Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation
The MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation is a unique course aimed at highly-motivated students with an interest in biomedical research in the areas of cancer biology, infection/immunity or molecular neuroscience and entrepreneurial thinking. The course will provide you with a truly interdisciplinary educational experience by combining advanced discipline-specific training with core scientific research, technical expertise and business skills.
The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, hands-on workshops and a research dissertation based on individual research.
Why Choose This Course
A distinctive feature of the MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation is that you will receive formal innovation and technology commercialisation training through modules from the College of Business and Law at UCC.
With three primary research themes – cancer biology, infection/immunity and molecular neuroscience, you will select projects with internationally-renowned research groups from the Schools of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Department of Anatomy/Neuroscience, following the completion of discipline-specific modules.
You will not only possess excellent research and technical skills on graduation but also the necessary business development and commercialisation skills for life science innovation.
Applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2H1 honours or equivalent) in the biological sciences, medicine or pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis provided there is substantial and relevant experience and subject to the approval of the Director of the MSc Programme in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation.
Decisions on selection to the programme will be made on the basis of your performance in your primary degree, your personal statement and possibly an interview with the following criteria considered:
• academic qualifications (in a relevant academic discipline)
• research experience and focus
• quality of the personal statement
• recommendation letters from two academic referees.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
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Taught modules are examined by formal written examination and continuous assessment. The research dissertation for the six-month research project must be submitted by the end of the first academic year of registration for examination by internal and external examiners.
Core scientific modules (25 credits):
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Human Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering Techniques
• Biological and Clinical Perspectives of Human Disease
Scientific skills-development modules (10 credits):
• Scientific Communication of Current Topics in Molecular Cell Biology
Core business modules (10 credits):
• Marketing for High Technology Entrepreneurs
• Technology and Business Planning
Elective modules (select one of the following 5 credit modules):
• Creativity and Opportunity Recognition
• Innovation Finance
• Intellectual Property Law for High-Tech Entrepreneurs
Research Project (40 credits):
You will select a project offered by internationally-renowned research groups from the Schools of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology and Anatomy/Neuroscience. With three primary research themes – cancer biology, infection/immunity and molecular neuroscience, you will complete a six-month project based on individual research in one of these themes and compile the results into an MSc dissertation on completion.
You will gain invaluable hands-on, practical experience in experimental design, implementation and data interpretation and develop a wide array of transferable skills, including written and verbal communication; data recording, analysis and presentation; critical evaluation of published material; learning to work collaboratively and independently as well as project and time-management. Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.
1 year full-time.
Discipline-specific lectures mostly take place on Monday to Wednesday and are designed to fit in with lectures offered by the College of Business and Law. You are expected to attend seminars in the Schools of Biochemistry and Microbiology and Department of Anatomy/Neuroscience as advertised. The six-month research project is full-time starting in April.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
You will be ideally positioned to enter into a PhD after graduation, but could also pursue a number of career paths including: technology transfer officer within higher education institutions and national agencies, R&D project manager, commercialisation manager within a life science start-up, or development manager within the pharmaceutical sector. The course will also equip you with the skills required to develop your own start-up venture.
A first destination survery of our inaugural class of 2012-13 has revealed that 100% of graduates are in employment or further education within one-year of completing the MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation.