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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.

I look forward to meeting you in person in September during Welcome Week. 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:

Reading lists
Welcome and induction
Term dates and timetables
Making your optional module choices
Finding your way around campus
Key staff
Additional support for your studies

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

See you in September,

Katie

PGT Programme Co-ordinator


Open days

We would like to invite offer holders, applicants and those interested in studying our MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate, MSc Food Security and MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century courses to visit us on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

We also hold other open days, 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. Welcome Week events are optional although we very much encourage you to come along and enjoy a great start to life at Warwick. There will be a series of department events for PGT students during Welcome Week, including induction and training sessions. You will also have opportunities to meet other students and key staff for your course.

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.

If you are an MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate or MSc Food Security student and wish to take one of the optional modules outside of our department the process is different and deadlines may be earlier. Please read the relevant module pages for details.

Food: The Medium is the Message (MSc Food Security only)

Thinking Water (MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate & MSc Food Security)

Ecological Futures: Science, Culture and Media (MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate & MSc Food Security)


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 map 2019


Key staff

Denny Croft, Katie Baker and Therese Lepicard

Postgraduate Team - First point of contact for all taught postgraduate students at SLS

Dr Stuart Allen

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

Dr Stuart Allen

Dr Graham Teakle

Senior Tutor - All taught postgraduate students at SLS

Dr Graham Teakle

Professor Rosemary Collier

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

Dr Rosemary Collier

Dr Hendrik Schaefer

Course Director- MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

Dr Hendrik Schaefer

Dr José Gutierrez-Marcos

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

Dr José Gutierrez Marcos

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


Additional support for your studies

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.

Course handbook

The online Moodle MSc Student Guide (19/20) is the handbook for your course.

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