Biological Sciences

MRes EVOLUTION AND GENOMICS

Key details 

MRES EVOLUTION AND GENOMICS

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Research
Duration (years)
1

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment is varied and comprises essays, literature reviews, analytical assignments, conduct during research, research reports and oral presentations. 

Each module contains several items of summative assessment proceeded by formative work. You complete formative assessments early in all four modules and receive extensive feedback as soon as possible thereafter, so that you are able to act on this when submitting the related summative work. 

Feedback can also take the form of oral discussion and explanation in journal clubs, group meetings, or individual feedback from supervisors, or research team members. Grid-based proformas that provide students with a profile of their individual performance will be employed so that you can see where they have done well and where improvement is required in specific areas. You are also invited to learn through providing and receiving anonymous feedback from peers through online tools (e.g. Turningpoint, DIaNa). 

The results from the Research Project will be written up in a final Dissertation. 

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Compulsory Modules 

BIO-7049A  (20 Credits)

Introductory lectures by NRP PIs; general introduction to evolutionary concepts and thinking. Starting with an ‘Introduction week (Week 1)’ including an Introduction by the Course Coordinators, followed by a series of short presentations and tours of the various NRP institutions to allow students to meet PIs and each other and gain an overview of research activities. In the following five weeks of SEM1, the students will participate in 20 1-hour-lectures by individual PIs to introduce them to specific areas of Evolution and Genomics. During the same time, students are encouraged to start contacting PIs and discuss possible projects. The projects will be advertised at the beginning of the course for students to choose.

BIO-7050Y  (20 Credits)

Choice of PI for research project, choice and design of research project, proposal writing, report writing, oral presentation of proposal and project results. In mid November, after the introduction lectures in SEM1, students will contact potential PI’s, visit their groups and discuss possible projects/areas in detail. Each student will then select one of the project areas/PI’s. Then, over a period of 6 weeks they will perform an in-depth literature review to build their background knowledge relevant to the project of choice. They will receive feedback on the review using DiaNa. Following the literature review, the students will - in collaboration with the PI - produce a research proposal, including a detailed plan of their project including experimental design etc . Feedback will again be given through DiaNa.

BIO-7051A  (20 Credits)

This module will start off with a five-day introduction to R (as a crucial piece of software for data handling, analyses and presentation) in advance of five separate 1-day advanced workshops in data analyses and bioinformatics spread across November. During the R Introduction, the students will complete an overall linked-up formative assignment to deepen their practical understanding of R. In each advanced workshops they will have an introductory lecture (1-2 hours), followed by a practical hands-on interactive assignment (5-6 hours). Each day will be led by a different teacher/PI and will tackle a given question and develop a specific skill set in Bioinformatics/Genomics. Students will apply theory from the lectures directly to datasets. A follow-up independent learning assignment will be set from each workshop (ca 8 hours work). The students will submit a first draft to the respective teacher for feedback, followed by a final draft to the teacher and course coordinator for feedback/marking. This will lead to three written formative assignments and 2 summative assignments. The entire module will be taking place in October and November.

BIO-7052Y  (20 Credits)

Participation in ongoing Journal Clubs and Seminar Series across the NRP. All students have to engage in a minimum of ten seminars (e.g. BIO Open Lectures, CEEC seminars, seminar series at JIC, QI and EI) throughout the year. They will also attend weekly Journal Clubs in their respective institution from SEM2 onwards. Attendance is verified with registration forms. Students will prepare written summaries of two chosen papers and two seminars from these events, which will be evaluated using peer review by DiaNa Students will also participate in the weekly Research Discussion Group in the O&E theme in BIO where PIs/PhD/others consider/discussed issues related to a career in research – e.g. ethics, peer review, grant writing, philosophy of science, avoiding unconscious biases, mental health issues. Each student will also have to lead one Journal Club paper and give two oral presentations to their peers, one on their project outline at the beginning of their project (January) and one outlining their own initial results towards the end of the project (May). The presentations will be evaluated following DiaNa guidelines and will involve feedback from peers and the Course coordinator. All tasks of this module will be finished by mid-May.

BIO-7053X  (100 Credits)

Planning and performing a research project including lab/field work or bioinformatics to generate data. The students will work in group, and on the project, of choice, undertaking data generation, analyses and writing up of results. The research project will form the larger second part of the year (from Feb to August). Students will have already selected a supervisor/group with which to perform their project from across the NRP (including BIO/ENV). This will be an independent project but working within a collaborative research environment. Regular presentations with peers/lab members/PIs for mutual updates and discussions will be part of this process. A final thesis (100 credits) will be submitted in mid-August and the final mark will be returned at the beginning of September.

 

Course Structure

First, you will participate in core taught modules and workshops that provide an in-depth introduction to a diverse range of key concepts within evolution and genomics and high-level training in data analysis and bioinformatics. You will also gain exposure to world-leading scientists, research programs and systems – while participating in state-of-the art training in the fields of evolution and genomics. 

For the rest of the year, you will engage in science communication activities within the vibrant research community across the UEA/NRP, including seminar series, journal clubs and research discussion groups. These will broaden your horizon and familiarize you with a wide range of research areas and controversial topics related to evolution and genomics. 

Most importantly, you will run your own extensive research project from February to August in a research lab of your choice at UEA/NRP. 

Teaching  

Modules 1 and 3 consist of a series of lectures, workshops and practicals taking place in SEM1, which introduce you to key concepts in evolution and genomics and present an overview of current cutting-edge research taking place in the different research institutions across the NRP including UEA. The lectures and practicals are taught by internationally leading researchers, so you will receive state-of-the art training in the fields of evolution and genomics. 

Independent study 

Module 2 trains you in planning and executing an extensive research project. Module 4 trains you in communicating science in a written and oral form. This involves participating, as part of the research community at UEA/NRP, in the various seminar series, the weekly Research Discussion Group (where topics relevant to careers in academia and beyond are discussed in an informal and friendly environment) and in regular journal clubs where recently published articles are analysed. In Module 5, you will carry out an extensive, independent research project under the supervision of the researcher of your choice and as part of their group. This gives you a unique opportunity to embed yourself within the research environment of top research groups. 

Assessment is varied and comprises essays, literature reviews, analytical assignments, conduct during research, research reports and oral presentations. 

Each module contains several items of summative assessment proceeded by formative work. You complete formative assessments early in all four modules and receive extensive feedback as soon as possible thereafter, so that you are able to act on this when submitting the related summative work. 

Feedback can also take the form of oral discussion and explanation in journal clubs, group meetings, or individual feedback from supervisors, or research team members. Grid-based proformas that provide students with a profile of their individual performance will be employed so that you can see where they have done well and where improvement is required in specific areas. You are also invited to learn through providing and receiving anonymous feedback from peers through online tools (e.g. Turningpoint, DIaNa). 

The results from the Research Project will be written up in a final Dissertation. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors degree - 2.1 equivalent

Degree subject

Biology, Biomedicine or Biochemistry

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 7.0 in all component)

  • PTE: 76 (minimum 76 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Intakes

This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 5810816

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2022/23 are:

  • UK Students: £11,000 (full time)

  • International Students: £22,400 (full time)

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.

 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional course costs here 

 

Course Reference Number: 5810816

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 5810816
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Research
Duration (years)
1
This course provides extensive conceptual understanding and diverse practical experience within evolutionary biology and genomics. The unique, world-leading expertise available across the Norwich Research Park including UEA, will provide you with excellent training in all aspects of modern evolutionary studies, including genomics and phenomics, from experimental design to bioinformatics, and spanning field and laboratory systems. You will be part of vibrant cohort of similar students, embedded within a dynamic research community. A major component will be performing an independent research project with a research leader of your choice. Upon completion you will be exceptionally well qualified as a PhD candidate for national and international PhDs within this area. You will also have a diverse range of transferable skills and understanding that will enhance your employability in industry, government and non-government organisations.
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