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Biosciences (MRes)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

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 two stages:

Stage 1

Stage 1 is taken between September and January.

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

All modules listed below are compulsory.

  • Research Techniques in Biosciences (20 credits) BIT002

Aim of the module is to understand the major research disciplines in modern biosciences. Assessment is a portfolio of literature-based research and practical exercises during the course such as DNA technology, field and population sampling, stem cell biology and neuroscience technology.

  • Data Handling and Statistics (20 credits) BIT010

To train students in logical thinking and critical analysis of numerical data. Students study aspects of both statistical analysis and bioinformatics. Assessment is based on several assignments completed during term and a submitted mini-project.

  • Key Skills in Research Practice (20 credits) BIT011

To provide knowledge, understanding and experience of a range of foundation skills necessary to be a professional scientist. Assessments range from writing an article, presenting a poster, writing a grant proposal and submitting a portfolio.

A full description of each Stage 1 module can be requested from the MRes Secretary Mrs Rachel Paterson

Stage 2

Stage 2 takes place between February and September.

Students must 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 Divisions.

Students also present a poster and give a talk on their research (20 credits).


There are currently no Scholarship opportunities being offered by the School of Biosciences for the MRes in Biosciences.

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).

Applicants whose first language is not English must either have obtained an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element, or have a recognised English qualification. For a full list of the recognised English language qualifications please click here.


Approximately 20-25 students per academic session.

September 2017 Entry

The closing date for submitting a 2017 application is 30 July 2016.

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

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,750 £18,250
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a n/a

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.


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