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About the course

The MRes in Biochemistry and Cell Biology is the first scientific, research-intensive course of its kind in Ireland and aims to recruit highly-motivated, enthusiastic students with an interest in research. With internationally-recognised researchers in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, the MRes combines a 12-month research project with select taught modules to enhance each student’s individual skill set. 

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Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must possess an honours primary degree (minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent) in the biological sciences, medicine or pharmaceutical sciences. Candidates must be approved by the MRes coordinator and programme team, including the Head of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. The number of places is limited and decisions on entry to the programme will be made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in his/her primary degree and interview according to the following criteria: academic qualifications, research experience and focus, scientific understanding, personal statement and strong recommendations from two academic referees.


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Student Profile(s)

Luke Power

I became interested in the field of Omic sciences during a module in my fourth year of my undergraduate, and I searched for opportunities to study this field further. The Master of Research program was the perfect choice as it was 100% lab based from the get-go, rather than a structured classroom taught degree, which allowed me to learn about translatomics and develop my lab skills at the same time. Coupled with the fact that I got to work in a lab full of experts in this area, it helped ease the learning curve involved. The Master of Research programme essentially kickstarted my career in research by giving me a strong foundation in my lab skills, presenting novel data, as well as connecting me to experts in the field of translatomics. The focus of my master’s degree was to utilise a translational biology technique known as ribosome profiling to investigate protein expression in a strain of yeast. I was fortunate enough to get a research position within a company that perform ribosome profiling on customer samples on a daily basis through working in the Lapti lab.

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