MRes Biomedical sciences

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Research opportunities

The MRes is a research-based Masters degree that offers specialised training in specific areas. It differs from an MSc in that you'll spend more time on a lab-based project, and the final assessment (a thesis) and final award are 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 such as statistics, ethics and effective communication, while also developing your knowledge in your specific subject through lectures and workshops.

Following the taught elements, you'll 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.

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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. 

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The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

Our research

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences is a major research centre in Scotland and is amongst the UK's top Schools of Pharmacy. We're located in a new building with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.


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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Find out about funding opportunities through our scholarship search.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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Additional costs
  • lab coats and safety goggles approx £25
  • cost of binding two copies of thesis and a CD copy £25 per each thesis

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

International students

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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 PgCert RPD programme.


The University Careers Service 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

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Download our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.


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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. This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course.

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.

Start date: Sep 2021

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Contact us

Dr Martin Wiese

Course Coordinator

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2678


Grace Tedman

MRes Secretary

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4689