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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.15k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.2k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The MRes in Animal Behaviour is one of a suite of MRes programmes. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research in academia and industry.
    It is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences and is also suitable for graduates from other science disciplines and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. The MRes can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or act as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

    The programme provides training in contemporary biosciences through three subject-knowledge modules in or related to:
    animal behaviour
    professional and key skills training
    a 24-week laboratory-based research project.
    The programme enables you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.
    If you register for an integrated MRes/PhD, MRes/MD or MRes/DDS you will be allocated projects that are relevant to your proposed PhD or MD, or DDS programme.
    The core module on the biological study of behaviour introduces the central questions related to animal behaviour research (adaptive consequences, proximate mechanisms, development, and evolutionary history) and the research methods associated with each.
    Research-led seminars, delivered by members of Newcastle University's Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, form a significant part of the programme and cover a wide range of taxa (insects to humans), topics (olfaction to cooperation), and methodologies.

    Compulsory modules
    You will complete the following compulsory modules:
    MMB8003 The Biological Study of Behaviour
    MMB8100 Research Skills and Principles for the Biosciences
    MMB8099 Project
    Optional modules
    You will take optional modules to a value of 40 credits from the following:
    MMB8004 Ageing and Health
    ACE8074 Applied Ethology
    MMB8015 Applied Immunobiology of Human Disease
    MMB8012 Applying the 3 Rs to In-Vivo Experimental Techniques
    CSC8313 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
    MMB8011 Biology of Ageing
    MMB8007 Cancer Studies
    MMB8037 Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease
    MMB8008 Cell Cycle Control and Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
    MMB8009 Clinical Epidemiology
    MMB8002 Current Research Trends in Musculoskeletal Disease
    MMB8010 Cognitive Neuroscience
    MMB8031 Developmental Genetics
    MMB8035 Diabetes
    MMB8006 Drug Discovery and Development
    MMB8005 Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics
    MMB8030 Genetic Medicine
    MMB8014 Genetics of Common Disease
    MMB8038 Medical Biotechnology, Enterprise and Innovation in Industrial Bioscience
    MMB8029 Medical Genomics
    MMB8034 Mitochondrial Biology & Medicine
    MMB8016 Molecular Microbiology
    MMB8017 Nanomaterials in Healthcare Technologies
    MMB8036 Neuromuscular Diseases: Bench to Bedside
    MMB8018 Protein Structure and Function
    MMB8019 Sensory Systems
    MMB8020 Scientific Basis of Neurological Disorders
    MMB8022 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    MMB8033 Surgical Anatomy
    MMB8023 Systems Biology
    MMB8032 Toxicology
    MMB8025 Transplantation Sciences


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    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or related discipline. We will also consider applicants with a good MBBS degree. Practical laboratory experience is beneficial, but not essential.Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 for each sub-section), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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