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.

Biosciences Masters study

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, focuses on how to apply cutting-edge innovations in data science, sensor technologies, and applied artificial intelligence to monitor and manage wildlife populations and ecosystems to understand and reverse catastrophic changes in global biodiversity and ecosystems.


This programme will develop the next generation of ecologists and computer scientists better equipped to address critical global environmental challenges. The programme will be taught at the new UCL EAST Campus.


Register your interest in this programme

NEW MSc Citizen Science

Citizen science is a long-established and vital tool for assessing the status of wildlife populations across the world, and providing critical evidence for the health status of ecosystems. In recent years participation of the general public in scientific projects has experienced rapid growth.

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This new MSc, the first of its kind globally, is part of the rapid ongoing professionalisation of this exciting growth field. The programme will be taught at the new UCL EAST Campus.

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Register your interest in this programme

MSc Biodiversity and Global Change

The new MSc Biodiversity and Global Change focuses on the evolutionary and ecological processes that underpin biodiversity. The MSc will provide vocational training for those developing careers in applied conservation, environmental policy, and environmental management.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.



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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