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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).

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£13,285 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

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

  • The Scientific Literature
  • Seminar Series
  • Research Skills

Options

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

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.

Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Neuroscience Departmental Scholarship

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective students of the MSc in Neuroscience.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc Genetics of Human Disease - UGI Masters Excellence Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
For prospective overseas students applying for the MSc in the Genetics of Human Disease.

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

MSc in Pharmacogenetics & Stratified Medicine - UGI Masters Prize Scholarships

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
These are available to the outstanding overseas students who are offered a place on the course but are experiencing financial hardship

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Application and next steps

Applications

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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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