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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Biosciences (MRes)

1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

MRes in Biosciences

Course Aims

The programme’s overall aims are to provide postgraduates and individuals from industry, from both home and overseas, with the opportunity to undertake research training at two distinct academic levels. This will enable the acquisition of essential skills, techniques and experience necessary to become a more competent, employable researcher.

Course Description

The Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences is a one-year programme designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that enables individuals who wish to improve their research skills to undertake a research project in the laboratory of an internationally-renowned scientist. The programme would be ideal for someone thinking of undertaking a PhD but wishing to learn more about research. It also offers the award of a postgraduate certificate thus maximising accessibility to individuals working in industry or higher education, both at home or abroad.

Course Structure

The programme consists of 2 Stages:

Stage 1 (October – January)

Students complete taught modules totalling 60 credits, which can lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Biosciences. All modules are compulsory.


Stage 2 (February to September)

Students complete a practical project (100 credits).

The overall project structure for the Practical Project in Biosciences is a single piece of work held over 8 months of the MRes programme starting from February and finishing in September. The project will be selected by the student in combination with academic staff in one of the School’s Research Divisions. Students present a poster and give a talk on their research (20 credits).


The programme intake is approximately 20 students per academic session


An International half-fees MRes scholarship is available to apply for. A half-fees scholarship amount of £8,750 will be awarded to an International/Overseas MRes applicant applying for September 2015 entry.

To be considered you must make an online application to the Master of Research in Biosciences (September 2014 entry) and send a C.V. and a covering letter detailing why you are interested/deserving of the scholarship to

The deadline for applications to this scholarship is Friday 29th May 2015.

For 2015 entry, we are pleased to offer the Morgan E. Williams MRes Scholarship, to undertake a seven-month research project in helminth parasitology as part of the Masters in Research in Biosciences.

The recipient of this bursary will receive approx. £2,500 in the form of a tuition fee reduction. For more on this opportunity please see its listing on our Funding Search database.

Entry Requirements

The equivalent of a undergraduate degree at level 2:2 (or higher) in a relevant biological, biomedical or bio-molecular science subject.

Applications will also be considered from candidates who have a minimum of 5 years relevant commercial experience who only wish to undertake Stage 1 of the Programme (Postgraduate Certificate).

If English is not your first language we require one of the following English language qualifications:

If you have a different English qualification please contact us. If you do not have the required score you may wish to consider an English Language course at Cardiff University.


Approximately 20 students per academic session

How to Apply for MRes Biosciences

For additional information on the application process, please visit our How To Apply section.

September 2015 Entry

The closing date for submitting a 2015 application is the 31st July 2015.

We would encourage those living overseas to apply as early in the year as possible.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Rachel Paterson (MRes Course Secretary) 

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0860  

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211 


More information

Funding Available

There are current funding opportunities for this course. Click here.