This programme will equip you with the necessary ethos, critical evaluative skills and technical competence to pursue a research career in the in vivo sciences. Such an approach is essential to understand the complex interactions among body systems, and how these may be modified with adaptations, by drugs, and during pathologies.
You will graduate equipped with essential skills for training to PhD level with an excellent grounding for future careers in biological research, the pharmaceutical industry or higher education.
Training is provided on this course for a Home Office Personal Licence. The research project will normally require students to carry out licensed procedures. This module will be taught at the beginning of the MRes.
The programme is split into two components - taught and research. The taught component comprises three taught modules and aids the students to gain the skills required to undertake the research component. The first module covers the physiology of major body systems in order to ensure all students have common knowledge regardless of their first-degree background.
A practical in vivo research skills module involves progressive training with equipment using in vitro and ex vivo approaches. This research modules also provides seminars from research-active scientists about their approaches and a series of taster projects where you observe current research projects in action. A research methods module gives theoretical and practical instruction in common techniques, experimental design and data analysis. The in vivo research project takes 20 weeks and gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in publishable-quality research.
"This is a highly innovative programme which addresses a real need in the UK Higher Education sector to train scientists in vivo techniques, which have almost universally been abandoned at the undergraduate level. As such there are really very few institutions that run such a course, all of which are very high in the World Rankings" External Examiner
Why Study this Course?
In vivo research provides the key translational step between basic medical science and clinical medicine. The course will give you a thorough training in the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of in vivo research techniques. You will gain an in-depth appreciation of the special requirements of in vivo experimentation, its advantages and pitfalls. You will graduate equipped with essential skills for training to PhD level with an excellent grounding for future careers in biological research, the pharmaceutical industry or higher education.
You must possess, or be expected to achieve at least a good upper second-class degree in a relevant subject.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.
The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the university, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.
The skills and knowledge gained on this programme will make you attractive both to employers in the pharmaceutical and related industries and to major academic research centres. The practical skills and knowledge acquired in design, performing and analysing experiments are highly transferable to a wide range of scientific areas.
Previous students have gone on to study for PhD, graduate entry medicine and teaching. Ashleigh Wilcox went on to study for a DPhil at the University of Oxford.