Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.

MSRH Lecture TheatreThe MRes course involves taught elements from October to January, and is followed by a research project that runs from January to September. The research project continues in the PhD, during the PhD students benefit from additional transferable skills training.

MRes Elements

Structured lecture programme

  • Students are taught essential knowledge elements required to embark on their research projects.
  • Topics include core biological content, targeted systems in personal care and the agri-sciences, as well as lectures on tools/technologies.
  • Lecture courses are presented by leading academics and industry scientists.
  • Lecture courses are examined in January.

Hackspace Education (HackEDU)

  • Technology Development Workshop / FAB Lab giving students experience of rapid prototyping and software engineering/modelling.
  • The FAB Lab hosts many different forms of manufacturing technologies including laser cutting, microfluidic fabrication, circuit building, protein engineering, cell culture and 3-D printing facilities.
  • Students will work in small groups to design and construct a device capable of solving a particular technological problem.
  • Students are given hands-on experience of technology development from design to prototype validation.
  • The FAB Lab will then operate as a Hackspace where CDT and non-CDT students can work together on their own designs and technologies.


  • Practical Biological Laboratory (BIO-LAB) giving students experience of protein engineering, proteomics, metabolomic assays.
  • Students are taught key biological tools and techniques alongside the lecture courses.
  • Practical classes give students hands-on experience in core biochemical and proteomic techniques.

NPL Data Science Course

  • The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will be training students in data management.
  • The NPL will also be supporting students throughout the life time of their PhD.

Industry Innovation Workshops

  • Designed in conjunction with industrial partners, this course will include site visits, case studies, and opportunities for industry networking.
  • Students will be offered the chance to learn about the process of product and technology development from each of the associated industrial sectors; pharmaceuticals, agri-sciences and personal care.


  • A course in the basics of business and entrepreneurship.   

Research Project

  • Students complete their 8-month research project embedded in the research groups of their supervisors (At least one physical chemistry scientist and one biological scientist).
  • Students will write an assessed Research Proposal about their research project. Students will include a short critical review of their research area, followed by a proposal driven by the student’s aims and objectives.
  • Students are given hands-on experience of techniques and equipment.
  • The MRes research projects continue into the student’s PhD research project. 

For more information on this MRes course please visit our one year standalone MRes course website.