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MRes Environmental and Biological Nanoscience

MRes Environmental and Biological Nanoscience

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Molecular Chemistry Molecular Biology Molecular Physics Nanotechnology Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of nanoscience and its potential environmental and human health-related risk. It focuses on the fundamental and underpinning science but also discusses applications, synthesis and policy, and regulatory responses. The programme is research focused, with a large part devoted to an independent but supervised research project carried out in is programme was previously known as MRes Human and Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience.

Key features of the programme are: Coverage of nanoscience and its implications, Focused teaching and learning modules, Experimental, field based or modelling research project. The programme is a collaborative endeavour between the Environmental Health Science group in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Biosciences. Taught and research elements are undertaken concurrently.

This MRes is designed for those with interests in human and environmental health implications of nanoparticles and is recommended for those both in work and just leaving undergraduate education, with interests in nanoscience and its implications for health, safety and the environment. Manufactured nanoparticles and nanomaterials offer many potential socio-economic, health and environmental benefits as a result of the novel properties and behaviour that materials can exhibit when manufactured at the nanoscale. While the production of nanomaterials is undergoing exponential growth, their biological effects and environmental fate and behaviour are relatively unknown.


The principles of toxicology will be covered with respect to the ways in which agents can gain access into biological systems, their biotransformation , disposition and excretion. Differences between molecules and nanomaterials will be highlighted. The mechanisms of adverse effects on biological systems will then be investigated in relation to cellular and genetic toxicity and the potential disease consequences. Particular emphasis will be on understanding the dose?response relationships, methods of assessment and prediction and specific studies on nanomaterials will be highlighted. A library project and an oral presentation to the student group is included.

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Entry requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following: At least a second Class Honours degree awarded by an approved university or institution in an appropriate subject; a degree without Honours, awarded by an approved university or institution in an appropriate subject, followed by at least 2 years appropriate postgraduate experience.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more