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Biomedicine MRes

This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£11,460 (FT)
£23,020 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: TBC

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The programme provides key knowledge, skills and techniques essential for a career in all fields of research in biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. Practical research constitutes 75% of the course. Students conduct one 10-week and one 20-week project under supervised conditions within highly-rated research programmes with an excellent track record of cutting-edge, high impact research.

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 modules, 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Biomedicine MRes


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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Child Health MSc/MRes Scholarships - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17

£3,000 per year
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£11,250 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17

£10,000 (Duration)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


The majority of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. First destinations of recent graduates include: Biomedicine PhD, Endocrinology PhD, Laboratory Assistant and Research Assistant.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Biomedical Research Assistant, NHS John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Bio-samples Operations Associate , Roche
  • Scientific Officer, Institute of Cancer Research
  • Paediatrics Registrar, Luton and Dunstable Hospital
  • PhD student, UCL School of Pharmacy


The Biomedicine MRes is a comprehensive, one-year laboratory research-oriented programme 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research postgraduate education in children's health.

Our research and educational portfolio cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to ovulation health sciences, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the development of new areas of investigation.

MRes Biomedicine students have the opportunity to draw on the extensive expertise and knowledge of both ICH and GOSH and benefit from excellent state-of-the-art facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

Student / staff ratios › 427 staff including 169 postdocs › 209 taught students › 168 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL is prestigious university with a history of outstanding research in my field of biomedicine. It is ideally located near other institutes of higher learning in the most vibrant part of London. "

Granit Uka

Biomedicine MRes
Alumni review

"For me it is fascinating to study and understand the molecular mechanisms involved in a variety of diseases, and being involved with two projects during the programme has helped me gain a wealth of knowledge and professional experience that I know will serve me well in the next phase of my life. "

Shruti Daga

Biomedicine MRes (2012)
Alumni review

"UCL offered me the chance to attend events and workshops from leading scientists from all over the world. Its multi-cultural environment promotes the development of a genuinely open mind to research and people."

Konstantina Kyriakopoulou

Biomedicine MRes (2010)

Application and next steps


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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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