Duration: Full-time MRes - 12 months
Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)
Entry requirements: First degree (UK 1st or 2:1 or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.
MRes in Protein structure and Function
This programme involves the integration of structural biology and bioinformatics approaches in order to understand the activity of proteins, including enzymes, antibodies and receptors, at a molecular level. This understanding provides a platform for techniques such as structure-based drug design, biocatalysis and protein engineering, which are the basis for many recent advances in biotechnology.
The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation. It gives students an insight into a range of state-of-the-art research activities and techniques, and provides generic, transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers. The programmes also address the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.
All of the MRes programmes can be studied as the first year of our Integrated PhD programme.
Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?
- Biology & Biochemistry ranked 2nd in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013
- 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
- Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the bioscience
What will I learn?
MRes degree programmes are designed for graduates who are contemplating a research career and who may go on to study for a PhD or to a position in industry involving interaction with research scientists.
If these do not apply, you might consider an MSc programme
For further information please visit our department pages
At a glance
|Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits)||Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits)|
|Critical research analysis skills (12 credits)||Critical research analysis skills (12 credits)|
|Optional Taught Units (12 credits)||Optional Taught Units (12 credits)|
|Select 2 units (12 credits)||Select 2 units (12 credits)|
|Compulsory Project Unit||Compulsory Project Unit|
|Lab project 1 (27 credits)||Lab project 2 (27 credits)|
Commonly chosen units include:
- Protein synthesis, folding and turnover
- Enzymes: mechanisms, evolution and control in integrated biological systems
- Enzymes in biotechnology & medicine
- Structural biology in biotechnology & medicine
- Molecular Immunology
- Cellular biochemistry
Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Recent employers include:
- Morvus-Technology Ltd
- Royal United Hospital, Bath
- Ministry of Defence
- State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
- Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
- Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital