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Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation

Overview
The MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation is a new, innovative 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.

Unique Aspects of the Course
A distinctive feature of the MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bio-innovation 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2.1 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

Duration

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 Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Anatomy/Neuroscience as advertised. The six-month research project is full time starting in April.

Careers or further progression

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.

Student Awards
At Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2015 competition in the ‘Best New Idea’ category, UCC student Blaine Doyle won the top prize of a €20,000 investment for GlowDX, a company that is setting out to diagnose neglected tropical diseases like Dengue fever in developing countries. Blaine co-founded GlowDX with Yensi Flores Bueso, both students in the MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation at UCC.

There was over 1,400 applications to Local Enterprise Offices for this year’s competition, 24 finalists from 17 counties competed for the overall title, and nine of those made a live pitch to the judging panel in the final round.

Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Competition was supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the network of Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland and Google.

Further enquiries

Dr Kellie Dean, course coordinator
T: +353 (0)21 420 5421
E: molcellbiol@ucc.ie

Subjects taught

The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, hands-on workshops and a research dissertation based on individual research.

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)

Biotechniques
Scientific Communication of Current Topics in Molecular Cell Biology Core Business Modules (10 credits)

Marketing for High Technology Entrepreneurs

Technology and Business Planning
You select one of the following elective modules (5 credits)

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.

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 20167

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