Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£660 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MRes

Start date

See below †

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Our MRes Biological Sciences will help you to develop the key skills you will need for a research career, and allow you to put these into practice when you develop and conduct your own research project. Studying a masters degree in Biological Sciences at Derby will:

‌This course starts in September 2019

Specialised facilities

We have specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include a molecular laboratory housing qPCR and DGGE equipment, an imaging suite, human cell culture facility, a dedicated microbiology laboratory, and an analytical suite housing GC/MS, HPLC, AAS, UV-Vis, IC as well as a scanning electron microscope and transmission microscope. 

Strong industry connections

We have strong connections with the Royal Derby Hospital and other health care providers. 

Experienced teaching team

Our staff expertise covers a diverse range of subjects and we have previously offered research projects in the following areas: human lifestyle and socio-economic drivers of disease risk, virology, microbiology and cancer research. Research systems at the larger spatial scale include investigating human lifestyle and socio-economic drivers of disease risk. 

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Research Skills - You will develop the key skills used to conduct and communicate research. Topics covered include research ethics, scientific writing, research publication, and funding research
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Statistics - You will learn about the appropriate statistical tests for analysing different types of data
  • Negotiated Module in Science - You will increase your knowledge of your chosen area of human health research
  • Independent Research - A key component of the MRes will be the development, design and initiation of a research project within your chosen field of interest under the supervision of one of the researchers within the department. You will also be encouraged to write up and submit your research project as a peer-reviewed journal article

How you will learn

We offer a range of learning and teaching activities, including face-to-face and online teaching.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods allowing you to show your individual strengths and abilities. These include essays, portfolios, a dissertation, blogs, presentations, and a viva voce.

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (typically 2:1 or higher, 2:2 will be considered) in biology, human biology, biomedical health or a related subject. If you have professional experience in human health, you may also be considered as eligible for this course.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a one page proposal outlining the areas of interest for your potential research project. More details concerning this proposal will be provided when you are invited to interview.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£660 per 20 credits*

£660 per 20 credits*

International

£13,500 for the full programme

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Find out about funding your studiesFind out about funding your studies

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Find out about the Alumni discountFind out about the Alumni discount

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

Find out about scholarships and bursariesFind out about scholarships and bursaries

How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Careers

After completing our MRes in Biological Sciences, you’ll be in a stronger position to secure a career within your field of interest. Career opportunities that may be available to you upon completion of this course are: research associate, analytical consultant, scientific writer, laboratory manager, or scientific advisor.

Should you wish to continue your learning experience beyond masters level, our course will prepare you for further study towards a PhD.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Gillian Carleton-Boylan (Programme Leader) g.carleton-boylan@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591719
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

Start date is September 2019

Download programme specification

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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