Molecular Biology MSc

About the course

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The MSc Molecular Biology will give you hands on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. You will also be trained in molecular biology research strategies. A strong practical foundation is provided in the first semester (Semester A) when you will study two modules:

  • Core Molecular Biology - This module aims to help you develop a systematic understanding and knowledge of recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and associated research methodology.
  • Genes, Proteins and Development - This module will provide you with an advanced understanding of genetics, proteins, the area of proteomics and the molecular basis of cellular differentiation and development.

The second semester (Semester B) has a problem-based learning approach to the application of the knowledge you gained in Semester A. You will study two modules:

  • Molecular Medicine - You will study the areas of protein design, production and engineering, investigating specific examples of products through the use of case studies.
  • Molecular Biotechnology - You will gain an in-depth understanding of the application of molecular biological approaches to the characterisation of selected diseases and the design of new drugs for their treatment.

In semester C you will undertake a research project to develop your expertise further. The research project falls into different areas of molecular biology and may include aspects of fermentation biotechnology, cardiovascular molecular biology, cancer, angiogenesis research, diabetes, general cellular molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbial physiology and environmental microbiology.

Why choose this course?

If you have a Bachelors degree in the biosciences, biochemistry, pharmacy or biological chemistry and you want to develop specialist knowledge in molecular biology then this postgraduate programme is for you. It will allow you to gain new skills and enhance your employability in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries or allow you to progress to a research degree.

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Entry requirements...

An honours degree with 60% or above marks or equivalent professional qualification, in the biosciences, biochemistry, pharmacy or biological chemistry. Applicants without these qualifications who can demonstrate by other qualifications, research publications or appropriate experience that they can benefit from the programme will be considered on individual merit.

Study routes

  • Full Time, 1 Years

Locations

  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Careers

Graduates of the programme will be qualified for research and development positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, to progress to a research degree, or to consider non-research roles in industry such as management, manufacturing and marketing. 

Teaching methods

The course consists of five modules including a research project. All modules are 100% coursework assessed.

  • Core Molecular Biology
  • Genes, Proteins and Development
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine Research
  • Methods and Project

Professional Accreditations

Not applicable.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Biosciences Research Methods for Masters

  • Cellular Molecular Biology

  • Core Genetics and Protein Biology

  • Molecular Biotechnology

  • Molecular Medicine

  • Project-Mol Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2014

UK/EU Students

Full time: £6,900 for the 2014 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,300 for the 2014 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2015

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Full Time)