Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Biological Sciences

Refine your research skills and develop advanced scientific and technical expertise with a one-year Masters by Research programme in Biological Sciences. Choose your preferred research area from Biomedical Sciences, Plant Molecular Sciences and Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour to learn alongside academic staff working at the frontiers of knowledge in their particular fields. You'll contribute to a renowned research culture, with Royal Holloway, University of London School of Biological Sciences ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Study in our state-of-the-art laboratories, where a recent £16 million investment has secured advanced equipment for bioinformatics, mass spectrometry and protein and gene sequencing. You'll have access to on-site woodland and meadow field testing facilities, and our campus is within easy reach of sites of special scientific interest, including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common. Gain the generic skills and hands-on experience you need to continue into further study as a PhD student, or progress towards a research career in a variety of different sectors. - Develop research skills to progress to further study at PhD level or a research career in a variety of sectors. - Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent. (REF 2014) -Use our state-of-the-art facilities, with £16 million recently invested in equipment for bioinformatics, mass spectrometry and protein and gene sequencing. - Study on a biodiverse campus with on-site woodland and meadow field testing facilities, within reach of sites of special scientific interest including Windsor Great Park and Box Hill. - Choose from three areas of research: Biomedical Sciences, Plant Molecular Sciences and Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour.

Entry requirements

Typically a UK lower 2nd class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, in biology, biochemistry or a related discipline. However individual supervisors might request a higher degree classification.
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Course modules

The course is made up of two elements:

Taught element
This will develop your research skills in (amongst other things):

- Experimental design
- Data analysis
-Quality assurance
- Use of bioinformatics tools
- Grant writing
- Paper writing
- Recording and organising your daily laboratory tasks electronically
- Conference presentation

Research project
The project will be an opportunity to pursue your own independent research within the lab of your supervisor. All of our academic staff are research-active, and so all projects are at the cutting edge within their specific discipline. Day-to-day supervision will be provided by your supervisor or an experienced researcher within their lab, and you will become part of the research team - attending lab meetings and gaining an insight into other projects running alongside yours.

Assessment methods

Your understanding and interpretation of novel scientific data will be assessed in the form of a thesis, while your training in transferable skills (provided by the taught component) will be assessed by coursework.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 16,800 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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