MSc by Dissertation On Campus

Biological Sciences

University of Essex

24 months
19740 GBP/year
5630 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Research in the Biological Sciences programme at the University of Essex covers a wide spectrum of biology from genes to ecosystems, and this broad-based structure.


As a research student in the Biological Sciences programme at the University of Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world-class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible for example using the generous funding from Proficio to attend conferences and training courses.

Specialist facilities

Our School provides a comprehensive range of facilities for modern, multi-disciplinary, biological research which include:

  • a next-generation genome sequencing facility
  • a high-performance computing cluster with 368 CPUs, 5.4 Tb of RAM and 700 Tb of storage for analyses of large biological data sets
  • an advanced bioimaging suite to visualise and process images of biological processes in real time
  • an X-ray Crystallography and Macromolecular Interactions facility for the biophysical characterisation of proteins and other macromolecules
  • aquaria, mesocosms and other facilities for ecology and behaviour studies
  • advanced bioimaging suite to visualise and analyse images of biological processes in real time
  • a range of facilities for cell and microbial culture, and a greenhouse and plant / algal growth rooms
  • fully automated laboratories with robotic liquid handling systems and equipment for cell culture, molecular biology and gene editing

A dedicated study room allows all our postgraduate research students to have access to a desk and a computer outside of the research laboratories. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating reading and writing as well as good communication and a sense of community.

Your future

Many of our postgraduates choose to continue their scientific research by taking up postdoctoral positions at Universities and research institutes in the UK and overseas. Some go on to work in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, while others go on to work with governmental and non-governmental organisations and environmental agencies. 

Programme Structure

Research areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant productivity
  • Ecology
  • Marine and environmental science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree or a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.
  • You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5630 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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