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Information for taught Masters offer holders

Congratulations on your offer !

On behalf of all our staff, welcome to the School of Life Sciences.

We are delighted that you will be joining us: you will be part of an international group of enthusiastic and committed students and academics.

Before you arrive, it might be useful for you to take a look at the information provided here. On this page you will find information about:

Coronavirus Guidance
Reading lists
Welcome and induction
Term dates and timetables
Making your optional module choices
Key staff

Teaching and Learning

Additional support for your studies
Finding your way around campus

If you have any further questions, please join us for live chats, visit our online open day or email msc.lifesciences@warwick.ac.uk.

You can also introduce yourself and ask questions on our forums:

Environmental Bioscience, Food Security and Sustainable Crop Production

Biotechnology and Business Management

Best wishes,

Katie

PGT Programme Co-ordinator


Open days

We hold live chats and online open days which are available for all our MSc courses.


Reading lists
This is a selection of reading material recommended for the different courses and modules. You are not required to purchase these textbooks or read them before you begin the course. Many books and journals will be available to you through Warwick Library when you enrol. Each module has its own reading list on its Moodle page.

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy in the 21st Century

You may also be interested in Academic Writing: A guide for pre-induction students, a Moodle guide provided by the Academic Writing Programme.


Welcome and induction

Welcome Week takes place Monday 28 September 2020 - Sunday 4 October 2020. Warwick's welcome programme for postgraduate students events are optional, but we very much encourage you to come along and enjoy a great start to life at Warwick. There will be a series of School of Life Sciences events for PGT students during Welcome Week, including opportunities for you to meet staff and other students informally, and some induction and training sessions.

Your course begins formally on Monday 5 October 2020. In your first week you will meet your tutors and begin your first taught module.

Please collect your University card before the start of your course so that you have full access to the Life Sciences buildings.


Term dates and timetables

Term dates

Postgraduate term dates extend beyond the undergraduate term dates published. Provisional overview timetables for each course for 2020/21 are available on this page, but please remember that these are subject to change. Do not book holidays during term time.

MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management
MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate
MSc Food Security
MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management
MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

Timetables

Most of our modules are taught in a block format, allowing you to concentrate on one module at a time. There are exceptions to this.

Details of rooms and times of taught sessions will be made available through your personalised Tabula timetable and MyWarwick app. We recommend that you use the live timetable rather than downloading content as timetables are subject to change. Once you fully enrol you will be able to see your timetable for your first weeks on the course. The rest of your personalised timetable will be updated around three working days after you have completed module registration.

Our Masters courses are intensive and while you could undertake a few hours of part-time work each week, you will not have time to work sufficient hours to support yourself.

Example Timetable: Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate October 2019

Example Timetable: Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century December 2019

Example Timetable: Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management January 2020


Making your module choices

When you have enrolled and set up your ITS account you will be able to access Moodle pages for our modules. These show information about the module and may help you decide which to study. Each course also has an academic course director who you can ask for more information once you arrive. You will be able to meet your course director during our Welcome Week.

Later in September the module registration system will open. You will be sent an email with information about how to make your choices. You’ll then have until the third week of term to choose your modules.


Key staff

Therese Lepicard

Senior Education Support Services Assistant - Provides administrative support for SLS postgraduate taught courses. First point of contact for taught postgraduate students.

Dr José Gutierrez-Marcos

Course Director- MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management and MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management

Course directors have principal responsibility for the integrity and value of the degree, and helping you navigate and meet the course requirements.

Katie Baker

Postgraduate Programme Coordinator

Responsible for academic administration, particularly in review and improvement of academic administration to ensure an excellent student experience.

Professor Rosemary Collier

Course Director- MSc Food Security and MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

Course directors have principal responsibility for the integrity and value of the degree, and helping you navigate and meet the course requirements.

Dr Rosemary Collier

Dr Alex Jones

Co- Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies - All taught postgraduate students at SLS

Responsible for the management of the taught postgraduate programmes.

Photo of Dr Alex Jones

Dr Hendrik Schaefer

Co- Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies - All taught postgraduate students at SLS

Responsible for the management of the taught postgraduate programmes.

Course Director- MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

Course directors have principal responsibility for the integrity and value of the degree, and helping you navigate and meet the course requirements.

Dr Graham Teakle

Senior Tutor - All taught postgraduate students at SLS.

Senior tutors can give advice about pastoral/personal issues and will be able to suggest sources of extra support.

Personal tutor

As well as your course director and senior tutor, you will have a personal tutor who can help you with academic or pastoral questions.


PG mentor

Your mentor will be a researcher working at SLS or WMS. Your mentor can be an extra source of academic support in addition to your personal tutor, but unlike your personal tutor they cannot support you with pastoral/personal matters.


Teaching and learning

Normally you will study one module at a time for two weeks (there are some exceptions). This approach allows you to focus on gaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject area by concentrating on one topic at a time. Module leaders and lecturers adopt different teaching styles in order to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to be successful in your chosen area of study. Teaching is by interactive lectures, small group workshops or tutorials.

According to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2019), 91% of our students said 'Staff are good at explaining things'.

According to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2019), 96% of our students said 'I am encouraged to ask questions or make contributions in taught sessions'.

According to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2019), 94% of our students said 'My ability to communicate information effectively to diverse audiences has developed during my course'.

Assessments

Most modules have an in-module assessment and a post-module assessment. In-module assessments may be group presentations or case studies, or for some modules may be a short-answer test. Post-module assessments are normally a task for you to complete individually, such as an essay or report, with a deadline a few weeks after the end of the module.

Project dissertations

All masters degrees include a project. During your project you are closely supported by a member of staff. Most students will complete desk-based dissertations, but some complete lab-based or placement-based projects.

Biotechnology and Business Management: You will choose from a range of project topics areas offered by academic supervisors and will have the opportunity to develop your own project title. Students who are able to source a work placement for themselves are able to use their placement to form their project. This must be by agreement with the Project module leader, as the company and placement must be suitable.

Environmental Bioscience, Food Security and Sustainable Crop Production: You will choose from a range of projects offered by academic supervisors and also have the opportunity to develop your own project title in conjunction with your supervisor. Previously a small number of placement opportunities with host companies have been offered.

Field trips and lab work

Biotechnology and Business Management: Biotechnology and business management courses are focused on commercialisation of biosciences concepts, and do not involve lab work. Students have previously had the opportunity to visit a brewery and an anaerobic digestor plant processing commercial food waste to produce electricity and bio-fertiliser.

Environmental Bioscience, Food Security and Sustainable Crop Production: Modules may include lab sessions and data analysis workshops to develop your learning. During some modules students visit Warwick Crop Centre, an internationally recognised centre for translational research in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and food security. Students have previously had the opportunity to visit the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Plant Health and Seeds Inspectors at Heathrow Airport. Students studying Sustainable Crop Production will learn from field visits over the course of the year, covering stages of field preparation, crop establishment, phases of growth and maturation and harvesting.


Additional support for your studies

Alongside your studies there are a range of resources available to enhance your experience within the School and ensure that you are fully supported.

Wellbeing Support Services

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, it is important that you contact the Disability Services team within Wellbeing Support Services before starting your studies with us, even if you have already declared this on your application. Additional support can take time to arrange, so do contact them as early as possible to ensure you get the support you are entitled to.

Student Staff Liaison Committee

The Student Staff Liaison Committee is made up of student representatives from all taught postgraduate courses and members of staff. The committee provides a space for students to discuss anything related to teaching, learning and student support and get involved with the running of the School.

According to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2019), 94% of our students said 'I have appropriate opportunities to give feedback on my experience'.

Personal Tutors and Senior Tutor

Taught postgraduate students have a dedicated Senior Tutor as well as a personal tutor. Your personal tutor will be an academic member of staff. The role of a personal tutor is to give students help and advice about pastoral and academic matters, to signpost students to support services for further professional assistance; and to assist students with induction into university life.The Senior Tutor is responsible for the welfare of students in the department, which means they are always looking to improve your learning experience.

Quantitative Biology Centre (QuBiC)

QuBiC provides an opportunity for you to obtain support with the data handling skills that are important for Life Science research and a range of careers. The Centre provides drop-in sessions for students at all levels within the School.


Finding your way

The School of Life Sciences is located in Gibbet Hill campus. This is around a 5-10 minute walk from central campus. Free shuttlebuses run throughout the day and evening. There is no student parking at Gibbet Hill campus.

You can download maps of the campus to help you find your way around. We also have an interactive map which includes both a campus overview and floor plans of all our buildings. You can use this to search for buildings, facilities and rooms, and to get directions from any point on campus to any other point.

Gibbet Hill campus has a restaurant and coffee bar: Café Gibbet Hill

The BioMed Grid is the library space for Gibbet Hill. It has space for individual or group study. A quiet study room for SLS students is also available.

Gibbet Hill map 2019


Live chats
Join a member of our team and other offer holders for live chats. Please feel free to ask any questions related to our taught Masters courses or life here at Warwick.
Upcoming events include meeting the Course Directors.

Offer Holders Newsletters

Find out more about our School, its students and staff.
Course handbook

The online Moodle MSc Student Guide (20/21) is the handbook for your course. Please read the information in the handbook carefully before you arrive. You will have access to the handbook once you have enrolled and set up your ITS account.

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Useful links for new students:

Guides for Students using Academic Technology (If you haven't used Moodle or MS Teams before, you may find these guides helpful)

My Warwick app (timetables and more)