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MResPharmaceutical 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:

  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Drug Discovery
  • Toxicology







Fees & funding

Fees

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Here are our fees for 2017/18:

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,195 (full-time)

Rest of UK

  • £4,195 (full-time)

International students

  • £18,000 (full-time)

Funding

If you can't find what you're looking for, try our scholarship search instead.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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.

MRes

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 Pharmaceutical Sciences', along with your named specialism.

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

Entry requirements

2:1 UK Honours degree or overseas equivalent.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

International applicants

If you're applying as an international student, you'll need to provide:

  • proof of IELTS English language proficiency - score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5 - if English isn't your first language
  • a scanned copy of your passport
  • a copy of your funding letter, if available

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

We ask that you highlight a potential supervisor in your application but the institute will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.

Please identify the area you would like to work in e.g. biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmaceutical sciences, etc.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration.

If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they cannot supervise then it's passed along to another for consideration.

If they can supervise you then the supervisor will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept, you'll be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

If you're applying internationally, we'll need you to provide an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

To get a certificate, you'll need to create a Research Statement which must define the nature of your research very exactly.

This will be agreed between you and your supervisor. Your supervisor will then add this statement to your online application and once you've completed all conditions of your offer, a CAS number will be issued.

You then must submit your application to ATAS.

When you have your approval from ATAS, using your CAS number you can then apply for your visa. As soon as you have your visa we'll send you your registration documents.

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.

Careers

We have a great careers service here 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

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