Have you enjoyed undertaking research during your degree? Are you thinking about doctoral (PhD) study or a career in a STEM business, industry or academia? If so, our postgraduate Master’s in Research (MRes) course will be a great start for you.

Its aim is to provide two key ingredients for early-career researchers – transferable research skills and expertise in your chosen subject. You’ll undertake an original project with experienced supervisors, and join the day-to-day life of a research group.

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective researcher, and prepare a publication-quality manuscript, grant application and conference presentation.

You can start this course in October or February (full time only in February).

When you graduate, you’ll do so with one of the following degrees, depending on what you choose to focus on:

  • MRes Science (Pharmacy Practice)
  • MRes Science (Molecular Mechanism of Disease)
  • MRes Science (Neurosciences)
  • MRes Science (Drug Delivery)
  • MRes Science (Physical Geography)
  • MRes Science (Environmental Management)
  • MRes Science (Human Geography)
  • MRes Science (Biological Sciences)
  • MRes Science (Marine Sciences)
  • MRes Science (Biochemistry)
  • MRes Science (Microbiology)
  • MRes Science (Extreme Environments)
  • MRes Science (Organisational and Occupational Performance)
  • MRes Science (Human Performance)
  • MRes Science (Physical Activity, Health and Rehabilitation)
  • MRes Science (Psychology)
  • MRes Science (Global Health)
  • MRes Science (Health and Social Care)
  • MRes Science (Oral and Dental Health Sciences)
  • MRes Science (Palaeontology)
  • MRes Science (Geoscience)
  • MRes Science (Applied Geoscience)
  • MRes Science (Environmental Science)
  • MRES Science (Ophthalmology and Vision Science)
  • MRes Science

Study Details:

MRes 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules:

  • Research Project module
  • Research Preparation module

Programme Funding

If you meet our criteria, you could get a £3000 tuition fees discount – visit website for details


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Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A 2:1 or first class honours degree in a relevant subject. If, instead, you have two or more years experience in a STEM job already, you are also eligible to apply. Please check the course details online for information about subject specialisms that can be supported.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Selection process

  • After considering the projects listed above (in the Research Projects section), please contact the named supervisor in the first instance to discuss an MRes research project with them.
  • You will be asked to write a short research proposal upon receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be subject to interview.

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