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MSc by Research in Life Sciences

An MSc by Research is a practical course based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. It will give you hands-on experience of your specialism and can be used in preparation for a PhD.


Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years

Entry Requirements

  • 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Life Sciences related subject
  • 2 satisfactory academic references
  • English Language test certificate (if appropriate - IELTS 6.5 overall with no component
    below 6.0)

How to Apply

Plant science

Projects for Scholarship holders or students with their own funding

If you have a scholarship (or are applying for a scholarship), or if you have the finances to self-fund your MSc studies you can choose from our list of projects or contact potential supervisors to discuss developing a project.

Examples of projects in Life Sciences include:

  • Molecular approaches to investigate ecological adaptation in fungi
  • Developing marker technology in Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) to improve breeding efficiency
  • Modelling the population dynamics and interactions of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
  • Antimicrobial drug design: targeting the ATP dependent ligases of peptidoglycan biosynthesis
  • Expression of antibiotic resistance genes in Streptomyces species; the evolution of resistance in non-clinical environments
  • Structure and mechanism of the Tat protein transporter
  • The role of teat lesions in mastitis in sheep: associations and risks
  • Development and use of a multiplex PCR to detect common mastitis pathogens in ewe's milk