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.