Description

Biophysics provides structural and mechanistic insights into the biological world and uses this knowledge to create solutions for major global problems, such as food production, environmental damage and drug discovery. It spans the distance between the vast complexity of biological systems and the relative simplicity of the physical laws that govern the universe.

Our Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences MSc provides interdisciplinary training by bringing together concepts from chemistry, physics and the life sciences. It is taught by staff who are actively pursuing research in these areas and members of BrisSynBio, a flagship centre for synthetic biology research in the UK.

The programme gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience by studying molecular interactions and mechanisms from the level of the cell to that of the single molecule. Topics for study include molecular structure determination, dynamic molecular mechanisms, molecular simulation, molecular design and single-molecule technologies. You can also choose an additional unit that reflects your personal interests, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of biomedical subjects while focusing on biophysics. You will learn about the commercialisation of research outcomes, including intellectual property, setting up a business, getting investment, marketing and legal issues.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:

There are three mandatory units plus a literary project: an extended essay on a subject chosen from an extensive list of options. You will also study one further lecture-based unit of your choice. Finally, you will work independently under the guidance of a member of staff to produce a written project proposal. This is followed by a 12-week research project investigating your chosen topic. The research project forms the basis for a dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences.

Student Destinations

Typically, biophysics careers are laboratory-based and involve conducting original research within academia, a government agency or private industry. However, the transferable skills gained on the course are ideal for many other careers outside of science, including business and finance.

Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows: UK/EU: full-time£10,700 Overseas: full-time £20,800 Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time£13,850 Additional fees Bench fee£2,000

Entry Requirements

Preferably a first or upper second-class honours degree in biochemistry, biophysics, life sciences, chemistry, physics or an equivalent subject, plus a minimum grade B in A-level Chemistry (or equivalent qualification). Applications from students with a lower second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) and practical experience will also be considered.

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