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MSci in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biology) with Industrial Placement (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Molecular Biology

Course Description

In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications.

Advanced knowledge of molecular biology will be acquired in the third and fifth years of the programme. Molecular biology has revolutionised the progress of biology over the last half century, culminating in the determination of the complete human genome sequence, and is central to current investigations to understand the genetic basis of human disease and pathology, as well as to the development of improved crops.

In your fourth year, you will undertake a year's industrial placement and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc. Placements vary considerably but, in general terms, you will be placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where you will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement your degree programme and enhance your employability.

In the first two years of your degree, you will gain a broad knowledge of subjects related to medical science and in scientific research methods. In addition, you will enhance your critical analysis abilities while developing your interpersonal skills through team-working and oral/written communications. Advanced knowledge of molecular biology will be acquired in the third and fifth...

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Course Content

A degree in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biology) is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

Year 1 will prepare you for more detailed studies of human physiology molecular biology that will be made in the second year of study.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Year 2 courses will build on your understanding of medical science and explore molecular biology in more detail.

Compulsory Courses

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 15 Credit Points

Human Anatomy A (BM2009) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Organ Systems (BI25B2) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

Human Anatomy B (BM2509) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

In year 3, you will move on to focus on your chosen specialism of molecular biology, and your courses will reflect this.

Compulsory Courses

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MB3006) - 30 Credit Points

Working Out: Placement & Career Skills (BT3006) - 5 Credit Points

The Molecular Control of Cell Function (BC3503) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Choose either:

  • Molecular Microbiology (MC3504) OR Genetics (GN3502) OR Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology (BM3501).

With either:

  • Mechanisms of Disease and Principles of Chemotherapy (PA3802) OR Epithelial Physiology (PY3803).

Plus select further courses to a total of 120 credit points.

Molecular Microbiology (MC3504) - 30 Credit Points

Genetics (GN3502) - 30 Credit Points

Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology (BM3501) - 15 Credit Points

Mechanisms of Disease and Principles of Chemotherapy (PA3802) - 15 Credit Points

Epithelial Physiology (PY3803) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

You will spend year 4 on placement in an industrial, commercial or research environment.

Compulsory Courses

Industrial Placement (BT5007) - 120 Credit Points

  • Year 5

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of molecular biology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

Honours Biochemistry - Option 1 (BC4014) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (MB4050) - 30 Credit Points

Honours Biochemistry - Option 2 (BC4314) - 15 Credit Points

Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology) Honours Research Project (BM4502) - 60 Credit Points

A degree in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biology) is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers - AAAB*
A Levels - ABB*
IB - 34 points, 6 at HL*
ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and Biology, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above.*

*Including good performance in Chemistry and Biology.

Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers AAB or A Levels AAB, or IB 36 points (6 at HL), including Biology and Chemistry, one of which must be an A-grade.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers - AAAB* A Levels - ABB* IB - 34 points, 6 at HL* ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and Biology, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above.* *Including good performance in...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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