Research course

Cell Biology

Institution
University of Kent · School of Biosciences
Qualifications
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 degree in a relevant subject. Acceptance of any candidate is at the discretion of the supervisor, following an interview.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Research in the School of Biosciences revolves around understanding systems and processes in the living cell. It has a strong molecular focus with leading-edge activities that are synergistic with one another and complementary to the teaching provision.

Conduct cutting-edge research under the guidance of leading experts in cell biology leading to a career in industry or academia. You are trained in state of the art cross-discipline techniques including Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Your research will contribute to a range of fields including cancer and ageing, cellular architecture and dynamics, infectious diseases and evolution, reproduction and genome organisation.

Based in a research lab, you undertake research on a project agreed with your Research Supervisor. As this is a research-focused master's course, you take an interactive approach to learning, rather than taking traditional lectures. Seminars, workshops and lab meetings will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of the field. A wide range of courses and workshops are available for your professional development as a research scientist.

Study for the MSc degree, a one-year research project (Full time), can also be undertaken as a two-year project (Part time). In all our research degrees you undertake a single, focused, research project from day one, and attend only certain components of our transferable skills modules. Our research degree students are supervised by supervisory teams which comprise their main supervisor(s) as well as supervisory chairs that give independent advice on progression. The MSc culminates in the submission of a written research dissertation and oral viva voce examination. Additionally, you present your results at the annual Postgraduate Symposium in July.

Additional Research Costs and International Scholarship

Please note that some projects incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements. These costs are typically in the range of £1200 - £2,000, though exceptionally these can be as high as £5,000 for resource-intensive projects. You will be informed of any additional costs when you discuss projects with your potential supervisor.

The School of Biosciences International Scholarship of £2,000 is available to all international fee-paying Master’s students.

Information for international students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our funding pages for the most current information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
School of Biosciences
Email
biopgadmin@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 823025