Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Exeter · Biosciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants will typically hold (or be expected to attain) a first class or upper second class degree in biology or a related subject (or equivalent qualifications from other countries).

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The University of Exeter offers a Masters by Research in an outstanding international research-active environment. With the recent technological developments in Biological Sciences, in particular post-genomic technologies leading to data rich research environments, many students are finding that conventional taught courses cannot adequately cover their research needs and ambitions.

The degree provides the opportunity to carry out a supervised research project leading to a formal postgraduate qualification, without the longer-term commitment of a PhD. It is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project, perhaps whilst working. The programme offers you the flexibility to shape your research in an area of particular interest to you.

This course can be studied at one of two campuses -

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic)
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time) £2,250 (part-time)
International students
£21,600 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1392 725150