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Full time | Queen's Medical Centre | 1 year | FEB-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

FEB-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Molecular Biology Evolutionary Biology

Course type

Research

Course Summary

Research overview

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 credits of transferable skills training. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor.

The MRes Molecular Evolution involves the study of the evolutionary relationships among organisms and gene families using molecular methods, with evolutionary trees (phylogenies) generated from the analysis of DNA and protein sequences.

The programme involves both laboratory work (DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing) and bioinformatics (DNA sequence alignment and phylogeny reconstruction).

Research projects are available in:

  • the evolutionary relationships in the molluscs (in particular, the land snails) and the link between molluscan phylogenies and biogeography
  • the molecular taxonomy of spiders and the link between rates of molecular and morphological diversification
  • studies on the evolution of spider silk gene families and the relationship between silk diversification and speciation
  • studies on the phylogeny of the foraminifera and the distribution of different genetic types across the oceans

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

International fees will be charged as follows, depending on the nature of your project: £18,420, £23,760, £26,250 or £35,220.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.