This MRes is designed for students with a passion for the diversity of life on earth, and who wish to be trained in cutting-edge biological research.
New technologies such as next-generation DNA sequencing are revolutionising biology. There are also huge amounts of biodiversity data to be collated and meta-analysed to respond to urgent research needs in a world of rapid global changes.
This course will offer an intensive one-year full-time programme designed to provide you with postgraduate-level training in research skills.
Uniquely, it will start with seven-week intensive training modules in the latest developments of informatics and genomics for whole-organism research.
The course will include:
The elements and components to be assessed will be weighted as follows:
The research project therefore attracts a total of 75% of the overall mark for the degree.
The best 36-week research project will receive a £1,000 prize from Illumina.
This is followed by a single nine-month research project in the Division of Ecology and Evolution, which may be jointly hosted by one of our peer-institutes such as the:
Project opportunities include genetics, conservation, tropical and environmental biology; they will either be purely analytical or have strong field and/or laboratory components.
It will also provide you with a solid grounding in a range of professional and transferable skills and the opportunity to make a more informed decision on the area of research and specific PhD project you wish to pursue in the future.
It will be ideal training for those who wish to pursue a career in academic, government or non-governmental organisations engaged in research into biodiversity.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The course is open to students with a broad range of biological degrees including biology, zoology, plant sciences, microbiology, and environmental sciences, as well as bioinformatics, mathematics or physical sciences. Some bursaries and prizes may be available.
Candidates will normally be expected to hold a good first degree in a science subject (at least an upper second class honours - 2:1 - degree) from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification.
If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find the guidelines within our Country Index helpful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum. Our requirement is usually higher.
Tuition fees (2015–2016):