Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The MRes Chemical Research is ideal if you wish to further your research career or update your training. You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a supervisor, and spend the majority of time on an individually tailored research project in any of the Department?s current research areas that include some reference to chemical and biological sciences. You will also partake in group activities, including research colloquia and presentations, and attend advanced lectures on the theoretical and technical background to your chosen research area.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates can pursue careers in the health sector, toxicology, pharmaceuticals, academia and manufacturing. Possible professions include academic researcher, higher education lecturer, or analytical chemist. This degree can also be useful in becoming a forensic scientist or pharmacologist.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £9,450 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £9,450 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £4,725 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £4,725 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need minimum second-class honours degree in a scientific subject; less qualified students may be accepted, if they have appropriate work experience. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.