Everything you need to know...
- Become trained in research methods and complete a high level research project
- Study for a higher degree by research in our well-respected Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre.
- Undertake research in disease mechanisms, bioanalytical chemistry (incorporating the Centre for Mass Spectrometry Imaging), molecular microbiology, or chemistry and biomaterials.
A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and a laboratory based high level scientific investigation. The nature of the work and the time it takes to finish the research means a research degree is demanding and needs great commitment.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Your research takes place with the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (BMRC). The BMRC has been established for over 15 years. We have over 40 postgraduate students enrolled on MPhil/PhD programmes, as well as a number of postdoctoral research assistants. This provides an active and stimulating research environment.
Course leaders and tutors
Whilst studying, postgraduate students are encouraged and supported to present their latest research findings at national and international conferences as part of the BMRC. You present your results in a thesis, explain the methods used in your research and defend them in a viva voice examination.
Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers, and for professional specialisation and development in an existing or planned career.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
The Biomolecular Sciences Laboratories are highly specialised laboratories situated over two floors in close proximity to academic and student office space. Depending on your program of study you will work with a variety of specialist equipment such as
- biacore facility
- cell culture facilities for bacterial and mammalian cells
- confocal and inverted fluorescence microscopy suite
- DNA microarray scanner
- flow cytometry
- histological processing and staining
- hypoxia culture facilities
- Q-TOF-MS with electrospray and imaging MALDI options along with LC and associated equipment for proteomic analysis
- real time PCR
- synaption mobility mass spectrometer
Please contact the relevant research area or centre to enquire about the entry requirements for this MPhil. Where English is not your first language, you must also show evidence of English language ability.
All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.
You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Find out more about the University’s research areas and staff or search for members of staff by keyword.
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £2,298 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 770.8KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.