Biosciences MRes


This degree allows you 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. The degree title will reflect your chosen speciality; e.g. MRes Biosciences (Biochemistry).


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,900
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 July 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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 core modules are assessed by assignments and coursework, whereas the option module will have an exam element. 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:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

These awards are based on academic merit and/or financial need.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

This Scholarship is specifically design for those students who are experiencing financial hardship.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Based on financial need

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by 31 July 2014. After this date, applications will still be considered subject to availability of places; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible.

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.


Career

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.
Approximately 70% of students graduates obtained a funded PhD position, either at UCL or elsewhere.

Employability

The flexibility and responsivness of the MRes Biosciences programme provides training in many areas of cutting-edge scientific research. This boosts our students into prime academic and industrial careers. Most of our students go into further study in PhD positions at leading Universities but others in the past have used the generic training from the course to enter into medical publishing and commercial science laboratories, for example.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Jenni Todd

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4057

Department

Division of Biosciences

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