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Biomedicine - MRes

Course Description

This multidisciplinary MRes is ideal for recent graduates seeking to embark on a research career in biomedicine. The programme is focused on developing research and laboratory techniques, providing an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Degree information

The programme provides key knowledge, skills and techniques essential for a career in all fields of research in biomedicine, including professions allied to medicine. Practical research constitutes 75% of the programme. Students conduct one 10-week and one 20-week project under supervised conditions within highly-rated research programmes with an excellent track record of cutting-edge, high impact research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. There are no optional modules for this programme.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), a mini research project (45 credits) and a maxi research project (90 credits).

Core modules
-Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
-Research Methodology and Statistics
-Foundations of Biomedical Sciences

Students undertake two research projects, culminating in one dissertation of 6,000 words (mini project), and one dissertation of 12,000 words and an oral examination (maxi project).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, taught modules, workshops, tutorials, portfolio development, self-directed learning, research workshops, specialised research allocation, and laboratory meetings. Assessment is through assignments, online examinations, presentations, portfolio, reflective report, an essay, the mini and maxi research projects, and a viva examination.


The majority of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. First destinations of recent graduates include: Biomedicine PhD, Endocrinology PhD, Laboratory Assistant and Research Assistant.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, Imperial College London
-Laboratory Technician, University College London (UCL)
-Biomedical Researcher, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)
-PhD Biological Sciences, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
-PhD Biomedicine, University College London (UCL)

The Biomedicine MRes is a comprehensive, one-year laboratory research-oriented programme designed to train and equip students prior to entering PhD or higher degree training. It allows clinicians to explore biomedical research before deciding whether to embark on a research-based career. It draws on the wealth of cutting-edge research conducted within UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The programme is designed to allow students to explore other areas of biomedicine they may not have previously considered.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research postgraduate education in children's health. Our research and educational portfolio cover a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to ovulation health sciences, and encourages interdisciplinary work and the development of new areas of investigation.

MRes Biomedicine students have the opportunity to draw on the extensive expertise and knowledge of both ICH and GOSH and benefit from excellent state-of-the-art facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

There is also the option to apply for a combined MRes + PhD four year programme.This option may be of interest for those who are able to obtain 4 years of funding and wish to go on to study for an MPhil/PhD at ICH/GOSH directly after completing the MRes degree.

Visit the Biomedicine - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Granit Uka

"UCL is prestigious university with a history of outstanding research in my field of biomedicine. It is ideally located near other institutes of higher learning in the most vibrant part of London. "

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Shruti Daga

"For me it is fascinating to study and understand the molecular mechanisms involved in a variety of diseases, and being involved with two projects during the programme has helped me gain a wealth of knowledge and professional experience that I know will serve me well in the next phase of my life. "

(Student Profile)

Konstantina Kyriakopoulou

"UCL offered me the chance to attend events and workshops from leading scientists from all over the world. Its multi-cultural environment promotes the development of a genuinely open mind to research and people."


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a life or biomedical science subject, medicine, dentistry or veterinary sciences.

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