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MRes in Molecular Bioscience

Course Description

This programme provides a thorough understanding of key approaches for studying biological processes at the molecular level. It takes advantage of XJTLU’s advanced English-language capabilities, distinctive international features, and state-of-the-art research facilities. It covers biotechnology-related topics such as molecular biology, protein biochemistry and drug discovery, as well as post-genomic biology (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioimaging), and bioinformatics (the acquisition and statistical analysis of large-scale biodata).

It also places a major emphasis on providing project management skills. After completing taught modules you will on an in-depth research project and a specialised dissertation. Customised individual learning plans are designed for you in keeping with your backgrounds and career aspirations. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of an MRes degree from the University of Liverpool.

Our department has internationally respected investigators in the field of molecular bioscience research and excellent teaching and laboratory infrastructure. You will have the opportunity to carry out world-class research in a dynamic, transnational environment.

What are benefits of the programme?

Taught by international academic staff who are experts in molecular bioscience
• Provides a range of critical interdisciplinary research skills
• Offers an internationally recognised qualification from a globally respected university
• Excellent preparation for PhD programmes in high quality international and Chinese universities
• Helps you develop key employable skills such as data analysis, report writing, team-building and networking, and project management
• Relates to careers in a wide range of bioindustries including biotechnology, bioengineering, bioagriculture, biomanufacturing and pharmaceuticals
• Close to many biotechnology companies in BioBay and the prestigious Cold Spring Harbour Asia Centre

What are my career prospects?

The programme prepares graduates for advanced research in both international and Chinese university settings, as well as in the bioindustrial sector such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.


• Research Methods I - Biotechnology
• Research Methods II - Post-genomic Biology
• Research Methods III - Bioinformatics
• Project Management
• Research Project I
• Dissertation

Visit the MRes in Molecular Bioscience page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Guiyi Li

2369.jpg My parents and I had heard about this school from our friends even before I graduated from my senior high. We thought that though this university is quite young, the teachers there are experienced. Also, the British teaching and learning style is quite different from what we had experienced in our high school, which can encourage students to study by their own instead of relying on others. Therefore, we believed that it’s a great opportunity to improve my ability in this international university located in China.
I began to be interested in biology since I was very young, which was the first reason that made me choose this major. Then my seniors told me that our teachers in the Department of Biological Sciences are all experienced and friendly who are willing to help students with their problems. Additionally, both teaching and research lab in our department are well-equiped, and we have opportunity to get access to the professional research in our Y3 and Y4.
I think, the first thing that makes our school different is its British teaching and learning style in which students are willing to study, not forced to study. In this style, lecturers are more like advisors instead of arranging everything well for students. Secondly, students in our school are treated as young adults but not children, so we have many chances to take initiative and the faculty does its best to support us. Thirdly, our lecturers and tutors are like our friends who can help us with our problems no matter in study or life. On campus there are many clubs you can join to spend your free time like Orchestra and Harmony club and it was a great opportunity for me to learn new things and make friends!
One highlight of my life in XJTLU is that I really learned a lot in my academic life. Our university provided many opportunities to get us involved in professional research such as SURF and FYP. All the skills I learned from these projects will be really helpful for my future study."
Guiyi Li, Alumni, Biological Sciences

(Student Profile)

Bingyu Li

2856.jpg “Biological science is like a magic box full of amazing secrets to be discovered. It takes determination, top facilities and support from quality academic staff. It’s fascinating to learn advanced technologies and gain knowledge with international staff and researchers. This experience is the perfect step for my future career in this field.”


Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a life science-related discipline.

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