MSc Biological Sciences / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Our MSc Biological Sciences course offers a unique opportunity to experience research projects across a broad range of disciplines and laboratory environments before you start your career in research.
Rather than attending traditional lectures on your chosen subject, you will learn through an interactive approach involving seminars, workshops and small group tutorials preparing you for relevant aspects of a science-based career. As this is a research-focused master's course, you will also undertake your own research project in the laboratory of a leading researchers.
You will gain research experience and professional skills - perhaps in a different area to your first degree - before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research. This will allow you to make an informed choice about the research area you want to go into.
You choose the laboratory placement from a list provided by your programme director. Projects on this list come from any of our areas of research within the biological and biomedical sciences. As we have over 200 research-active labs, we can offer a wide range of projects to choose from. For an idea of the breadth of available projects, browse our research pages.
Our course will also help you to develop transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics and science communication.
PhD with integrated master's
If you're planning to undertake a PhD after your master's, our Integrated PhD programme will enable you to combine your postgraduate taught course with a related PhD project in biology, medicine or health.You can also visit this page for examples of projects related to integrated master's courses.
Choose placements with more than 200 labs at the University to help you decide on an area to specialise in for your future research career.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
We will assess your progress using:
- written reports on your research projects and tutorials
- oral presentations
- written assignments
- multiple choice exams
- critical assessment of literature
- online statistics exercises.
Course unit details
The course starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the course, of which:
- 120 credits are project based
- 60 credits are from transferable skills units.
60 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as laboratory skills, experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication.
The Experimental Design and Statistics unit runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research projects.
Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research project.
- Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
- Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
- Science Communication (15 credits)
- Laboratory Skills (15 credits)
Our units teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our units may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to units as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the units available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Tutorial and Workshop||BIOL60210||15||Mandatory|
|Statistics & Experimental Design||BIOL65161||15||Mandatory|
|Research Project 1||BIOL66121||30||Mandatory|
|Research Project 2||BIOL66132||90||Mandatory|
Scholarships and bursaries
For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.
What our students say
Bethan Critchley / 2018 Biological Science Alumna.
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