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MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Course Description

Key Features of the MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at University College Cork is a research-intensive course designed to maximize a student's hands-on laboratory experience and research skills. The 12-month research project is supervised by an internationally-recognized investigator based in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Research projects are available in the areas of bioanalysis, bioinformatics, proteomics, cancer biology, cell signaling, gene expression, trafficking, molecular genetics, neurobiology, RNA biology, translational control and synthetic biology. The MRes has a strong focus on presentation and writing skills that are required for a successful research career, including research planning proposal writing. In addition to this, students develop their general and transferable skills in laboratory techniques and safety, research ethics and integrity, information literary, science communication and statistics. Students are also required to attend weekly research seminars presented by both external and internal speakers.

Core and Elective Modules

Students in the MRes programme begin their research projects with a selected supervisor in week two, following a research induction and orientation. In addition to the research component, the following modules must be completed:
- Scientific Communication of Current Topics in Molecular Cell Biology
- Scientific Research Planning and Proposals
Students must also complete one (10-credit) or two (5-credit) electives from several options:
- Scientific Training for Enhanced Postgraduate Studies
- Biotechniques
- Information Literacy Skills
- Scientific Outreach and Communication
- Introduction to Research Ethics
- Statistics and Data Analysis for Postgraduate Research Students

Why choose the MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology?

With an emphasis on the individual, the MRes has a dedicated director and experienced academic staff who will help students fulfill their research career ambitions. The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is a strong research unit based at University College Cork, Ireland's first 5 star university (QS) and the world's first 'Green Campus'. Recently named 'University of the Year 2016' by The Sunday Times and located within walking distance of Cork city centre, UCC enjoys a great location and a vibrant campus.
Students who complete the MRes will be competitive to secure a PhD position or enter directly into employment within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical sectors. All of the students in our current class have ambitions of continuing on to a PhD.

Visit the MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology page on the University College Cork website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology welcomes applicants from EU or non-EU countries. Successful applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) or a taught master's in the biological sciences, medicine or pharmaceutical sciences. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made based on the applicant's performance in his/her primary degree according to the following criteria: academic excellence, research experience, scientific understanding, quality of the personal statement and recommendations from two academic references. For applicants who first language is not English, a minimum overall IELTS 6.5 is required, with no individual section lower than 6.0.

Course Fees

For 2017/18: €5,770 (EU); €15,000 (non-EU), plus a bench fee of €5,000 to help support the research cost. Merit-based scholarships are available.


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