MRes Programme

Students on our MRes programme gain in-depth research experience through a year-long research project. Selecting the right project is a key decision and we do this during admission to the programme. In addition, four taught modules in biological sciences and personal development deepen scientific knowledge and skills.

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The four 15 credit taught M-level modules are chosen to support your scientific and personal development.  At least two of these will deepen your scientific knowledge relevant to your research project.  They will be selected from advanced taught modules in areas of animal behaviour, cancer biology, medical genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, bioinformatics or environmental biology.

There is one compulsory module in research methods and their applications within the life sciences and a second compulsory module is taken from a selection that include statistics, programming for life sciences, professional & employability skills or bespoke skills development.

The Institute's research includes very diverse research areas, from molecular and biomedical research through to evolutionary and ecological work. This lets us offer a wide range of research projects to our MRes students. We focus on integrating and applying modern methods and approaches across the life sciences, and have state of the art facilities in proteomics, genomics and metabolomics.  Our programme is often taken by students preparing themselves for PhD applications, but also by students who want a Masters level degree that is strongly focused on research experience.

The research project is a major part of the Masters programme.  When you apply, please state your top three project preferences, using the 'personal statement' section of the application form to explain your preferred choices.