Research course

Biological Sciences: Cell and Molecular Biology pathway

University of Chester · Department of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree, ideally with a 2:1 honours or better, or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed to give a comprehensive training in the research and analytical skills in cell and molecular biology.

Course overview

This MRes has been designed to enhance knowledge of recent advancements in cellular and molecular biology, as well as to develop subject-specific practical and analytical skills. In addition, you will gain experience of undertaking an extended period of research (6-7 months), which will aid your career progression as a molecular bio-scientist.

The programme will involve undertaking two core 20 credit taught modules, followed by an extended period of laboratory research, and submission of a Research report and review, 140 credits.

Why Study Biological Sciences: Cell and Molecular Biology pathway with us?

Our lecturers range from enthusiastic early career academics through to internationally acknowledged senior researchers. We are actively involved in undertaking innovative research projects using ‘cutting-edge’ approaches, within the field of molecular and cellular life sciences.

Listed are some current projects:

  • Environmental toxicology
  • Protection against the ageing
  • Calcium signalling
  • Biochemistry & pharmacology of intracellular Ca2+ transporters
  • Stem cells
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Pathology of bone disease
  • Progression of kidney and bladder cancers
  • Novel drug delivery systems via nanoparticles and cell penetrating peptides
  • Molecular basis of cancer development
  • Novel approaches to cancer therapies
  • Molecular immunology
  • Development of analytical approaches to detect biomarkers of disease

How will I be taught?

The two taught modules will each comprise of a series of lectures, small group discussion sessions, workshops and practical classes. Nominally each taught module has about 30-40 of contact hours associated with them. The rest of the time allocated for these modules will be for further reading, coursework preparation and revision.

The remainder of the programme will comprise of the 6 to 7 month research project which will involve regular meetings and guidance with your research supervisor. This is followed by the preparation of two reports.

How will I be assessed?

The research dissertation will be assessed by the production of a research report in the format of a scientific paper and a research review (80%).

The taught modules will be assessed by the production of practical and theoretical reports and class tests (20%).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Biological Sciences