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:
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.
You will complete the following compulsory modules:
MMB8003 The Biological Study of Behaviour
MMB8100 Research Skills and Principles for the Biosciences
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
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
MMB8025 Transplantation Sciences
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