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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Programme Catalogue 2015/16

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):
  • 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 units from the following list:
BB40078 Entrepreneurial biotechnology 6 Credits
BB40082 Frontiers of neuroscience 6 Credits
BB40083 Enzymes in biotechnology & medicine 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 6 Credits
BB40184 Cell biology of metastasis 6 Credits
BB40189 Vaccines and other health interventions 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 units from the following list:
BB40048 Enzymes: mechanisms, evolution and control in integrated biological systems 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
BB40164 Modern methods of researching neurodegeneration 6 Credits
BB40190 Advanced developmental genetics 6 Credits
BB40192 Evolution in deep time 6 Credits
BB40193 Sexual conflict 6 Credits
BB40195 Conservation biology 6 Credits
BB40196 Systems and developmental neurobiology 6 Credits
BB50204 Clinical and translational medicine 6 Credits
ZZ40006 Director of Studies approved units (Biology & Biochemistry) 6 Credits

Dissertation Period: Project/Dissertation Units

Compulsory Units:
BB50199 Research project 30 Credits

* Programmes and units may be changed at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
* NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to regular review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
* Availability of units is 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.