This research area has grown enormously over the last decade and now embodies a number of disciplines. At Nottingham we adopt an integrated approach in which several strategies are developed to address particular problems in Cell Biology. Projects are available to study how the unlimited potential of primordial germ cells is governed at a molecular level during development in representative species such as amphibians and mice. Within the cell important processes are governed by the structures and dynamics of numerous macromolecules. Projects are offered to directly visualize macromolecular behaviour with a view to elucidating cellular function. These studies examine protein-protein, protein-membrane and receptor-mediated interactions within cells using state-of-the-art imaging systems.
After identifying which Masters you wish to pursue please complete an on-line application form http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/apply/apply-online.aspx Mark clearly on this form your choice of course title, give a brief outline of your proposed research and follow the automated prompts to provide documentation. Once the School has your application and accompanying documents (eg referees reports, transcripts/certificates) your application will be matched to an appropriate academic supervisor and considered for an offer of admission.
COURSE STRUCTURE The MRes degree course consists of two elements: 160 credits of assessed work. The assessed work will normally be based entirely on a research project and will be the equivalent of around 10 ½ months full-time research work. AND 20 credits of non-assessed generic training. Credits can be accumulated from any of the courses offered by the Graduate School. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/gradschool/research-training/index.phtml The generic courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor(s).
ASSESSMENT The research project will normally be assessed by a dissertation of a maximum of 30,000 to 35,000 words, or equivalent as appropriate*. The examiners may if they so wish require the student to attend a viva. *In consultation with the supervisor it maybe possible for students to elect to do a shorter research project and take a maximum of 40 credits of assessed modules.
The School of Life Sciences will provide each postgraduate research student with a laptop for their exclusive use for the duration of their studies in the School.