Research course


University of Kent · School of Biosciences
MSc by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Kent’s School of Biosciences ranks among the most active in biological sciences in the UK. We have recently extended our facilities and completed a major refurbishment of our research laboratories that now house over 100 academic, research, technical and support staff devoted to research, of whom more than 70 are postgraduate students.

Research in the School of Biosciences revolves around understanding systems and processes in the living cell. It has a strong molecular focus with leading-edge activities that are synergistic with one another and complementary to the teaching provision. Our expertise in disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology and biomedical science allows us to exploit technology and develop groundbreaking ideas in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, protein science and biophysics. Fields of enquiry encompass a range of molecular processes from cell division, transcription and translation through to molecular motors, molecular diagnostics and the production of biotherapeutics and bioenergy.

In addition to research degrees, our key research strengths underpin a range of unique and career-focused taught Master’s programmes that address key issues and challenges within the biosciences and pharmaceutical industries and prepare graduates for future employment.

We also offer a conventional MSc programme by research and dissertation, in which you undertake a single, focused, research project from day one, and attend only certain components of our transferable skills modules. You can do the MSc on a part-time basis over two years. We also assign a Postgraduate Supervisory Committee to MSc students, to offer advice and keep a regular check on progress.

You can select topics for the MSc, MPhil or PhD from any of the research areas listed under Research groups.

Department specialisms

The School has eight specific research groups and is also intimately involved with two multidisciplinary centres: Centre for Molecular Processing Computational Biology Centre Research groups: Bacterial Pathogenesis and Sensing Group Bioprocessing and Molecular Therapeutics Group Cancer Targets and Therapies Group Chromonomics and Reproductive Medicine Laboratory Kent Fungal Group Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton Group Protein Folding and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) Synthetic Biology Laboratory Centre for Molecular Processing Computational Biology Centre

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

Please see our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

School of Biosciences
+44 (0)1227 823025