MRes Life Science and Healthcare Enterprise

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    M.Res. 1Yr FT
    M.Res. 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

The Masters of Research in Life Science and Healthcare Enterprise is a taught research programme portfolio designed to give Health Professionals, Life Scientists, Biomedical Scientists, Medics and Academics the opportunity to conduct masters-level research in a supported environment, with relevant training and application to Life Science-related expert witnesses from Industry and Academia through the provision of a series of master-classes.

Key Features

We combine a multidisciplinary approach of industrial collaboration and integrated and innovative teaching that promises to bring significant advances in the development of leaders of research and innovation in the Life Science sector:

  • The opportunity to specialise in to five different areas of Medical Manufacturing, Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical and Regenerative Medicine with supervision by experienced academics, leading researchers in the field and experts at the forefront of the life sciences industry
  • Develop research skills by working with an interdisciplinary research team
  • Comprehend, design and implement business models across life science enterprise and innovation
  • Engage with clinicians through new and established links with local hospitals and NHS Health Boards.


Programme Outline

Each programme within the portfolio consists of two Phases:

• Phase 1 (October – January): 3 taught modules (compulsory modules) totaling 60 credits, which can lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Life Science and Healthcare Enterprise 

• Phase 2 (February – September): an 8 month research project. At the end of this phase, you will submit a 40,000-words thesis worth 120 credits leading to the award of the MRes in Life Science Healthcare Enterprise

The programme ethos is eclectic, innovative and novel in respect to developing you to be ready for the world of business within the Life Science sector. You will be immersed in and exposed to a learning environment with an open, innovative, global multidisciplinary culture.

By the end of this programme, you will be prepared to be entrepreneurs or a senior employee within large and small business, and capable of leading change to a more entrepreneurial and innovative culture.

Modes of Study:

Attendance Pattern

During the taught element of this Masters programme, students are required to attend for 1 week (5 consecutive days) teaching block, followed by 1 week of independent study (i.e. no formal teaching sessions) for the generation of a white paper and ending in the Presentation, Defence and Assessment period in Week 3 for each module.

 Attendance during Part Two is negotiated with the supervisor. You are also encouraged to attend the Postgraduate Taught Induction Event during the induction week and any programme associated seminars.


Entry Requirements

Admission to the MRes has a minimum requirement of a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject area - Biomedical, Health, Medical or Life Science or other related areas. There is also provision for admission that takes into account relevant work experience within the life science sector, when the applicant has an undergraduate degree but not at a 2:2 honours level.

Applicants who have a completed M-level modules with outcomes that are significantly similar to those for PMRM01 may be allowed to APEL up to 20 of those credits into Part 1. This decision will have to be made on a case-by-case basis.

International applicants where English is not their first language will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency according to Swansea University guidance for postgraduate programmes (IELTS Score 6.5/TOEFL 570).

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
M.Res. Full-time £4,280 £18,550
M.Res. Part-time £2,140 £9,300

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK

If your course starts in January, April or July 2018 please refer to the 2017/18 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.