School of Biosciences

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the programmes available in the School of Biosciences:

Biosciences is one of the most dynamic and fast-moving of the modern sciences. It embraces topics from bioinformatics to structural biology, from genomics to genetic conservation, from pathogenicity to toxicology, from gene regulation to human growth factors and cell signalling, and from environmental biology to animal and plant physiology.

Professor Steve Busby will be online between 12:00-14:00 to answer your questions about the programmes in the School of Biosciences.

Sixteen of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the School of Biosciences:

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the School.

More information about postgraduate opportunities in the School of Biosciences

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  • Professor Steve Busby

    Steve is the programme coordinator for taught masters programmes in the School of Biosciences. (Live Q&A 12:00 - 14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Biosciences live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.


Please if given admission and the person can not afford the fees. Are the scholarship scheme by the university for students?

Steve Busby replied:

yes there are scholarships

depends whether you are home or overseas, bursaries differ

on the UoB website, there is a big section on funding, I know it isnt easy for many students


Beth asked:

How is each module of the MSc Toxicology programme assessed ? How much laboratory work is involved ?

Steve Busby replied:

Many of the taught modules have practical work or course work associated and this is assessed and the mark goes towards the module mark. But the main assessment for each module is a written exam. Full details are on the website

Beth asked:

I am considering applying for he MSc in Toxicology. How many places are available and how many students study part time ?

Steve Busby replied:

We dont have a limit on the numebr of places… well what I mean is that we have found that we have the capacity to take on the students who want to come and have the qualifications. This year we have 23 in the cohort


I dont recall how many are part time, maybe 2-3, not many

Maryam asked:

What I meant by secure is what is the less riskier ,research or courses ?

Steve Busby replied:

Riskier from what point of view?

You should not register if you arent sure that you can complete the course and that you have the necessary skills

The point is that we will do everything we can to support you

But you have to have a good degree


You need to pick the course that YOU WANT to do. Not the one that is less risky!