MSc Cell Biology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Our MSc Cell Biology course will enable you to consider the most exciting current problems in the field under the guidance of leading experts in cell biology.
Our understanding of cell biology will undoubtedly help in the quest for treatments for major diseases, including cancer. Our course will give you a unique opportunity to study the mechanisms that define and regulate the function of cells and organisms.
As this is a research-focused master's course, you will take an interactive approach to learning, rather than taking traditional lectures. Through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements, you will learn the concepts and techniques used in cutting-edge research in cell biology and how knowledge of the field can be applied to various fields of research.
You will be able to apply what you learn to your own research projects, which you can choose from a wide range of areas thanks to the large number of cell biology researchers at Manchester.
Extensive research experience
Gain significant laboratory experience through placements with leading cell biology researchers.
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
- 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 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.
Experimental Design and Statistics 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|
|PGT Advisor Meeting 1||BIOL72020||0||Mandatory|
|PGT Advisor Meeting 2||BIOL72060||0||Mandatory|
|PGT Advisor Meeting 3||BIOL72140||0||Mandatory|
|PGT Advisor Meeting 4 (Placement 2)||BIOL72210||0||Mandatory|
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What our students say
I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate degree at Manchester. It was during my final year that I realised how much I relished being a part of current scientific research while learning a myriad of new skills and techniques. I therefore decided that a research-based master's course was the next step for me.
It is the combination of a fantastic university with a global reputation in research and teaching, and a vibrant city that meant I chose to stay in Manchester for another year.