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Master by Research



2024 - 2025


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Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme, applicants must have an undergraduate Honours qualification (minimum 2: 1) or equivalent in a scientific discipline, usually within chemistry, biology, pharmacy, biomedicine, or related fields. Candidates with a 2:2 or equivalent degree who can show relevant experience will also be considered.

For North American students a GPA of normally 2.5 and above (on a scale of 4.0), or an equivalent, is required.

A levels

Entry to this programme requires a pass at A-level Chemistry OR having taken an undergraduate module in a relevant chemical subject.

English language requirements

If your native language is not English, or the official language of your first degree is not English, you will need to pass a test in English approved by the University before you can be admitted. The International English Language Testing System test (IELTS) administered by the British Council is the test which is preferred by the University.

You will need to achieve an overall score of at least 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take the test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.

Alternative English language tests include:

  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A), for which you will need to achieve an overall score of at least 55, with at least 51 in each of the four sub-tests
  • TOEFL, for which you will need to score at least 80 on the internet-based test, with sub-tests not less than Speaking 20, Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The programme uses a wide range of assessment types, including:

  • Written exams
  • Extended essays
  • Poster and seminar presentations
  • Laboratory write-ups

The assessments work together to provide the real skills needed for research-active scientists. For example, in Semester 2, you will be tasked with writing a communication journal manuscript based on your initial results and to submit a scientific abstract for a poster.

In Semester 3, you will prepare and present your poster at the Faculty-wide Research Open Day, to which all the University’s internal and external stakeholders are invited. You will join other students in the cohort, to form an editorial board, set criteria and then peer-review the manuscripts prepared in Semester 2.

Employability, and the skills that enhance it, are a strong feature running through the curriculum design. For example, in Semester 2 you will attend a workshop about writing your CV. In Semester 3, you will participate in a mock job/PhD interview by an invited external employer/academic.

Industrial Placement

As part of our commitment to improve employability of our graduates, we recently announced opportunities for gaining work experience as part of your degree at Labcorp Drug Development in Harrogate (Previously known as Covance) 

If you are accepted to the scheme, you can spend part or all of your six month project during Semesters 2 and 3 at Labcorp. For further information, please contact Scheme Coordinator and Programme Leader

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Study support

All students on the MRes programme are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor whom they regularly meet during their time here. Embedded within the programme are a number of activities to enhance your academic skills, and additional support is also provided through the Academic Skills Advice unit.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is based in the science quarter at the heart of the University campus and is part of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences. ‌

Our research encompasses the development of new cancer medicines from concept to clinic. The emphasis of our work is on drug target and biomarker interrogation in clinical samples and development of relevant in vitro and in vivo models for lead compound selection and progression. Research covers the three broad stages of cancer medicine and biomarker development: discovery, pre-clinical evaluation and clinical application.

Our taught and research-based postgraduate programmes benefit from an excellent research environment within an institute large enough to provide world-leading expertise across a broad range of relevant subject areas, together with a vibrant and supportive student community.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.