatics and use of genomic data will be a key outcome so the programme has a large proportion of hands on experience.

How this course helps you develop

You will develop the in-depth knowledge and specialised skills required to apply genetics and genomics theory to practical problems in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, and to undertake research in genetics and genome analysis.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills for employment or PhD positions in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research, and academia.

During the course of this programme you will develop a network of colleagues and experts from this field.

Careers

- Research Degree/ PhD
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Biomedical Industry
- NHS Scientist
- Medical Research
- Academia

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF) 2014
- Top post '92 University Biological Sciences submission

- 95% of research internationally recognised

- Double the percentage 4* and treble the percentage 3* research compared to 2008, with 58% of research being world leading or internationally excellent

- 80% of impact rated 3* or 4*

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This course is full for 2017/18. Admission for 2018/19 opens in September 2017. For admissions information see here. http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-integrated-immunology. Read more

Admission status

This course is full for 2017/18. Admission for 2018/19 opens in September 2017.
For admissions information see here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-integrated-immunology

Course Overview

The University of Oxford is a world leader in Immunology. This course, run by the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, is a one-year, full-time course comprising of two taught terms followed by a 14 week laboratory based research project within a University of Oxford laboratory.

The course is designed to present immunology within the broader context of the basic sciences and biomedicine. Both the fundamental and clinical aspects are explored, and integrated with relevant areas of other disciplines such as molecular cell biology, genetics and clinical trials, together with continuing professional development.

This is an advanced course and applicants are expected to have background knowledge in immunology.

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This award-winning programme combines the expertise of anthropologists and biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context, with particular emphasis on the relationships between humans and wildlife in forest and woodland environments. Read more
This award-winning programme combines the expertise of anthropologists and biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context, with particular emphasis on the relationships between humans and wildlife in forest and woodland environments. It provides an international and multidisciplinary forum to help understand the issues and promote effective action.

Whether working in the lab, with local conservation groups (including zoos and NGOs), or in the field, you will find yourself in a collaborative and supportive environment, working with international scholars in primate conservation and gaining first-hand experience to enact positive change.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/primate-conservation/

Why choose this course?

- A pioneering programme providing scientific, professional training and accreditation to conservation scientists

- Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2008

- Opportunity to work alongside leading academics for example Professor Anna Nekaris, Professor Vincent Nijman and Dr Kate Hill

- Excellent learning resources both at Brookes and through Oxford’s museums and libraries including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Science Library, and the Museum of Natural History

- Links with conservation organisations and NGOs, both internationally and closer to home, including Fauna and Flora International, TRAFFIC and Conservation International

- Field trips for MSc students to Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands as well as to sanctuaries and zoos in the UK

- A dynamic community of research scholars undertaking internationally recognised and world leading research.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, research seminars, training workshops, tutorials, case studies, seminar presentations, site visits, computer-aided learning, independent reading and supervised research.

Each of the six modules is assessed by means of coursework assignments that reflect the individual interests and strengths of each student. Coursework assignments for six taught modules are completed and handed in at the end of the semester, and written feedback is given before the start of the following semester. A seventh module, the final project, must be handed in before the start of the first semester of the next academic year. It will be assessed during this semester with an examinations meeting at the beginning of February, after which students receive their final marks.

An important feature of the course is the contribution by each student towards an outreach project that brings primate conservation issues into a public arena. Examples include a poster, display or presentation at a scientific meeting, university society or school. Students may also choose to write their dissertation specifically for scientific publication.

Round-table discussions form a regular aspect of the course and enable closer examination of conservation issues through a sharing of perspectives by the whole group.

Careers

This unique postgraduate programme trains new generations of anthropologists, conservation biologists, captive care givers and educators concerned with the serious plight of non-human primates who seek practical solutions to their continuing survival. It provides the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable you to contribute to arresting and reversing the current devastating destruction of our tropical forests and the loss of the species that live in them.

You will be joining a supportive global network of former students working across all areas of conservation in organisations from the BBC Natural History Unit through to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and in roles from keeper and education officer in zoos across the UK and North America to paid researcher at institutes of higher education. Some of our students have even gone on to run their own conservation-related NGOs.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 70% of our work was judged to be of international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 5% "world leading".

Our strong performance in the RAE, along with our expanding consultancy activities, have enabled us to attract high quality staff and students and helped to generate funding for research projects.

Conservation Environment and Development, comprising several research clusters.

The Nocturnal Primate Research Group specialises in mapping the diversity of the nocturnal primates of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Latin America through multidisciplinary teamwork that includes comparative studies of anatomy, physiology, behaviour, ecology and genetics. Field studies are helping to determine the origins and distribution of these neglected species, as well as indicating the conservation status of declining forests and woodlands. The NPRG has developed a widespread network of collaborative links with biologists, game wardens, forestry officers, wildlife societies, museums and zoos/sanctuaries.

The Human Interactions With and Constructions of the Environment Research Group develops and trains an interdisciplinary team of researchers to investigate priorities within conservation research - using an interdisciplinary framework in anthropology, primatology, rural development studies, and conservation biology.

The Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group (OWTRG) aims to quantify all aspects of the trade in wild animals through multidisciplinary teamwork including anthropology, social sciences, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, environmental economics, and legislation. Their strong focus is on wildlife trade in tropical countries –as this is where most of the world's biodiversity resides and where the impacts of the wildlife trade are arguably the greatest. Recognizing that the wildlife trade is a truly global enterprise they also focus on the role of consumer countries.

The Europe Japan Research Centre (EJRC) organises and disseminates the research of all Brookes staff working on Japan as well as a large number of affiliated Research Fellows.

The Human Origins and Palaeo Environments Research Cluster carries out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research, focussed on evolutionary anthropology and environmental reconstruction and change. The study published in the journal Science reports findings from an eight-year archaeological excavation at a site called Jebel Faya in the United Arab Emirates. Palaeolithic stone tools found at the Jebel Faya were similar to tools produced by early modern humans in east Africa, but very different from those produced to the north, in the Levant and the mountains of Iran. This suggested early modern humans migrated into Arabia directly from Africa and not via the Nile Valley and the Near East as is usually suggested. The new findings will reinvigorate the debate about human origins and how we became a global species.

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Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of health and physical performance. Read more
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of health and physical performance. Nutrition has profound effects on both human health and athletic performance and this course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice. It is designed to fulfil the needs of students who want to work with a range of populations to improve their health, fitness or sporting performance. Applications are encouraged from graduates who have a background in either sport and exercise science or human nutrition.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/applied-sport-and-exercise-nutrition/

Why choose this course?

- Our research groups and consultancies have strong links with Oxfordshire hospitals, elite athletes and food organisations, allowing students to conduct internal and external research projects and develop potential career opportunities.

- We invite guest speakers from industry, other universities and research organisations to provide you with subject specialist knowledge.

- Our staff come from a wide range of sporting and nutrition backgrounds. Some are actively involved in coaching which means the course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice.

- Small class sizes provide plenty of opportunities for in-depth discussions and practical application of the theory.

- We provide opportunities to work with university and local sports teams as well as individuals seeking personalised nutrition advice.

- Our staff conduct first-class research in sport, exercise and nutrition and bring it to the classroom.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, with each module requiring approximately 36 hours of staff contact time and 200 hours of total student input in each 12-week semester.

The main theme of the teaching and learning aspect of this MSc is to encourage you to develop the necessary skills to understand and communicate advanced theoretical and research-based knowledge of nutrition to people who participate in sport and exercise. Learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics associated with applied sport and exercise nutrition and include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory sessions and project work. The research project will be supervised on a one-to-one basis.

Student performance in each module is usually assessed by evaluation of the quality of written or design work, and verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project case work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.

Specialist facilities

- BASES-accredited Human Performance Laboratory.
- Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit.
- Functional Food Centre.
- Specialist equipment including near-infrared spectroscopy, Qualysis motion capture system, online breath-by-breath analysis technologies and a BodPod.

Field trips

We encourage students to attend relevant industry and academic conferences to further their subject knowledge and take advantage of networking opportunities. When possible, we provide finanical support for students to attend conferences (subject to availability).

Careers

Many sports are becoming increasingly professional in their approach to training and nutrition. For example, many sports clubs now employ full-time nutrition consultants. Career prospects outside sport are perhaps even more exciting. The NHS offers an increasing number of opportunities for students with specialist training in exercise nutrition to support GP referral schemes and other healthy living programmes. The growing awareness of health within society, coupled with misunderstandings about the relationships between physical activity, nutrition and health has led to an increasing demand for graduates who can deliver evidence-based solutions and advice at all levels. Research or teaching within further or higher education also provide potential career opportunities.

Graduates progress to a diverse range of careers including exercise and lifestyle consultants based within hospitals and private practice. Various graduates have secured full time and part time work with professional sports teams as well as the Institutes of Sport in the UK. Graduates also progress to work in major international companies such as GlaxoSmithKline or are employed as industry consultants, dieticians and nutrition counsellors. Graduates have also successfully gained funded PhD positions.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research areas and clusters

- Immediate physiological and psychophysical exercise performed at different intensities.

- Effects of restricted fluid intake in people with MS on temperature control, energy levels, balance and cognitive and physical performance.

- Feasibility of supporting people with long-term neurological conditions to exercise in the community.

- Exploring exercise responses in children with physical disabilities with plans to explore delivery of community exercise and sports programmes.

- Exploring novel exercise delivery techniques for people who find it hard to move, including use of mental imagery.

- Effect of fluid and carbohydrate intake on rowing skill and performance.

- Relationship between levels of physical activity and blood levels of neuroactive proteins induced by exercise.

- Green tea effect on competitive cycling performance.

- Effective nutritional strategies for enhancing post-exercise rehydration.

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This one year, residential, taught M.Sc. Read more
This one year, residential, taught M.Sc. provides graduate students, scientists and clinicians with highly advanced theoretical and practical understanding of human reproductive biology, embryology, infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) along with intensive ‘hands-on’ practical training in essential laboratory skills and the sophisticated gamete micromanipulation techniques associated with ART. The MSc course is based alongside Oxford Fertility in purpose-built premises, the Institute of Reproductive Sciences, with dedicated state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Course Aims

Our broad intention is to inspire, motivate and train a network of future leaders in clinical embryology throughout the world. Additionally, our students benefit from intensive training in a range of laboratory skills highly suitable for a research career in reproductive science.

Course Structure

The course runs over a period of one year, from October to September, incorporating the three University terms: Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. Fundamental reproductive science and laboratory methods/practical skills are taught in the first term (Michaelmas) over five discrete modules. Applied and clinical aspects are delivered in the second term (Hilary) over a further set of five modules. Each module is delivered over a period of one to three weeks and together, the ten modules comprise the ‘core content’ of the course. The third term (Trinity) is extended to allow sufficient time for a high quality research project.

Application Deadline

We are still accepting applications for the MSc in Clinical Embryology course starting in October 2017. Please see our Graduate Admissions page for further details: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-clinical-embryology

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This one-year, full-time, taught MSc in Radiation Biology leads to an MSc awarded by the University of Oxford. It consists of. a 5 month core theoretical course covering the emerging areas of fundamental biology for oncology and its treatment by radiotherapy. Read more
This one-year, full-time, taught MSc in Radiation Biology leads to an MSc awarded by the University of Oxford. It consists of:

• a 5 month core theoretical course covering the emerging areas of fundamental biology for oncology and its treatment by radiotherapy

• a 6 month high-quality basic and clinically-applied research project

MSc Course Handbook - http://www.oncology.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/MSc%20in%20Radiation%20Biology%20Course%20Booklet%202016-17.pdf

The MSc in Radiation Biology forms the first year of training for students enrolled on the DPhil in Radiation Oncology (1+3). It will also provide a MSc degree for individuals who wish to continue in academic research in radiation biology at other Universities, or to start a career in other professions that require knowledge of radiation biology e.g. academic personnel associated with radiation protection issues.
Educational Training Bursaries to study for the MSc in Radiation Biology are avaliable from the CRUK Oxford Centre (http://www.cancercentre.ox.ac.uk/). These are for Clinicians and allied health professionals.

MSc Course Structure

Modular Structure -

Fundamental radiation biological science and laboratory methods/practical skills are taught in the first term (Michaelmas) and the first half of Hilary term, over a series of 12 modules. Each module is delivered over a period of one or two weeks and together the 12 modules comprise the ‘core content’ of the course.

Lectures will be given by local, national and international experts, with additional tutorials and practical sessions given by local staff. Sessions using distance learning material will complement these, and give students a wide knowledge and understanding of radiation biology.

Demonstration and practical sessions will enable students to learn particular techniques that are used in this speciality subject area.

The remaining 6 months is allowed for a high quality laboratory research project.

Assessments -

Six short essays and a series of laboratory reports will be assessed to provide formative assessment of student progress. Students also sit a qualifying examination in week 9 based upon Modules 1 – 6. This will normally be in an MCQ format. A second examination comprising short questions and essays is sat in week 9 of Hilary term. Students will submit an assignment and the research dissertation of approximately 10,000 words based upon their project and will be examined by research dissertation, by oral presentation and by a short viva voce.

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