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MResBiomedical sciences

Research opportunities

The MRes is a research-based Masters degree that offers specialised training in specific areas.

The difference between the MRes and an MSc is that you'll spend more time on a lab-based project, and the final assessment (a thesis) and final award is closer to that for a PhD.

This degree is delivered by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences and offers a vibrant research environment for postgraduate training.

The taught part of your degree will increase your understanding of general scientific skills like statistics, ethics, and effective communication, while also increasing your knowledge in your specific subject through lectures and workshops.

You'll then move on to work on your project in an active research laboratory with a Principal Investigator and, potentially, with post-doctoral fellows and other postgraduate students.

This is an excellent way to find out about what a career in science is really like.

You'll also develop vital technique and project management skills that will prove highly attractive to future employers.

What you'll study

You can study an MRes in the following areas:

  • biochemistry
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • in vivo sciences
  • neuroscience
  • pharmacology

You'll spend around two-thirds of your time undertaking a single laboratory-based research project, supervised by an academic member of staff.

In addition, you'll take taught classes delivered through lectures, workshops and practical labs in three areas:

  • transferable skills training in data mining, interpretation and presentation; experimental planning; personal effectiveness, commercialisation and entrepreneurship
  • advanced-level techniques, learning practical skills appropriate to the specialisation chosen
  • advanced-level topics, gaining an in-depth understanding appropriate to the specialisation chosen

To support the chosen research project, you'll select advanced-level taught courses in your specialisation. 

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.


If you're applying for an MRes degree, simply complete the online application form and indicate you intend to study a 'Masters by Research in Biomedical Sciences', along with your named specialism.

You're not required to submit a detailed research proposal at this stage.

Entry requirements

You should normally have a second-class honours degree in a biology-related subject and English Language proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English.

Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course.

This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends.

We also offer comprehensive English Language presessional and Foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5 Go to our English Language Teaching section for full details.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.


We have a great careers service at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

This MRes is ideally suited for:

  • graduates looking to gain experience in practical laboratory techniques attractive to employers
  • graduates seeking to make the transition from taught material to laboratory research in preparation for future PhD training

Where are they now?

100% of our graduates are in work or further study.**

Recent job titles include:

  • Biology Teacher
  • Laboratory Project Set up Co-ordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Research Technician

Recent employers include:

  • Beatson Institute
  • Boots
  • Quintiles
  • Rasa Life Science
  • University of Nottingham

*Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the National Destination of Leavers Study 2011/12 & 2012/13.

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