University of Chester

Programme Specification
MRes Applied Science MRes
2014 - 2015

Master by Research

MRes Applied Science

MRes Applied Science

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester campus

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

4 Years

Annual - September - October



17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Biological Sciences



Biological Sciences; Department of Clinical Sciences & Nutrition ; Sport and Exercise Sciences

Tuesday 1st May 2012

  • To provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop an independent, substantial piece of scholarly research into an area that fits with the department's supervisory expertise.
  • To be informed by, and to contribute to, broader academic debates about the methods, approaches and practices that underpin the chosen scientific discipline.
  • To provide students with advanced scientific research training appropriate for both Level 7 and doctoral research.
  • To develop students' self-management, planning and communication skills.
  • To prepare fully those students with suitable interests for further postgraduate research at the Master/Doctor of Philosophy level and beyond.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the nature of the relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of selected themes and issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the range, nature and value of primary and secondary sources in the relevant discipline.

Thinking or Cognitive Skills

  • Demonstrated the ability to read and use texts and other source materials both critically and empathetically while addressing content, context and perspective.
  • Demonstrated the capacity to plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.
  • Applied scholarly conventions.

Practical Skills

  • Demonstrated the skills of the researcher including bibliographical skills, selection and synthesis of primary and secondary sources and the ability to provide original analysis in relation to questions appropriate to the discipline.
  • Demonstrated the skills of the researcher in planning, development and execution of a research project

Key Skills
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving

  • Demonstrated self-discipline and self-direction in their work with others in a reasoned way.
  • Communicated effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Used information technology as and when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and the capacity to consider and solve problems.
  • Demonstrated intellectual integrity and maturity, empathy and insight.

Transferable Professional Skills

  • Demonstrate the above key skills within a professional environment or as required for continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrated the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment or further professional development requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.

The MRes is comprised of two taught, Level 7 20 credit modules. These are compulsory within each discipline as below.

Department of Biological Sciences

MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine

MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data

Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

XN7512 Research Methods and Data Analysis  (Compulsory)

Plus one of the following option modules

From MSc Human Nutrition·         XN7001  Principles of Nutrition·         XN7002  Human Metabolism·         XN7003  Nutrition in Health & Disease·         XN7004  Sports Nutrition·         XN7005  Nutritional Assessment  From MSc Weight Management·         XN7201  The Obesity Epidemic·         XN7202   Causes & Assessment of Obesity·         XN7203   Dietary Approaches to Weight Management·         XN7204   Exercise & Weight Management·         XN7206   Pharmacology, Surgery, Supplements & Alternative Methods·         XN7207   Childhood Obesity  From MSc Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation·         XN7401  Cardiovascular Diseases, Risk Factors, Investigations & Treatments·         XN7402  Cardiovascular Anatomy & Exercise Physiology·         XN7404  Clinical Exercise.  Testing, Prescription and Programming·         XN7408  Public Health Policy Programme Planning and Management·         XN7414  Physical Activity & Exercise Programming in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease·         XN7416  Cardiovascular Psychology, Health Behaviour and Education  From MSc Exercise & Nutrition Science·         XN7501  Physiology & Physical Performance·         XN7502  Physiology & Biochemistry of Metabolism·         XN7506  Science of Weight Control·         XN7508  Performance Enhancement·         XN7514  Sports Nutrition  From MSc Biomedical Sciences·         MD7003 The Science of Ageing·         MD7002 Analysis and Interpretation of Clinical Data·         MD7004 Current Issues in Biomedical Science ·         MD7005 Blood Sciences·         MD7006 Clinical Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis 

School of Computer Science, Mathematics and Business Computing

MA7004 Numerical Linear Algebra

MA7005 Integral Equations

MA7006 Numerical Methods: Convergence and Stability Theory 

MA7003 ICT for Mathematics Research

MA7008 Differential Equations and their Applications

MA7021 Research Project Development in Mathematics

CO7002 Project Management

 CO7102 Research Method 2

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

SS7203 Research Methods

SS7206 Sociology of Sports Development and Sports Policy

SS7301 Research Methods in Sports Sciences

SS7315 Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance


All students will then complete the compulsory Level 7 research  module: BI7140 MRes Research Dissertation (140 credits).

There are no exit awards within the MRes programme.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BI7101 7 Nutritional Management of Diabetes across the Lifespan 20 Optional
BI7130 7 Conservation Genetics 20 Optional
BI7139 7 Field Research Techniques for Wildlife Conservation 20 Optional
BI7140 7 MRes Research Dissertation 140 Comp
CO7002 7 Project Management 20 Optional
CO7102 7 Research Methods 20 Optional
MA7003 7 Research Methods and ICT for Mathematics 20 Optional
MA7004 7 Numerical Linear Algebra 20 Optional
MA7005 7 Integral Equations 20 Optional
MA7006 7 Numerical Methods: Convergence & Stability Theory 20 Optional
MA7008 7 Differential Equations and Their Applications 20 Optional
MA7021 7 Research Project Development in Mathematics 20 Optional
SS7203 7 Research Methods in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise 20 Optional
SS7206 7 Sociology of Sport Policy and Development 20 N/A
SS7301 7 Research Methods in Sports Sciences 20 Optional
SS7315 7 Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance 20 Optional
XN7206 7 Pharmacotherapy, surgery, supplements & alternative methods 20 Optional
XN7509 7 Nutrition in Health and Disease 20 Optional
XN7512 7 Research Methods and Data Analysis 20 Optional
XN7515 7 Exercise and Health 20 Optional

MRes (180 credits)
Two taught Level 7, 20 credit modules (40 credits)
BI7140 MRes Research Dissertation(140 credits)

Possession of an upper, second class honours degree in any relevant discipline with additional emphasis placed upon the student's preparedness for study and performance at interview which will inform the selection process.  A lower, second class degree can be mitigated by experience.  Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel.  Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more programme modules.  A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.

Each student will be interviewed as required in all Chester Research Degrees and the Interview record form will be completed and submitted to the Graduate School with the completed application.

There is currently no MRes in the Subject area Benchmark Statements but the QAA code of practice for research degree is relevant and has been drawn upon.

Acquisition of core knowledge is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentation, tutorials and private study, supplemented, where appropriate, contributions by guest and visiting lecturers.

Each taught module is assessed by the submission of one or more written coursework assignment (totalling 4000 words), the format of which will vary depending on the module content, e.g. data interpretation and evaluation; research proposal; evaluative report, etc.

The research dissertation (BI7140) will be assessed as a portfolio comprising:

1.     An extended literature review suitable for publication in Annual Reviews Inc publication

2.     Project report suitable for publication in Plos One

3.     Oral presentation

An individual external examiner will be appointed for each student project.

Reassessment - resubmission of the above papers in line with recommendations of the examiners.

On completion of this programme, a successful graduate will have acquired a range of communication and transferable skills (as embraced by both the educational aims of the programme and the programme outcomes - see above) valuable to their current or potential employers.  The MRes will also prepare students for further research at Master/Doctor of Philosophy level.

The Faculty of Life Sciences programmes respect the standard University policies regarding admissions, widening access and participation, equal opportunities and APL, as applied centrally by the University.  Consistent with the University's commitment to widening access and participation, the programme conforms to the University's flexible approach and welcomes applications from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education.The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to provide quality of opportunity in all its activities.  All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of race, gender, disability or age.  Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally.  Each case will be examined individually and the University's Inclusion Plans will provide guidance and support, as appropriate.  International students who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the postgraduate community at the University; support and guidance are provided for international students at the institution, particularly through the International Student Welfare Officer.

All students are issued with a comprehensive programme handbook and a module handbook at the commencement of each module.  Students needing further advice are welcome to consult the Programme Leader (who acts as the Personal Academic Tutor for students on the programme), or the Module Tutor.

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