• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

Overview

In the Science course at University of Portsmouth you will join the day-to-day life of a research group and undertake an original project or study with an experienced supervisor. Along the way you will have sessions focussed on the skills and abilities needed to be an effective researcher.

A list of suggested project titles can be found below, in the 'Structure & Teaching' section.

What you will experience?

You will have the opportunity to focus your research interests on one or two areas of science, allowing you to become an expert in subject knowledge. It also provides the environment to translate your findings into research related outputs such as: preparation of a peer reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation or intellectual property submission.

The course also contains taught elements of the nationally recognised Researcher Development Framework (RDF, vitae.ac.uk). Overall, you will experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision.

Career

Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.

Programme Structure

You can study as either a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) postgraduate student. You may start in either mid-September or mid-January of any academic year. The course has two units:

  • Research Project. This is the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the eight Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Science, plus a research paper, funding application, conference poster and research talk.
  • Research Preparation and Development. This includes a wide range of RDF skills, including: personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication, impact, literature review and job application.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications are accepted all year round, but it's recommended to apply 2–3 months before your chosen start date.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      1 year full time (start September or January) or 2 years part time (start September)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:1 or first class honours degree in a relevant subject. Please check the course details online for information about subject specialisms that can be supported. You will be asked to write a short research proposal upon receipt of your application. Applicants may be subject to interview.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man 

  • Part time: £2,170 in year 1 and £4,330 in year 2

International students 

  • Part time: £4,400 in year 1 and £8,800 in year 2

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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