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Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
Tuition fee £13,750 per year
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This qualification combines taught elements that focus primarily on how to undertake excellent research. This includes general research skills (project planning, statistics, field & lab techniques) as well as skills specific to your research project. Alongside this training, you will undertake higher level research with a leading expert in the institute.

With over 200 members of staff you have a lot of flexibility in the area of research that you would like to study. This breadth of research and expertise in the institute means that you can undertake research in any one of the many areas of specialisation including, zoology, plant breeding, microbiology, bioinformatics, animal science, equine or marine life & ecology.

Every step of our research is carried out with the indispensable help of postgraduate students. No matter which area of Biology you specialise in, you will be working alongside some of the world’s biggest names in their respective fields.

Students on the MRes will be uniquely placed for a bioscience research career in the public or private sector. The course makes an ideal stepping-stone for those considering PhD research and an opportunity to explore your interest in the biosciences in depth.

This innovative course provides high quality, interdisciplinary research training providing you with the skills needed to embark on your individual Research Dissertation. The key feature here is that you are able to explore an area of Bio Science that fascinates you with the personalised support of a supervisor. This makes the course flexible to your interests, adaptable and focused, specialising in a given area.

Programme structure

The modules included in the programme are designed to provide a fundamental basis for understanding and contributing meaningfully to biological science research. This knowledge will then be developed and you will be further intellectually challenged by its application to modern technology and research within your own area of specialism – dependent on your choice of research project. Key skills, particularly those of communication, research, IT and problem solving, will be developed through formative (e.g. discussion with and feedback from your research supervisor) as well as assessed coursework programmes which will be accompanied by detailed feedback on performance.

Career opportunities

This course suits students with an undergraduate degree in any bioscience field and are looking to develop their knowledge and research skills linked with the institute of biological, environmental and rural science at Aberystwyth. It may be suitable to students that do not want to complete a full PhD but that would like to develop their research skills first. It is also suitable for students that would like to combine research with a taught element of a postgraduate taught course.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States