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The University of Manchester Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Duration: Full time - 12 Months Fees/total cost: EUR 16,867.50 (GBP 12,500.00) - EUR 29,686.80 (GBP 22,000.00)


Course description

Cell Biology lies at the heart of today's central questions in the biological sciences. Research in Cell Biology is crucial to understand the inner workings of animals, plants and bacteria. It is central to diverse subjects including cell communication, cell division and cell motility. Importantly, our understanding of Cell Biology will undoubtedly help in the quest for treatments for major diseases, including cancer. This programme will give you the unique opportunity to consider the most exciting current problems in cell biology under the guidance of leading experts in Cell Biology.

You will gain training and experience in the concepts and techniques used in cutting edge research in cell biology and it's application in widespread fields of research. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to directly apply these ideas in your research projects. The diverse fields studied and large number of leading researchers employing Cell Biological approaches in Manchester permits you to perform your studies in the area you find most stimulating.

Through this programme, you will have a unique opportunity to define the mechanisms that define and regulate the function of cells and organisms.

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Cell Biology using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

Teaching and learning

The programme comprises four compulsory components:

Research projects: Your two projects will provide experience in carrying through a substantive research project including the planning, execution and communication of original scientific research. They are assessed by written report.

Tutorials and Workshop Unit: Tutorials give you the opportunity to learn about research being carried out in the Faculty of Life Sciences and thereby to acquire a broad knowledge of biological sciences.The Bioethics Workshop gives you experience of exploring and debating some of the ethical issues that surround current scientific research. Activities for the Tutorials and Bioethics unit include preparative directed reading, private study and preparation of oral presentations. This unit is assessed by members of staff for the tutorial session and staff assessment of oral presentation during the tutorial and written reports.

Science Communication Unit: This unit allows you to acquire the ability to listen to a presentation, understand the key concepts and record important details, and then summarise its contents in a brief written report. Activities include private study and preparation of written assignment. For each of 5 seminar presentations, a 500 word précis has to written. You are assessed on these assignments plus a poster and an oral presentation.

Experimental Design and Statistics Unit: This unit aims to introduce you to the procedures and tools used in the design of experiments and the methods and tools used in statistical data analysis. Activities include lectures, workshops, group discussions and e-learning. Assessment is through multiple choice exam, critical assessment of literature and online statistics exercises.

Course unit details

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

The programme starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the programme, of which:

  • 135 credits are from research projects
  • 45 credits are from transferable skills units

Research Projects

Your projects each run for 18-weeks starting in October and April.

Transferable Skills

45 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication. Experimental Design and Statistics runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research projects. Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research projects.

Disclaimer: Our modules teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our modules may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to modules as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the modules available to you. If in doubt, please contact us

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. (All modules are mandatory).

Masters - Full time

Start date:
12 Months
Teaching method:
Manchester, United Kingdom
EUR 16,867.50 (GBP 12,500.00)
EUR 29,686.80 (GBP 22,000.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Recruitment and Admissions Office
Faculty of Life Sciences
University accredited:
180 CATS
Last update: 25/02/2016