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Contact details

Ms Jenni Todd

Email: j.todd@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4057

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

There are up to five scholarships (£2000 each) being offered by the Division of Biosciences for this programme.

They will be awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants (UK/EU or Overseas) for payment against fee invoices.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Biosciences (Division of)

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Biosciences MRes

The Biosciences MRes offers students the opportunity to undertake a major research project in a specialised subject: Genetics; Computational Biology; Stem Cells and Developmental Biology; Cell Biology; Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics; Neuroscience; Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Biology of Ageing and Age-related Diseases; or Pharmacology.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain knowledge of their chosen specialism through the major research project, alongside basic skills for planning research and the written, verbal and visual communication of science, necessary tools for the acquisition and critical analysis of primary scientific literature, and experience of the multi-disciplinary and collaborative nature of Bioscience research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.

The Division of Biosciences is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Biosciences research.

The Division includes the departments of Cell & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, Genetics, Evolution & Environment and Structural & Molecular Biology and hosts the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, the UCL Genetics Institute and the Institute for Healthy Ageing.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Skills
  • The Scientific Literature
  • Seminar Series


  • Choose one option from the following fields of study:
  • Genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology of Ageing and Age-related Disease
  • Pharmacology


All students undertake an independent laboratory-based research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–18,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, combining research-led and skills based courses. The taught courses are assessed by assignments and coursework. The research project is assessed by an oral presentation, submission of a dissertation and is subject to oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences, or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications should be submitted by 31 July. After this date, applications will still be considered subject to availability of places; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students who wish to undertake a PhD degree or to convert from other relevant disciplines and for those who wish to enter employment in an advanced capacity in industry or the public sector in the field of Bioscience.


This new programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in the field of Biosciences, and we envisage that many of the graduates of this programme will undertake a PhD or enter employment in an advanced capacity in industry or the public sector.
The programme began in the 2010/11 academic year. 70% of students graduating in 2010/11 who wished to study for a PhD obtained a PhD position. First destinations of other graduates of this programme include further study in law, clinical psychology, and employment as a research technician.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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