Biomedical Sciences (Subject to approval*)

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


Note - This programme is planned for September 2020 entry.

Our Master of Research (MRes) Biomedical Sciences programme provides students with the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in biomedical sciences and precision medicine.  

The programme provides comprehensive preparation for students wishing to progress onto a research career and can also be a real asset for those wishing to pursue other careers in industry, or in education.

A major part of the MRes Biomedical Sciences programme is the research project, which will give students the necessary skills and attributes to become a research scientist and will be an excellent preparation for a PhD. Students will be provided with training in a wide range of techniques, enabling them to build up a substantial portfolio of experimental skills and thereby tackle more extended research and development projects with increased confidence. 

Programme Highlights

  • The research project is the core component of the MRes Biomedical Sciences programme. The length of the project (30 weeks) is designed to allow students to have a real opportunity to experience cutting-edge laboratory-based research and join the research community within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Graduates often proceed on to a PhD programme, although the MRes qualification also provides a strong platform for careers in teaching or industry

Research and Teaching

Students on the MRes Biomedical Sciences programme will be provided with cutting-edge training in cell biology, structural medicine, and precision medicine. Teaching at Queen Mary aims to foster the development of an enquiring, open-minded and creative attitude, tempered with scientific discipline and social awareness, which encourages lifelong learning.  

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary has recently committed to an investment of over £25 million into its buildings, equipment and teaching practices to ensure that our students are taught using the most advanced teaching methods in first-class laboratories. In 2018, a £5 million refurbishment of the undergraduate teaching labs in the Joseph Priestley building was undertaken to ensure students could continue to learn in a state-of-the-art environment.

Informal Enquiries

If you have questions about this programme please contact MRes Biomedical Sciences Programme Director Dr John Viles: 

Tel: +44 (0)207 882 8443

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.


You will spend a large amount of your time working on a major individual research project. This research work is supplemented by a programme of lectures and workshops. If you have any questions about the content or structure, contact the Programme Director Dr John Viles or Deputy Programme Director Professor Richard Pickersgill.

Core Modules

  • Biomedical Sciences Literature Review (15 credits)

This module develops students’ knowledge of a specific research field. The literature review will focus on current understanding of the biomedical sciences field, surrounding the students’ research projects. The module will develop students’ ability to search for relevant publications from scientific literature and develop a working knowledge of search engines such as Web of knowledge, PubMed and Goggle Scholar, and reference manager applications such as Endnote.

  • Advanced Methods in the Biomedical Sciences (30 Credits)

This module will provide practical experience of modern techniques in the Biomedical Sciences including cellular imaging, protein production, crystallization, structural biology, data processing, bioinformatics, and other techniques used by cellular and molecular biologists. Students will gain experience of techniques such as optical microscopy, x-ray crystallography and NMR through workshops and formal practicals.

  • Topics in Biomedical Sciences (15 credits)

This module will give students the freedom and opportunity to attend formal taught lectures on topics specific to their interests. The course is designed so that students can work with their supervisor and module organiser to personalise a series of lectures for their individual needs. This provides a great opportunity for students to develop knowledge of the theoretical background, techniques and key concepts that can support their research project.

  • Biomedical Sciences Research Project (MRes) (120 credits)

The Biomedical Sciences Research Project is an experimental investigation involving laboratory work and/or computational work in a chosen topic in Biomedical Sciences. Students will be embedded within the research community of SBCS, attending research seminars and research group meetings. The module will include a series or short written and spoken reports, a poster presentation, a research talk and a final dissertation. The dissertation should be approximately 20,000-30,000 words including a review of relevant literature, data presentation, analysis and discussion.

Entry requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH02-03-12. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH02-03-12. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in biomedicine or a degree with a significant biomedical component. Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements. 

English Language Requirements

All international students are required to provide evidence of their ability in English language.

The minimum level required for entry to our postgraduate programmes is:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • TOEFL: 92 overall including 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking
  • PTE Academic: 62 overall including 57 in Writing and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • Trinity ISE: Trinity ISE II with a Distinction in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking, or Trinity ISE III with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 176 overall including 169 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking  

For further information about our English language requirements please visit the QMUL international pages.

Am I eligible?

To check your eligibility contact our Postgraduate Admissions team:


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3328

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is delivered by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.


You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination, as outlined in the module specification.

At the end of the period allocated for completion of work on the research project component, students on this programme will be required to:

  • present the results of their research at a seminar
  • submit a dissertation consisting of a comprehensive description and discussion of the work undertaken during the research project, together with a detailed literature review of the topic under investigation
  • undertake an oral examination, based primarily on the material


You will also be assessed on a supervised 20,000-30,000-word dissertation. The dissertation is assessed and orally examined by two examiners: one internal and one external. It is important that candidates appreciate that the presentation and general standard of the dissertation is expected to be comparable in quality to that of other externally-assessed research degrees (e.g. the PhD) of the University of London.


Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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