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Biosciences (MRes)

Course Description

The Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences is a one-year programme designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that enables individuals who wish to improve their research skills to undertake a research project in the laboratory of an internationally renowned scientist. The programme would be ideal for someone thinking of undertaking a PhD but wishing to learn more about research. It also offers the award of a postgraduate certificate thus maximising accessibility to individuals working in industry or higher education, both at home or abroad.


Course Structure

The programme consists of 2 Stages:

Stage 1 (October – January)

Students complete taught modules totalling 60 credits, which can lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Biosciences. All modules are compulsory.


Research Techniques in Biosciences (20 credits)
Data Handling and Statistics (20 credits)
Key Skills in Research Practice (20 credits)
Stage 2 (February to September)

Students complete a practical project (100 credits).

The overall project structure for the Practical Project in Biosciences is a single piece of work held over 8 months of the MRes programme starting from February and finishing in September. The project will be selected by the student in combination with academic staff in one of the School’s Research Divisions. Students present a poster and give a talk on their research (20 credits).

Visit the Biosciences (MRes) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Veejay Bagga (Neuroscience)

"After graduating with a first class honours degree in neuroscience at Cardiff. I have been working towards my PhD in the School of Biosciences studying the effects of neural transplantation in models of Parkinson's Disease. I am due to finish my Doctorate within the next few months before moving on to study medicine. I believe that what I have learned from the neuroscience course and the research skills I have acquired over the past two years will greatly enhance my future career as a medic."

(Student Profile)

Daire Casey (Biosciences)

"For me, Cardiff was the only choice, as the university is at the cutting edge of research in my chosen area. One of the most enjoyable aspects of postgraduate research is in communicating one's subject to various audiences, for example through regular research group seminars, the annual British Association for the Advancement of Science-sponsored postgraduate conference, the informal student-led research seminar series and by demonstrations in undergraduate practical classes."


Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships. Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well
as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.See our website for full details of how to apply for this scholarship: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The equivalent of a undergraduate degree at level 2:2 (or higher) in a relevant biological, biomedical or bio-molecular science subject.Applications will also be considered from candidates who have a minimum of 5 years relevant commercial experience who only wish to undertake Stage 1 of the Programme (Postgraduate Certificate).

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