UCL Division of Biosciences


Our Masters Programmes

The UCL Division of Biosciences is one of the largest and most active research environments for basic biological and biomedical research in the UK.

Research interests span the scales from molecules to organisms, including humans. We have particular Research strengths in structural and molecular biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology, cell biology, development and neuroscience.

This research activity is an ideal environment in which to undertake a Masters level degree and with over 400 PhD and Masters students registered in Biosciences, a lively and exciting experience is ensured.

MSc Programmes 

NEW MSc Ecology and Data Science

This new MSc, the first of its kind globally, provides students with the interdisciplinary skills, theoretical and practical expertise needed to apply cutting-edge innovations in data science, citizen science, sensor technologies, and applied artificial intelligence to monitor and manage ecosystems and wildlife populations to understand and reverse catastrophic changes in global biodiversity.


This interdisciplinary programme will develop the next generation of professionals better equipped to address critical global environmental challenges across society. The programme will be taught at the new UCL EAST Campus.


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NEW MSc Citizen Science

The MSc in Citizen Science will enable a new generation of socially engaged scholars and practitioners to meet the needs of industry, government and public sectors which are seeing a rapid growth of the interest and participation of the general public in collecting and processing data to answer critical environmental questions. 


This new MSc, the first of its kind in the world, provides students with theoretical and practical experience in creating and managing citizen science projects across a range of disciplines from astronomy to zoology. The programme will be taught at the new UCL EAST Campus.


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MSc Biodiversity and Global Change

The MSc Biodiversity and Global Change provides training for those interested in careers in applied conservation, environmental policy and environmental management. The course provides teaching on the application of biodiversity science, on the evolutionary and ecological processes that underpin biodiversity, and on key computational techniques used in conservation. Students also get the opportunity to conduct their own research project, under the supervision of leading academics at UCL, the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society of London.

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In 2021, students were able to visit the famous Blakeney Point facility in Norfolk, one of England's oldest nature reserves. UCL has been running field trips to Blakeney Point for over a century. Students arrive by boat in small groups and are often the only people staying on the Point at one time. During their stay, students learn about the habitat and wildlife of Blakeney and design their own field sampling protocol.

students on a field trip to Blakeney Point

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MSc Biomedical Sciences

This programme provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in biomedical sciences and research training that will enhance students' ability to be competitive in the biomedical employment field, continue their learning if already in employment and/or develop a research career in this field. 

Our biomedical research ranges across structural and molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, physiology, pharmacology and the neurosciences. This breadth provides the perfect opportunity for students in the biomedical sciences to select taught modules and research opportunities that allow them to tailor their programme content to their specific interests.

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MSc Genetics of Human Disease

This programme aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of molecular genetics, quantitative and statistical genetics and human disease and how this can be applied to improve healthcare through the development and application of diagnostic tests and therapeutic agents. Core modules provide broad coverage of the genetics of disease, research skills and social aspects, whilst specialised streams allow more in-depth analysis in areas of genetics.

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Neuroscience MSc

This programme provides experience and participation in cutting-edge neuroscience, delivered by internationally recognised researchers.

We have one of the largest, most dynamic and exceptional Neuroscience communities in the world. This programme generates several transferable skills, notably advanced laboratory research methods, data analysis, computer literacy, oral presentation, critical appraisal of specialised literature, and time management.

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MRes Programmes   

MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation

Biodiversity is vital for providing food, fuel, clean water and other ecosystem services that our wellbeing depends upon. However, factors such as habitat loss and climate change are resulting in widespread extinction. Basic scientific research on the evolutionary and ecological processes that produced our present biodiversity, and applied research on how to preserve this biodiversity in the future are crucial for preventing further losses.

This research-led programme is run in collaboration with the Institute of Zoology and the Natural History Museum, providing a rigorous training and unparalleled opportunities across the full breadth of pure and applied research in evolutionary, ecological, and conservation science.

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MRes in Biosciences

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 MRes in Biosciences provides the opportunity to undertake a major research project and gain in depth knowledge in the selected subject and 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.

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What qualifications do I need to register for a Masters Programme?

To register for a Masters programme within UCL Biosciences you will require one of the following:

Are there any Scholarships available?

There are a number of scholarships awarded through the College - please see the scholarship website and follow the instructions there. Choose the gradute taught option

Please also check the relevant programme page for specific funding available for your chosen course.

I have independent funding - what can I do?

As long as you meet the minimum entry requirements, you are welcome to apply online and tick 'self-funding' in the funding section of the form:

Please complete an application form

I am an overseas applicant, will my proficiency in English be tested?

If English is not your first language we will require evidence of proficiency in English. Full details about UCL's English Language Requirement.

If you are required to take an English test you need to pass it at the "Good" level.

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