12 months
16800 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Biosciences MRes degree offered at Aberystwyth University makes an ideal stepping-stone for those considering PhD or company-based research and provides an opportunity for you to explore your interest in the biosciences in depth while showing a commitment to a research-focused career.


The Biosciences MRes degree offered at Aberystwyth University is flexible, allowing you to explore and specialise in an area of biology that fascinates you with the personalised support of a supervisor. With over 200 members of staff, the breadth of research and expertise in the institute means that you can undertake research in any one of the many areas of specialisation including, zoology, plant breeding, microbiology, bioinformatics, animal or equine science, marine biology and ecology.


This course is an ideal stepping-stone for those considering a PhD or company-based research.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work as research assistants or have progressed to doctoral study/PhDs.


Throughout this course you will:

  • Develop strong data collection/analysis, fieldwork and laboratory skills
  • Enhance your scientific communication and team work skills
  • Write for a range of audiences including academics and the wider public
  • Enhance your analytical abilities and problem solving skills 
  • Develop study and research skills
  • Develop and sustain a self-initiated programme of study underpinned by good time management skills

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Frontiers in the Biosciences 
  • MRes Dissertation 
  • Research Methods in the Biosciences 
  • Current Topics in Biotechnology
  • Field and Laboratory Techniques
  • Infection and Immunity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BSc honours degree (2:1) in a related subject at undergraduate level and accompanying references. 
  • We will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry. 
  • You application will be assessed by the Scheme coordinator and the proposed supervisor as to the quality of the proposed project and suitability of student to the project.
  • Copies of University transcripts (certified translated copies are required if original document is not in English or Welsh).
  • Copies of Degree certificates (certified translated copies are required if original document is not in English or Welsh).
  • Personal statement within 1-2 A4 pages.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16800 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Aberystwyth

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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