MRes

Molecular Biology

Scientific experiement
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2019, September 2019 and January 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time

You will explore molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and look at how genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease.

You will also explore a range of current topics and their application to macromolecular analysis in this Molecular Biology postgraduate degree.

This course is particularly relevant if you:

  • are a recently qualified undergraduate and are looking for the professional skills needed to obtain a job in a bioscience company
  • are working in an organisation and want a Masters-level qualification to give you a competitive edge
  • require the skills and experience needed to study for a research degree
  • are an international student who would like to study abroad
  • would like the chance for extended research work in the lab of an experienced research academic.

Two start dates in the year and part-time option available

Postgraduate open events

We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

Contact details: Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

The MRes courses are divided into taught elements (60 credit points) and a laboratory-based research project (120 credit points). You will complete the extended research project in one of our highly rated research teams.

  • Modules

    Research Methods and Bioethics (20 credit points) - This module encourages you to think beyond your own subject, and interact accordingly. You'll gain a solid foundation in literature review, research design and planning, data analysis and a poster presentation by focusing your studies on a related ethical issue. Ethical issues in research will also be explored, as you discover when and how to obtain ethical clearance in accordance with ethical governance at NTU.

    Research Project (120 credit points) - In consultation with a supervisor at NTU, you'll select a research topic comprising an original, defined research question (or series of such questions), and develop a written research proposal for the Project. You'll then present this proposal as part of the Research Methods and Bioethics module. Working individually with the guidance of supervisors, you'll design your experiments and computer-based approaches to address the research questions. A diary-style record of protocols or methods will be used to generate entries for your skills portfolio. You'll communicate your findings through a written thesis, and a poster presentation. For the MRes course, an interim written report and oral presentation will be assessed after six to eight months of work, in order to review your progress.

    Molecular Biology (20 credit points) - During this module, you'll consolidate your knowledge of the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and how to prove hoe genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease. You'll study the control of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and the control at transcriptional, post-transcriptional (RNAi, microRNA) and translational levels.

    Techniques in Macromolecular Analysis (20 credit points) - The aims of this module are to provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of the techniques that can be used to isolate and purify macromolecules, and the approaches that can be used to track, study and predict macromolecular structure and function. You'll explore a range of current topics, and their application to macromolecular analysis. These topics will include the macromolecular analysis of proteins, protein purification programs and simulations, and protein bioinformatics.

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Where you'll study

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Biosciences students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and Rosalind Franklin buildings, which houses some of the UK's best interactive teaching laboratories to support research activities in:

    • immunology
    • cell-based therapy
    • bio-materials science
    • neuroscience
    • pharmacology
    • toxicology

    More about our world-class facilities can be found here.

  • Key stats

    • 100% of our bioscience research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered through lectures, laboratory classes, demonstrations, computer packages, and project work. We have state-of-the-art lecture, computing, library and laboratory facilities at your disposal.

Assessments will take the form of:

  • research project thesis
  • written assignments
  • case studies
  • oral and poster presentations
  • laboratory report
  • formal examination
  • skills portfolio

Careers and employability

The vast majority of students from this Molecular Biology Masters course progress onto relevant employment within their chosen field or study for a PhD. This is because they are able to develop extensive knowledge of their subject area as well as vital research skills. This knowledge is further enhanced by the research project which students can develop in their area of interest.

Skills portfolio

You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.

Employability Team

The University's award-winning Employability Team has an enviable reputation for helping our graduates find employment and offers individual consultations. Sessions are available to all students at NTU on CV writing and interview technique. Visit our Employability pages to find out more about the services they offer.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and benefits from strong links with industry.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) or higher qualification in a Biological subject, plus laboratory experience gained through employment or an undergraduate research project.
  • Appropriate experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) or higher qualification in a Biological subject, plus laboratory experience gained through employment or an undergraduate research project.
  • Appropriate experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact us for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£8,000£14,500
Part-time£4,000 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£8,000£14,500
Part-time£4,000 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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