M.Sc. Biology

Maynooth University | Maynooth, Ireland
Students entering the Structured Postgraduate Programme in Biology will be under the supervision of an experienced researcher. All academic staff members in the Biology Department are experienced and active researchers and can supervise research students.

Description of Biology

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Students entering the Structured Postgraduate Programme in Biology will be under the supervision of an experienced researcher. All academic staff members in the Biology Department are experienced and active researchers and can supervise research students. Information about their research can be found on the Biology Department Website and interested students should initially contact researchers directly to discuss potential MSc projects.

In most but not all instances, your stipend, university fees, consumable, equipment and travel costs will be paid from a research grant from a national or international grant agency or charity. Your supervisor usually competitively obtains this grant, but students can also obtain their own scholarships.

Upon entering the programme each student will be assigned two additional mentors, an Advisor and an Assessor. The Advisor provides additional mentorship for the student throughout the programme and is someone the student can discuss issues with in addition to their supervisor. The Assessor is a member of staff who will provide an annual constructive critique of the students work programme and will aid, together with the Advisor, in outlining possible future research plans.

In addition to the research project, training is provided through compulsory attendance of a variety of generic and transferable skills as well as subject specific modules. For example, the established Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning will provide research students with experience in practical class demonstrating and teaching and learning methodologies.

Training in subject specific skills is provided through modules offered either through the Biology Department or as part of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA). Advanced modules in many life science topics are already established within the Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry strands of the DRHEA provides a variety of to students on the programme. Finally, research students will be encouraged to attend at least one international conference during their programme, at which they will be expected to present an oral or poster presentation.

Career Options

Career Options include PhD research in academic research labs in Ireland or worldwide, positions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries, Teaching, Scientific writing, etc. Modules available for postgraduate students at NUI Maynooth provide transferrable skills for careers in both academic and industry settings.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Research applications are generally accepted at any time
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Course Structure

Students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/ transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules).

Course Duration: 2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

Research Interests

Dr Marion Butler Cell signalling

Dr James Carolan Proteomics and molecular biology

Prof Sean Doyle Molecular microbiology

Prof Phil Dix Plant cell biology

Prof John Findlay Membrane proteins

Dr David Fitzpatrick Fungal genome evolution

Dr Christine Griffin Behavioural ecology and biocontrol

Dr Gary Jones Yeast genetics and molecular biology

Dr Kevin Kavanagh Fungal pathogenesis

Dr Bernard Mahon Cellular immunology

Dr James McInerney Molecular evolution and bioinformatics

Dr Conor Meade Molecular ecology

Dr Sinead Miggin Immune signalling

Prof Paul Moynagh Molecular immunology

Dr Noel Murphy Molecular parasitology

Dr Jackie Nugent Plant molecular biology

Dr Shirley O’Dea Epithial immunobiology

Prof Kay Ohlendieck Muscle biology

Dr Davide Pisani Evolutionary biology

Dr Martina Schroeder Host-pathogen immunology

Requirements for Biology

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish University primary degree level. Usually a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant biological subject is required. Additional qualifications such as an MSc degree or relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Minimum English language requirements:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Work Experience for Biology

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

National University of Ireland

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