Science MRes

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
January 2019, September 2019, January 2020

Overview

Broaden your research experience, work with an experienced team and develop transferable skills for a research-related career, on our MRes Science degree – a flexible postgraduate taught course, during which you'll complete a large research project.

You'll get the tools and techniques to become an effective researcher, including preparing your findings for peer-reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation and intellectual property submission. You'll join an active research community, focus your research in areas of science that match your interests and ambition, and complete an original project or study.

When you graduate, you'll be able to consider PhD study, and have the transferable skills to enter a career in a science-related profession.

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

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Study research preparation, where you'll learn skills such as personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication and impact
  • Complete an extended scientific research project on a subject of your choice
  • Be supported by enthusiastic and qualified staff, who will help you develop your research skills
  • Use our specialist laboratories, featuring scientific equipment used by professionals
  • Graduate with the skills and abilities needed for a career as a professional researcher

Work experience and career planning

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

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.

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate from the MRes Science degree course ready for doctoral study, with strong research skills and transferable skills which are valuable in research-related careers.

Career opportunities include:

  • PhD study
  • Research assistant
  • Graduate teaching
  • General research

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

Professional accreditations

This course contains taught elements of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF, vitae.ac.uk).

Entry requirements​

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.

  • 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.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £6,500
  • Part-time: £2,170 in year 1 and £4,330 (subject to annual increase) in year 2

International students

  • Full-time: £13,200
  • Part-time: £4,400 in year 1 and £8,800 (subject to annual increase) in year 2

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to pay the cost of any fieldwork that you go on; this may be in the region of £500 – £1,000.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. On this course, you'll study two units, one worth 120 credits and the other worth 60 credits.

Units currently being studied

  • Research Project Unit
  • Research Preparation Unit

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through a research project.

Apply

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

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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