The University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences

Introduction

The University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences

Warwick Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence with more than 80% of our research rated as 'world leading or internationally excellent' in the REF 2014 assessment and 90% overall student satisfaction in the 2014-2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

Our focus is in excellent teaching and research with impact.

In 2015 we were the BBSRC 5th highest funded institute and we have 27 PhD studentships per year from 2015-2019 through our BBSRC doctoral training partnership award.

Research awards in 2014/15 totalled £23million. These include:
  • EPSRC funding to establish the Warwick Interdisciplinary Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB)
  • Funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research neglected tropical diseases (the largest ever award for modelling of infectious disease)
  • over £5million to support research into antimicrobial resistance
  • in excess of £4million for plant and crop science
Our research falls into five themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience, Infection, Plant and Crop Science. This research impacts across a broad range of areas, particularly in crop improvement and protection, biosensing and early medical diagnoses, ageing, animal health, earth biosystems, pollution and environmental genomics.

Our facilities support multidisciplinary research programmes across Warwick and with other universities, research institutes and industry both nationally and internationally.

Research

The School of Life Sciences is home to a wide range of exciting interdisciplinary bioscience that is supported by state-of-the-art research facilities. Recent expansion of our academic staff has resulted in a new research profile defined by six major research themes. Our Research section provides more detail about the diversity of our fundamental research and its applications. Members of SLS collaborate with a large number of other Warwick Schools and with numerous institutions across the globe. We also participate in multiple Warwick Research Centres (including the Centres for Integrative Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology & Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining, as well as the Warwick Crop Centre) and Global Research Priorities (Food and Science & Technology for Health).

Teaching

Warwick offers a range of popular Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees reflecting our expertise across a diversity of Life Science disciplines. Modern teaching laboratories and good teaching and learning support provide our students with flexible and relevant programmes and the opportunity to study alongside world-class researchers and academics. We provide our students with a wide range of skills that prepare them for a wide range of careers.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

View MSc »

Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MBio Biochemistry

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

Following an in depth foundation in biochemistry, the course broadens out to allow students to focus in more specialist fields. [+]

Following an in depth foundation in biochemistry, the course broadens out to allow students to focus in more specialist fields. These include biophysical chemistry, which permits the descriptions of biological macromolecules at the atomic level, and understanding the genome and gene regulation. By the third year optional modules provide you with the opportunity to pursue areas that you find particularly interesting. Duration: MBio 4 years Typical offer for MBio: AAB - AAB Starts: September Course Structure Year One modules Laboratories and Tutorials (30 CATS) Physical Chemistry (12 CATS) Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS) Organic Chemistry (18 CATS) Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS) Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS) Physiology and Metabolism (18 CATS) Year Two core modules Tutorials (12 CATS) Tools for Biochemical Discovery (18 CATS) Labs Biochem Year 2 (24 CATS) Protein Biochemistry (18 CATS) Molecular Cell Biology (18 CATS) Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease (18 CATS) Optional modules Bioscience and Society (12 CATS) Evolution (12 CATS) Neurobiology (12 CATS) Ecology and its Applications (12 CATS) Immunology (12 CATS) Genetics and Genomics (12 CATS) Year Three core modules Research Project (24 CATS) Structural Molecular Biology (12 CATS) Laboratories and tutorials (24 CATS) Principles of Development (12 CATS) Protein Targeting (12 CATS) Dynamics of Biological Systems (12 CATS) Optional modules Advanced Immunology (12 CATS) Bioenergy and Biorefining (12 CATS) Oncology (12 CATS) Extreme Environment Biology (12 CATS) Biological Clocks (12 CATS) Business Studies 1 (15 CATS) Integrative Neuroscience (12 CATS) Business Studies 2 (15 CATS) Science Communication (12 CATS) MBio Biochemistry department based (Year 4) Extended Research project (80 CATS) MSc-level module (10 CATS) Research Skills (30 CATS) MBio Biochemistry with industrial placement (Year 4) Extended research project in industry (90 CATS) Research Skills (30 CATS) Students take a minimum of 126 CATS in year 1 (CATS = credits). With permission, students can take additional modules such as language modules; these require specific approval from the School of Life Sciences. [-]

MBio Biological Sciences

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

This course spans the entire scale of biological systems - from molecules to ecosystems. [+]

This course spans the entire scale of biological systems - from molecules to ecosystems. It offers broad exposure to cutting edge research in molecular, cellular and whole organism biology, while describing applications of science to major global challenges such as environmental management, food security, biotechnology and human health. Duration: MBio 4 years Typical offer for MBio: AAA - AAB Starts: September Modules Year One modules Laboratories and Tutorials (30 CATS) Physiology and Metabolism (18 CATS) Animal and Plant Biology (12 CATS) Environmental Biology (12 CATS) Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS) Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS) Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS) Year Two core modules Tutorials (12 CATS) Multicellular Systems (18 CATS) Laboratories Biosci Year 2 (24 CATS) Genetics and Evolution (18 CATS) Molecular Cell Biology (18 CATS) Ecology and Environment (18 CATS) Optional modules Bioscience and Society (12 CATS) Clinical Microbiology (12 CATS) Immunology (12 CATS) Ecology and its Applications (12 CATS) Protein Structure and Function (12 CATS) Pharmacology (12 CATS) Viruses and Disease (12 CATS) Year Three core modules Research Project (24 (CATS) Dynamics of Biological Systems (12 CATS) Laboratories and tutorials (24 CATS) MBio Biological Sciences department based (Year 4) Extended Research project (80 CATS) MSc-level module (10 CATS) Research Skills (30 CATS) MBio Biological Sciences with industrial placement (Year 4) Extended research project in industry (90 CATS) Research Skills (30 CATS) Students take a minimum of 120 CATS per year (CATS = credits). Students who do not have a pass in A2 Chemistry (or equivalent) will have to take and pass an additional module Chemistry for Biologists (PASS/FAIL). With permission, students can take additional modules such as language modules; these require specific approval from the School of Life Sciences. [-]

MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

A Masters course for biotechnology and bioprocessing business managers and entrepreneurs of the future [+]

The bioprocessing and biotechnology industries are major components of global industrialised economies with impacts in medicine, pharmaceuticals, manufacture and the food sector. Management of change requires a new calibre of technical specialist who will have business acumen and a scientific knowledge base. This MSc equips its students with the necessary tools and expertise to become an entrepreneur, offering key business information and industrially relevant knowledge. Leading centres of expertise, including Life Sciences and Warwick Business School, form a multidisiplinary teaching faculty. The course is delivered by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise. Course structure The course is a full time, twelve month taught programme with modular content, based around three strands:- Business Management Biotechnology & Molecular Biology Bioprocessing The course programme focuses on: Manufacture of biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, devices and materials Genetic engineering and the fundamentals of biotechnology Business management, economics and finance Marketing management Commercialisation of products, IP Food, biotechnology and microbiological processing Fuels and energy Industries based on renewable and sustainable resources Production technologies Plant design and economic analysis Students will be required to complete nine core modules. They must also select a further three elective modules. Teaching will be by interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis. All students will be required to undertake a project dissertation. Students will be encouraged to propose their own project title (selection subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor) although a range of potential titles will be offered. Projects will be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor. Core Modules Introduction to the fundamentals of biotechnology Molecular biology and genetic engineering Biochemical engineering Bioproduct plant design and economic analysis Business strategy Accounting and financial management Marketing management Entrepreneurship & commercialisation Biopharmaceutical product & clinical development Project Elective Modules (availability dependent on demand) Microbiomics & metagenomics Environmental protection, risk assessment and safety Impact of biotechnology on the use of natural resources Fundamental principles of drug discovery E-business: Technology and management Chemotherapy of infectious disease Vaccines and gene therapy Laboratory Skills Career This MSc is suitable for those looking for a career in biotechnology and related industrial sectors where employees need multidisciplinary knowledge. Graduates work in a wide range of jobs including project management, business development and general managerial positions. Career destinations of our alumni include: Binding Site Group Ltd Tata Technologies AkzoNobel Frost & Sullivan Pfizer Novartis European Medicines Agency PhD programmes Job titles include Business Analyst, Project Manager, Product Specialist, Regulatory affairs, Medical Writer, Business Development Manager, Research Associate and clinical Project Assistant. Entry requirements Minimum second class Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or Business Studies (students from an engineering or business background must be a high class student and demonstrate an interest in biological science). English language standard IELTS 6.5. Study: Full time over 12 months. Module options: 9 core modules, 3 elective modules, project dissertation. Module assessments by coursework and exam. 2015/16 Fees: Overseas £19,680 (bursary included) European £6,800 (bursary included) [-]

MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

This course will explore solutions for the sustainable provision of food, materials, energy and landscape in a changing global environment. [+]

The School of Life Sciences has been ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 research ranking exercise. Overall more than 80% of life sciences research was rated as 'World Leading or Internationally Excellent'. Escalating rates of environmental and climate change are forcing us to re-evaluate our management of agricultural and natural habitats. The competing demands on agricultural land for food production and for bioenergy provision must be reconciled with environmental stewardship and mitigation of climate change. This MSc provides a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, management, politics and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food, energy and provision of ecosytem services. Course structure Students will take 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation. Core modules Soil, Water and Mineral Nutrition Environmental Accounting Climate Change Organic and Low Input Systems Biological Invasions in Changing Environments Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Microbiomics & Metagenomics Challenges of Global Food Security Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety Bioscience, politics & social acceptability Project, Placement or Dissertation Optional Modules (Availability dependent on demand) International Environmental Law Marketing Management Accounting & Financial Management Business Strategy Career This MSc is for those looking for a research career in environmental bioscience or to improve their employment prospects in governmental or non-governmental organisations concerned with environmental policy development. Graduates could expect to work in areas related to sustainability in farming systems, rural development, environmental management, science communication, policy and consultancy. Alumni job titles include: Policy Outreach Officer at Climate Change Consortium of Wales Science Editor and Marketing Manager Environmental Marketing Officer Global Sustainability Manager at Molson Coors Brewing Integrated Farm Management promotion for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Entry requirements A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5 Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months. Module options: 10 core modules, 1 or 2 optional modules and a project, dissertation or placement. Module assessments by coursework and exam. 2015/16 Fees: Overseas £19,680 (bursary included) European £6,800 (bursary included) [-]

MSc Food Security

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

Global food security, where the world’s population has access to affordable, safe and nutritious food, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. [+]

Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local and delocalised production with imports and environmental and economic impact. The MSc will draw together critical components such as the contribution of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, nutrition transition and urbanisation. Course structure Students will take 7 core modules, up to 3 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation. Core modules Crop Physiology and Production Advances in Crop Protection Soil, Water and Mineral Nutrition Environmental Accounting Climate Change Challenges of Global Food Security Organic and Low Input Systems Project/Work Placement Optional Modules (Availability dependent on demand) International Environmental Law Challenges of the Global Food System Biological Invasions in Changing Climates Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Microbiomics & Metagenomics Marketing Management Accounting & Financial Management Business Strategy Entry requirements A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or other appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5 Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months. Module options: 7 core modules, 3 optional modules and a course project, dissertation or placement. Module assessments by coursework and exam. 2015/16 Fees: Overseas £19,680 (bursary included) European £6,800 (bursary included) [-]

MSc Medical Biotechnology & Business Management

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2016 United Kingdom Warwick + 1 more

Modern medical biotechnology industries are a major component of global industrialised economies and this new MSc programme covers a broad range of biomedical science, business and management skills as an integrated package. [+]

Why choose this course? Are you interested in a biomedical industry career? Do you want to combine science and business? Do you want to expand your skills and enhance employment prospects? Modern medical biotechnology industries are a major component of global industrialised economies and this new MSc programme covers a broad range of biomedical science, business and management skills as an integrated package. Developed out of our very successful Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management MSc, the Medical Biotechnology and Business Management course provides knowledge and understanding of the key technical, business and societal issues relevant to the operation and development of medical biotechnology industries and equips the student to make original and informed contributions to advance and develop these industries. It also develops the capability to research and analyse market needs for medical product development, propose technical strategy based on up to date information and leading edge diagnostic technology. Leading centres of expertise, including Life Sciences, Warwick Medical School and Warwick Business School, form a multidisciplinary teaching faculty. The course is delivered by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise. Course Structure The course is a full time (over twelve months) or part time (over 24 months) taught programme with modular content, based around two strands:- Medical Biotechnology Business Management Students will be required to complete ten core modules. They must also select a further two elective modules. Teaching will be by interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis. All students will be required to undertake a project dissertation. Students will be encouraged to propose their own project title (selection subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor) although a range of potential titles will be offered. Projects will be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor. Core Modules Introduction to the fundamentals of biotechnology Entrepreneurship & commercialisation Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering Business strategy Accounting and financial management Marketing management Biopharmaceutical product & clinical development Essentials of Medical Genomics Medical Diagnostics Regenerative medicine Project dissertation Elective Modules (availability dependent on demand) Fundamental principles of drug discovery Chemotherapy of infectious disease Vaccines and gene therapy Microbiomics & metagenomics Assessment One third of the final mark will be derived from the project dissertation. Two thirds of the final mark will be derived from assessments of the 10 core and 2 elective modules. Modules will be assessed by means of a combination of written course work, individual/group seminar presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. These assessments will take place during or shortly after completion of each module. Please note that modules and courses on offer may change. We reserve the right not to run certain modules/courses based on programme review, staff availability and student demand. [-]

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom Warwick

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with food, fibres and fuel. This course provides the knowledge and practical skills for how crops are improved, grown and managed. [+]

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with foods, fibres and fuel - this course provides the knowledge and practical skills for how crops are improved, grown and managed. You will gain a combination of practical skills and academic understanding to develop a critical and creative mindset. You will learn the principles of crop production, the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and weed control, and ecology. Course structure Students will take 8 core modules, up to 2 optional modules and an individual research project, placement or dissertation. Core modules Crop Physiology and Production Advances in Crop Protection Soil, Water and Mineral Nutrition Climate Change Organic and Low Input Systems Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop Agronomy Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration Project/Work Placement Optional Modules (Availability dependent on demand) Biological Invasions in Changing Environments Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Challenges of Global Food Security Challenges of the Global Food System International Environmental Law Microbiomics & Metagenomics Marketing Management Accounting & Financial Management Business Strategy Career You will acquire the skills necessary for career paths in the agriculture of crops, agronomy, crop trial management, and as policy development officers, technical commodity specialists and professional advisors. You will also be able to join sales teams for fertiliser, agrochemical and other specialist supply companies. We expect graduates to become the industry’s future managers and leaders. Alumni have gone on to study for a PhD or, for example, into agronomy and agricultural consulting. Career destinations include: Regional Technical Agronomist at Bayer CropScience Trainee Agronomist at Valley Produce Ltd Trainee Product Technologist at Berry World Trainee Agronomist at Agrovista Crop Trialist at Eurofins Agronomist and Agricultural Consultant at Agrinig, Nigeria Senior Field Technician at University of Warwick Entry requirements A second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline. English language standard IELTS 6.5 Flexible study: Full time 12 months. Part time 24 months. Module options: 8 core modules, 2 optional modules and a course project, dissertation or placement. Module assessments by coursework and exam. 2015/16 Fees: Overseas £19,680 (bursary included) European £6,800 (bursary included) [-]