MRes Biological Sciences

The MRes will provide a comprehensive training in laboratory and research skills, to ensure you are prepared to work independently during your research projects and thereafter.

The course draws on expertise across the University and offers a balance of theoretical and practical studies with two research projects in key thematic areas of research which align with University’s research strategy. You will  have the option to study for a broad Biological Sciences MRes or choose to specialise in a specific research theme, which may include (but not limited to) Microbiology, (Neuro)Pharmacology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Food Science.

Graduate opportunities

The course will provide you with research skills to a level appropriate to undertake a PhD or pursue a career in research in the public or private sector. Options exist to diversify the current graduate skill set in quantitative research and by training in qualitative research methods. The MRes can be studied independently, or as part of a 1 + 3 structure leading to the award of PhD.

A range of diverse career pathways include:

• Academic research careers, including PhD study and postdoctoral research leading towards Principal Investigator status
• Further or higher education lecturing
• Industrial research in the pharmacological or biotechnology sectors
• Medical science writing and systematic reviewing
The following taught modules (15 credits each) may be accessed to a total of 60 credits, with a balance of three modules in trimester A, and one in trimester B:

Nature of Research Enquiry (trimester A)Critical Review of Research (trimester A)Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (trimester A)Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (trimester A)Applied Skills in Qualitative Research(trimester B)Quantitative Data Analysis (trimester B)Research Design and Research Project Management (trimester B)

Plus:Laboratory skills training (pass/fail)(trimester A)

Project (1): Preparation, laboratory research, report, poster presentation (60 credits) (trimester B; non-standard dates)

Project (2) or placement: Preparation, laboratory research, report, viva voce examination on both projects (60 credits) (trimester C; non-standard dates).

Study Options

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MRes
Full Time
1 Year
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MRes Full Time 1 Year 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Typical entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 BSc (Hons) or international equivalent in a biological science

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

Start of term 2020

We understand that you may be wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your University start in September. Please be assured that our priority remains your experience. We are working to make the adjustments needed to ensure the best possible start for you.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,500
RUK: £6,500
EU: £6,500
International: £17,500

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the course uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our course is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.