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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.52k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This is a one year (three semesters) research programme, which will be supervised by one or more of our faculty members. Successful graduates will be awarded a masters degree with one of the following titles depending on the subject area of research.

    * Master of Science by Research (main subject name) (MSc)
    * Master of Arts by Research (main subject name) (MA)
    * Master of Technology by Research (main subject name) (MTECH)
    * Master of Laws by Research (main subject name) LLM

    At the School of Contemporary Sciences (SCS) we believe that science has the potential to improve all of our lives. We believe that the science of this new century will be increasingly unified - global issues asking for answers from across the spectrum of knowledge and research, ideas and technologies integrated to provide global solutions. The 21st century is going to need scientific solutions to a whole range of issues, from global warming to food security, and from fighting crime to developing new medicines.

    Our objective is to unlock the wealth of potential in our students and launch our graduates and postgraduates with an education and qualifications that allow them to take on the challenges of the future, and lead fulfilling and rewarding careers. Our science degree will provide you with the basis for your success in industry, commerce, politics, education, and a wide range of vocations where a scientific training gives you that crucial edge in a competitive job market.

    Finally, science is a fundamental feature of modern day society and understanding how science works and applying scientific methods to challenges in everyday life are key skills that we all need. How else can we decide whether to eat genetically modified food, assess how our lifestyle might be contributing to global warming, evaluate the real issues associated with cloning, or decide on the effectiveness of the latest fitness fad?

    In the school pages you will find out who we are, what we teach, where our interests lie, and how we can help you develop interesting and well-paid careers based on science, or where scientific thinking is a key skill.

    School of Contemporary Sciences
    o Cell culture testing of a GNB3 specific, inhibitory, antisense
    oligonuleotides, to the GNB3 gene, as putative therapeutic drugs for
    essential hypertension patients
    o Evolution of biofilm formation
    o Molecular analysis of biofilm formation
    o Biofilm-formation amongst sewage-associated enteric bacteria
    o The Ecosystems Approach Project (linked to on-going PhD research in SCS)
    o Urban Green-space optimisation projects (linked to current AHRCfunded
    projects and possibility of collaboration with City or Regional
    o Soil Erosion project
    o Investigate soil erosion risk in an agricultural catchment
    o Investigate the biological roles of the DNA damage response pathway
    in the aetiology and treatment of ovarian cancer
    o Combine Experimental and Computational Modelling Studies on the
    Regulation of ATM/ATR Pathway in Ovarian Cancer

    o Bioinformatics analysis of gene expression microarray data on cellular
    response to cancer therapy to predict drug efficacy and identify
    biomarker(s) Application of bioinformatics analysis of gene expression
    microarray data to track cancer progression and therapeutic response(s)
    o Investigate the biological roles of melacortin-1 receptor (MC1R) in the
    aetiology and treatment of melanoma
    o Investigate Malaria Vector Control: Targeting the mosquito (Anopheles
    gambiae) defense enzymes system to overcome pesticide resistance
    o Investigate Sorghum and its utilisation as alternative renewable
    energy source Computer-assisted enzyme and protein engineering for
    drug discovery and development
    o Cloning, expression, purification and characterization of recombinant
    o Nanobio technology applied to Food Sciences: Yeast physiology &
    o Nanobio technology applied to Forensics: Aging of biological stains
    exposed to environmental stresses
    o Nanobio technology applied to Life Sciences: Nanoscale analysis of
    membrane fluidity changes during capacitation of animal sperm
    o Development of nanosensors for a highly sensitive detection of RNA,
    DNA and protein molecules in cells and within biological samples
    o Characterisation of novel CDK inhibitors as anti-cancer drugs
    o Evaluation of CDK inhibitors as potential therapeutics for cardiac
    o Targeting ATM pathway for therapeutic intervention in cancer
    o Role of Gb3s protein subunit for predisposing individuals to
    hypertension and cancer
    o Systems biology in cancer research and treatment
    o Bioethics

    Tuition fees
    * Scottish and EU- PhD/MPhil/Masters by Research (Full-time, fee per academic year) £3600;


    * Research Postgraduate Programmes (PhD/MPhil/Masters by Research at Dundee Business School, School of Social & Health Sciences, fee per academic year) £10500
    * Research Postgraduate Programmes (Phd/MPhil/Masters by Research at School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, School of Contemporary Sciences, Institute of Arts, Media & Computer Games, fee per academic year) £12650

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.


    To apply for the Masters of Research degree, you must first complete the standard Masters Degree Application Form online using the links below. In the personal statement, which must be uploaded to your online application, you should mention the research topic you want to undertake. You should also ensure that you explain how your previous studies have provided you with the necessary knowledge/skills to undertake the proposed research topic. Please note that, if your application is accepted by the research team, you may be asked to provide additional information and/or details connected with the specific research topic. * Masters by Research (Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games) * Masters by Research (School of Contemporary Sciences) * Masters by Research (School of Computing and Engineering Systems) * Masters by Research (Dundee Business School) * Masters by Research (School of Social & Health Sciences)

    The Overseas Student Scholarship Fund is open to students living outside the European Union and the European Free Trade Area, who are liable to pay overseas tuition fees and whom Abertay believes would bring to the University additional personal and academic qualities.
    The fund will support individual scholarships based on academic merit, and/or personal achievement in either sports or music. The scholarships will be available for students enrolling for study at Abertay in September 2013, and we have set 31 January 2013 as the deadline for applications for the first round of awards. Two further rounds of applications will be invited in April and July 2013.

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