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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Programme Catalogue 2012/13

TSBB-AFM06: MSc Biosciences


Mode of attendance: Full-time

Year 1

Follow this link for further information on the NFAAR NFAAR-PGT assessment regulations:
  • This programme has the following designated alternative programme (DAP): PG Diploma
  • Assessment Regulations: Appendix 11 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view
  • Programme progression requirement: 50%
  • Taught credits: 60; Dissertation/Project credits: 30

Academic Year: Taught Units

Compulsory Units
BB50197 Critical review of literature 6 Credits
BB50198 Research training & support skills 12 Credits

Semester 1: Taught Units

Optional Units: Select a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 Unit(s) from the following list:
BB40078 Entrepreneurial biotechnology 6 Credits
BB40082 Frontiers of neuroscience 6 Credits
BB40083 Enzymes in biotechnology & medicine 6 Credits
BB40088 Bioinformatics 6 Credits
BB40102 Molecular mechanisms of disease 6 Credits
BB40124 Human developmental disorders 6 Credits
BB40125 Plant reproductive biology 6 Credits
BB40128 The evolution of genetic systems 6 Credits
BB40134 Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 6 Credits
BB40184 Cell biology of metastasis 6 Credits
BB40189 Microbial pathogenicity 6 Credits
BB40191 Sensory and signalling networks in plants 6 Credits
BB50210 Evolutionary quantitative genetics 6 Credits
ZZ40005 Director of Studies approved units (Biology & Biochemistry) 6 Credits

Semester 2: Taught Units

Optional Units: Select a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 Unit(s) from the following list:
BB40048 Enzymes: mechanisms, evolution and control in integrated biological systems 6 Credits
BB40084 Cellular biochemistry 6 Credits
BB40085 Medical biochemistry 6 Credits
BB40109 Structural biology in biotechnology & medicine 6 Credits
BB40117 Microbial evolution - from the laboratory to nature 6 Credits
BB40118 Current topics in gene regulation and cell differentiation 6 Credits
BB40133 Plant responses to abiotic stress 6 Credits
BB40139 Pathogenesis and immune evasion by microbes 6 Credits
BB40140 Plant biotechnology & the environment 6 Credits
BB40141 Molecular biology of microbial adaptation 6 Credits
BB40164 Modern methods of researching neurodegeneration 6 Credits
BB40185 Synthetic biology 6 Credits
BB40190 Advanced developmental genetics 6 Credits
BB40192 Evolution in deep time 6 Credits
BB40193 Sexual conflict 6 Credits
BB40194 Plant-microorganism interactions 6 Credits
BB40195 Conservation biology 6 Credits
BB40196 Systems and developmental neurobiology 6 Credits
BB50204 Clinical and translational medicine 6 Credits
BB50211 Selected topics in evolutionary genomics and functional innovation 6 Credits
ZZ40006 Director of Studies approved units (Biology & Biochemistry) 6 Credits

Dissertation Period: Project/Dissertation Units

Compulsory Units
BB50199 Research project 30 Credits

* This programme catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that later years of a programme will be in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.