Research course

Molecular Genetics

Institution
University of Nottingham · Institute of Genetics
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject; professional experience may also be considered

Months of entry

September

Course content

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 taught credits. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor. Candidates should have at least a lower second class Honours Degree in a relevant topic.

Molecular genetics is the study of genes at the molecular level. It focuses on the processes that underlie the expression of the genetic information from the DNA into the functional proteins that execute the genetic programme.

Within the School of Biology, research in molecular genetics is concentrated in the Human Genetics, Fungal Biology, and Developmental Genetics and Gene Control groups. In the Human Genetics group, research in this area includes:

  • studies of the molecular basis of myotonic dystrophy and the identification of genes involved in cardiac development
  • the molecular genetics of muscle disease
  • mouse models of muscle disorders and molecular genetic approaches to anthropology and human population genetics

In the Fungal Biology group, there are studies on the molecular events that determine stress responses during polarised growth, protein folding and secretion in yeasts and filamentous fungi; the molecular and cellular effects of stress on yeast cells and the genetic mechanisms that control sex in fungi.

The Developmental Genetics and Gene Control group focuses on the mechanisms of eukaryotic gene expression and the genetics of vertebrate embryonic development. Developmental studies are focused largely upon the mechanisms that control stem cell fate. Projects on the control of gene expression address the machinery used by cells to achieve appropriate levels of functional transcripts. These studies include control of transcription and the mechanisms of RNA maturation.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

International students are supported by ORS, Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Scholarship and various University of Nottingham Scholarships. The International Office offers a range of scholarship opportunities and small number of Weston Scholarships are also available each year. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Elizabeth Wilson
Email
life-sciences-pgr@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 823 0311
Fax
+44 (0) 115 823 0313