The Faculty of Natural Sciences offers a range of MSc programmes in Scientific Research Training which includes an option to undertake an international placement at a institute/industry in which an extensive 8 month research project is undertaken.
Masters in Research Training with International Placement are available in a range of disciplines; Keele University
has developed collaborative relationships with a number of international research institutes and industries which has enabled well qualified students to develop their scientific training and employment skills within an international context. We believe that this will help to develop future employees with an international outlook, competent in at least one international language in addition to English. For all students the course offers an opportunity to carry out a project within Keele University
under the supervision of international experts in their appropriate discipline. International students thus have an opportunity to receive extensive training in English.
All students will spend the first part of the course at Keele, and either remain at Keele to undertake their approximately eight month research project or will undertake a placement in an international research institute/industry as laboratory research assistants, working on projects in the host institution and pursuing a programme of research training. Financial support for example through the EU ERASMUS Scheme may be available to support students undertaking their project/placement outside the UK in Europe. International students may opt to undertake their placement within the UK or at Keele University
See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/scientificresearchtrainingwithinternationalplacement/
Within these courses training is available in a range of Research areas for example in the MSc in Biosciences Research Training: Immunology, Fisheries, Entomology, Parasitology, Medical Sciences. Please consult Prof Dave Hoole for further information.
Applicants who are not fluent in English are expected to have attained the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Candidates who do not meet these criteria, but can evidence appropriate, alternative professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered.
The aim of the courses is to enhance the employment prospects of science graduates within their chosen research discipline by developing and improving their scientific, laboratory and language skills. The courses will also provide basic skills in vocational and education training through the students’ work programmes. At the end of the training period students will:
- Have systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the subject of their chosen discipline
- Have conceptual understanding to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in their discipline
- Be able to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
- Have developed scientific skills and knowledge, and transferable skills, in a international workplace setting
- Have comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research
- Be able to record and reflect on skills and learning from the research laboratory experience through the ‘Realise’ career development scheme.
- Be conversant with the running of a modern research laboratory.
- Have developed skills in an appropriate international language, including scientific vocabulary.
- Have developed organisational and commercial awareness.
For those students undertaking a placement/research project in Europe the work and achievement on the programme will be documented in the EU Europass, a record of achievement signed by all parties. All students are required to pursue a self reflecting activity which enables them to identify their personal and professional skills and development needs
Teaching & Assessment
Students must complete formal assessment on all modules. During the placement this will include keeping an extensive record of the training attended and skills obtained, with a reflective report (for the research training portfolio), as well as a dissertation on the project undertaken during the placement.
Although students who under a placement project within another EU member state may be entitled to an ERASMUS scholarship there may be additional costs required to meet living expenses and insurances within the host country. The amount required will be dependent on the cost of living in each country.
Distinctive Keele Curriculum
MSc programmes at Keele offers the added value of the Distinctive Keele Curriculum (DKC), which develops students' intellectual, personal and professional capabilities (Keele Graduate Attributes) through both subject-specific and generic workshops and activities.
There are substantial scholarships available, please see this link: http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/
Usually applicants will hold an honours degree in a scientific discipline appropriate to the project area, although consideration will be given to related programmes. Minimum degree category for entry is 2:2 (or international equivalent), although consideration will be given to candidates who do not meet these criteria, but can evidence appropriate, alternative professional qualifications and/or experience. Relevant MSc programmes are also offered as an intercalated degree to medical students who have completed their 4th year of study at the time of undertaking the post-graduate programme.