UCL Division of Biosciences


MRes in Biosciences

We are in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Biosciences research.

UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.

The MRes in Biosciences will provide the opportunity to undertake a major research project and gain in-depth knowledge in the selected subject and to develop the generic skills required for the written and verbal communication of science. 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.

Graduating in ONE of the following subjects

The Division includes the Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB), Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (NPP), Genetics, Evolution & Environment (GEE) and Structural & Molecular Biology (SMB) and hosts the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, the UCL Genetics Institute and the Institute for Healthy Ageing. Visit the departmental websites for further information.

Degree Programme

The course is only available full-time and lasts one year. The programme consists of three components adding to the total of 180 credits required for completion of a Masters degree.

1. An extended research project module (120 credits)

Students undertake a laboratory-based research project in the specialized subject stream in which they wish to graduate.

The project will be supervised individually and enable the student to gain hands on experience in original research. The project will be assessed by an oral presentation, submission of a dissertation and subject to oral examination.

2. One taught subject-based module (15 credits)

Students will take a taught module selected from a range of modules within UCL approved for the subject stream. The module will provide tuition in the academic basis of the selected subject and teaching will be research led.

3. Three skills-based taught modules - core for all students


a. Biosciences Research Skills (15 credits)

This course will provide the basic skills for planning research and the written, verbal and visual communication of science

To be assessed by assignments and coursework


b. The Scientific Literature (15 credits)

This course will provide the skills required for the acquisition and critical analysis of information from primary scientific literature in the biosciences and presenting a critical review in oral and written form

To be assessed by assignments and coursework


c. Biosciences Seminar Series (15 credits)

Biosciences Seminar Series: This course will provide experience of the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of Bioscience research and the skills to write a literature review and to communicate specialized scientific research to a non-expert.

To be assessed by coursework

Information for Applicants

Programme information in the UCL Online Prospectus

Entrance Requirements


In general we require a minimum of an upper second-class degree in a scientific or medical discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

How to apply

Apply Online

Note: In your personal statement, please specify the subject stream in which you wish to specialise.

English Language

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

English Language Requirement

International Students

The International Office is a centre of expertise and advice for overseas students, who are welcome to seek help or guidance in many areas such as visas, immigration, housing, finance, English Language, tuition and fees.

Funding Opportunities 

Applications for funding from any of the links below need to be made independently of your application for the MRes.

CompulsoryBIOS0009The Scientific Literature15A7P*  
CompulsoryBIOS0010MRes Biosciences Research Skills15A7P  
CompulsoryBIOS0011MRes Biosciences Research Seminars15A7P  
CompulsoryBIOS0016MRes Biosciences Research Project120A7P  
Elective   A7P1515

*A7P = Post Graduate Level

Contact Us

Programme Tutor

Professor David Murrell

Email: d.murrell@ucl.ac.uk


Jenni Todd

Email: j.todd@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 20 3108 4057

You are also welcome to contact the individual stream tutors. Please see the subject pages above for their contact details.