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Professional Doctorate in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology - MSc

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Most biological disciplines rely on analyses at the molecular level and the use of molecular biology to manipulate genes and proteins. Our MSc will give you the training necessary to become an active and engaged researcher in this field.

You’ll spend a large part of your course researching real biological problems in a research-active laboratory, relying on close interaction with your supervisor and becoming part of their research group.

You’ll benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, including the Sussex Centre for Advanced Microscopy.

How will I study?
You’ll take a variety of formal taught research and study skills, laboratory-based and seminar modules across the autumn and spring terms.

The core of the course is the research project, which begins in the spring term and continues into summer.

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods including:
-Problem sets
-A dissertation
-Oral presentation of your work

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

Geoff Lockwood Scholarship (2017)
-1 scholarship for Postgraduate (taught) of £3,000 fee waive
-Application deadline: 24 July 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

With a focus on learning and practicing laboratory skills, this MSc is a perfect platform for a research career.

Many graduates continue their studies as PhD students, often at Sussex, while others follow careers in the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes.

Visit the Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology - MSc page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Souvik Naskar

‘The MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology changed my life. From starting as a very ordinary student with an interest in biological science at genetic and molecular level it enabled me to become part of a neuroscience research team and a privileged contributor to a recently published research paper in the highly respected Journal of Neuroscience.

‘The faculty provided unstinting assistance and guidance. Right from the beginning as a struggling new student, through to submission of my MSc dissertation, I was fully supported.

‘The most significant aspect of the programme was being involved in an extended high-quality research project of my choice in the distinctively top-class labs at Sussex. I learned state-of-the-art techniques from my supervisor and I’m still working part-time in his lab, gaining expertise in different cell biology techniques and transgenic transfection in embryonic stem cell culture. I’m currently also working on molecular mechanism CamKII and its role in learning and memory, again at Sussex.

‘This fantastic programme takes you from the theoretical knowledge gained from your undergraduate degree, to the technical experiments and productive analysis you need to develop before pursuing a PhD, research position, or moving into a role in industry. It’s the perfect platform for your future career.’

Souvik Naskar
Research Technician,
University of Sussex

(Student Profile)

Hannah Teehan: Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline

‘Sussex appealed to me not only for its reputation, but also as the course allowed me the flexibility to focus on the areas of genetics that I was most interested in.

‘The course was very lab based and so I was introduced to a wide range of new lab skills that have proven to be very useful as I now pick up new techniques very quickly in my current role as a Research Transfer Scientist at Bioline.

‘My time conducting a research project at Sussex really stands out for me. I was introduced to a wide range of new skills including cell culture, cloning, electroporation and TIRF microscopy, to name a few. There was so much support for me when I needed it but also trust that I was capable of working by myself, which really boosted my confidence.

‘Sussex is a fantastic place to study. The campus offers lots of services, including a well-resourced library and onsite doctor. From day one, people are so willing to help, whether it's to direct you around the campus or support you with your studies.’


Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.Type of Award
Postgraduate taughtTimetable
1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship.Successful Applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.Contact Details
Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Bramber House
East Sussex
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system:


When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/cisapplicationConfirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.

The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2017 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2017 will not be considered.

Further Information



USA Friends Scholarships (2017) - No. of awards TBC

Thanks to the generosity of our North American alumni and the Friends of the University of Sussex, a scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 is available to nationals or permanent residents of the USA who will be studying a one year taught Master's degree course at the University of Sussex.The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit.Type of Award
Postgraduate mastersEligibility
You will not be eligible for this scholarship if you meet any of the following exclusions:
-Have applied for a course at the Institute of Development Studies except the MA Gender and Development and MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
-Have applied to study MSc Social Research Methods
-Have applied to study a DPhil (1+3) course
-Have applied to study a Foundation Year, Postgraduate Certificate, International Year One Diploma in Business and Management or Pre-Masters
-Have applied to study Pre-Masters courses and diplomas taught at partner colleges
-Have applied to study the Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Education
-Have applied for a course within the Brighton and Sussex Medical School
-Have applied for LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance (delivered in Qatar)Timetable
By 23:59 BST 3rd April 2017: Deadline for all applications to be receivedBy 3 June 2017: Applicants notified of the outcome of their application by emailAutumn Term: Scholars receive award payment.Further Information
Applications will be ranked and assessed on the following criteria:
-Academic merit (including grades)
-Academic reference
-Impact the scholarship will have on you
-Why you have chosen the University of Sussex and the contribution you will make to the communityYour referee for your application should ideally be a personal tutor or academic mentor at your current or last college or University.Contact Details
The Student Funding TeamStudent Life Centre
Bramber House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
BN1 9QUTel: +44 1273 872994Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

An amount equivalent to $10,000 maintenance award


Be a national or permanent resident of the United States of America.Have applied for and been offered a place on a full time Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Sussex (MA, MSc, LLM, Dip Grad).Have been assessed as paying overseas fees.Remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications must be submitted online here:


Along with an academic reference which can be uploaded with your application form or submitted separately via email to [email protected]

Confirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.

Please note that you must also have submitted your course application on the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system:


Further Information



Geoff Lockwood Scholarship (2017) - Single Award

This scholarship, established in 1996 upon the retirement of the University's long-serving Registrar, Dr Geoff Lockwood, is intended to encourage high-calibre graduate applications for MSc programmes.The scholarship provides a £3,000 award per year towards tuition fees. Only UK applicants are eligible for consideration. There is only one scholarship each year.The scholarship is rotated between the science and technology schools, the school of Life Sciences and SPRU annually. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Geoff Lockwood Scholarship will be awarded to a student from Life Sciences.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Type of Award
Postgraduate mastersTimetable
Sunday 23 July 2017: Applications received after this date will be considered for an MSc place, but not for the Geoff Lockwood Scholarship. Announcement of the successful candidate will be made soon after the end of August 2017 by correspondence from the Student Funding Team.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000 tuition fee waiver


The scholarship is only available to a fully self-financing UK MSc candidate who holds an offer of a place for September 2017 admission.The main criteria for the award are proven academic excellence and personal motivation. The selectors will also take into account evidence of financial hardship.

Application Procedure

You first apply for an MSc place in Life Sciences for September 2017 admission.

If you are offered an MSc place and are eligible for the award you will be considered automatically. However it would assist in the selection process if you make an additional statement in support of your scholarship application, giving the reasons why you think it should be awarded to you.

Attach the statement to your application form or, if you have already applied, send the statement to

We must receive it by the deadline date of Sunday 23 July 2017 23:59 BST.

Further Information



HESPAL Scholarship (2017) - 2 Awards

The HESPAL Scholarship is a joint award offered by the British Council and the University of Sussex which is centred on building capacity in Palestinian universities by providing young Palestinian academics with an English Masters course in a subject that will benefit their home institution and hence the Palestinian Territories.The University of Sussex and the British Council are committed to providing two scholarships per year. The scholarships covers:
-Tuition Fees
-Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
-Arrival allowances
-Thesis allowances
-A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
-Travel costs to and from the UKNB: Scholarships do not cover the cost for any accompanying family.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Holders of the HESPAL Scholarship are unable to hold another scholarship from the University of Sussex.Type of Award
Postgraduate taughtTimetable
Deadline for Application: 1 January 2017End of March 2017: British Council informed of selection outcomeFurther Information
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htmContact Details
For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver


Be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.Be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him.Have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from UK).Be below the age of 35 on application.Sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.Have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website:


Further Information


Entry Requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant science (such as genetics, cell biology, biology), computing or mathematics subject. English language requirements - Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section).

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