Funded studentships for fast expanding research field

Funded studentships for fast expanding research field

All expenses paid studentships for a fast expanding field of bioscience are on offer at the University of Aberdeen thanks to funding from one of Britain’s leading funding bodies.

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – is funding student places on the University’s new MSc in Cell and Molecular Systems Biology.

BBSRC have invested £85M over the last six years in systems biology - a new field that sees biologists working in interdisciplinary teams with mathematicians, physicists and computing scientists to tackle key biological questions.

Expected outcomes from systems biology research include better understanding and diagnosis of human disease, faster routes for new drug development for the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, and a fundamentally better understanding of how molecular biological processes function and are regulated.

Aberdeen’s new one year Masters programme is aimed at students with either a biological or physical sciences background.

Dr Ian Stansfield, Reader from the University of Aberdeen, said: “This is a great opportunity for students to get expert training in the new and rapidly expanding field of systems biology, with their tuition fees paid and a full stipend to cover living expenses.

“The new MSC will produce eminently employable graduates armed with the knowledge and skills required to work successfully among the interdisciplinary teams found in today’s industrial and academic research environments.”

The University of Aberdeen has made a significant investment in systems biology over the last five years, with six new academic appointments in this area, including a professorship. Students on the Masters programme in Cell and Molecular Systems Biology will be studying at a university that also has a highly successful record in systems biology research funding, currently worth £8M.

Those interested in finding out more about the studentships, which cover all tuition fees and a student stipend of £13,290 for the year’s programme, should contact Lee Picken on 01224 55970; email or see: