COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

Overview

Molecular biology - the study of the basis of life, focuses on the structure and function of DNA, RNA and protein and their interactions with each other.

This knowledge has led us to understand molecules within viral, microbial and eukaryotic organisms and has been at the forefront of scientific discovery since the identification of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in the 1950’s. It is responsible for new and exciting techniques to detect and treat disease, produce drugs and vaccines, and uncover further the path of evolution.

This Master’s course responds to the demand for highly skilled scientists who can identify defects in cellular systems at the nucleic acid level and conduct genetic modification of organisms which allow a greater understanding of cellular function. Such insights and innovations are already responsible for the development of new diagnostic tests, novel products, therapeutic agents, detection of biomarkers, identification of faulty genes and subsequent correction of those defects.

Our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

Course information

Focused on key elements of molecular biology, this course aims to expand your knowledge of and proficiency in advanced molecular biology techniques and molecular microbiological methods.

Core subject areas include cellular molecular biology, genetics, protein biology, numeracy, statistics and computing and a broad coverage of instrumentation and analytical techniques.

We aim to provide hands-on practical laboratory experience, introducing you to essential techniques in molecular biology including bioinformatics; nucleic acid and protein extraction; PCR, RT-PCR and qPCR analysis; gel-based analyses; molecular cloning and gene expression.

You will be trained in research strategies and gain a sound understanding and knowledge of recombinant DNA technology and recent advances made in the study of a range of diseases such as cancer, hepatitis, respiratory viral infections, Alzheimer’s disease and hereditary disorders. The emphasis is on how advanced molecular technologies inform and impact upon clinical practice.

To qualify at master’s level, you will undertake a research project/dissertation. A large selection of projects are offered each year from our academic supervisors and allocated across a spectrum of topics related to molecular biology. You will have the opportunity to graduate with exceptional scientific understanding and a host of cognitive, practical and professional skills.

This course also includes an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

Career prospects

Few fields are so interesting, challenging and potentially so rewarding as molecular biology. You could develop and produce life-saving vaccines and drugs, design new tools to diagnose and detect disease or create genetically engineered crops that are more resistant to frost, drought, spoilage, diseases and pests.

The scientific knowledge and skills you acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs; or sales and marketing. Opportunities also exist for further study at PhD level upon completion of the course.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (20 months)

Tuition fees
£16,600.00 (17,13,922) per year
Master's programme with professional experience fee is £18,950.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 September 2021

Venue

Coventry University

Priory Street,

Coventry,

Warwickshire,

CV1 5FB, England

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,600.00 (17,13,922) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 September 2021

Venue

Coventry University

Priory Street,

Coventry,

Warwickshire,

CV1 5FB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelors Degree. IELTS score of 6.5 overall or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Bioscience or Biological Chemistry. We would expect to see the study of one or more of the following modules in the final year of an undergraduate degree: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular immunology or molecular virology. This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

ADD TO MY FAVOURITES

About Coventry University

Students enrolled from over 130 countries make up around 40% of the student population

  • UK university of the year for student experience
  • 2nd for Teaching Excellence
  • Ranked in the top five student cities in the UK
  • Vibrant and dynamic city-centre campus