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Full time September MRes, Research Only 1 year full-time

About the course

Take your passion for biological sciences further and develop your knowledge and practical skills in an area of your choice with Southampton’s MRes Advanced Biological Sciences degree.

Introducing your degree

This flexible masters degree in Biological Sciences can be tailored to your particular interests, allowing you to specialise in an area of your choice. You will become a part of Southampton’s biological sciences community which has a leading international reputation for its research across a broad range of biological disciplines. We offer MRes courses with a focus in one of the following research areas:

  • Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystem services
  • Biotechnology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Plant Biology
  • Zoology

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Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) or first class honours degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related subject. A key feature of your first degree studies is that they must demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes (both content and level) that will ensure that you can integrate into our teaching and research experience.

Non-UK applicants will usually have completed 4 years or more in higher education.

Students who have achieved a lower second honours degree will only be admitted onto this masters in advanced biological sciences in exceptional circumstances.


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Student Profile(s)

Jonathan Griffin

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My current research further investigates the mechanisms behind zinc homeostasis in Arabidopsis and barley. Zinc deficiency is estimated to affect around 30% of the world’s population, and this work aims to improve our understanding of how plants regulate their zinc content.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science:

I was confident I was interested in pursuing a career in science; I chose to study for an MRes at Southampton University to help me to develop my laboratory and reporting skills and prepare me for further rigorous postgraduate work.

Aims for the future:

Following this MRes, I aim to study for a PhD and then continue conducting new and interesting research at a postdoctoral level.


Jemma Knight

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I work in Dr Amrit Mudher’s lab, using the fruit fly as a model of Alzheimer’s Disease. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of ageing and tau protein on fly behaviour. Using a simple experimental set up, I can track changes in learning and memory in diseased animals.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science:

Southampton University is a world class institute for research. It has a very strong neuroscience department with lots of different projects going on. This MRes course means that I get to experience life in a top quality research enviornment and be surrounded by leading researchers in their field.

Aims for the future:

I would like to complete a PhD and after pursue a career in scientific communication.


Francisco Drusso Martinez Garcia

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The goal of my project is to use state-of-the-art proteomic techniques to understand how mutations alter protein interactions in the Wnt signalling pathway and its importance in the development of colorectal cancer

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science:

I was looking for a postgraduate degree where I could obtain fine cellular and molecular basis. By having both a taught and a research component, I believe the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences is the right program for it, and that will open me many doors for a career in research

Aims for the future:

Having already a clinical background and now complementing it with a molecular approach, I would like to continue into a PhD in translational medicine focused on cancer research.


Oliver Nicholls

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Accumulations of Tau and α-synuclein are considered to exist separately in different neurodegenerative diseases. The aim of my research is to observe the effects of co-existing accumulations of both tau and α-synuclein proteins in the Drosophila brain. Principally the effects on locomotor function and longevity, with an aim to determine the mechanism by which this interaction may affect the phenotype.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science:

I was looking for a postgraduate degree after I finished my Bachelor’s which would help aid my medicine application and develop my academic ability. The research component of the MRes course allows independence in my study, and the taught component provides a structured learning experience with the opportunity to pick specific modules that are most relevant or interesting.

Aims for the future:

Next year I am going to study medicine at the University of Sheffield.


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