Taught course


University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or first class honours degree in a relevant subject. Please check the course details online for information about subject specialisms that can be supported. You will be asked to write a short research proposal upon receipt of your application. Applicants may be subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why take this course?

The MRes Science course provides two key ingredients for early-career researchers: a width of transferable research skills combined with a depth of expertise in your chosen subject.

You will join the day-to-day life of a research group and undertake an original project or study with an experienced supervisor. Along the way you will have sessions focussed on the skills and abilities needed to be an effective researcher.

What will I experience?

You will have the opportunity to focus your research interests on one or two areas of science, allowing you to become an expert in subject knowledge. It also provides the environment to translate your findings into research related outputs such as: preparation of a peer reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation or intellectual property submission.

The course also contains taught elements of the nationally recognised Researcher Development Framework (RDF, vitae.ac.uk). Overall, you will experience a satisfying intellectual challenge within a productive research community, aided by supportive supervision.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The benefits of studying for an MRes include: preparation for doctoral study, having an extended and informed experience of research in a specific domain of expertise, and developing higher transferable skills for research-related careers. Many of our students have gone on to successful PhD positions and higher-grade science and business posts.

Module Details


You can study as either a FULL-TIME (one year) or PART-TIME (two year) postgraduate student. You may start in either mid-September or mid-January of any academic year.

The course has two units:

  • Research Project unit (120 credits). This is the main part of the course, with an extended research project undertaken in one of the eight Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Science. You will complete a research poster, career-planning interview, research manuscript and conference talk for this unit.
  • Research Preparation Unit (60 credits). This includes a wide range of RDF skills, including personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication and impact. You will complete a literature review and research funding application for this unit.

During the course you will work with a 1st and 2nd supervisor, who will help you develop your research skills, knowledge and experience. Assessment for each unit is by regularly-spaced coursework items and these build a complete skill set for successful career development.

Programme Assessment

Both units involve a number of taught sessions, which are selected by the supervisory team and you, from the Graduate School Development Programme (GSDP) and from Faculty and Department/School subject-specific provision.

Student Destinations

Those students completing the MRes Science course will have moved to the next level of qualifications with the advantages that this offers in terms of learning and employability. They will also be in an excellent position to apply for any related doctoral training programme, research assistant positions, graduate teaching positions, or general research related roles.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,500 Part time: £2,170 in year 1 and £4,330* in year 2 *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,200 Part time: £4,400 in year 1 and £8,800* in year 2 *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

! year full time (start September or January), 2 years part time (start September)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566