Research course

Life Sciences

Glasgow Caledonian University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Through cutting-edge research, experimentation and testing, GCU is searching for answers to some of the most pressing questions in the fields of biological, food and vision sciences. And in our Master of Research Life Sciences programme – you can help us find them.

As part of our thriving and diverse research community, you’ll undertake a focused, hands-on project with the full support of our internationally recognised staff. We’ll start with training in methodology, including studies in statistics and project planning. Then, with the help of our highly experienced research supervisors, you’ll choose a project relevant to a current area of study at GCU – and get real-world experience with newly-developed technologies to help you test your hypotheses. Plus, you’ll have access to lectures in subjects that underpin and support your work.

With a global network, top 5% in the world ranking (THE, 2016) and shared belief in social responsibility, GCU will help you serve the common good in ways that could truly change the world.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0. If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

International students who do not meet the academic requirements may be eligible for the International Graduate Diploma programme. Successful completion of this INTO course with the required grades means guaranteed conditional offer of a place on the degree programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)141 331 8630