MSc Biophysics and Molecular Life SciencesFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Life Sciences|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2020|
Biophysics provides structural and mechanistic insights into the biological world and uses this knowledge to create solutions for major global problems, such as food production, environmental damage and drug discovery. It spans the distance between the vast complexity of biological systems and the relative simplicity of the physical laws that govern the universe.
Our Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences MSc provides interdisciplinary training by bringing together concepts from chemistry, physics and the life sciences. It is taught by staff who are actively pursuing research in these areas and members of BrisSynBio, a flagship centre for synthetic biology research in the UK.
The programme gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience by studying molecular interactions and mechanisms from the level of the cell to that of the single molecule. Topics for study include molecular structure determination, dynamic molecular mechanisms, molecular simulation, molecular design and single-molecule technologies. You can also choose an additional unit that reflects your personal interests, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of biomedical subjects while focusing on biophysics. You will learn about the commercialisation of research outcomes, including intellectual property, setting up a business, getting investment, marketing and legal issues.
Graduates from this programme will be well-prepared for a PhD programme in biophysics or related fields. Additionally, the numerical, problem-solving, research and communication skills gained on this programme are highly desired by employers in a variety of industries.
Robust evidence is the cornerstone of science and on this programme you will gain research experience in laboratories furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including facilities for atomic force and electron microscopy, biological and chemical NMR, x-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry. Your learning will be supported throughout the programme by regular, small-group tutorials.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
- Bench fee
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
There are three mandatory units plus a literary project: an extended essay on a subject chosen from an extensive list of options. You will also study one further lecture-based unit of your choice. Finally, you will work independently under the guidance of a member of staff to produce a written project proposal. This is followed by a 12-week research project investigating your chosen topic. The research project forms the basis for a dissertation.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences.
Preferably a first or upper second-class honours degree in biochemistry, biophysics, life sciences, chemistry, physics or an equivalent subject, plus a minimum grade B in A-level Chemistry (or equivalent qualification). Applications from students with a lower second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) and practical experience will also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Typically, biophysics careers are laboratory-based and involve conducting original research within academia, a government agency or private industry. However, the transferable skills gained on the course are ideal for many other careers outside of science, including business and finance.
We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.
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REF 2014 results
- Biological Sciences:
- 33% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 51% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 15% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.