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MSc Advanced Biological Sciences - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Contact

Programme Director: Dr Alison Hill
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Typical offer

At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Biosciences

Overview

  • Study either a broad base of advanced biology or specialise in one of seven pathways
  • The advanced laboratory skills module provides specialised training and advanced data processing
  • You will undertake a substantial research project working within one of our world-leading research groups
  • Graduate with the key skills for a career in range of sectors

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8th in the UK for Biological Sciences

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Opportunity to specialise with a choice of pathways

Advanced laboratory skills with specialist techniques training

Substantial research project within one of our world-leading research groups

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a relevant science subject.

Relevant subjects include: Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Ecology, Ecology and Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science, Zoology.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This programme provides students with the opportunity to continue their study in biological sciences to Masters level, with options to continue to study a broad base of biology or specialise through one of the specialist pathways.

The core modules will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to develop your research project which will be supervised from within one of our world-leading research groups, determined by your research project focus.

The optional modules available provide access to a breadth of biosciences topics which will allow you to tailor your studies to your particular interests.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

During your MSc you can, if you wish, choose to specialise in one of seven specialist pathways:

  • Animal Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Frontiers in Plant Science
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Sustainable Aquaculture

You will receive advice about the specialisms once you’re at Exeter so you don’t need to make any decisions in advance.

Specialist modules

To be awarded a bracketed specialism on the MSc, 45 credits should be selected from the specialist modules grouped below. Your research project (module BIOM560) must also be relevant to the specialist field.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows, and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

*You cannot choose this module if you have already taken the undergraduate version.

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Animal Biology)

CodeModule title
BIOM066 Biology of Marine Vertebrates (variant of BIO3098)*
BIOM067 Animal Development Biology (variant of BIO3091)*
BIOM068 Current Issues in Marine Biology (variant of BIO3083)*
BIOM069 Advanced Applications of Physiology
BIOM4043 Rewilding the UK
PSYM205 Advances and Methods in Animal Behaviour
PSYM213 Current Research Issues in Animal Behaviour

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics)

CodeModule title
BIOM516 Bioinformatics (variant of BIO3092)*
BIOM567 Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease
CSC4007 Medical Genomics
CSC4005 Pharmacogenomics
HPDM041 Bioinformatics, Interpretation and Data Quality Assurance in Genome Analysis
NSCM005 Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Ecotoxicology)

CodeModule title
BIOM568 Blue Planet
BIOM544 Ecotoxicology (variant of BIO3067)*
BIOM543 Ecology of Environmental Change (variant of BIO3037)*
BIOM554 Advanced Applications of Physiology
BIOM4043 Rewilding the UK

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Frontiers in Plant Science)

CodeModule title
BIOM545 Frontiers in Plant Biology (variant of BIO3046)*
BIOM546 Living in a Microbial World (variant of BIO3097)*
BIOM562 Sustainable Land Use in Grassland Agriculture
BIOM563 Crop Security

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

CodeModule title
BIOM525 Molecular Basis of Infection (variant of BIO3079)*
BIOM515 Cellular Basis of Immunity (variant of BIO3078)*
BIOM534 Medical Mycology
BIOM567 Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

CodeModule title
BIOM525 Molecular Basis of Infection (variant of BIO3079)*
BIOM515 Cellular Basis of Immunity (variant of BIO3078)*
BIOM547 Frontiers in Molecular Cell Biology (variant of BIO3077)*
BIOM548 Cell Biology of Disease (variant of BIO3086)*
NSCM009 Bioimaging

MSc Advanced Biological Sciences (Sustainable Aquaculture)

CodeModule title
BIOM568 Blue Planet
BIOM551 Biology of Marine Vertebrates (variant of BIO3098)*
BIOM553 Current Issues in Marine Biology (variant of BIO3083)*
BIOM554 Advanced Applications of Physiology

*You cannot choose this module if you have already taken the undergraduate version.

The Masters programme at Exeter allows you to specialise in an area of Biology that you are most interested in and gives you a fantastic opportunity to undertake research in one of our world-leading research laboratories.

Alison Hill

Programme Director

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,300 full-time; £5,650 part-time

International fees per year:

£21,900 full-time

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group discussion
  • Independent study

The programme consists of core modules that provide you with a theoretical and applied learning framework for directed student-centred learning in which you will develop skills of synthesis, critical analysis, and interpretation. In addition, you will receive professional skills training tailored to the areas most relevant to your academic and professional development.

Research project

You will carry out your independent supervised research project in one of our world-leading research laboratories. Research projects are individual and can be based on laboratory work, field work or in silico (e.g. bioinformatics).

The research project will give you first-hand experience in many aspects of research work including data generation, analysis, and interpretation as well as science communication in written, poster and oral presentations.

Facilities

Depending on your chosen modules and research project topic, you may have access to the following facilities:

Tutorial support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There is also a postgraduate tutor available to help with further guidance and advice. In addition, the programme director will offer every student a meeting each term to review academic progress.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed through essay examinations, individual and group-based coursework assignments, oral presentations, in-module tests and reports or essays. A significant proportion of the marks are based on your substantial research project and the associated paper submitted in August.

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Careers

Employer-valued skills this course develops

This programme will provide you with a diversity of skills that will equip you for a range of sectors of work.

Skills include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Applied statistics
  • Scientific writing
  • Independent learning
  • Critical evaluation
  • Research technique
  • Oral communication

Careers services

Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

The suite of programmes naturally builds on our internationally-leading undergraduate degrees, providing a rich and focused research-led experience. It works both ways - a fantastic opportunity for students to enhance their specialist training, while welcoming a new cohort of enthusiastic, budding scientists into our Departmental community.

Professor James Wakefield

Head of Biosciences