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Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

With a focus on building the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills associated with research, our Natural Sciences MRes is a flexible course which allows students to tailor studies to their research aspirations and development needs.

Students have the opportunity to study areas of natural sciences including biology, biomedical science, chemistry, pharmaceutical science, ecology and conservation, or a multidisciplinary combination of these. Students can specialise in one of these areas or choose from the wide range of modules on offer (subject to background knowledge or experience).

Learning with researchers who are experts in their field, students develop an extensive understanding and advanced knowledge of specific areas of scientific research and techniques. This programme applies theory and practical understanding to propose new hypotheses and undertake a major research project designed to test them.

Students work on their project under the supervision of an academic member staff who specialises in their area of research. Working within one or more of our research groups students learn alongside postdoctoral and other postgraduate researchers with shared interests. The programme develops lab-based skills using specialist, multidisciplinary facilities and equipment.

Our CORE research areas include:

Course structure

The main focus of study is the specialist research project. Topics range from the chemical synthesis of novel anti-ageing compounds, to bioanalytical evaluation of neurological phenomena, to fieldwork exploring human-animal interactions.

Students develop an understanding of research literature and the wider research community through our specialist journal clubs with seminars from expert speakers as well as more informal student-led presentations.

Taught modules support students' research specialism, developing knowledge and skills in their chosen field with learning in small, participatory groups.

Visit the Natural Sciences MRes page on the University of Brighton website for more details.

Fees and funding

Please see the University of Brighton website for further information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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