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MSc in Biological Sciences Research

MSc in Biological Sciences Research

The Research Project

This is a one-year Masters by research programme beginning in September every year. 

Students with a good first degree in Biochemistry, Biology or related disciplines are offered the opportunity to develop their research skills (producing and critically evaluating novel data, use of advanced bioinformatics tools and presentation skills).

Our Research

Our research is formed of three research centres: Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Plant Molecular Sciences (PMS), and Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (EEB).

Students accepted on the program will be trained and supervised by one of our Academic researchers on a single research project (usually selected by the student). Students will have hands on experience and will be trained in a wide range of advanced research methods.

This supervised project runs for approximately eight months and offers students the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with a leading scientist in their chosen scientific subject
  • Develop practical research skills in the lab or field at the highest level
  • Become independent researchers,
  • Learn to generate and critically analyse novel scientific data and
  • Obtain experience working as part of a research team

Teaching and Learning Objectives

Although this is a research degree, a complementary and inventive taught component will provide training in transferable skills and will be delivered throughout the first two terms. As part of this, there is a requirement to complete coursework, prepare and present your research to a School audience by means of a poster, as well as a 20 minute oral presentation in the summer term.

All elements of the programme must be passed in order to be able to submit the final project report for assessment in the summer.

Students receive regular, scheduled, feedback on their performance in taught modules, their project plan, literature review/draft introduction (autumn term), draft materials and methods write up (spring term), preparatory oral presentation (spring term); assessed oral presentation (summer term); and draft project write up (summer term).


As with most research degrees, the final write up will be assessed internally and externally at the end of the summer with the final award of a Masters by research degree in the following autumn term.

To find out more contact the Programme Director, Dr Paul Devlin.


Tel: 01784 274698

Choosing and Applying for a Research Project

Before applying you will need to peruse and identify up to four projects from the project links (listed by research centre) below. Once you have identified your area of interest, you should contact the potential supervisors via email to discuss details of the projects. 

When you have made contact and chosen the projects you are interested in, please apply here. 

How to apply

List your chosen projects in the 'Supporting Statements' area of the online application. Enter the titles of up to four projects in the 'enter details' option of the Research Proposal section of this tab. There is no need to upload a research proposal.

Please note we are unable to consider your application if a supervisor has not been specified.

We would be grateful when uploading your supporting documents that you also include a current CV.

Applications should be made online before 25 July.

The prospectus can be viewed online.

Advice for international applicants on How to apply for a UK study visa.


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