University of Chester

Programme Specification
MRes Applied Science MRes
2015 - 2016

Master by Research

MRes Applied Science

MRes Applied Science

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester Parkgate Road Campus, Thornton Science Park

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

There are no subject benchmark statements for MRes Applied Science. However, the programme is designed to be consistent with Section 4 of the QAA (2008) framework for higher education qualifications in England, wales and Northern Ireland, which identifies the necessary descroptors for L7 training.


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

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

  • 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 a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the specialist area of the relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected themes and issues
  • Demonstrated a critical knowledge and understanding of the range, nature and value of primary and secondary sources of literature in the relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated a critical understanding of the investigative techniques and research methods relevant to the specialist subject area

These Outcomes are captured through a number of the subject specific taught modules but particularly through subject-specific MRes research dissertation modules.

  Thinking and 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 ability to analyse, synthesise, evaluate, apply and reflect upon information gained from academic and professional literature
  • Demonstrated the capacity to systematically plan, conduct and present a programme of original research.
  • Applied scholarly conventions.

These Outcomes are captured through a number of the subject specific taught modules but particularly through subject-specific MRes research dissertation modules.

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 systematically planning, development and execution of a research project

Transferable Professional Skills

  • To have an understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and how this influences analysis and interpretations based on that knowledge
  • To have skills of self-evaluation to understand own strenghts and weaknesses, challenge received opinion, and develop own criteria and judgement
  • To have key/transferable skills and confidence to undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competencies that will enable tehe assumption of significant responsibility within relevant organisation

These Outcomes are captured through a number of the subject specific taught modules but particularly through subject-specific MRes research dissertation modules.

Communication Skills

  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Use IT effectively to manipulate quantitative information to solve and present the outcomes of defined problems

These Outcomes are captured through a number of the subject specific taught modules but particularly through subject-specific MRes research dissertation modules.

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

Department of Biological Sciences

BI7139 Field Research Techniques for Wildlife Conservation

BI7130 Conservation Genetics

BI7131 Wildlife crime

BI7132 Behaviour and welfare in wildlife conservation

BI7137 Managing wildlife populations and landscapes

BI7138 Biodiversity informatics

Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

XN7512 Research Methods and Data Analysis  (Compulsory)

Plus one of the following optional modules:

XN7509 Nutrition in Health and Disease;

XN7515 Exercise and Health

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,

MD7001 Evidence Based Medicine

Department of Computer Science

CO7002 Project Management

CO7102 Research Method 2

Department of Mathematics

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

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


Students will then complete a compulsory Level 7 research dissertation module.  This module is BI7140 MRes Research Dissertation (140 credits) with the exception of students from the Department of Mathematics who should undertake MA7191 Research Dissertation for Mathematics (140 credits).

There are no exit awards within the MRes programme.


Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BI7130 7 Conservation Genetics 20 Optional
BI7131 7 Wildlife Crime 20 Optional
BI7132 7 Behaviour and Welfare in Wildlife Conservation 20 Optional
BI7137 7 Managing Wildlife Populations and Landscapes 20 Optional
BI7138 7 Biodiversity Informatics 20 N/A
BI7139 7 Field Research Techniques for Wildlife Conservation 20 Optional
BI7140 7 MRes Research Dissertation 140 Optional
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
MA7191 7 Research Dissertation for Mathematics 140 Optional
SS7203 7 Research Methods in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise 20 Optional
SS7206 7 Sociology of Sport Policy and Development 20 Optional
SS7301 7 Research Methods in Sports Sciences 20 Optional
SS7302 7 The Applied Sports Scientist - Core Competencies 20 Optional
SS7306 7 Contemporary Issues in Sports Physiology 20 Optional
SS7315 7 Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance 20 Optional
SS7330 7 MRes Research Dissertation (Sport and Exercise Sciences) 140 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) or MA7191 MRes Research Dissertation (140 credits) (MA7191 is for students within the Department of Mathematics only).



Applicants should normally possess 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 may be mitigated by substantial relevant work 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. However, the programme's learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and content together w iththe methods of learning and assessment have been informed by the QAA's Master's degree characteristics guidelines and advice document (2010). Specifically students will have demonstrated

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and/ or new insights much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline/ field of study
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • Originality in the application of knowledge and a practical understanding of how established techniques or research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • Conceptual understanding that enables critical evaluation of current researh and advanced scholarship in the discipline

Students will also have demonstrated the ability to:

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • self direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level

Students will also have acquired the transferable skills necessary for imployment including:

  • The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
  • decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

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.


The Research Dissertation for Mathematics module (MA7191) will be assessed via dissertation.

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.

This programme respects 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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