Most biological disciplines rely on analyses at the molecular level and the use of molecular biology to manipulate genes and proteins.
This MSc provides detailed training in current approaches to molecular biology and functional genomics. A large part of the course is devoted to an individual research project undertaken in a research-active lab.
You are assessed by a variety of methods including examinations, a dissertation and oral presentation of your work.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
We offer formal taught research and study skills training to all our postgraduates.
You take six core MSc modules including a research project, together with a choice of two options.
Autumn and spring terms: Advanced Methods in Molecular Research • Practical Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology • Skills for Research Bioscientists • Topics in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology. Additionally you choose two modules from a list of options including Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer • Genomics • Molecular Genetics • Post-Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression • Protein Form and Function • Regulating the Transcriptome. You also start your research project.
Summer term: you continue your research project.
This MSc is a perfect platform for a career in research. Many graduates continue their studies as PhD students, often at Sussex. Others follow careers in the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes.
‘The MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology changed my life. From starting as a very ordinary student with an interest in biological science at genetic and molecular level it enabled me to become part of a neuroscience research team and a privileged contributor to a recently published research paper in the highly respected Journal of Neuroscience.
‘The faculty provided unstinting assistance and guidance. Right from the beginning as a struggling new student, through to submission of my MSc dissertation, I was fully supported.
‘The most significant aspect of the programme was being involved in an extended high-quality research project of my choice in the distinctively top-class labs at Sussex. I learned state-of-the-art techniques from my supervisor and I’m still working part-time in his lab, gaining expertise in different cell biology techniques and transgenic transfection in embryonic stem cell culture. I’m currently also working on molecular mechanism CamKII and its role in learning and memory, again at Sussex.
‘This fantastic programme takes you from the theoretical knowledge gained from your undergraduate degree, to the technical experiments and productive analysis you need to develop before pursuing a PhD, research position, or moving into a role in industry. It’s the perfect platform for your future career.’
Souvik Naskar Research Technician, University of Sussex
Hannah Teehan: Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline
‘Sussex appealed to me not only for its reputation, but also as the course allowed me the flexibility to focus on the areas of genetics that I was most interested in.
‘The course was very lab based and so I was introduced to a wide range of new lab skills that have proven to be very useful as I now pick up new techniques very quickly in my current role as a Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline.
‘My time conducting a research project at Sussex really stands out for me. I was introduced to a wide range of new skills including cell culture, cloning, electroporation and TIRF microscopy, to name a few. There was so much support for me when I needed it but also trust that I was capable of working by myself, which really boosted my confidence.
‘Sussex is a fantastic place to study. The campus offers lots of services, including a well-resourced library and onsite doctor. From day one, people are so willing to help, whether it's to direct you around the campus or support you with your studies.’
Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015)
25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] 50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]] Successful applicants Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.
Value of Scholarship(s)
50% off International Student tuition fee
In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.
The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.
When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:
Student Funding Team Student Life Centre University of Sussex Chichester 1, Ci003 Falmer East Sussex BN1 9QJ UK Email: [email protected]
The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] Up to £10,000[[Timetable]] The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]] If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution • You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August • You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.
To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.
To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.
The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.[[Type of award]] Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]] £3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degree[[Further information]] If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below); • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and • You must meet the University's entrance requirements
You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.
If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.