Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Biology

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a biological science or allied discipline. Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to this course

Months of entry


Course content

Masters by Research (MRes) programmes allow students to undertake a substantial amount of independent research while gaining 20 taught credits. The programmes are flexible in nature and allow students to take some additional accredited taught credits, in consultation with their supervisor. Candidates should have at least a lower second class honours degree in a relevant topic.

The MRes Bioinformatics involves the use of computational methods to study molecular evolution using sequence data now available in online databases. Research areas within which projects are available include: the use of secondary structure models to investigate evolutionary relationships in the molluscs; evolution of mobile DNAs; studies on the evolution of spider silk gene families; codon usage in yeast; the application of molecular clocks to microbial sequences, in particular the investigation of rate variation in foraminifera lineages and the estimation of the age of viral radiations

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element). The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Fees and funding

UK/European research postgraduates in the Centre are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the European Union, The Lawes Trust.

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research: The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding.

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Elizabeth Wilson
+44 (0)115 823 0311