Synthetic Biology MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes Synthetic Biology
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element)  If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Please contact the school
Campus
University Park/Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 credits of transferable skills training. Given the broad range of interests of the academic staff, it is possible to conduct a research project in most areas of synthetic biology. The project should be developed in discussion with the identified academic supervisor/s. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor. 
 

Facilities

The BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is the focus of Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology at the University and explores the production of chemicals and fuels from sustainable feedstocks that include both 1-carbon greenhouse gases (CO and CO2) as well as plant biomass-derived sugars. The SBRC house large cohorts of PhD studentships, has many international research and industry connections and possess a wealth of dedicated equipment and bespoke facilities. The latter include comprehensive analytical equipment, extensive fermentation suites and a £1.1m robot for automated high throughput assembly and analysis of engineered process organisms.
 

Research support

As for all postgraduate research (PGR) students, the first source of research support is the academic supervisor/s. Within the school, postgraduate advisors and administrative staff are available to assist further. PGR students attend school and group seminars presented by external and internal speakers, and will be able to develop their own communication and presentation skills associated with local, national and international meetings.

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.
 

Funding

UK/EU students

At least 20 PhD students are recruited annually, 10-12 of which are fully funded by MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. These are usually advertised in January/February on the current vacancies site and on FindAPhD.

The school often has scholarships available. These will be advertised on the school’s website as well as the Jobs in Research website and at the University of Nottingham's vacancies website.

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding and Studentship opportunities are also available. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research 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.

 
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

 

In 2016, 92.6% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,847 with the highest being £70,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 

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.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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