Cancer Cell Biology MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2017

On this course, you’ll learn from research scientists at the forefront of cancer research and cancer therapy design, based in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

You’ll receive comprehensive training in the wide range of research skills required for a research career. This gives you a thorough understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer.

Studying in a research-intensive environment, you’ll gain laboratory, analytical and experimental experience as well as a grounding in the necessary bioinformatics and experimental theory.

Why choose this course?

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a relevant science subject such as biology, cell biology or genetics.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component). 

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don't meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Course details

How will I study?

You will study core modules, building your understanding of laboratory techniques and theory. You’ll have access to an exciting variety of options allowing you to pursue your interests. You’ll learn in a group through:

  • lectures
  • laboratory work
  • seminars
  • student-led activities.

You also work on a more individual basis with your supervisor on the final research project, which sees you tackle real-world problems in a laboratory research group.

We use reports, unseen examinations, essays, problem sets and presentations to assess your work.

You’ll also write a dissertation as part of the research project.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Find out about studying cancer cell biology at the University of Sussex

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    Prof Bugewa Apampa

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    Research interests

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    Dr Neil Crickmore

    Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics

    Research interests

    Bioinformatics, Biological control, Insecticides

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    Dr Georgios Giamas

    Reader in Cell Signalling

    Research interests

    Breast cancer, Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell signalling, Drug resistance, Estrogen Receptor, exosomes, Glioblastoma (GBM), LMTK3, molecular biology, Phosphorylation, Protein kinase, Proteomics, SILAC, Transcription, tumour microenvironment, Xenograft models

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    Prof Simon Morley

    Prof Simon Morley

    Professor of Signal Transduction

    Research interests

    Cell signalling, Gene expression, Translational regulation

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    Dr Mark Paget

    Dr Mark Paget

    Reader in Molecular Genetics

    Research interests

    Antibiotic resistance, Antibiotics, Biofuels, Gene expression, Metabolic engineering, Microbiology, Renewables, Streptomyces, Transcription

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    Dr Roger Phillips

    Dr Roger Phillips

    Fluorescence Microscopy Academic Research Manager

    Research interests

    Animal developmental biology, Cell biology, Cell signalling, Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), Fluorescence markers, Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP), Fluorescence-based analytical techniques, Gene action and regulation, Genetics and development, Immunofluorescence, Innate immunity, Insects, Microscopy - Optical, Neurodevelopment, Optics - Imaging, Photonics

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    Dr Chrisostomos Prodromou

    Dr Chrisostomos Prodromou

    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests

    3D Structure, Chlamydomonas, Drug discovery, Dynein, Hsp90, molecular biology, Molecular chaperones, Protein expression

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    Prof Louise Serpell

    Prof Louise Serpell

    Professor of Biochemistry

    Research interests

    Alzheimer's Disease, Biomedical neuroscience, Cell biology, Dementia, Drug discovery, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Protein misfolding, Structural biology, Synthetic biology

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    Prof Alison Sinclair

    Prof Alison Sinclair

    Professor of Molecular Virology

    Research interests

    Burkitt lymphoma, Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell biology, Cell cultures, Chromatin, DNA binding proteins, Expression systems, Gene expression, Gene silencing, Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular virology, mRNA, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, next-generation sequencing, Oncogenes, Protein complexes, Transcription, Transcription factors, Transcriptional regulation, Virology, virus, virus replication

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    Prof Michelle West

    Prof Michelle West

    Professor of Tumour Virology

    Research interests

    B cells, Cancer cell biology, Cell cycle, Chromatin, Epigenetics, Transcriptional regulation, Translational regulation, Virology

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  • Genome Damage and Stability faculty
    Prof Keith Caldecott

    Prof Keith Caldecott

    Professor of Biochemistry 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder'

    Research interests

    Ageing, Drug discovery, Mitosis, Neurodegeneration, Proteomics

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    Prof Aidan Doherty

    Professor of Biochemistry

    Research interests

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    Dr Helfrid Hochegger

    Dr Helfrid Hochegger

    Reader

    Research interests

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    Dr Eva Hoffmann

    Dr Eva Hoffmann

    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests

    age-related infertility, budding yeast, Chromosome pairing, Chromosomes, Cytogenetics, Genetic mapping/ markers, Genetic variation, human oocytes, infertility, Meiosis, mismatch repair, synaptonemal complex

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    Prof Alan Lehmann

    Prof Alan Lehmann

    Research Professor, Molecular Genetics

    Research interests

    DNA damage and repair, human genetic disorders, Replication of damaged DNA

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    Dr Jo Murray

    Reader

    Research interests

    Cell cycle, Chromosomes, DNA damage and repair, DNA replication, Genome rearrangements, Homologous recombination, Replication of damaged DNA

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    Dr Matt Neale

    Dr Matt Neale

    Reader

    Research interests

    Chromosome structure, Chromosomes, Meiosis, Recombination

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    Prof Mark O'Driscoll

    Prof Mark O'Driscoll

    Professor Of Human Molecular Genetics

    Research interests

    Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell biology, Cell cycle, Cell Differentiation (disease), Cell division, Cell signalling, Chemotherapeutics, Dev. Origins of adult disease, DNA damage and repair, DNA double-strand breaks, DNA replication, Genetics and development, Genotype to Phenotype, Medical science and disease, Metabolic syndrome, Nervous system, Neurodegenerative disease, Neurodevelopmental Syndromes, Neuroscience (Human disease), Paediatrics (Human disease), Pathogenesis, Pathology, Replication of damaged DNA, Signal transduction, Tissue differentiation and programming

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    Dr Antony Oliver

    Dr Antony Oliver

    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests

    Biomolecules and biochemistry, Biophysics, DNA Binding and interactions, DNA binding proteins, DNA damage and repair, DNA double-strand breaks, Drug development, Drug discovery, Kinases, Protein-DNA interactions, Replication of damaged DNA, Structural biology

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    Prof Laurence Pearl

    Prof Laurence Pearl

    Professor of Structural Biology

    Research interests

    Chromatin, Crystallography, Drug development, Drug discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular chaperones, Neurodegeneration, Protein structure, Proteomics, Structural biology

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    Dr Felicity Watts

    Dr Felicity Watts

    Reader in Biochemistry

    Research interests

    53BP1, DNA repair, DNA replication, fission yeast, PCNA, Recombination, S. pombe, SUMO, Ubiquitin

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Course enquiries

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£18,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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Working while you study

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Careers

This MSc provides you with a range of transferable skills, knowledge and opportunities to pursue a high-level career in industry or research.

As well as going on to PhDs at Sussex and elsewhere, and to research posts, our graduates have also moved into fields such as publishing and the charity sector.

Graduate destinations

94% of students working in the Life Sciences subject groups (excluding Chemistry) were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Life Sciences students have gone on to jobs including:

  • medical laboratory assistant, NHS Trust
  • research fellow, Cancer Research UK
  • technical services representative, Sigma-Aldrich.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Advanced Methods in Molecular Research

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you learn about the techniques available to modern molecular genetics and molecular cell biology researchers.

For each technique, you are required to analyse data and comment on the applicability of that technique to the biological problem being investigated.

Practical Techniques in Cancer Cell Biology

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will give you hands-on exposure to a number of basic molecular techniques, with specific relevance to the investigation of some of the molecular characteristics of cancer cells.

One important aim of this module is to prepare you to better undertake the Life Sciences Master of Science Research Project later in the course.

By the end of the module you should have practical and conceptual understanding of some of the basic molecular techniques used in cancer cell and molecular biology, and you should be able to produce effective and professional labortory reports and protocols.

Fundamentals of Cancer Cell Biology

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you learn through integrated lectures and seminars presenting cancer as a disease of genetic origin in which the normal homeostatic processes of the cell become misregulated.

The structure of the module is founded on the concept of progressive acquisitions of 'hallmark' traits as expounded by Hanahan and Weinberg.

This model is used to relate to the various regulatory pathways that become mutated and/or misregulated as cells progress from normality to the ultimately lethal invasive metatastatic phenotype.

These general principles which will form the first part of the module are expanded and illustrated by in-depth case studies of major forms of human cancer and familial cancer predispostion syndromes.

You also get involved in discussions of existing therapies and the prospects for novel therapies that come from an understanding of the molecular basis of the individual cancer types.

Life Sciences Master of Science Research Project

  • 60 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module allows you to design and carry out an original piece of research. Working in consultation with a research supervisor, you conduct experiments to answer questions posed at the beginning of the work.

 

 

 

Life Sciences Masters Research Proposal

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module you will use primary literature to study the background to a biological problem in the fields of genetic manipulation and/or cell biology. You will then devise an experimental strategy by which this problem can be studied, giving details of techniques and resources that will be used to address the problem.

Topics in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module considers recent advances in the fields of genetic manipulation and molecular cell biology. Weekly seminars will cover topics such as genetic engineering, electron microscopy, oncogenes, protein engineering, genomics and proteomics.

By the end of the module you should be able to describe and explain techniques used to investigate a variety of cellular and molecular processes, and to critically assess and interpret experimental data generated using these techniques. You will also learn to extract and utilise relevant information from scientific literature.

Genome Stability, Genetic Diseases and Cancer

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The design of new therapies for cancer depends on first understanding the molecular events that cause the disease. Genomic DNA is damaged spontaneously, by chemical carcinogens and by radiation. If unrepaired, this damage leads to mutations, cancer and other developmental disorders. All cells have evolved a sophisticated array of repair and response mechanisms to deal with DNA damage.

In this module, you aim to understand the molecular mechanisms that control DNA repair and to appreciate how defects in genes involved in these repair processes are associated with different, in many cases cancer-prone, genetic disorders.

Emphasis will be placed on the review and critical evaluation of recently published experimental evidence, as advances in this area rely on a combination of biochemical analysis, genetic approaches and bioinformatics.

Genomics and Bioinformatics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will introduce the common types of genomic and proteomic data available in biological databases; including DNA and protein sequences, motifs, gene structure, protein interactions and expression profiles. The aims and methods of DNA and protein sequence analysis will be covered, including analysis of homology, identification of motifs and domains, pair-wise and multiple alignments and prediction of gene structure.

The practical sessions will include the analysis of DNA and protein sequence data from biological databases. In these sessions you will learn how to integrate data to find the functional links between disease related genes and proteins.

Protein Form and Function

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Protein Form and Function provides a sense of how protein structures are related to each other and of how these structures relate to protein function. On this module you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to learn about and appreciate this class of molecule. This module covers aspects of protein structure in detail and introduces computational and experimental techniques that are essential for studying proteins, and provides the basis for the in depth discussion of more topical issues such as protein engineering and design, protein folding, chaperones and protein folding diseases.

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