Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years
£660 per 20 credits* (2018/19)
£13,500 for the full programme (2018/19)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
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:
- Develop you into a confident, independent researcher by teaching you essential research skills
- Enable you to plan, execute, and evaluate your own biological research
- Give you a stand-alone research qualification or bridge the gap between an undergraduate degree and PhD
- Allow you to study full-time or part-time to support your other commitments
- Provide you with the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project within your field of interest and under expert supervision
This course starts in September 2019
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.
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
We offer a range of learning and teaching activities, including face-to-face and online teaching.
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.
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.
2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)
£660 per 20 credits*
£660 per 20 credits*
£13,500 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 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.
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find 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 bursaries
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.
† Additional information about your studies
Start date is September 2019
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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.