University of Portsmouth: Science

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Science
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


Broaden your research experience, work with an experienced team and develop transferable skills for a research-related career, on our MRes Science degree – a flexible postgraduate taught course, during which you'll complete a large research project.

You'll get the tools and techniques to become an effective researcher, including preparing your findings for peer-reviewed publication, critical review, grant application, conference presentation and intellectual property submission. You'll join an active research community, focus your research in areas of science that match your interests and ambition, and complete an original project or study.

When you graduate, you'll be able to consider PhD study, and have the transferable skills to enter a career in a science-related profession.

You can start this course in September or January (full time only in January).

Professional accreditations
This course contains taught elements of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF,

What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
Study research preparation, where you'll learn skills such as personal effectiveness, research management, professional skills, networking, research organisation, science communication and impact
Complete an extended scientific research project on a subject of your choice
Be supported by enthusiastic and qualified staff, who will help you develop your research skills
Use our specialist laboratories, featuring scientific equipment used by professionals
Graduate with the skills and abilities needed for a career as a professional researcher
Careers and opportunities
You'll graduate from the MRes Science degree course ready for doctoral study, with strong research skills and transferable skills which are valuable in research-related careers.

Career opportunities include:

PhD study
Research assistant
Graduate teaching
General research
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment, through close industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

​What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. On this course, you'll study two units, one worth 120 credits and the other worth 60 credits.

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Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your research skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Learning support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

academic writing
note taking
time management
critical thinking
presentation skills
working in groups
revision, memory and exam techniques

Master of Research - MRes

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We are the University of Portsmouth: progressive and proud of our city’s heritage. We stand out as a new kind of university, a breath of fresh air in the academic world.

Portsmouth is a place for people who want to make a difference. We’re intent on discovery and our excellent research makes an impact, not just in the UK, but on the world. With over 200 postgraduate degrees to choose from, The University is a place where you’ll be encouraged to find your niche, and be supported to go beyond what you thought possible ...

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