This course provides graduates with an advanced knowledge and understanding of physical biochemistry, with particular relevance to industry.
Focusing upon technical knowledge and practical skills, the course is ideal for those wishing to pursue careers in research or develop a leading career in the fields of physical biochemistry.
- The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science) was judged to be of international quality.
- The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynmicsis based within the school, in the food sciences research group.
- Specialist facilities in the school relevant to industrial physical biochemistry include analytical ultracentrifugation, light scattering, protein and carbohydrate biochemistry, and access to Surface Plasmon Resonance, Atomic Force Microscopy, Fluorescence, X-ray crystallography and NMR facilities.
- Computing facilities within the school are excellent. PCs are extensively used and students will become familiar with word processing, the use of spreadsheets and data analysis and presentation. Advice on mathematical analysis, statistical design and computer programming is provided.
The award of MRes requires 180 credits for completion.
You will undertake a taught module 'Fundamentals of Biomolecular Science' during the autumn semester (20 credits) including lectures, tutorials and a practical.
The research project (140 credits) spans both semesters from the start of the course (late September) until the end of August the following year. This is an opportunity to complete a major piece of independent research under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The project can be undertaken wholly or partially in an industrial company’s laboratory.
Students also take 20 credits Graduate School Generic Training modules.
The school is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. The campus has its own accommodation, sports centre, social amenities and state-of the art teaching and research facilities dedicated to the study of biosciences. The campus is also the location of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Altogether there are some 2000 students on campus, from over 30 countries.
Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and on to Nottingham City, with free bus service connections between campuses. Two other major UK cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7Km away, plus there are fast rail links to London close by.
Modules subject to change.
- Fundamentals of Biomolecular Science D24BT7 (20 Credits)
This module covers: Macromolecular size and shape. Basic Physical Biochemistry (1st & 2nd laws of thermodynamics). Water as a solvent: pH, ionic strength. Concentration of solutions of macromolecules and its measurement. Dilute solutions. Solubility: Raoult's & Henry's laws. Colligative properties: Osmotic pressure. Non-ideality of macromolecular solutions. The volume and charge effects of macromolecules. Basic Laboratory Skills, handling experimental data, Error and approximations. Criteria for rejecting data. Indices, logarithms. Statistical funtion keys on calculators. Macromolecular hydration. Heterogeneity of macromolecular solutions - molecular weight averages. Flexibility of linear macromolecules - persistence length and radius of gyration. Absolute and relative methods for determining the molecular weight of macromolecules. Hydrodynamic and imaging techniques. SDS PAGE, Analytical Ultracentrifugation. Basic Colloidal Science, Phase Separation.
- Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists (10 credits)
This module explains the major principles and techniques of statistical analysis of research data without becoming too involved in the underlying mathematics. Now that computer software is very well established for data analysis, it is more important to understand WHAT a statistical test is doing (and thus whether or not it is appropriate) than to be able to perform the underlying calculations by hand. It is equally important to collect data in an appropriate and planned manner for later analysis. At the end of the course, participants should have an overall grasp of the major analytical techniques available, and how they relate to each other, and have developed abilities in experimental design, data analysis using appropriate software and presentation of results.
- Writing and Reviewing Research Proposals (10 credits)
This module aims to develop your skills in analysis and writing of research proposals. Specific areas covered include: how to develop a research idea and write a grant application and peer review of research proposals.
Please visit the University's Postgraduate funding pages.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career destinations have included biochemists, lecturers, medical scientists and scientific researchers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Domantis GSK, GE Healthcare, Lonza Biologics, Mars Confectionary, Q Chip and Unilever.
Career prospects and employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.