University of Huddersfield

Biological Sciences MSc by Research

A Master's by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master’s course.

You’ll be expected to work to an approved programme which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Research Topics-
Characterisation of novel proteins and their complexes, involved in the maintenance of genome integrity in human cancers
Differential gene expression in skin development and skin diseases
Insights into mammalian genome integrity and its evolution from protists and early-branching metazoa.
Isolation, characterization and exploitation of novel enzymes for use in biotechnology
Pathways for cell adhesion and their role in skin integrity
Protein replacement for the treatment of congenital ichthyosis
Structural biochemistry of ETS transcription factor complexes and their role in neoplastic transcriptional networks
Structural genomics of Borrelia species, emerging tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme Disease
Studies on the role of mono- and poly(ADP)-ribosylation in DNA transactions in health and disease
The role of DNA polymerases in aging of the mitochondrial genome

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