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Masters by Research in Microbial Biotechnology

University of Nottingham

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Microorganisms are exploited for their capacity to make products for wide-ranging applications, including health-care and food production. Research in Nottingham has a focus on understanding the molecular basis of product synthesis and also exploits microorganisms as cell factories for secreted production of proteins. We exploit genome sequences and genome-wide methods for analysis of metabolic pathways and stresses associated with the use of microorganisms as cell factories. Emphasis is on the use of yeasts (e.g. Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Pichia pastoris) and filamentous fungi (e.g. Aspergillus niger). APPLICATION PROCEDURES After identifying which Masters you wish to pursue please complete an on-line application form https:pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk Mark clearly on this form your choice of course title, give a brief outline of your proposed research and follow the automated prompts to provide documentation. Once the School has your application and accompanying documents (eg referees reports, transcriptscertificates) your application will be matched to an appropriate academic supervisor and considered for an offer of admission. COURSE STRUCTURE The MRes degree course consists of two elements: 160 credits of assessed work. The assessed work will normally be based entirely on a research project and will be the equivalent of around 10 ? months full-time research work. AND 20 credits of non-assessed generic training. Credits can be accumulated from any of the courses offered by the Graduate School. http:www.nottingham.ac.ukgradschoolresearch-trainingindex.phtml The generic courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor(s). ASSESSMENT The research project will normally be assessed by a dissertation of a maximum of 30,000 to 35,000 words, or equivalent as appropriate*. The examiners may if they so wish require the student to attend a viva. *In consultation with the supervisor it maybe possible for students to elect to do a shorter research project and take a maximum of 40 credits of assessed modules. The School of Biology will provide each postgraduate research student with a laptop for their exclusive use for the duration of their studies in the School. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The University of Nottingham is delighted to offer 10 x ?1,000 tuition fee scholarships for students starting full-time study on one of the Masters by Research (MRes) programmes in the School of Biology at the University in September 2011. Applicants must be classified as ?overseas? students for fees purposes and be applying to study full time. All eligible students who have offers of admission before end of May 2011 will automatically be considered for the Scholarships. The scholarship winners will be notified in June 2011.

Microorganisms are exploited for their capacity to make products for wide-ranging applications, including health-care and food production. Research in Nottingham has a focus on understanding the molecular basis of product synthesis and also exploits microorganisms as cell factories for secreted production of proteins. We exploit genome sequences and genome-wide methods for analysis of metabolic...

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