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MRes Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

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Course duration:
1 year

Tuition fees

Home full-time per year
International full-time per year
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About this course

Explore and find solutions to unmet pharmaceutical, health, and scientific needs on this brand new MRes Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.

  • Join world-leading multidisciplinary teams and complete extensive independent research under the guidance of academic, industrial and clinical experts to meet the challenges of modern healthcare and science
  • Features unique, innovative taught elements, comprising three modules to equip you with a sound understanding of essential research methodologies and analytical skills
  • Develop your skills in research methodologies, data analysis, science communication and entrepreneurialism, with the potential to contribute to knowledge transfer partnerships
  • Features independent, asynchronous study and cohort-based workshops

This Master of Research bridges the gap between undergraduate and doctoral studies, allowing you to explore your field of interest in depth and develop your research skills for the future. 

The programme offers you the opportunity to conduct data collection and research activities either on campus at LJMU, on site visits to the pharmaceutical industry or at NHS partners. 

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • access to programme-appropriate software
  • library and student IT support
  • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Completing an MRes is an ideal stepping stone if you are considering pursuing doctoral/PhD studies, a research career in global health and scientific industries or a clinical career with emphasis on research as a required skillset for career advancement.

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core modules

Developing Real World Research Skills
30 credits

This module aims to develop and enhance your knowledge about research methods, developing a research project, analysis and presentation of findings.

The Reflective Researcher
30 credits

You will develop as a reflective researcher through developing your electronic portfolio. This is a structured document where you will collate reflective accounts on learning or skills developed across the MRes programme in a single place.

Application of Research
120 credits

On this module you will design and deliver your progressive research within your key research theme for the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The programme comprises three modules. You will have 50 hours of contact time on the Developing Real-World Research Skills and The Reflective Researcher modules and 30 hours of contact time on the Application of Research module.

Teaching methods

Taught elements are delivered through a mix of hybrid teaching. This includes independent, asynchronous study and the application of learning in cohort-based workshops and on-campus sessions.
Your cohort will meet regularly in research meetings to share updates and discuss research findings. You will also have independent meetings with your project supervisors.

Applied learning

The research project setting will depend on the nature of your project. You will have the opportunity to conduct data collection and research activities either on campus at LJMU, on site visits to the pharmaceutical industry or at NHS partners.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

I enjoy being able to teach enthusiastic students from a wide variety of backgrounds and shaping their interests and potential careers.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

You will study at the Byrom Street site in the University's City Campus. With an ongoing £12 million investment in laboratory facilities here and state-of-the-art research facilities in the newly developed Life Sciences building, you'll enjoy a first class study environment.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

We believe in equal opportunities for all and applications will be considered on an individual and case by case basis.  

Candidates must demonstrate that they have the foundations to complete the programme and this will be based on previous academic results only.  

- The candidate has a good first degree (normally 2:1 or above) in a related subject i.e. programmes offered within Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.  

- The candidate submits two references, academic transcripts or their equivalent  

Overseas qualifications  

Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 7 overall, with no component <6.5 will be required for entry as per LJMU requirements and confirmed with our admissions team (June 2023).  

International requirements

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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