Newcastle University

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Medical and Molecular Biosciences (with additional options of specialist strands in: Cancer Research


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The programme provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research in academia and industry. It is aimed at graduates with a BSc in the life sciences, intercalating MB BS or BDS students, or as a conversion course for students with similar qualifications in other science disciplines. The MRes degree also provides an entry route into our PhD and MD research doctorates, where it is possible to progress directly to the PhD or MD, subject to fulfilling the progression criteria. The MRes is a postgraduate research qualification of equivalent standard to an MSc. It provides training in contemporary medical and molecular biosciences through subject-knowledge modules (60 credits), professional and key skills training (20 credits), and a 24-week laboratory-based research project (100 credits). The programme enables you to experience a variety of internationally competitive research areas, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. If you intend to proceed to the PhD or MD, you will be allocated projects that are relevant to your proposed PhD or MD programme. The programme is available as either a broad-ranging MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences, or as one of the specialist strands. If you register for the non-specialist route, you choose three subject-knowledge modules from a wide range (currently 18) including any of those offered as part of the specialist strands. If you register for one of the specialist strands, your research project and choice of three subject-knowledge modules is informed by the requirements of your chosen strand. Your degree parchment will reflect the specialism you choose, for example an MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences (Neuroscience). Strands include Ageing, Cancer Research, Immunobiology, Nanomedicine, Neuroscience, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and Systems Biology.


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