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Masters in Research (MRes)

Applied Sciences *

* subject to final UWE approval

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
C99K1
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year full-time; two years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Joel Allainguillaume
Key fact:
Join our world-class research community in applied sciences and develop specialist knowledge and research experience in your area of interest. Conduct research in your workplace or on innovative collaborations with our organisational partners.

Page last updated 30 May 2017

Introduction

Why MRes Applied Sciences?

Whether it's developing biosensors that provide real-time health feedback or helping test prototype dressings for wounds, UWE Bristol is pioneering exciting innovations in applied sciences.

Our Centre for Research in Biosciences (CRIB) is world-renowned for its research in biomedicine, bio-sensing technology, agri-food plant and environmental science. This is done in collaboration with universities, research institutes, healthcare organisations, knowledge transfer networks, industry and commercial organisations from all over the world.

Why study our course?

With the option to study full-time or while at work, this Masters of Research enables you to deepen your knowledge in an area of interest alongside our world-class research community.

After developing a solid grounding in academic research practice, you will focus your specialism, so you graduate in one of the following fields:

  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Bio-Sensing Technology
  • Conservation and Environment Forensic Sciences

Although there is plenty of autonomy, you will be supported throughout by a supervisor. And once you have decided on your research project, you will be able to conduct research in your workplace or in our state-of-the-art science laboratories, which have recently had a £3.2million investment.

Real world experience

If you are working, you can tailor your research and apply it to your workplace. Thanks to our diverse partners, there are opportunities to work on innovative research with organisations ranging from Bristol Zoo and the Eden Project, to Alzheimer's UK and the Woodland Trust. Throughout the course, you will also record activity so you graduate with a professional training development portfolio.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits from this qualification towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.

Structure

Content

Course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, presentations, supervised and independent study.

The course starts with a short period of upfront learning at UWE Bristol. This will give you the chance to learn key research concepts and meet your teachers, peers and our research community.

Research is delivered and supported online, supplemented with on-site group sessions throughout the year. During the extended research project module, you will define your focus area and final award title.  

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This MRes is either one year full-time or two years part-time, and runs from September to September. As this is a research degree, most of your time will be spent on independent study, but you will have regular contact with your supervisor.

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio and a written dissertation. This is explained further below:

  • The professional development portfolio is a record of all your research engagement activities.
  • An extended research project of 21,000 words consists of a research proposal, written report, continuation proposal, and draft journal submission.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

UWE Bristol collaborates with universities, research institutes, healthcare organisations, knowledge transfer networks, industry and commercial organisations from all over the world. Examples are below:

Placements

If you are already working, you can tailor your research and apply it to your workplace.

We also collaborate with diverse organisations. So once you've identified your focus, there may be opportunities to do research on:

  • Reducing pollution - Environment Agency, Natural Environment Research Council and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
  • Biosensors for nutrients and pollutants in food and crops - Gwent Electronic Materials and NERC.
  • Biodiversity and conservation - Wildlife Trusts, Bristol Zoo, The Eden Project and National Botanical Garden of Wales.
  • Monitoring plant diseases in natural and agricultural systems - Woodland Trust, Woodland Heritage, Mars and Cocoa Research UK, Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana.

Study facilities

We have invested £3.2million in our science laboratories so we can provide the latest equipment and technology for testing, such as:

  • Experiment in well-equipped facilities including dedicated laboratories for electrochemical sensors, volatile analysis, physiology, in-vitro toxicology, microbiology and molecular biology, and plant and microbial research.
  • Conduct biological and environmental research in our new Envirotron building with controlled environmental research spaces and a large teaching space.
  • Study in our interactive learning environments and access industry journals and comprehensive online resources.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have advanced skills in design data, collection and analysis, and a strong understanding and evidence base in your area of interest. You can also use credits from this qualification towards a PhD, so you can continue to deepen your knowledge and research experience.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee8500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)708
International-Full Time-Award Fee14500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1208

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)708

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Entry requirements

An applicant will be expected to have a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant first degree or equivalent. 

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who can demonstrate appropriate evidence of research and professional experience.

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