Advanced Biological Sciences MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or higher in a relevant Biological Sciences subject. The normal expectation is that students who have completed an MRes will progress to a PhD degree.
Advanced Biological Sciences mres


Please note, the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences is currently being revalidated and is therefore subject to change.

This MRes Advanced Biological Sciences lets you take your enthusiasm deeper with a research project carried out over a full calendar year supported by 4 modules that further develop your knowledge and skills.

The breadth of research in the Institute of Integrative Biology allows bespoke pathways across all of many research interests.  Research in the Institute spans the complete range of biological scales from genes and genetic regulation through proteins, post-translational modification and cellular function to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems.  We use state-of-the-art “omics” technologies to generate large data-sets both within and across these scales.  We also develop new mathematical and computational models to make sure we can fully exploit these data. 

This Master of Research programme is designed for those who want to move on to a career in science, whether in academic research, industry or areas of biomedicine research.  The programme consists of a 120 credit research project, during which you will work alongside PhD students and full-time researchers as a member of one of our research groups.

The research project is the major part of the degree.  Selecting the right project for you is a key decision and we do this during admission to the programme.  You can see examples of projects here

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, evolution, 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 (LIFE731) 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 runs a comprehensive Master in Advanced Biological Sciences programme with 16 pathways covering all of its core areas:

The title of your degree award will reflect your pathway of choice.

  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Animal Sciences)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Biotechnology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Cell Signalling)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Chemical Biology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Evolution)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Behavioural Biology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Food Security)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Functional and Comparative Genomics)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Host: Parasite Biology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Microbiology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Molecular Oncology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Plant Sciences)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Structural Biology)
  • Advanced Biological Sciences (Post Genomic Sciences)


Non-native English speakers are offered support in communication skills.  This is taught by members of The University's English Language Unit and is designed to improve English in a scientific context.  Please see for details.

You will be able to choose from a series of taught modules to ensure that you develop the correct academic background and skills to excel in research. An important component of the programme will be the opportunity for non-native English speakers to take a specially designed module in communication skills. This module is taught by members of our English Language Unit and will be designed to improve your English in a scientific context. Please see for details.

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