Applied Bioscience MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2016

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.

Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

Overview

Our MSc Applied Bioscience course will develop your skills within several major areas of applied bioscience, including molecular cell biology, biomedical genetics and specialised topics in medical diagnostics. You'll focus on the rapidly evolving research into the applications of bioscience in healthcare, to diagnose and treat diseases. You'll also develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of advanced analytical techniques as used and applied in bioscience.

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Careers

Healthcare is a rapidly growing and constantly evolving sector. MSc Applied Bioscience course encourages the development of specialist cross-disciplinary laboratory skills, such as molecular genetics and bioinformatics, accompanied by an emphasis on professional practice.  Graduates from the MSc Applied Bioscience course will have training to progress into a wide range of careers within the sciences, including industry and academic research, clinical trials, product development, production and quality assurance.

Cambridge is the home of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Babraham Research Institute. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars or events with Cambridge’s many local biotechnology companies.  Graduates from the course are also in the perfect position to continue an academic career and move up to our Biomedical Science PhD.

MSc Applied Bioscience is the right course for you if you:

  • Want to develop a wide array of practical and conceptual scientific skills which are vital for a career in Biosciences
  • Find the biosciences fascinating and want to deepen your understanding of the applications in healthcare
  • Are interested in pursuing a career in research – either academic, clinical or industrial

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
    This module establishes a core understanding of genetics to underpin the techniques laboratory work taught in other parts of the course. The application of bioinformatics is also covered in order to extract meaningful biological information from useful but vast amounts of raw experimental data currently being produced by an increasingly sophisticated and automated genetics industry. Emphasis will be placed on the human genome project and other genome systems and will aim to link experts from local biotechnology businesses, such as the Sanger Centre and Babraham Research Institute. Lectures will discuss the availability and use of computational tools for extracting and comparing biological information from nucleotide sequences. Computer based practical sessions will utilize bioinformatics software in order to manage, search, compare and analyse genetic sequences.
  • Modern Medical Diagnostics
    This 30 credit module introduces the rapidly evolving field of medical diagnostics and aims to cover a broad and flexible range of current issues and techniques in this field. Teaching will be delivered by a mixture of lectures and student-led critical discussions in a seminar format. Consideration will be made to current diagnostic and research topics, the potential impacts of applied bioscience within the community (with a specific focus on healthcare). Topics will therefore change regularly in response to current issues e.g. antimicrobial developments, drug delivery technologies, modern diagnostic practices and methodologies, and translational medicine. Students are expected to develop a thorough knowledge base of topics through peer-reviewed literature, allowing them to contribute to class discussions and develop their ability to appraise material critically. There is flexibility in the choice of topics, to enable students to target subject areas of their choice.
  • Research Methods and Preparation
    You’ll prepare for undertaking research and gain the essential foundations for a dissertation of MSc quality. You’ll begin a pilot phase where you’ll negotiate laboratory consumables, test techniques tested, and gather preliminary results. You’ll use your work to produce a formal research proposal and determine whether your project can be carried through to the full project dissertation.
  • Laboratory Techniques in Bioscience
    This module is predominately laboratory-based, giving the students hands-on experience in a range of molecular and cellular techniques used in applied bioscience. Throughout the semester, lectures will provide the theory and principle behind the practical methodologies covered in the laboratory session. Laboratory work will include a broad range of the techniques, including e.g. DNA analysis, protein analysis, microbiology, cell culture, and other molecular biology techniques. The students will also work to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards, creating a clear laboratory note book outlining the work they undertake. In addition, the students will also be taught the application of bioinformatics analysis, including how to analyse and edit sequence data, interpret results using phylogenetics and the use of online genetic databases like the NCBI’s GenBank.
  • Professional and Ethical Practice
    This module aims to ensure that students develop key employability skills which are appropriate for students wishing to embark on a career in applied bioscience research or industry (or similar). The students will build on the essential communication skills required for a successful scientific career using both oral and written forms of communication, such as presentations, posters, scientific articles. The students will be expected to attend departmental research seminars, and contribute to group discussions at Masters level. Ethical issues relevant to applied bioscience research or industry, especially in the medical diagnostics field, will be covered in depth through discussions and case studies.
  • Major Project
    This module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master's stage project, dissertation or artefact. The Module provides the opportunity for students to select and explore in-depth, a topic that is of interest and relevant to their course in which they can develop a significant level of expertise. It enables students to; - Demonstrate their ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism - Undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge; critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge - Develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to the chosen subject and to critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions. - Develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice. - Demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice - Communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion - Evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods to enable both you and the university to check your progress during your studies and then to ensure that you meet the required standards when you complete the course.

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and analytical thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.  Some examples of assessment include poster and oral presentations, essays and portfolios of evidence. In addition, you will undertake practicals in many of the modules, developing your technical laboratory skills.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£7,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£3,550

International students, 2016/17 (per year)

£11,700

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£8,100

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)

£4,050

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£12,400

Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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