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What makes Biology at Worcester special?

Gain a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area with a challenging combination of taught modules, research training and supervised research.

At Worcester you will benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.

Overview

Overview

Key features

The Programme aims to prepare students:

  • for doctoral level study
  • to engage in a career in biological research in a HE or industrial context
  • to meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions
  • to think for themselves in the development
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry qualifications

Applicants are expected to have a First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. For example experience in a research environment such as private research and development or public research laboratories.

Other information

International applicants will also be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English). Entry qualifications for international students are guided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) advice on international qualifications.

Course content

What will you study?

The MRes in Biology commences with a taught programme. You will be expected to take and pass three taught modules (below) before proceeding to the research stage of your programme which will culminate in the production of a thesis that will be examined by viva.

The School of Science and Environment’s educational and research expertise within Biology extends across Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Parasitology, Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Genetics, Human Genetics and Animal Biology.

Module summary

Processes and skills, management and methods

This module is aimed at providing research students with the generic skills they will need to progress with and to complete their research degree. The module focuses on providing students with the skills to plan and manage their research project, to collect and manage their research data and to structure and write their thesis.

Research methods in Biology

The purpose of this module is to prepare students to gain experience in practical laboratory skills necessary to investigate Biology. Techniques include DNA isolation, gene cloning, DNA sequencing, PCR amplification of DNA, ELISA tests using antibody, pollen identification, computer based analysis such as exploring genomic databases, in silico molecular techniques such as primer design for PCR, recombinant protein expression, purification and analysis by SDS-PAGE and western blotting.

Research thesis preparation

This module prepares students for their specific MRes Research Thesis by the production of a PDP and training needs analysis in consultation with the research supervisor. A programme of student development and outcomes will be agreed during the module.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The MRes in Biology commences with a taught programme. You will be expected to take and pass three taught modules (below) before proceeding to the research stage of your programme which will culminate in the production of a thesis that will be examined by viva.

The School of Science and Environment’s educational and research expertise within Biology extends across Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Parasitology, Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Genetics, Human Genetics and Animal Biology.

Meet the team

Dr Kate Ashbrook     
k.ashbrook@worc.ac.uk    
Impacts of habitat and climate change on ecological systems. Avian population dynamics, behaviour and ecology

Dr Chris Brown
chris.brown@worc.ac.uk
Physiological Ecology of Mammals and Birds. Ostrich Biology

Dr Allain Bueno
a.bueno@worc.ac.uk
Membrane Phospholipids in Health, Disease & Oxidative stress. Obesity, diabetes and inflammation

Dr Ray Camilleri 
r.camilleri@worc.ac.uk 
Molecular biological and biochemical aspects of thrombotic and haemostatic disorders

Dr Amy Cherry 
a.cherry@worc.ac.uk 
Protein structure determination. Cell signalling in cancer

Dr Steven J Coles 
s.coles@worc.ac.uk 
Diagnostic tests and novel chemotherapeutic compounds for cancer

Dr Rob Herbert
r.herbert@worc.ac.uk
Head of Applied Sciences, Plant Cell Biology, Plant Mitotic Cell Cycle, Flowering

Dr Debbie Holmes
d.holmes@worc.ac.uk
Human Genetics, Research Statistics 

Dr Claire Martin 
c.martin@worc.ac.uk 
Controlled release delivery systems for wound management. Formulation and assay development of novel antimicrobial agents       

Dr Susanne Prankel
s.prankel@worc.ac.uk
Animal Welfare and Ethics       

Professor Mahmut Tor
m.tor@worc.ac.uk
Molecular Plant Pathology 

Dr Laurence Trueman
l.trueman@worc.ac.uk
Molecular Biology, Human Nutritional Biochemistry 

Kate Unwin
kate.unwin@worc.ac.uk
Forensic Biology of blood and body fluids. Forensic DNA analysis

Keith Unwin     
k.unwin@worc.ac.uk    
Transfer and persistence of forensic evidence. Interpretation of evidence  

Lorraine Weaver
l.weaver@worc.ac.uk
Plant Field Biology, Biology of Bryophytes 

Dr Mike Wheeler
m.wheeler@worc.ac.uk
Plant Molecular Genetics, Development al Biology 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Generally, MRes graduates will pursue a career either in academia or in industry. The knowledge, training and skills students receive will provide a springboard for vocational careers in the sport and exercise industry and education as well as by going on to PhD study in academia. Emphasis on high level academic attainment and the development of transferable skills will generate job opportunities in aspects of social sciences and other areas of employment.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

How to apply

For more information about the programme, please email research@worc.ac.uk.

All applicants must apply online at least 8 weeks before the start of the Semester (September or January, please contact the Research School for more information).

All applications are passed to the relevant course leader for consideration. If the application has potential, an interview is scheduled by a panel comprising at least two members of academic staff.

 

An offer of a place on the MRes will be made when the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Applicant meets the specified entry requirements.
  • The Institute has the supervisory capacity and expertise to support the research project outlined in the application form.
  • The proposal outlined has the potential to become a viable research project at Masters level.

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