University of Kent, School of Biosciences

Introduction

The School of Biosciences at the University of Kent is a leading UK centre for research and training in the biological sciences.

Focusing on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level, research within the School encompassing the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology and biomedical research. World-leading research and state-of-the-art facilities underpin postgraduate education at MSc and PhD level, and our commitment to excellence in education and training ensures students can maximise their potential and further their careers.

Postgraduate students in the School of Biosciences are central to our vibrant research community. Our international community of academic staff, researchers and students is a supportive but vigorous environment that challenges and inspires. Seminar programmes featuring external speakers provides additional insight into the biological sciences, while our connections with the biotechnology sector promotes a culture of impact and innovation.

Our six taught MSc courses align with particular areas of research expertise, ensuring that our postgraduate students benefit from leaders in their fields. Research MSc programmes and PhD programmes - the latter supported by considerable scholarship funding - provide students with an outstanding professional environment in which to conduct cutting-edge research.

We invite enthusiastic, talented and ambitious individuals to contribute to our research community and join us on our journey of discovery.

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MSc

MSc by Research

Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. [+]

MSc by research in subjects related to Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology or Genetics All students conduct a full-time research project in the area of their chosen specialisation. The opportunities may vary yearly and a selection of the current (starting September 2014) projects available are outlined below. The period of benchwork may involve a placement in an industrial laboratory and culminates in the submission of a written research dissertation which forms an important component of the assessment procedures. Additionally, students will be asked to produce a poster for presentation at the annual Postgraduate Symposium in July and a talk at the conclusion of their studies. We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. International students, especially those from countries developing their biosciences infrastructure, will be able to return home with qualifications to enable them to initiate or direct relevant research. Please note that, due to the technical requirements of certain laboratory-based research projects, some projects additionally incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements. Additional research costs are typically in the range of £500-£2,000, though exceptionally these can be as high as £5,000 for resource-intensive research projects. Please note that the School of Biosciences has a very limited number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students and it is likely that fees and subsistence will largely be funded by the candidates themselves. Please visit the funding and scholarships page to review eligibility criteria and the application procedure. Integrin trafficking: Regulation of cell migration and tumour cell invasiveness Blastocystis metabolites: what does a "questionable parasite" produces and why? Developing Naegleria as a model organism for investigating the metabolic functions of mitochondria Cardiac muscle myosins: analysis of sequence, structure and kinetic properties in relation to heart disease Developing new NMR methodologies for biology, biochemistry and biomedicine In vivo investigation into the role of α-synuclein amino-terminal acetylation in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease Development of novel fluorescence titration methods to define the affinity of myosin for actin Molecular Studies of Tropomyosin The Scs proteins of Salmonella: redox biochemistry and copper tolerance Resistomics – describing and understanding cancer cell drug resistance at a systems level Are disease causing mutations located at functionally important regions in proteins? Prediction of protein structure from its sequence: a fool's errand? Understanding the molecular mechanisms of ALS linked SOD1 toxicity using the model eukaryote S. cerevisiae Innexin Gene Function in the Developing Nervous System Development of a series of novel biosensors Elucidating the pyruvate metabolism in anaerobic parasitic protozoa Development of novel prokaryote recombinant amino-terminal acetylation systems for the production of modified recombinant proteins Investigations on the mitochondrial protein composition of microbial eukaryotes from diverse physical environments [-]

MSc Science, Communication and Society

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The Kent MSc in Science, Communication and Society gives critical, professional and practical perspectives on science communication. [+]

The Kent MSc in Science, Communication and Society gives critical, professional and practical perspectives on science communication. Using the latest scholarship, we enable students to get behind contemporary and historic science to understand how knowledge is created and consumed within society. The course also features professionals from a range of sectors (medical writing, journalism, industry, policy). These bring real-life case studies that inform students’ critical perspectives on science communication. Practical and innovative assessments harness students’ developing knowledge to create a portfolio of skills that are highly valued by employers. Science, Communication and Society is intended primarily, though not exclusively, for the following: Science graduates intending to pursue a career within science but not in the laboratory Humanities graduates with an interest in Science and Technology Studies Practising scientists wanting a career change into media, education, policy or other communicational area of science The programme is led by Dr. Charlotte Sleigh, Director of the University’s Centre for the History of the Sciences, and Dr. Dan Lloyd, Reader in the School of Biosciences. Both are active researchers with a passion for explaining their research to non-specialist audiences. They are also award-winning teachers; Dan has won a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his science communication work with undergraduates. Programme structure The MSc has been developed by the School of Biosciences, a leading school in teaching, research and science communication, and the School of History, which has a dedicated research centre in the History of the Sciences. It integrates current theory and practice in communicating science with insights from historical and ethical perspectives. Two core modules have a case study-driven approach to science communication, learning from key scientific moments in history and from science communicators who work in a variety of different professions (e.g. media, politics, education, journalism). Two optional modules allow you to specialise in a particular area relevant to science communication, based on your interests and experience, focusing on either practical/scientific or humanities-based approaches to the study of science communication. An extended research project allows you to take a practical approach to science communication, or to do in-depth research on a historical or contemporary episode in science. In some cases, these projects may be undertaken in conjunction with external partners, such as Research Councils, charities and NGOs. You can opt to take only the core modules, resulting in a postgraduate certificate, or to take the compulsory plus two optional modules, leading to a postgraduate diploma. The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you. Modules Science at Work (30 credits) Science Communication and Society Project (60 credits) Science and Medicine in Context (30 credits) Work Placement (30 credits) Deformed, Deranged and Deviant (30 credits) Geiger Counter at Ground Zero: Explorations of Nuclear America (30 credits) Admission requirements The entry requirement for the programme is a minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant subject. Given the multidisciplinary, integrated nature of the programme, we will not assume a high level of scientific knowledge or humanities experience amongst entrants, and are flexible about the subject of your undergraduate studies. We will expect students to have an enthusiasm for science, and a willingness to learn about scientific concepts. Similarly, science graduates will be expected to engage with perspectives from the humanities, and to avail themselves of the guidance and support provided in preparing extended essays and seminar material. The interdisciplinary approach will ensure that all participants will leave with significant transferable skills upon completion of the programme. Please note that the School of Biosciences has a number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students. Please visit the funding and scholarships page to review eligibility criteria and the application procedure. [-]

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