MRes Plant and Microbial Biology

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

Our MRes degrees are excellent preparation for a career in research or industry. These courses enable you to develop your own research skills and contribute new knowledge to your chosen field.

Doing my own research project is a fascinating experience. I feel like I have developed massively during my course by working in the lab every day. I love the whole procedure of making transgenic plants, growing them and then analysing their phenotype using different methods like fluorescence microscopy.

Alexandros Phokas, MRes Plant and Microbial Biology

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Our MRes in Plant and Microbial Biology provides a unique opportunity to learn from research leaders investigating topics such as global food security, the impact on plants of climate change and plant-microbe interactions.

Research ranges from molecules to whole organisms, ecosystems and global systems.

Core modules

Animal and Plant Sciences postgraduate student

  • Advanced Trends in Biology
  • Advanced Biological Analysis
  • Research and Study Skills in Biology
  • Tutorials
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project - this accounts for half of your final grade

Course structure

Each programme in the department has a common element where you will learn about the most recent developments in your research area and discuss them with research leaders from the UK and around the world.

You will gain advanced skills in experimental design, data analysis and presentation, as you learn how to become a research leader yourself.


Teaching is via working in a research laboratory or on a field-based research project, tutorials, discussion groups, attendance at seminars, and statistics and other workshops.


Assessment includes, but is not limited to, project report, literature review, critiques, short reports and essays, oral presentations including a viva.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in biology or a closely related quantitative subject. In addition you should be able to demonstrate evidence of aptitude and enthusiasm for research (eg an undergraduate research project).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 114 222 0123

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.