The School of Biological Sciences aims to enhance the way we use technology in research, food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology, sustainability and many other related areas.
The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast is a key partner in national and global efforts to provide the world's growing population with a sustainable, safe and secure supply of high quality food.
There are three research themes within the School
- Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability
- Microbes and Pathogen Biology
- Food Safety and Nutrition
Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability (PhD/MPhil)
You'll contribute to a high level of research activity involving academic staff, postdoctoral scientists and postgraduate research students, and covering topics such as animal behaviour/communication, biodiversity and ecosystem services, coastal and deep-water marine biology, ecological management, water quality, ecosystem ecology, freshwater biology, invasive species and their impact, sustainable aquaculture of shellfish and algae, urban land use, biodiversity, and wildlife ecology.
Microbes and Pathogen Biology (PhD/MPhil)
You'll work across a diverse array of research interests with a broad ethos that encompasses research in molecular biosciences from molecules to ecosystems.
These interests range from biochemistry, food safety, microbiology and parasite control to plant and soil sciences – linked by common approaches within the molecular biosciences that are aimed at exploiting the ongoing genomic, transcriptomic/proteomic revolution.
You'll also enjoy a range of strong international links across Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Food Safety and Nutrition
Research opportunities offered by this programme cover the entire food chain from farm to fork with a strong emphasis on improved food safety and nutrition, public health and food security.
You will conduct research under the supervision of leading scientists based in the Institute for Global Food Security and will benefit from integration with business experts, helping you gain leadership positions nationally and internationally.
Biological Sciences Master's highlights
•The School has a wide range of strong, international links with governments, academia and industry
World Class Facilities
•Students will be based in modern, world-class laboratory facilities equipped with state-of-the-art, highly advanced analytical instruments.
•Students studying in the Food Safety and Nutrition stream will gain excellent practical experience of advanced technology and bioanalytical techniques for food safety analysis and monitoring, including: GC, HPLC and UPLC separation platforms ICP, IR, qToF and QqQ mass spectrometers Microbiological research facilities Antibody production and biomolecule binder development Cell culture suite and bioanalytical assay detection systems NMR, NIR and Raman spectrometers Proteomic and metabolomic profiling tools RT-PCR, transcriptomic profiling, Next-generation sequencing Multiplex biosensor platforms and LFD development
•Over 80% of science jobs are in areas of Biological Sciences