MRes course structure

Research projects

Students are required to complete three 16-week research projects covering:

  • molecular systematics
  • bioinformatics
  • morphology

At least one project must be carried out at each of:

  • the Natural History Museum
  • Imperial College London Silwood Park campus

Other components

Students can attend any of the lectures and practicals of the associated MSc course, and are encouraged to participate in tutorials, seminars, lab meetings and journal clubs. 

They are also required to undertake a number of transferable skills courses run by Imperial College London.


The course is completed with a viva voce covering all three research projects.

Example projects

Browse some research projects undertaken by students in past years: