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
- Start dates in January and September
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
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.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Developing Real World Research Skills
This module aims to develop and enhance your knowledge about research methods, developing a research project, analysis and presentation of findings.
The Reflective Researcher
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
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
The programme comprises three modules:
- Developing Real-World Research Skills (30 credits): 350 hours
- The Reflective Researcher (30 credits): 53 hours
- Application of Research (120 credits): 1,286 hours
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.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Alice McCloskey
Dr Alice McCloskey
Dr McCloskey is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. She completed an MPharm Pharmacy and PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her area of expertise is novel drug delivery systems and medicines use in patients at extremes of age (children and older adults). Dr McCloskey’s research interests span bench to bedside activities. She works closely with the NHS and pharmaceutical industry to improve the use of existing medicines in patients at the extremes of age. She also designs novel formulations to provide a personalised medication approach for patients where formulations do not exist or conditions have no cure. Dr McCloskey’s work contributes to research and teaching in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. She is co-lead of the Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Research Group and a member of the Formulation and Drug Delivery Research Group and Institute for Health Research.
I really enjoy watching the students’ progress and seeing them evolve into independent thinkers, ready to contribute to society as they move through our programmes at LJMU
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.
You will need:
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
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).
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.