Taught course

Biological Sciences

Royal Holloway, University of London · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or second-class degree (or overseas equivalent), plus competence in the English language.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Biological Sciences has an active and explanding research programme, well equipped laboratories and strong collborations.

The MSc course offers extensive laboratory and field-based research training for a full academic year in a wide range of topics, including Biomedical Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, and Plant Molecular Sciences.

Thie MSc Biological Sciences Research programme is ideally suitable both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and to students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on a PhD. There is a minor taught element, with classes covering a wide range of generic research related topics. The major element is a research project carried out under supervision. Projects within any of our three research centres are offered. Overall aim: To enable students to acquire skills for careers in biological sciences research or related areas of employment.

Objectives: Training in key skills required for scientific research; Training in a specialised branch of biological sciences research; Familiarity with a range of transferable research-related skills; Communication of results of research by oral presentation and preparation of a draft paper for submission to appropriate journal.

Information for international students

English tuition and campus-based accommodation are available.

Fees and funding

Career loan, industrial support, fees-only College studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation65 (12000 words)
Oral presentation10

Course contact details

Dr. Pavlos Alifragis
01784 444 988
01784 414224