Masters | Postgraduate Course - Bioscience MRes Course Details within University of East London

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UK/EU: Full-time 2014/15: £4,000 Part-time 2014/15: £2,000; International Students: Full-time 2014/15: £11,000 Part-time 2014/15: £5,500. Additional Bench Fees of up to £4000 may be applicable to Postgraduate Research programmes within the School of Health and Biosciences – please contact to the School for further details.
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Bioscience MRes

Study Details

MRes Full time, Part time

This programme is aimed at students working towards a career in research.  Two thirds of this programme is spent in the execution of a supervised individual research project within one of the research groups in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience. The remaining third of the programme consists of a research skills module and an optional module which may be selected from a list containing further research skills or subject-related academic modules.

We are offering a part-funded MRes research sponsorship within the School of Health Sport and Bioscience, Subsidised Master of Research (MRes) Sponsorship - Evaluation of probiotics for control of the emerging pathogen Campylobacter concisus. 

Key Facts

  • Good laboratory and library facilities.
  • Be part of an existing research team.
  • Online support available.

Why Choose Us?

Studying for an MRes at UEL you will benefit from:

  • a thriving research environment
  • the opportunity to contribute to existing ongoing research projects
  • excellent laboratory and library facilities
  • dedicated postgraduate research space
  • proximity to other major libraries and resource centres in London.

Module details

The programme consists of two 30-credit taught M-level modules, one of which is a core module and one of which is selected from a range of possible options. The remainder of the programme (120 credits) consists of an independent research project at M level.

The core module is:

  • Essential Research Skills.

Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Cellular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Applications of Bioinformatics
  • Applied Biomedical Immunology
  • Applied Toxicology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology of Disease 1
  • Biology of Disease 2
  • Biomedical Immunology
  • Commercial Biotechnology
  • Creating and analysing qualitative data
  • Designing and implementing survey research
  • Medical Microbiology – Control
  • Medical Microbiology – Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology and Disease
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research to evaluate quality, impact and effectiveness
  • Toxicology.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 with honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the UK, taught in English.

Please note you would usually be expected to have at least a Grade C in English and Maths GCSE. Most programmes also accept Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English.

We also require: 

  • A written statement in support of your application of a maximum of 1,500 words outlining academic and professional background, career objectives and reasons for choosing the MRes Programme.
  • In considering applicants we will look for evidence of a candidate’s ability and background knowledge in relation to the proposed field of study.
  • Two supporting references, one of which is preferably academic.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

On receipt of your application you will be assessed for suitability for entry to the programme and if acceptable will be sent a list of research projects to select from. You will be required to submit a short written justification for your project selection.  All applicants will be interviewed prior to confirming an offer of a place on the programme.

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team is able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study

Programme Assessment

Assessment methods vary across the programme to ensure that you develop and are assessed against the full range of learning outcomes and to enable all students to showcase their skills.

Methods used for assessment across the core areas of the programme include:

◦annotated bibliography with critical appraisal
◦appropriate risk assessment
◦contemporaneous record of research
◦final dissertation or research paper, plus oral defence of the dissertatioj/paper
◦interim written report
◦poster presentation
◦presentation to the journal club
◦professional research proposal.

Assessment methods for the optional modules are extremely variable and include amongst other things

◦case studies
◦data assignments
◦laboratory practical work
◦written examinations.

Student Destinations

This programme is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in scientific research possibly through subsequent PhD study. The skills acquired would, however, equip you for a wide range of careers requiring motivated individuals with good independent and teamworking skill,s and proven ability in the creation, synthesis, analysis and communication of information and/or data.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, we want to help you make the most of your time at UEL and ensure that your course will help lead you to where you want to go. UEL's dedicated Employability and Enterprise Team (EET) is on hand to support you throughout your studies and beyond. Not only should your course help lead you to the job you want, but also the skills and experience you gain along the way can prove invaluable both in starting and developing your career.