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MRes Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Molecular and Cellular Biology programme from University of Birmingham is designed to provide professional training in the principles, analytical methods and interpretive skills that are necessary to explore biology systems at the cellular and molecular level. This will include training in a wide range of state-of-the-art techniques.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,040 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This Molecular and Cellular Biology programme from University of Birmingham is designed to prepare you for a career in research in molecular and cellular biology and its applications.

It comprises a year of intensive training and research experience leading to the award of an MRes degree which will give you a ‘flying start’ to a subsequent PhD programme, if this is your chosen career path.

Courses include:

  • Flow cytometry
  • Cell Manipulation, Transfection and Micro-Injection
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Metabolomics
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Chromatin immunoprecipitation screening
  • Drug screening

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The role of this postgraduate research degree as preparation for a PhD studentship is reflected by a considerable number of graduates progressing to PhD programmes at Birmingham, other prestigious UK institutions and abroad. However, alternative options exist, too. Former graduates have joined the R&D departments of biotechnology and molecular diagnostics companies or have gone into scientific publishing.

MRes graduates present a strong CV in that they can offer extended research experience and well-developed laboratory skills. They have shown they can cope with the intellectual challenge of producing a scientific dissertation that is evaluated by someone other than a supportive supervisor. They have learned about experimental techniques beyond the immediate remit of their project and they have developed an appreciation of how research funding can be obtained and how science is effectively communicated to a lay audience.


  • A first- or upper second-class Honours degree. We would particularly welcome applications from those with a background in the physical sciences, as well as those with degrees in Biochemistry, Biology or other life sciences.

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