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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Molecular Biology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Molecular biology - the study of the basis of life, focuses on the structure and function of DNA, RNA and protein and their interactions with each other.

This knowledge has led us to understand molecules within viral, microbial and eukaryotic organisms and has been at the forefront of scientific discovery since the identification of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in the 1950’s. It is responsible for new and exciting techniques to detect and treat disease, produce drugs and vaccines, and uncover further the path of evolution.

This Master’s course responds to the demand for highly skilled scientists who can identify defects in cellular systems at the nucleic acid level and conduct genetic modification of organisms which allow a greater understanding of cellular function. Such insights and innovations are already responsible for the development of new diagnostic tests, novel products, therapeutic agents, detection of biomarkers, identification of faulty genes and subsequent correction of those defects.

Our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Course information

The programme is composed of a combination of modules which progressively build to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s. Core subject areas include cellular molecular biology, genetics, protein biology, numeracy, statistics and computing and a broad coverage of instrumentation and analytical techniques.

We provide hands-on practical laboratory experience, introducing you to essential techniques in molecular biology including: bioinformatics; nucleic acid and protein extraction; PCR, RT-PCR and qPCR analysis; gel-based analyses; molecular cloning and gene expression.

How you'll be assessed

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include laboratory reports, essays, oral and poster presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Career prospects

Molecular biology is one of the most buoyant sectors of the biosciences jobs market with above average growth in the employment market in this decade.

Few fields are so interesting, challenging and potentially so rewarding. You could develop and produce life-saving vaccines and drugs, design new tools to diagnose and detect disease or create genetically engineered crops that are more resistant to frost, drought, spoilage, diseases and pests.

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing. Opportunities also exist for further study upon completion of the course at PhD level.

If you choose the ‘With Professional Experience’ route, you will have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in a host organisation, not only increasing your awareness of current developments in the sector, but also experiencing the working environment and gaining valuable interpersonal skills, such as team working, all of which are important to your future career. Students will also achieve PgDip awards in this course.

Different course options

Full time | Coventry University | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

Research Principles and Preparation or Professional Experience Preparation
Global Professional Development - Entrepreneurship
Research Project
Medical Molecular Biology
Synthetic Biology
Critical Review in Molecular Biology
Principles of Molecular Biology
Research Techniques in Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Scientific Presentation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,200

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£14,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Bioscience or Biological Chemistry. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular immunology or molecular virology.

University information

Coventry University is famed for its top-class student support facilities, including the Jaguar Centre, which was designed specifically to support postgraduate students. Postgraduate courses are offered in an array of subjects like Creative Writing, Social Work, Financial Management, Aerospace Engineering and Psychology. You can gain a postgraduate qualification through teaching, online learning or research. Options include: Certificate...more

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