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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)
  • Data Handling and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Key Skills in Research Practice (20 credits)

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).


For 2016 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.

To be considered you must make an online application to the Master of Research in Biosciences (September 2016 entry) and send a CV and covering letter detailing why you are interested/deserving of the scholarship to

The deadline for applications to this scholarship is Friday 27th May 2016.

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 2016 Entry

The closing date for submitting a 2016 application is 29 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.

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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