Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Biological Sciences

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your research skills, including data analysis, bioinformatics tools and presentation skills. You will also acquire a wide range of advanced research techniques through carrying out a 1-year research project under the direction of a member of academic staff. The project is written up in the format of a scientific paper for publication, and this forms a major component of the assessment. The project will be selected from 1 of 3 major research areas within the School: Biomedical sciences (BMS); plant molecular sciences (PMS); ecology evolution and behaviour (EEB). We suggest you search initially under the appropriate research area, and from there follow links to academic staff members whose research descriptions look interesting to you.

Entry requirements

Typically a UK Lower 2nd Class Honours degree (2.2), or equivalent, in biology, biochemistry or a related discipline. However individual supervisors might request a higher degree classification. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. Applicants should identify potential research supervisors or at least express an area of interest so that we can pass the application to an appropriate research supervisor for assessment. A more-targeted application is far more likely to be accepted. Please identify up to 3 supervisors or up to 6 projects at the top of your personal statement when uploading your application. Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway International offers a Pre-Master�s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree. A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities: enthusiasm for their chosen discipline; the ability to work both independently and in a team; previous experience of working on a research project at undergraduate level is an advantage.

Course modules

The course is made up of 2 elements: Taught element (develop your research skills in: Experimental design; data analysis; quality assurance; use of bioinformatic tools; grant-writing; writing papers; communicating with the media; presenting at a conference); research project.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (81% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (19% of the final mark).

Sponsorship information

College scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01784 443559