1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
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.
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.
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.
- Research Techniques in Biosciences (20 credits)
- Data Handling and Statistics (20 credits)
- Key Skills in Research Practice (20 credits)
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 £8,000 will be awarded to an International/Overseas MRes applicant applying for September 2014 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 BIOSI-MRes@cardiff.ac.uk.
The scholarship application deadline is Friday 30th May 2014.
For 2014 entry, there is a further funding opportunity, 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 up to the equivalent of full UK/EU MRes fees. For more on this opportunity please see its listing on our Funding Search database.
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:
- IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
- TOEFL Paper Based Test = 580
- TOEFL Computer Based Test = 250
- TOEFL Internet Based Test = 92
- GCSE/IGCSE grade C or above
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 2014 Entry
We are now accepting applications for entry onto the course in September 2014.
Tuition fees for 2014 entry will be £6,888 for UK/EU students or £17,000 for International students.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Fees are provisional and subject to confirmation by RCUK in April/May 2014.
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: October each year
Name: Mrs Rachel Paterson (MRes Course Secretary)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0860
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211