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 recognized 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 on ONE of the following subjects
- Biology of Ageing and Age-related Disease
- Cell Biology
- Computational Biology
- Evolution and Origins of Life (new for 2020-21)
- Integrative Anatomy (new for 2020-21)
- Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
- Structural Biology
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 Prosepctus
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
Note: In your personal statement, please specify the subject stream in which you wish to specialise.
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.
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.
Applications for funding from any of the links below need to be made independently of your application for the MRes.
Selection Module Title Credit Level Minimum Maximum Compulsory BIOS0009 The Scientific Literature 15 A7P* Compulsory BIOS0010 MRes Biosciences Research Skills 15 A7P Compulsory BIOS0011 MRes Biosciences Research Seminars 15 A7P Compulsory BIOS0016 MRes Biosciences Research Project 120 A7P Elective A7P 15 15
*A7P = Post Graduate Level
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