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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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 introduces students to academic and key skills essential for all fields of research in Biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. It provides practical research training under supervised conditions in highly rated programmes all with an excellent track record of cutting edge, high impact research. Research constitutes 70% of the course and gives the student an opportunity to conduct a 3-month and a 6-month project.

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 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 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.

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship

£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 (2012)
  • Bio-samples Operations Associate , Roche (2012)
  • Scientific Officer, Institute of Cancer Research (2011)
  • Paediatrics Registrar, Luton and Dunstable Hospital (2011)
  • PhD, UCL School of Pharmacy (2012)


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

Student / staff ratios › 370 staff › 198 taught students › 165 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

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
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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