This research-based course has a taught component that is the same as an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.
The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences, psychology or anthropology. Fully qualified or intercalating MBBS or BDS students can also apply. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.
What you'll learn
- Comparative Cognition (MMB8043)
- Sensory Systems (MMB8019)
- The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment (MMB8010)
The core module on the biological study of behaviour introduces the central questions related to Evolution and Human Behaviour research (adaptive consequences, proximate mechanisms, development, and evolutionary history) and the research methods associated with each. Other relevant modules focus on:
- Comparative cognition
- Sensory systems
- Psychiatric disorders and their treatment
Research-led seminars delivered by members of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution cover evolutionary psychology areas such as:
- Human mate choice
- Altruism and cooperation
- Food choices and obesity
- Comparative and developmental psychology of cognition
Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of Evolution and Human Behaviour under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.
The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. Graduates from our programme have gone on to competitive PhD studentships, as well as jobs in psychology and in research.
Our MRes courses
Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes is one of a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in:
- Ageing and Health MRes
- Animal Behaviour MRes
- Biotechnology and Business Enterprise MRes
- Cancer MRes
- Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes
- Cell Signalling in Health and Disease MRes
- Diabetes MRes
- Epidemiology MRes
- Immunobiology MRes
- Medical Genetics MRes
- Medical and Molecular Biosciences MRes
- Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine MRes
- Molecular Microbiology MRes
- Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) MRes
- Neuromuscular Diseases MRes
- Neuroscience MRes
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MRes
- Systems Biology MRes
- Toxicology MRes
- Translational Medicine and Therapeutics MRes
- Transplantation MRes
Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.
Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.
You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.
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Modules for 2017 entry
- MMB8099 Project
- MMB8100 Research Skills and Principles for the Biosciences
- MMB8003 The Biological Study of Behaviour
You will take between 40 credits from the following modules:
- MMB8004 Ageing and Health
- MMB8015 Applied Immunobiology of Human Disease
- CSC8313 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
- MEC8023 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- MMB8011 Biology of Ageing
- MMB8007 Cancer Studies
- MMB8037 Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease
- MMB8008 Cell Cycle Control and Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
- MMB8009 Clinical Epidemiology
- MMB8010 The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment
- MMB8043 Comparative Cognition: Information Processing in Humans and Other Animals
- MMB8002 Current Research Trends in Musculoskeletal Disease
- MMB8031 Developmental Genetics
- MMB8035 Diabetes
- MMB8006 Drug Discovery and Development
- MMB8005 Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics
- MMB8030 Genetic Medicine
- MMB8014 Genetics of Common Disease
- HSC8057 Global Health
- MMB8038 Bioscience Research Development and Enterprise
- MMB8034 Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine
- MMB8016 Molecular Microbiology
- MMB8036 Neuromuscular Diseases: Bench to Bedside
- MMB8018 Research Methods in Protein Science
- MMB8019 Sensory Systems and Neuroimaging
- MMB8020 Scientific Basis of Neurological Disease
- MMB8022 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- MMB8033 Surgical Anatomy * (see note below)
- MMB8023 Systems Biology
- MMB8032 Toxicology
- MMB8025 Transplantation Science
- MMB8044 Exercise in Health and Disease
*MMB8033 Surgical Anatomy. This module is only open to intercalating students. In the event of this module being oversubscribed, you will be selected on the basis of academic merit.
Some combinations of modules may not be available due to timetabling constraints. In exceptional circumstances the running of some modules may be determined by student demand.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £21,000
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:
- a life science or related discipline
- or an MBBS/BDS degree with high grades
Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, although not essential. The modules you can study may depend on your academic background.
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You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
If you want to be considered for a scholarship you should submit your application before 1 July.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
UK/EU students should contact:
International students wishing to discuss these opportunities may contact:
International Student Recruitment Officer
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4841