You will graduate equipped with essential skills for training to PhD level with an excellent grounding for future careers in biological research, the pharmaceutical industry or higher education.
A Home Office Personal Licence, for which training is provided, is a prerequisite for this course (see here for further information). The research project will normally require students to carry out licensed procedures. This module will be taught at the beginning of the MRes.
The programme is split into two components - taught and research. The taught component comprises three taught modules and aids the students to gain the skills required to undertake the research component. The first module covers physiology of major body systems in order to ensure all students have a common knowledge regardless of their first degree background.
A practical in vivo research skills module involves progressive training with equipment using in vitro and ex vivo approaches. This research modules also provides seminars from research-active scientists about their approaches, and a series of taster projects where you observe current research projects in action. A research methods module gives theoretical and practical instruction in common techniques, experiemenal design and data analysis. The in vivo research project takes 20 weeks and gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in publishable-quality research.
Why study this course
In vivo research provides the key translational step between basic medical science and clinical medicine. The course will give you a thorough training in the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of in vivo research techniques. You will gain an in-depth appreciation of the special requirements of in vivo experimentation, its advantages and pitfalls.
By gaining practical and theoretical skills in integravtive physiology and pharmacology you will expand the boundaries of your first degree discipline thereby increasing your employability and utility in a research environment.
External Examiners Comments
"Feedback to students was truly exceptional and exemplary of best practice"
"This is a highly innovative programme which addresses a real need in the UK Higher Education sector to train scientists in in vivo techniques, which have almost universally been abandoned at undergraduate level. As such there are really very few institutions that run such a course, all of which are very high in the World Rankings"
The programme consists of both taught modules (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits) comprising a total of 180 credits for the whole programme.
- Integrated Body Systems (20 credits)
This module provides an overview of the function and regulation of the major body systems and their integration to achieve homeostasis. Examples (such as exercise, stress, dehydration) will be discussed and will provide a firm foundation for students to consider scenarios in a problem-based manner to develop understanding of integrative physiology.
- Practical In Vivo Research Skills (20 credits)
This module provides practical lab-based experience using both humans and animal tissues to develop experimental design, practical application of skills and data analysis. The students will develop a critical sense of observation in order to refine protocols and data presentation to answer a research question.
- Research Methods (20 credits)
This module covers the skills to critically appraise published research and undertake original research. Topics include areas such as application of scientific method, literature search techniques, experimental design. Additionally, an overview of analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data is included in this module.
Fees and funding
Home/EU - £4052 + bench fees (approximately £3,500)
Overseas - £17365 + bench fees (approximately £3,500)
Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.
Learn more about fees and funding.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.
For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.
For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
You must possess, or be expected to achieve at least a good upper second-class degree in a relevant subject.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
How to apply
Informal queries regarding the course or applications can be made through Ms Niki Windridge at firstname.lastname@example.org . Formal applications need to be made on the University application system. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online (please also submit an up-to-date CV, however, the 'Research Details' section does not need to be completed for this MRes).
Please note the closing date for applications is Monday 4th August 2014 for non-UK/EU students.
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages