Research course


Cardiff University · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a undergraduate degree at level 2:2 (or higher) in a relevant biological, biomedical or bio-molecular science subject. Applications will also be considered from candidates who have a minimum of 5 years relevant commercial experience who only wish to undertake Stage 1 of the Programme (Postgraduate Certificate). If English is not your first language we require one of the following English language qualifications: IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element GCSE/IGCSE grade C or above If you have a different English qualification please contact us. If you do not have the required score you may wish to consider an English Language course at Cardiff University.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme’s overall aims are to provide postgraduates and individuals from industry, from both home and overseas, with the opportunity to undertake research training at two distinct academic levels. This will enable the acquisition of essential skills, techniques and experience necessary to become a more competent, employable researcher.

The Master of Research (MRes) in Biosciences is a one-year programme designed to provide a valuable postgraduate qualification that enables individuals who wish to improve their research skills to undertake a research project in the laboratory of an internationally-renowned scientist. The programme would be ideal for someone thinking of undertaking a PhD but wishing to learn more about research. It also offers the award of a postgraduate certificate thus maximising accessibility to individuals working in industry or higher education, both at home or abroad.

Full details of this programme can be found on our website:

Department specialisms

The School has six research groups: Biodiversity and Ecological Processes; Connective Tissue Biology; Genetics; Microbiology; and Molecular Cell Biology and Neuroscience that collectively attracts tens of millions of pounds of research funding annually. Supported by world-class facilities, the School is able to provide major research opportunities.

Fees and funding

The majority of our postgraduate places are externally funded by Research Councils, Trusts and Charities, the European Union and Industry. The School also sponsors a select number of part-funded research projects each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mrs Rachel Paterson
+44(0)29 2087 0860