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
Modules: Nature of Research Enquiry; Critical Review of Research; Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods; Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Data Analysis; Applied Skills in Qualitative Research Methods; Research Design and Research Project Management; Research Project 1; Research Project 2.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MRes Full Time 1 Year Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a biological science.

English language

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

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Annual full-time tuition fees

Scottish (Home) and RUK: £6,500
International: £17,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

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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 £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.