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Biology

Masters degree programmes

MSc Bioscience Technology MRes Computational Biology MRes Ecology and Environmental Management MRes Post-Genomic Biology

www.york.ac.uk/biology


Contents The Department of Biology

Welcome PG 3

Programme overview Careers Application process Funding

MSc Bioscience Technology Programme overview Careers Application process Funding

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MRes Post-Genomic Biology

disciplines and both teaches and undertakes

leading centres for biological teaching and

research across the whole spectrum of

research in the UK. It was ranked second

modern Biology, from molecular genetics

in the UK in the Guardian’s 2010 University

and biochemistry to ecology.

University Guide. In the 2008 Research

The Department occupies a single set

Assessment Exercise, it was ranked equal

of purpose-built £21.6M teaching and

first among broad spectrum bioscience

research laboratories, opened in July 2002.

departments in the UK for quality that was

This includes an innovative Technology

judged to be world leading.

Facility (TF) equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and the associated expertise.

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Funding and scholarships

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Entry qualifications

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The University of York

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York and Yorkshire

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tmen The Depar

The Department of Biology is one of the

Guide and fourth in the 2010 Times Good

Programme overview Careers Application process Funding

MRes Computational Biology Programme overview Careers Application process Funding

MRes Ecology and Environmental Management

y t of Biolog

The Department’s research environment

The TF provides support to research in

was rated particularly highly, as the outright

York, and has established a wide range of

leader for broad spectrum bioscience

collaborations and service contracts with

departments. It has an integrated approach

other universities, bioscience business and

to Biology, with no barriers between

commercial companies.


MSc Bioscience Technology

Right: Getting to grips with real practical skills

Department of Biology

www.york.ac.uk/biology

Programme overview

The MSc in Bioscience Technology will enable you to:

Careers

Training the technologists of the future

ƒƒ learn more about the latest technologies that are driving bioscience research

The MSc in Bioscience Technology was designed with significant external input to produce the highly skilled and flexible technologists who are required to drive forward bioscience research in the future. With this valuable postgraduate qualification, graduates are well equipped for positions in the rapidly developing and expanding technology centres in academia, research institutes and industry. They are equally well placed to obtain research positions in technology development and applications in academia (including doctoral studies), institutes and industry as well as with equipment manufacturers.

If you want to gain an in-depth understanding and practical experience of the latest technologies that are driving biological research, then this is the course for you. This exciting MSc offers excellent career prospects with both industry and academia, especially in the rapidly expanding technology centres, as well as in research and non-research positions. Run by our internationally recognised Technology Facility, this is a unique and unrivalled opportunity to learn from the experts. Through a mixture of technology training workshops, laboratory experience and a 20-week placement, often with external bioscience companies, you will gain both theoretical understanding and extensive practical experience in a range of techniques. The course is suitable for students who have a degree in any biological science or in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science etc, with a substantial knowledge of biology.

ƒƒ gain extensive practical experience and knowledge by working with the experts ƒƒ develop your business and interpersonal skills to maximise employment potential ƒƒ obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification with excellent career prospects.

“The course has more than exceeded my expectations and I have enjoyed every part of it. Following my industrial placement at AstraZeneca, I am now taking up a PhD studentship that is partly funded by them.” Roger, PhD student

Opportunities also exist for non-research positions in many areas where a detailed understanding of bioscience technologies is required, including sales, marketing and management. Access to a dedicated careers adviser ensures that students get the best possible support in planning their career.

Application process and funding Applications are encouraged from the UK, EU and Overseas. Contact information is given on the back cover. Applications are normally considered as they arrive. To ensure high quality practical experience there are only 16 places available each year, so early application is strongly recommended. Entry qualifications For entry to the MSc degree programme, applicants will normally be expected to have a first or second class honours degree in any biological science (including biochemistry and applied sciences such as medicine, pharmacology, etc). There are opportunities for students with backgrounds in other disciplines (e.g. chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, etc) providing they have a substantial knowledge of biology. All applicants are interviewed before a place is offered. For UK applicants this will normally be in person. For EU and overseas applicants, unless visiting or resident in the UK, this will normally be by telephone. We are constantly seeking other sources of funding, so please continue to check the website for new opportunities. Four BBSRC Studentships are available each year to fund tuition and living expenses, all home and EU applicants meeting UK residency requirements will be considered for these awards. For home students this award covers tuition fees and provides a stipend. For EU candidates the award covers tuition fees only.

“Transferable skills sessions were integral to obtaining my new position.” Laura, former student


MRes Computational Biology Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Computer Science

Programme overview The Masters of Research (MRes) in Computational Biology (formerly the MRes Bioinformatics) is a one year intensive programme, training graduates to meet the computational research demands of modern interdisciplinary bioscience in universities, research institutes and industry. Delivered by staff from across the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science, the course provides interdisciplinary research-led training in data analysis, informatics and biosystem simulation. What kind of background do students have? The programme is principally aimed at graduates of the biological and molecular sciences but also accepts graduates of computer science, mathematics and statistics. The course develops the core skills to support long-term research careers in computational and quantitative areas of modern interdisciplinary integrative bioscience. What kind of graduate does the programme produce? The programme develops computational (bio) scientists with: ƒƒ data analysis and computer programming skills ƒƒ knowledge of the principles of bioinformatics and the simulation of biosystems ƒƒ

interdisciplinary research training through group and individual projects as well as an external placement in industry, research institute or university

ƒƒ enhanced career prospects through an established and internationally regarded training programme.

www.york.ac.uk/biology

“Research masters at York are great if you are unsure about whether to continue with research and a long research phd. They expose you to a broad range of research opportunities within already seeming specific biological disciplines, which an undergraduate degree does not. This allows for a more insightful phd project choice as well as confirming whether or not further research is for you.”

Careers

Charlotte, former student

How will the course develop my career?

The course develops programming and data handling skills and provides experience of working in a variety of interdisciplinary research environments that are very attractive to employers.

The importance of developing a career plan is reinforced via a number of mechanisms throughout the programme and beyond eg: ƒƒ Research Projects are of great value in enhancing career development, and may lead directly to jobs or openings for further postgraduate training. Many past students have gone on to positions in the organisation where they carried out their external placement. ƒƒ University Careers Service provides many services and is introduced to students on Induction Day. See www. york.ac.uk/services/careers. ƒƒ Career Development Group is an active group of postdocs and graduate students with a focus on careers. See www.careerswithscience.org.

The employment rate for York MRes graduates is very high. 90% of our graduates go on to further Postgraduate study (e.g. PhD’s), or take up research positions in Industry and research institutes.

Career Destination

Number of graduates

University graduate study (usually PhDs)

84

Research at university/ research institute

16

Industrial research

14

Scientific publishing

2

Other

25

Application process and funding When are applications considered? Applications are normally considered as they arrive with the majority being considered during April. Note: scholarship applications must be received by the advertised closing date and will be considered together shortly after the closing date. Four BBSRC Studentships are available each year to fund tuition and living expenses, all home and EU applicants meeting UK residency requirements will be considered for these awards. For home students this award covers tuition fees and provides a stipend. For EU candidates the award covers tuition fees only.

“Having previously been trained in molecular biology and biochemistry, doing a Masters in Computational Biology gave me the edge when it came to interviews for PhD positions.” Scott, former student


MRes Ecology & Environmental Management

Right: Student on placement

www.york.ac.uk/biology

Departments of Biology & Environment

Programme overview The Masters of Research (MRes) in Ecology and Environmental Management prepares students for careers in ecological research, and for jobs in environmental management, for which an understanding of the research process is important. Consisting roughly equally of taught modules and project work, there is a strong emphasis on gaining analytical skills and research experience. The course is taught in two of the UK’s leading departments for ecological research and teaching: the Department of Biology and the Department of Environment at York. Established as one of the first MRes courses, it has continually been supported by competitive research council studentships, and has gained a strong

reputation as a leading course of its type. It is run over 51 weeks (Oct–Sept). Key features: ƒƒ An internal research project and an external placement project ƒƒ A two-week field course in Majorca ƒƒ Skills modules providing training in modern analytical techniques ƒƒ Advanced science modules in environmental change, policy, genetics, conservation, and wildlife management ƒƒ Six fully-funded NERC studentships available; and other funding opportunities ƒƒ We aim for a small class size (20–25) to promote a high quality learning experience ƒƒ All teaching dedicated to Masters Students.

Careers The MRes programme is designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that will enhance your career prospects, whether you intend to progress into academic research or whether you want to embark on a career in the commercial sector or with a governmental or a non-governmental body where knowledge of environmental research will be important. Graduates are trained in a wide range of transferable skills that will be valuable to them in a diversity of career paths. If you are already on a specific career path please contact us to find out more about what the course can offer to you: Most students go on to build research based careers: ƒƒ 32% of graduates go on to obtain a PhD place, either in the UK or overseas, within a year of graduating. ƒƒ 50% of graduates find employment in research-based institutes within a year of graduating. Other students have obtained jobs in diverse careers such as teaching or management.

Application process and funding Who can apply? Applicants should have, or expect to get before arrival, a good degree in Biology or a related subject (first or upper second class or equivalent). We consider applicants with other backgrounds if you have relevant ecological experience: please contact us before applying if this is the case. If English is your second language, you will need to meet standards of language proficiency before starting the course. Please see: www.york.ac.uk/admin/intnat. When should I apply? We will consider applications at any time up to the start of the course. For UK or EU applicants who wish to be considered for one of the six funded NERC studentships: the deadline is 31 March for receipt of all application materials. If you need us to consider your application earlier than that for any reason, please get in touch: we can make special arrangements.

What happens to my application? ƒƒ All candidates applying by 31 March will receive an outcome in May. Applications after this date will be processed as quickly as possible. ƒƒ Applicants for NERC studentships may be invited to interview in April. If you are not invited for interview, you may still be offered a self-funded place on the course. ƒƒ Applicants offered places must fulfil all conditions for the uptake of their place (financial, language, and degree result where appropriate) by the time the course starts. If you have any queries about the application process, please contact The Biology Graduate School Office on biolpg-admissions@york.ac.uk; they will be happy to help you. We look forward to receiving your application. UK applicants: scholarships cover both tuition fees and a stipend sufficient to meet living costs. EU applicants: tuition fees are covered (note: living costs must be met separately).

Applicants for the Overseas student and Alumni scholarships: the deadline is also 31 March for receipt of all of application materials.

“If you are thinking of continuing on to do a PhD but need some more experience in researching or better qualifications to support your first degree then you should complete the York Masters”

“The MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management at York is seen by employers as a ‘good quality’ Masters. The PhD I applied for had over 30 applicants and one of the main reasons I was shortlisted was due to my Masters qualification. In fact I got the PhD as I was able to demonstrate that I could write a concise and scientifically meaningful research paper”

Sam, former student

Hilary, former student


MRes Post-Genomic Biology

Right: The three-dimensional structure of a viral portal protein is helping us to understand how DNA is translocated into a pre-formed viral shell during viral particle assembly

Department of Biology

www.york.ac.uk/biology

Programme overview

Careers

The MRes in Post-Genomic Biology (PGB) course, newly-revised for 2011, is a one-year programme that provides interdisciplinary research training and experience in state-of-the-art techniques employed in present day biological research.

The MRes programme is designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that will enhance your career prospects, whether you intend to pursue a career in research or one where knowledge of the research process is important.

Like the current Functional Genomics course, the MRes PGB course will demonstrate how one can progress from knowing the complete sequence of a genome to understanding the functional significance of a specific gene using both in vitro and in vivo model systems. The programme will be run by the Department of Biology with interdisciplinary teaching contributions from the Department of Chemistry. The course is designed for students who have a good degree in biological science or chemistry who wish to train for careers in research or researchrelated industrial activities. Graduates of the course are well equipped for positions within industrial research laboratories, or for continuing to doctoral studies in universities or research institutes. Graduates are equally well placed to obtain non-research positions within industry, e.g. in management, development, marketing, where their training will be invaluable in interactions with research scientists.

“I really enjoyed the course and thought it was hard work but worthwhile, especially the two projects.” Laura, former student

The emphasis that is placed on research training via project work is of great value in enhancing career development, and may lead directly to jobs or opportunities for further postgraduate training. Many past students have gone on to jobs in the organisation where they carried out their extended research placement. The employment rate for York MRes graduates is very high. About 77% of our students undergo further University post-graduate (usually PhD) studies. The remainder move on to research jobs in universities, research institutes or industry, while some work in scientific publishing.

Application process and funding Applications can be considered at any stage of the year. For details on how to apply please see: www.york.ac.uk/graduatestudy/ applying. Applications are normally considered as they arrive. For entry to the MRes degree programme, applicants will normally be expected to have an honours degree in any Biological or Chemical Science (including Biochemistry and applied sciences such as medicine, pharmacology, etc.) There are opportunities for students with backgrounds in other disciplines, providing they have substantial knowledge of biology. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the course if you have alternative qualifications and would like to discuss your application

All applicants are interviewed before a place is offered. For UK applicants this will normally be in person. For EU and Overseas applicants, unless they are visiting the UK, this will normally be by telephone. Applicants offered places must fulfil all conditions for the uptake of their place (financial, language, and degree results where appropriate) by the deadlines given in the conditional offers.

“The course is hard work but the facilities are excellent and the institution is one of the finest in the country.” John, former student


How to Apply www.york.ac.uk/biology

Funding and scholarships

Some sources of funding are:

Many of our programmes have enjoyed

UK applicants

long support from research councils such

Some students have taken out Career

as BBSRC and NERC through the provision

Development Loans, to support their

of studentships for home/EU applicants.

studies.

Please enquire for details.

See www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl/

In addition, a number of students each

index.htm.

Further information on funding? Further information on Fees and Funding is available at the University’s Graduate Student Office website: www.york.ac.uk/graduatestudy/finance/ fees.htm. Other studentships In addition, York Alumni Fund

Entry qualifications

The University’s International Office

Information for overseas students

coordinator who can answer any questions

International students (including EU

you have before you come here.

and non-EU) form an important part of

www.york.ac.uk/admin/intnat

York’s friendly and vibrant university community. There are now over 1,700 international students from over one hundred countries and numbers continue

year are self-funding, by way of parental

Overseas applicants

support, career development bank loans,

often win scholarships in their own

and savings. Fees and maintenance can

countries or from sources such as the

sometimes be paid by an employer if the

British Council and Commonwealth

These provide partial funding.

student is already working.

Scholarships.

www.york.ac.uk/admin/dao/Supporting/

If you come to York, you can be sure that

See www.britishcouncil.org and www

What_donations_support/student_

you will be warmly welcomed both at

support.htm

the University and in the city, that you

csfp-online.org.

Postgraduate Studentships and Overseas Student Scholarships can be applied for.

has a dedicated international support

to increase each year, testament to the University’s outstanding international reputation.

will have access to first class educational facilities in a supportive environment and that when you graduate you will have a qualification which is recognised throughout the world. The University guarantees accommodation for single students from countries other than the EU if application is made by the published deadlines so you will not have to worry about finding rented accommodation, unless desired. Costs of living in York are also lower than in many parts of the country, especially compared to London.

The Overseas Students’ Association represents the specific interests of overseas students in York and organises a full programme of social events. All Masters Programmes at York are taught in English. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will normally have to provide evidence of language proficiency before interview, with the following scores being acceptable: TOEFL (paper-based: 600; CBT: 250; iBT: 100) IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each element). EU and non-EU students who speak English as a second language are eligible for University-funded English language support. In addition we highly recommend the pre-sessional, fourweek English for Academic and Research Purposes 2 programme that is offered by the University. Full details of the programme can be found at: www.york.ac.uk/celt/isp/intensive.htm Places are limited and early booking is recommended. Please note that the masters courses start one week before the formal start of term so it is not possible to attend the central orientation programme for international students.


The University of York The University of York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then, it has expanded to 10,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and

The University has a collegiate system

The University is on the outskirts of

The city boasts a wealth of history

in which most staff and all students

the city, so students benefit from both

stretching from the Roman, through

are members of colleges.

the convenience of a campus and the

to Viking, Medieval and Victorians

attractions of a major cultural and

times. This has created a diverse array

commercial centre.

of historical buildings interspersed

Further information is available at: www.york.ac.uk/univ/coll

with stylish new buildings that adds

The main campus at Heslington is

The campus itself is largely self-

a 200-acre landscaped park, well From its inception, the University

contained, with supermarket,

known for its lake and wildfowl.

has concentrated on strong viable

student-run shop, bookshop, cash-

With 172 restaurants, 142 tea and

A major extension to the campus,

departments and teaching and research

points, fully-equipped sports centre,

coffee rooms and a pub for every day

called Heslington East, is underway.

of the highest quality. The quality of

tennis and squash courts, health

of the year, combined with over 2,000

Proximity to the historic city of York

York’s teaching has received many

centre, film theatres, concert halls,

shops, theatres and galleries. York

makes the University a popular choice

accolades. York and Cambridge top the

and nursery. At the centre of the

offers a vibrant atmosphere against a

and provides a pleasant working and

teaching league with the highest scores

campus Market Square houses retail

backdrop of some of the most stunning

residential environment.

outlets and an Information Centre.

architecture in the country.

Living in York

The attractive village of Heslington

The excellent transport links also

adjacent to the campus has in addition

make it easy to explore the cities and

pubs, post office, banks, newsagent,

other attractions of Yorkshire and

and delicatessen and village store.

beyond. Whether the club life of Leeds

Around half of all the University’s

or the beauty of Scarborough and the

full-time graduate students live in

Yorkshire coast. Yorkshire has many

University accommodation.

attractive small towns as well as two

research centres.

in official teaching assessments.

Student life at York is focused on the main site at Heslington where all major facilities are close at hand, including sports fields and most residential accommodation.

York and Yorkshire York is one of the most ancient and historic cities in England and one of the most beautiful. Situated in the North of England, York is easily accessible from all parts of the UK with London less than 2 hours by train.

an attractive quality to life in the city.

National Parks in the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.


York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom Tel +44 (0) 1904 430000

Biology Postgraduate Admissions Tel +44 (0) 1904 328546

Fax +44 (0) 1904 328505

Email biol-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk Website www.york.ac.uk/depts/biol/gsp/prospective

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