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Molecular Biology

MSc

Tailored to your needs

Course can be designed to be highly relevant to your professional needs

Turn theory into practice

Course includes two week-long residential sessions at our laboratories

Flexible delivery

Distance learning and study routes you can fit around your work schedule

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
Choose another study option
Duration:
15 Months
Start date:
11 February 2019
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Molecular biology is increasingly important for professionals in health and related areas such as pharmaceutical sciences and biotechnology. Our distance learning MSc focuses on the way advanced molecular technologies inform clinical practice.

The study of biology at a molecular level is leading to advances in the treatment of many diseases. This course is designed for health professionals who want to understand its impact on biomedicine and related subjects. It will also be of interest to those working in other areas of biology where molecular biology has applications.

The course will enable you to study areas of molecular biology of particular interest or relevance to your employment. It includes a workplace project which you can tailor to be highly relevant to your current work and interests.

The course is designed to be flexible, with the majority being delivered online, plus two practical weeks in our laboratories, where you can put your learning into practice. You can choose to study full-time or part-time, and we offer September or February start dates.

The theory is delivered using our online Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment. You’ll interact with other students on the course through online discussion groups and receive excellent support from your tutors.

Full-time students usually complete the MSc in around 15 months.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Molecular Biology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Molecular Biology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Molecular Biology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Molecular Biology

Course content

The course will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with an emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform, and impact upon, clinical practice. You’ll develop hands-on practical skills during two one-week residential short courses, held in June and September.

You can tailor many elements of the course to focus on your personal or employment interests. For example, you’ll undertake a research project which can be completed at your place of work or at the University.

The MSc involves eight 15-credit modules plus your project, which is worth 60-credits. Each 15-credit module will involve 12-15 hours of study per week over nine weeks. Part-time students are advised to take one module at a time. Full-time students will take two modules at a time.

Principles of Molecular Biology The fundamental principles of molecular biology are studied. This includes: the structure and function of DNA, RNA, genes and genomes: replication, processing and modifications that occur: and the mechanisms of regulation and control.

Chronic Multi-factorial Disease Chronic diseases occur as a consequence of one or more contributory factors. How these factors can lead to disease onset, progression and a disruption to normal metabolic and physiological processes will be addressed.

Infectious disease The molecular mechanisms of disease caused by various pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, non-conventional agents, protozoa and major parasitic worms will be investigated.

Bioinformatics Huge amounts of important data is being generated from genomic projects. The analysis of this data will be studied, including: gene identification, homology searching, genomic databases, gene prediction, functional genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Molecular Diagnostics This residential module provides you with instruction, skills development and hands-on experience of molecular techniques currently used in clinical diagnostics.

Medical Genetics and Genomics The molecular basis of genetic diseases, their origin, and the types of mutations that can occur as well as their potential phenotypic consequence will be studied. The revolutionary impact of genomics in medicine will be examined.

MSc Molecular Biology Project A laboratory based research project reflecting your area of  interest wherever possible. Projects will be designed in consultation with a university-based supervisor and can be conducted either at your place of work or here at Staffordshire University.

You will have the choice of one optional module: 

  • Negotiated Learning Module or
  • Current Developments in Genetics

The negotiated learning module offers students a fantastic opportunity to conduct an in depth study of a topic of their choice. The learning and assessment programme would be designed in consultation with the module tutor. Genetics and molecular biology are fast moving fields. Current Developments in Genetics looks at the forefront of genetic research and its applications.

Practical DNA Analysis This practical course will cover the key techniques in DNA analysis. The  module focuses on gene cloning from bacteria. The application of these to wider aspects of biology and health will be stressed.

The course will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with an emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform, and impact upon, clinical practice. You’ll develop hands-on practical skills during two one-week residential short courses, held in June and September.

You can tailor many elements of the course to focus on your personal or employment interests. For example, you’ll undertake a research project which can be completed at your place of work or at the University.

The MSc involves eight 15-credit modules plus your project, which is worth 60-credits. Each 15-credit module will involve 12-15 hours of study per week over nine weeks. Part-time students are advised to take one module at a time. Full-time students will take two modules at a time.

Principles of Molecular Biology The fundamental principles of molecular biology are studied. This includes: the structure and function of DNA, RNA, genes and genomes: replication, processing and modifications that occur: and the mechanisms of regulation and control.

Chronic Multi-factorial Disease Chronic diseases occur as a consequence of one or more contributory factors. How these factors can lead to disease onset, progression and a disruption to normal metabolic and physiological processes will be addressed.

Infectious disease The molecular mechanisms of disease caused by various pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, non-conventional agents, protozoa and major parasitic worms will be investigated.

Bioinformatics Huge amounts of important data is being generated from genomic projects. The analysis of this data will be studied, including: gene identification, homology searching, genomic databases, gene prediction, functional genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Molecular Diagnostics This residential module provides you with instruction, skills development and hands-on experience of molecular techniques currently used in clinical diagnostics.

Medical Genetics and Genomics The molecular basis of genetic diseases, their origin, and the types of mutations that can occur as well as their potential phenotypic consequence will be studied. The revolutionary impact of genomics in medicine will be examined.

MSc Molecular Biology Project A laboratory based research project reflecting your area of  interest wherever possible. Projects will be designed in consultation with a university-based supervisor and can be conducted either at your place of work or here at Staffordshire University.

You will have the choice of one optional module: 

  • Negotiated Learning Module or
  • Current Developments in Genetics

The negotiated learning module offers students a fantastic opportunity to conduct an in depth study of a topic of their choice. The learning and assessment programme would be designed in consultation with the module tutor. Genetics and molecular biology are fast moving fields. Current Developments in Genetics looks at the forefront of genetic research and its applications.

Practical DNA Analysis This practical course will cover the key techniques in DNA analysis. The  module focuses on gene cloning from bacteria. The application of these to wider aspects of biology and health will be stressed.

The course will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with an emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform, and impact upon, clinical practice. You’ll develop hands-on practical skills during two one-week residential short courses, held in June and September.

You can tailor many elements of the course to focus on your personal or employment interests. For example, you’ll undertake a research project which can be completed at your place of work or at the University.

The MSc involves eight 15-credit modules plus your project, which is worth 60-credits. Each 15-credit module will involve 12-15 hours of study per week over nine weeks. Part-time students are advised to take one module at a time. Full-time students will take two modules at a time.

Principles of Molecular Biology The fundamental principles of molecular biology are studied. This includes: the structure and function of DNA, RNA, genes and genomes: replication, processing and modifications that occur: and the mechanisms of regulation and control.

Chronic Multi-factorial Disease Chronic diseases occur as a consequence of one or more contributory factors. How these factors can lead to disease onset, progression and a disruption to normal metabolic and physiological processes will be addressed.

Infectious disease The molecular mechanisms of disease caused by various pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, non-conventional agents, protozoa and major parasitic worms will be investigated.

Bioinformatics Huge amounts of important data is being generated from genomic projects. The analysis of this data will be studied, including: gene identification, homology searching, genomic databases, gene prediction, functional genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Molecular Diagnostics This residential module provides you with instruction, skills development and hands-on experience of molecular techniques currently used in clinical diagnostics.

Medical Genetics and Genomics The molecular basis of genetic diseases, their origin, and the types of mutations that can occur as well as their potential phenotypic consequence will be studied. The revolutionary impact of genomics in medicine will be examined.

MSc Molecular Biology Project A laboratory based research project reflecting your area of  interest wherever possible. Projects will be designed in consultation with a university-based supervisor and can be conducted either at your place of work or here at Staffordshire University.

You will have the choice of one optional module: 

  • Negotiated Learning Module or
  • Current Developments in Genetics

The negotiated learning module offers students a fantastic opportunity to conduct an in depth study of a topic of their choice. The learning and assessment programme would be designed in consultation with the module tutor. Genetics and molecular biology are fast moving fields. Current Developments in Genetics looks at the forefront of genetic research and its applications.

Practical DNA Analysis This practical course will cover the key techniques in DNA analysis. The  module focuses on gene cloning from bacteria. The application of these to wider aspects of biology and health will be stressed.

The course will introduce you to recent advances made in the study of disease, with an emphasis on how advanced molecular technologies inform, and impact upon, clinical practice. You’ll develop hands-on practical skills during two one-week residential short courses, held in June and September.

You can tailor many elements of the course to focus on your personal or employment interests. For example, you’ll undertake a research project which can be completed at your place of work or at the University.

The MSc involves eight 15-credit modules plus your project, which is worth 60-credits. Each 15-credit module will involve 12-15 hours of study per week over nine weeks. Part-time students are advised to take one module at a time. Full-time students will take two modules at a time.

Principles of Molecular Biology The fundamental principles of molecular biology are studied. This includes: the structure and function of DNA, RNA, genes and genomes: replication, processing and modifications that occur: and the mechanisms of regulation and control.

Chronic Multi-factorial Disease Chronic diseases occur as a consequence of one or more contributory factors. How these factors can lead to disease onset, progression and a disruption to normal metabolic and physiological processes will be addressed.

Infectious disease The molecular mechanisms of disease caused by various pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, non-conventional agents, protozoa and major parasitic worms will be investigated.

Bioinformatics Huge amounts of important data is being generated from genomic projects. The analysis of this data will be studied, including: gene identification, homology searching, genomic databases, gene prediction, functional genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.

Molecular Diagnostics This residential module provides you with instruction, skills development and hands-on experience of molecular techniques currently used in clinical diagnostics.

Medical Genetics and Genomics The molecular basis of genetic diseases, their origin, and the types of mutations that can occur as well as their potential phenotypic consequence will be studied. The revolutionary impact of genomics in medicine will be examined.

MSc Molecular Biology Project A laboratory based research project reflecting your area of  interest wherever possible. Projects will be designed in consultation with a university-based supervisor and can be conducted either at your place of work or here at Staffordshire University.

You will have the choice of one optional module: 

  • Negotiated Learning Module or
  • Current Developments in Genetics

The negotiated learning module offers students a fantastic opportunity to conduct an in depth study of a topic of their choice. The learning and assessment programme would be designed in consultation with the module tutor. Genetics and molecular biology are fast moving fields. Current Developments in Genetics looks at the forefront of genetic research and its applications.

Practical DNA Analysis This practical course will cover the key techniques in DNA analysis. The  module focuses on gene cloning from bacteria. The application of these to wider aspects of biology and health will be stressed.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

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Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

IBMS logo

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Principles of Molecular Biology
Chronic Multi-factorial Disease
Infectious disease
Bioinformatics
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Molecular Diagnostics
MSc Molecular Biology Project
Practical DNA Analysis
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Entry requirements

You’ll normally need a minimum 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject. However, accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience can be considered, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in the course to get in touch.

You’ll normally need a minimum 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject. However, accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience can be considered, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in the course to get in touch.

You’ll normally need a minimum 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject. However, accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience can be considered, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in the course to get in touch.

You’ll normally need a minimum 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject. However, accredited professional qualifications or vocational experience can be considered, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in the course to get in touch.

Facilities

Careers

The course is designed to aid your career advancement in any field where molecular biology is relevant. Or you may be looking to change or re-focus your career in this direction.

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

Module assessment is mainly through course work, plus two online exams.

Module assessment is mainly through course work, plus two online exams.

Module assessment is mainly through course work, plus two online exams.

Module assessment is mainly through course work, plus two online exams.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 11 February 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£6,350 per course
International (Non-EU)
£6,350 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,803. per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£3,803. per year of study

For the course starting on 11 February 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,115 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£2,115 per year of study

For the course starting on 11 February 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£6,350 per course
International (Non-EU)
£6,350 per course

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£7,620 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Full-time, distance learning
11 February 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

23/01/2019 12:14:20 / Molecular Biology / Full-time, distance learning / 2.0 / 18.0 / SSTK-12157 / Direct link

23/01/2019 12:14:20 / Molecular Biology / Part-time, distance learning, September start / 1.0 / 18.0 / SSTK-11727 / Direct link

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