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MPhil Biological Science (Genetics) (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
11904 GBP
National
3588 GBP
EU
3588 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Department of Genetics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

Modern genetics has today evolved beyond its traditional boundaries to become a fundamental part of biology and medicine. The Department reflects this pervasiveness, with research interests encompassing several high impact themes, including functional genomics and systems biology, developmental genetics, epigenetic Inheritance, evolution and population genetics, microbial genetics, and cell biology. The Department of Genetics hosts between 50 and 65 postgraduate students across 25 research groups, researching a wide range of biological problems, from population genetics and ecology, to the detailed analysis of genome sequence. The Department is based in a historic building on the Downing Site but has research groups located in the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and Sainsbury Labs as well as an impressive range of local, national and international collaborations.
 
MPhil students in the Department will undertake a 1-year project under the supervision of one of our Group Leaders, where they will develop an original research question and address this through laboratory or computer based research. They will receive training in appropriate research methods and in literature research skills to prepare them for writing an MPhil thesis within the year.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical
  • understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Continuing
Candidates wishing to progress to the PhD degree after successful completion of an MPhil will be considered by the Departmental Graduate Education Committee on a case by case basis. Candidates will be expected to have identified a suitable research group to host the PhD research and identify an appropriate source of funding.

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected Academic Standard

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

IELTS: 7.5(7 in each section)

TOEFL: 110 (25 in each section)

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Course Modules

MPhil students in the Department will undertake a 1-year project under the supervision of one of our Group Leaders, where they will develop an original research question and address this through laboratory or computer based research. They will receive training in appropriate research methods and in literature research skills to prepare them for writing an MPhil thesis within the year.

Learning Outcomes

  • One to one supervision-The frequency of supervision meetings should be once every one or two weeks.
  • Seminars & classes-Weekly Departmental seminars.
  • Posters-Annual Research In Genetics day with poster sessions

Feedback
Students will receive termly feedback via Camsis in addition to feedback at 6 weeks.

Assessment
Thesis
Thesis required of not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography.  The examination will include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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How to Apply

Preparation
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  • Course name
  • Application and funding deadlines
  • The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload.
  • Email addresses for your academic referees. You should ensure you have theirconsent before you apply.
  • A choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.
  • Apply Online using the GRADSAF

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  • There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.
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