Develop key skills
The MRes Biological Sciences programme develops the key skills you will need for a research career, and allows you to put these into practice when you develop and conduct your own research project.
We have specialised laboratory facilities available for your research projects. These include a molecular laboratory housing qPCR and DGGE equipment, an insectary with adjoining entomology laboratory, an imaging suite, a dedicated microbiology laboratory and an analytical suite housing GC/MS, HPLC, AAS, UV-Vis, IC as well as a scanning electron microscope and transmission microscope.
Strong industry connections
For those interested in aspects of human biology, we have strong connections with the Royal Derby Hospital and other health care providers. We have excellent connections with local landowners and a number of local field sites where ecologically based projects can be run. In addition, we have a memorandum of understanding with a marine field station in the Maldives, allowing students to conduct reef-based projects.
You will need a good honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in biological sciences or a related discipline. If you have professional experience in biological sciences, you may also be considered as eligible for this course. If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a one page proposal outlining the areas of interest for your potential research project. More details concerning this proposal will be provided when you are invited to interview.
Are you an international student?
You will need an honours degree (typically 2:2 or higher) in biological science or a related discipline. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0. All international students will have a Skype interview.
You will study six research skills modules and one essential skills module during the autumn and spring semesters, you will then conduct an independent research project in the summer semester.
You will develop the key skills used to conduct and communicate research. These 10 credit modules cover topics such as research ethics, scientific writing, research publication and funding research. They will equip you with the skills which will enable you to conduct your own independent research project and will prepare you for future research career opportunities.
Essential Skills for Scientists
As part of the preparation for your independent research project and to develop your knowledge within your chosen area of biological research the essential skills module introduces the relevant key literature, research methods, and analytical methods.
You will develop, design and carry out a research project within your chosen field of interest under the supervision of one of the researchers within the department. This work will be presented in a thesis and defended in a viva voce. You will also be encouraged to write up and submit your research project as a peer-reviewed journal article.
After completing this MRes in Biological Sciences, you’ll be in a greater position to secure a career within the field and put yourself ahead of your peers. This course will provide you with excellent preparation for further study towards a PhD. Other career opportunities include a research associate, analytical consultant, scientific writer, laboratory manager or senior scientific advisor.
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