Biomedicine MRes

This multi-disciplinary MRes is intended as a bridge between a BSc degree and a career in biomedical research. The programme develops the key academic and transferable skills necessary for potential PhD students.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to introduce students to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. Emphasis is given to providing students with practical and theoretical experience in a wide spectrum of research methodology and critical analysis.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and allows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation. Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

This Biomedicine MRes provides practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated Units with an excellent track record of independent research and critical analysis.

Biomedicine at UCL is one of the largest centres for biomedical research in Europe and has grown enormously over recent years. The programme is taught at the UCL Institute of Child Health, and involves a wide range of UCL units including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetics, Virology, Cancer Biology, Statistics, Neurosciences, and Epidemiology and Reproduction.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), a mini research project (45 credits) and a maxi research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Students undertake two research projects, culminating in one dissertation of 6,000 words (mini project), and one dissertation of 10,000 words and an oral examination (maxi project).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, taught courses, workshops, tutorials, portfolio development, self directed learning, research workshops, specialised research allocation, and laboratory meetings. Assessment is through assignments, online examinations, presentations, portfolio, reflective report, an essay, the mini and maxi research projects, and a viva examination.

Further details available on subject website:


During the programme, additional funding opportunities for further PhD studies may arise on a competitive basis, dependent on student ability.

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

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in medicine, dentistry or veterinary sciences.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme provides a sound basis for subsequent PhD studies, and is particularly suitable for students wanting to proceed to a PhD in the Biosciences and its allied specialities or to pursue a career in research and scientific investigations in industry or in professions allied to medicine.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Imperial College of Science: Biomedicine PhD
  • Roche: Laboratory Assistant
  • Institute of Child Health: Biomedicine PhD
  • University of Oxford: Pharmacology PhD
  • Queen Mary, University of London: Endocrinology PhD
  • Queens University of Belfast: Cancer Research (Medicine) PhD
  • UCL: Medical Research PhD
  • Zhejiang University: Clinical Medicine PhD
  • Inova Biosciences: Laboratory Assistant

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Biotech Research Institute, Research Assistant, 2010
  • Titmerkezi Hospital, Research Assistant, 2010
  • Institute of Cancer Research, Scientific Officer, 2011
  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Paediatrics Registrar, 2011


The Biomedicine MRes is a comprehensive, one-year laboratory research-oriented course designed to train and equip students prior to entering PhD or higher degree training. It allows clinicians to explore biomedical research before deciding whether to embark on a research-based career. It draws on the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The programme is designed to allow students to explore other areas of biomedicine they may not have previously considered.

Next steps


Ms Carole Davies

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2107


Institute of Child Health

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