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Unlike traditional MSc courses, the University of East London's MRes in Bioscience is designed specifically to provide you with the best opportunity to develop and demonstrate key skills for a career in research.

A third of the course consists of a Research Skills module and an optional module that you will choose from a long list, which will either develop your research skills further or offer specialisation in a particular element of bioscience.

The remaining two-thirds of the course is dedicated to the completion of an individual research project within one of the highly respected research groups in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

You will be supervised throughout your project by a highly qualified and experienced director of studies. To complete your MRes you will need to make an oral defence of your submitted project to examiners.

We also offer an intermediate qualification of a PG Certificate.

What makes this course different

Top UK modern university for Research quality

Top UK modern university for Research quality

Bioscience made a major contribution to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It deems us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country. *( Biological Sciences, CUG, 2018)

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Strong employability prospects

This course will provide you with an excellent grounding if you are seeking a career in the increasingly competitive research environment


Research focused

This uniquely flexible course offers you the opportunity to tailor your studies to the requirements of your future career. It is designed to give you the opportunity to develop key research skills focused on Bioscience and related research.


The groundwork for your project/dissertation will be laid by the taught Research Skills module, which includes generic techniques of data analysis and presentation, literature searching and a study of statistics.

When it comes to deciding on your area of speciality within the optional modules, you have a huge choice. We offer a mixture of topics, many of which are designed to enhance your research skills.

You can cover specific research techniques such as Designing and Implementing Survey Research, or you may choose to follow areas of specific interest within the bioscience field such as toxicology, medical microbiology and bioinformatics.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to complete the Essential Research Skills module and an optional module. The course as a whole will equip you with the knowledge and skills to carry our independent research effectively.

You will also learn about the standards and requirements research entails, and how to maximise its impact and effectiveness.

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.




You will work in our newly refurbished laboratories and become familiar with a range of equipment that you will encounter in your later career.

The course culminates in an individual research project that will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your individual skills and abilities.

UEL will provide you with the best possible setting for your studies. Bioscience contributed to the outstanding results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 86 percent of our research submission was rated either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

It means you will be spending a major part of your time as part of an existing research team that has already made a name for itself in the international field.

As an MRes student you will have two to three supervisors, who together have an impressive range of academic and professional experience. One of these will be your director of studies, who is responsible for supervising your work on a regular and frequent basis.

You will be allocated your supervisory team as soon as you enrol. Members of our academic team with relevant research experience will guide and support you throughout the course.

One member of the team will be allocated as your personal tutor, whom you'll be able to consult for pastoral as well as academic advice. Throughout your course there will be group meetings and opportunities to share experience with your peers and academic staff.


We use a variety of assessment methods, including an annotated bibliography with critical appraisal, a professional research proposal, written reports, presentations and a final dissertation or research paper.


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The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

Research proposal

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MRes course.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it's a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research, and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.


This MRes course will provide you with excellent training for a career in the increasingly competitive environment of scientific research.

The flexible course, set in a rich research environment, will give you a real edge as you seek to further your studies through an MPhil or a PhD.

The skills you acquire will also equip you for a wide range of careers - any career, in fact, that requires motivated individuals with good independent and team-working skills and proven ability in the creation, synthesis, analysis and communication of information and/or data.

The design of the course has been informed by the Researcher Development Framework and our aim is to support you as you acquire the knowledge and techniques to carry out research.

That knowledge will cover the standards and requirements to conduct a piece of independent research, employing best research practice.

You will also become familiar and comfortable with the process of working with others to ensure your research has a wider impact.

Your future work will benefit from the enhanced critical judgement that you will develop as a result of studying in this environment.

You will also be fully conversant with carrying out effective and critical reviews of literature in a specialised field of research.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.