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 94% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 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:
  • BBSRC/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 four themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience, 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

Our research is exciting, highly interdisciplinary bioscience ranging from molecular through cellular to the organism level, and spans bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, animals and plants. Studying this diversity allows us to identify common principles that operate across the breadth of living systems and investigate solutions to major global challenges. Research is supported by cutting-edge computational and experimental technologies. We lead internationally renowned research centres at Warwick and contribute to the University’s Global Research Priorities for cross-disciplinary research.

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 great teaching and learning support provide you with flexible and relevant programmes and the opportunity to study alongside world-class researchers and academics. We provide you with a wide range of skills that will prepare you for a diverse range of careers.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MSc

MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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. These industries require a new caliber of technical specialists with both business acumen and scientific knowledge. This MSc offers you the key business information and industrially relevant expertise, together with the science base, to meet this requirement. 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 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 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 a combination of written course work, individual/group seminar presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. Scholarships Including- Clyde Higgs Scholarships, available to UK applicants for three of our taught MSc courses SLS Excellence Scholarships, a fee reduction of 50% for five excellent students University of Warwick GREAT Scholarships India, jointly funded by the British Council GREAT campaign and the University of Warwick. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Chevening Scholarships, in addition to usual Chevening Scholarships, the School of Life Sciences is co-funding one Award supporting Latin American and Caribbean students Bursaries for students from Latin America and the Caribbean Please contact us for more information. [-]

MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Warwick + 1 more

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

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, societal matters and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food 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 Plant 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 Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability 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, seminar presentations, and exam. Scholarships Including- Clyde Higgs Scholarships, available to UK applicants for three of our taught MSc courses SLS Excellence Scholarships, a fee reduction of 50% for five excellent students University of Warwick GREAT Scholarships India, jointly funded by the British Council GREAT campaign and the University of Warwick. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Chevening Scholarships, in addition to usual Chevening Scholarships, the School of Life Sciences is co-funding one Award supporting Latin American and Caribbean students Bursaries for students from Latin America and the Caribbean Please contact us for more information. [-]

MSc Food Security

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Warwick + 1 more

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 food production with imports and consider environmental and economic impact. This MSc considers the critical factors in influencing global food security including the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, diet 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 Plant Mineral Nutrition Environmental Accounting Climate Change Challenges of Global Food Security Organic and Low Input Systems Optional Modules (Availability dependent on demand) International Environmental Law The Global Food System Biological Invasions in Changing Environments 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, seminar presentations, and exam. Scholarships Including- Clyde Higgs Scholarships, available to UK applicants for three of our taught MSc courses SLS Excellence Scholarships, a fee reduction of 50% for five excellent students University of Warwick GREAT Scholarships India, jointly funded by the British Council GREAT campaign and the University of Warwick. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Chevening Scholarships, in addition to usual Chevening Scholarships, the School of Life Sciences is co-funding one Award supporting Latin American and Caribbean students Bursaries for students from Latin America and the Caribbean Please contact us for more information. [-]

MSc Medical Biotechnology & Business Management

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months August 2017 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. [+]

The modern medical biotechnology industry is a major component of global industrialised economies with impact around the world. The industry is demanding technical specialists with both business and scientific knowledge, requirements met by the MSc programme which covers a broad range of biomedical science, business and management skills as an integrated package. Developed out of our successful Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management MSc, this course will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the key technical, business and societal issues relevant to the operation and development of medical biotechnology industries. It will equip you to make original and informed contributions to advance and develop these industries. It will also develop your 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 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 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 Optional Modules Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases Fundamental Principles of Drug Design Laboratory Skills Microbiomics & Metagenomics Vaccines & Gene Therapy Entry requirements Minimum second class Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or Business Studies (students with a 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 or part time over 24 months. Module options: 10 core modules, 2 elective modules, project dissertation. Module assessments by a combination of written course work, individual/group seminar presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. Career Opportunities This MSc is suitable for those looking for a career in medical biotechnology and related industrial sectors where employees need multidisciplinary knowledge. Graduates are expected to work in a wide range of jobs including project management, business development and general managerial positions. Career destinations of our related course Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management alumni include: Binding Site Group Ltd Tata Technologies AkzoNobel Frost & Sullivan Pfizer Novartis European Medicines Agency PhD programmes Their job titles include Business Analyst, Project Manager, Product Specialist, Regulatory affairs, Medical Writer, Business Development Manager, Research Associate and clinical Project Assistant. Scholarships Including- Clyde Higgs Scholarships, available to UK applicants for three of our taught MSc courses SLS Excellence Scholarships, a fee reduction of 50% for five excellent students University of Warwick GREAT Scholarships India, jointly funded by the British Council GREAT campaign and the University of Warwick. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Chevening Scholarships, in addition to usual Chevening Scholarships, the School of Life Sciences is co-funding one Award supporting Latin American and Caribbean students Bursaries for students from Latin America and the Caribbean Please contact us for more information. [-]

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Warwick + 1 more

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 in crop management and crop improvement. You will gain a combination of practical expertise and academic understanding to develop key skills. This MSc provides knowledge and practical skills in crop management and crop improvement, including the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and soil health. 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 Plant 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 Optional Modules (Availability dependent on demand) Biological Invasions in Changing Environments Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Challenges of Global Food Security 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, seminar presentations, and exam. Scholarships Including- Clyde Higgs Scholarships, available to UK applicants for three of our taught MSc courses SLS Excellence Scholarships, a fee reduction of 50% for five excellent students University of Warwick GREAT Scholarships India, jointly funded by the British Council GREAT campaign and the University of Warwick. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Chevening Scholarships, in addition to usual Chevening Scholarships, the School of Life Sciences is co-funding one Award supporting Latin American and Caribbean students Bursaries for students from Latin America and the Caribbean Please contact us for more information. [-]

Contact

School of Life Sciences

Address School of Life Sciences, Gibbet Hill Campus, The University of Warwick
CV4 7AL United Kingdom
Website http://www.warwick.ac.uk/pglifesci/taught
Phone Master: +44 (0)24 7657 4995, B