Faculty of Science


Full-time MRes - 12 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-mail: pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Programme catalogue

Tuition fees

MRes Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary biology is the branch of biology dealing with the origin and descent of species, their genes and genomes.This programme allows the student to study practical evolutionary problems with model organisms, such as the fruit fly, as well as theoretical explorations of evolution using modelling and bioinformatics.

The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation.
It gives students an insight into a range of state-of-the-art research activities and techniques, and provides generic, transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers.

The programmes also addresses the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.
All of the MRes programmes can be studied as the first year of our Integrated  PhD programme.

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

  • 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
  • Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

 What will I learn?

MRes degree programmes are designed for graduates who are contemplating a research career and who may go on to study for a PhD or to a position in industry involving interaction with research scientists.

If these do not apply, you might consider an MSc programme.

For futher information please visit our department pages 

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2

Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits)
Critical research analysis skills(12 credits) Critical research analysis skills (12 credits)
Optional Taught Units (12 credits) Optional Taught Units (12 credits)
 Select 2 units (12 credits) Select 2 units (12 credits)
 Compulsory Project Unit Compulsory Project Unit
Lab project 1 (27 credits) Lab project 2 (27 credits)

Programme structure

Available units include:

  • Evolution in deep time
  • Sexual conflict
  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbial evolution - from the laboratory to nature
  • The evolution of genetic systems
  • Molecular evolution and phylogenetics

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to further research in Lausanne, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, and academic posts in Malaysia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the US and in the UK. Recent employers of Bath graduates include:

  • British Aerospace
  • Network Rail
  • Powergen
  • Barclays Capital
  • BNP Paribas
  • Pfizer
  • AstraZenaca
  • MBDA UK Ltd