Taught course

Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences

Institution
University of Bristol · Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Qualifications
PGCertMScPGDip

Entry requirements

A lower 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).

Months of entry

September

Course content

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, climate change, environmental damage and drug production. 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 actively pursuing research in these areas and from 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 at the level of the cell to 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 whilst focusing on biophysics. You will also learn about the commercialisation of research outcomes, including intellectual property, setting up a business, getting investment, marketing and legal issues.

Graduates from this programme will be well-prepared for a PhD programme in biophysics or related fields. Additionally, the numerical, problem-solving, research and communication skills gained on this programme are highly desired by employers in a variety of industries.

Robust evidence is the cornerstone of science and on this programme you will gain research experience in laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including atomic force and electron microscopy, biological and chemical NMR, x-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry.

Your learning will be supported throughout the programme in regular, small-group tutorials.

Information for international students

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,900
International students
£18,800

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students can be found on our webpage, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/fees-funding/postgraduate/

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

full time
12 months

MSc

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School Office
Email
fbs-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 117 331 1474