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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

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.


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.


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.

Visit the Biological Sciences (MRes) page on the University of Derby website for more details!




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