Taught course

Science and Health

University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Science

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Entry requirements

An upper second class 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 required to submit a short research proposal as part of your application. Applicants will 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


Have you enjoyed undertaking research during your degree? Are you thinking about doctoral (PhD) study or a career in a STEM business, industry or academia? If so, our postgraduate Master's in Research (MRes) course will be a great start for you.

Its aim is to provide two key ingredients for early-career researchers – transferable research skills and expertise in your chosen subject. You'll undertake an original project with experienced supervisors, and join the day-to-day life of a research group.

You'll develop the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective researcher, and prepare a publication-quality manuscript, grant application and conference presentation.

You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January).

When you graduate, you'll do so with one of the following degrees, depending on what you choose to focus on:

· MRes Science (Pharmacy Practice)

· MRes Science (Molecular Mechanism of Disease)

· MRes Science (Neurosciences)

· MRes Science (Drug Delivery)

· MRes Science (Physical Geography)

· MRes Science (Environmental Management)

· MRes Science (Human Geography)

· MRes Science (Biological Sciences)

· MRes Science (Marine Sciences)

· MRes Science (Biochemistry)

· MRes Science (Microbiology)

· MRes Science (Extreme Environments)

· MRes Science (Organisational and Occupational Performance)

· MRes Science (Human Performance)

· MRes Science (Physical Activity, Health and Rehabilitation)

· MRes Science (Psychology)

· MRes Science (Global Health)

· MRes Science (Health and Social Care)

· MRes Science (Oral and Dental Health Sciences)

· MRes Science (Palaeontology)

· MRes Science (Geoscience)

· MRes Science (Applied Geoscience)

· MRes Science (Environmental Science)

- MRes Opthalmology and Vision Science

- MR MRes Science

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:
  • Learn research preparation skills, such as personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication and impact
  • Complete an extended scientific laboratory or fieldwork based research project
  • Be supported by enthusiastic and qualified staff, who will help you develop advanced research skills
  • Use our specialist laboratories,equipment and instruments
  • Graduate with the skills and abilities needed for a career as a professional researcher

Work experience and Career Planning

We'll actively help you to identify opportunities that will complement your research studies.

This will include university, faculty and Department-specific research talks, seminars, networking events and conferences.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your research skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

You'll graduate from the MRes Science degree course ready for doctoral study, with strong research skills and transferable skills for doctoral study or STEM posts in industry and business.

Career opportunities include:

  • PhD study
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory management
  • Science communication
  • Specialist STEM research
  • Wider R&D sector jobs

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment, through close industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Fees and funding

For information about fees and funding your studies, please visit: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566