MRes in Biomedicine
The MRes in Biomedicine is a comprehensive, one year laboratory research-oriented programme designed to train and equip students prior to entering PhD or higher degree training.
The programme draws on the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH). Areas include: gene-therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine, infection and immunity, childhood development, metabolic defects, neurosciences and cancer. Students are also encouraged to accept projects across all UCL institutions.
The integration of academic and transferable skills development into PhD programmes is now the norm and the MRes provides a framework for the enhancement of these skills. It is also possible to apply for a combined MRes + PhD four year programme. This is currently an option for those who are able to obtain 4 years of funding and wish to go on to study for an MPhil/PhD at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree. Students who wish to pursue this route will be required to obtain a Merit at MRes level before being permitted to enrol on the MPhil/PhD programme.
For further information about the MRes + PhD route, please contact Rachel Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries about the MPhil/PhD programme, please visit the Child Health Research PhD Programme website.
The MRes comprises one academic year full-time programme commencing late September each year. The programme will lead to an MRes in Biomedicine (equivalent to an MSc by Research).
The year includes three-month taught modules followed by a three-month mini project and six-month maxi project. Emphasis will be given to providing students with practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis.
See a sample list of Mini and Maxi Research Projects which have previously been offered here:
- To introduce students to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine (including Professions Allied to Medicine).
- Provide practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent research and critical analysis.
- Provide a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies.
Upon completion of the course candidates will have:
- gained both practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis.
- been introduced to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine.
- gained practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent research and critical analysis.
- gained a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies.
- gained an excellent grounding in skills such as critical analytical skills and understanding, ethics, teaching and learning, communication and presentation, and personal and professional development.
- gained varied and wide ranging information on current aspects of biomedicine in addition to skills involved in design, planning and research methodology.
To qualify for admission to the MRes in Biomedicine applicants should possess a minimum of a 2.1 BSc degree in a relevant area of study. Or possess a medical, dental or veterinary degree.
Applicants with a 2.2 degree may be considered if they can demonstrate significant relevant work experience (i.e. minimum six months continuous work in a research laboratory since graduating). Please contact the programme administrator if you are unsure if you qualify for admission.
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet University College London's language requirements to the Good level.
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £11,800 (FT)
- £23,710 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
Information on potential sources of funding can be found on the UCL scholarships and funding website.
ICH offers a small number of scholarships for MRes and MSc offer holders, please see further details and information on how to apply on the ICH Scholarship webpage.
Routinely, between 60% - 80% of our students have undertaken PhD programmes worldwide after completion of the MRes in Biomedicine. First destinations of recent graduates include: Biomedicine PhD, Endocrinology PhD, Laboratory Assistant and Research Assistant.
Visit the Student Profiles page to see what our past students have to say about their experience of studying the MRes in Biomedicine, and how the knowledge and skills developed on the programme have assisted their career progression.