The MRes Science course provides two key ingredients for early-career researchers: a width of transferable research skills combined with a depth of expertise in your chosen subject.
You will join the day-to-day life of a research group and undertake an original project or study with an experienced supervisor. Along the way you will have sessions focussed on the skills and abilities needed to be an effective researcher.
A list of suggested project titles can be found below, in the 'Structure & Teaching' section.
What will I experience?
You will have the opportunity to focus your research interests on one or two areas of science, allowing you to become an expert in subject knowledge. It also provides the environment to translate your findings into research related outputs such as: preparation of a peer reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation or intellectual property submission.
The course also contains taught elements of the nationally recognised Researcher Development Framework (RDF, vitae.ac.uk). Overall, you will experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision.
What opportunities might it lead to?
The benefits of studying for an MRes include: preparation for doctoral study, having an extended and informed experience of research in a specific domain of expertise, and developing higher transferable skills for research-related careers. Many of our students have gone on to successful PhD positions and higher-grade science and business posts.
You can study as either a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) postgraduate student. You may start in either mid-September or mid-January of any academic year.
The course has two units:
Research Project (120 credits). This is the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the eight Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Science, plus a research paper, funding application, conference poster and research talk.
Research Preparation and Development (60 credits). This includes a wide range of RDF skills, including: personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication, impact, literature review and job application.
During the course you will work with a 1st and 2nd supervisor, who will help you develop your research skills, knowledge and experience. Assessment for each unit is by regularly-spaced coursework items, that build a complete skill set for successful career development.
Both units involve a number of taught sessions, which are selected by the supervisory team and you, from the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision.
The first place to start is to discuss some possible project ideas with any member of research staff in the Faculty of Science. If you know the University already, you may decide to approach a lecturer in the School/Department you are familiar with. If you are unsure about the wide range of research we do here, please have a look at the research pages of the relevant department, noting people and areas of research that interest you.
Once you have a person or project in mind, please talk to them about your plans and possible projects. They can help you put together a one-page research proposal. We recommend that you apply during the final year of your undergraduate degree. However, you can still apply up to the beginning of September and the end of January. You will be invited to a 30 minute interview, to discuss the proposed project and your science career plans. Please allow at least one working month for the various stages of the process to be completed. Following interview, the final decision of the supervisory team is reached and you will be contacted with a letter and welcome pack if successful.
Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.
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