University of Liverpool

Institute of Integrative Biology

Graduated with Distinction

Christopher John Roberts

Below is the list of modules, along with the grades achieved, that comprised my post graduate degree. Each module can be clicked on for further information on its content.

Module Name Module Credits Mark
MRes Research Project BIOL706 120 71
Post-Genomic Bioinformatics LIFE708 15 95
Informatics for Life Sciences BIOL721 15 77
Research Methods and Applications in Biological Sciences LIFE731 15 71
Programming for Life Sciences BIOL733 15 68

Objective of the Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide BSc (Hons) students with the necessary additional knowledge and skills to become research scientists in their area of interest.


The programme aims to:
● Provide high-level research training in the biological sciences to equip students with advanced research skills and with transferable skills, which will be of value to those aspiring to complete a PhD, as well as to all research-oriented scientists.
● Develop in students an advanced level of understanding and critical awareness of major issues and challenges in the biological sciences.
● Produce lifelong learners with intellectual and practical skills to solve problems creatively.
● Enable students to critique current research and to evaluate methodologies and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
● Train students to deal with complex scientific issues, both systematically and creatively.
● Provide students with the skills to adapt and respond positively to challenges of biological research.
● Gain a skills base directly relevant to the needs of modern science employers.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme successful students will have:
● A comprehensive understanding of their discipline, informed by current scholarship and research. This will include a critical awareness of relevant issues and developments in their subject area.
● Received specialised training in methodologies, approaches and techniques to enable them to design and deliver a piece of original research. They will have acquired the intellectual insights and experimental numerical skills to evaluate critically the research project that they have executed.

Learning & Teaching Strategies

Focus on Research Training

This is the core to the MRes and is focused on two compulsory modules, LIFE731 (Research Methods and Applications in Biological Sciences) and the Research Project Module (BIOL706).

Acquisition of Subject Based Learning Outcomes

Via lectures, practicals, coursework, workshops, small-group tutorials, problem-solving exercises and research projects. Additional support is from Web-based materials, selected textbooks and specified source literature. Throughout the programme, the learner is guided and encouraged to undertake independent reading to supplement and consolidate what is formally taught/learnt. This broadens individual knowledge and understanding, and also develops self-learning techniques.

Intellectual & Transferable Skills

Are developed through specific modules providing teaching in these skills. The research project provides advanced training in high level analytical and reasoning skills.

Practical Skills

Are developed primarily through modules with a practical component and project work. Students work in groups to share learning experiences but are also instructed individually so that each student acquires these skills. Specific lecture modules and workshops also deliver teaching in experimental design and the application of relevant statistics. The projects also provide advanced research training within an internationally recognised research environment.