School of Life Sciences

Masters study

Gloved hands with a bottle of liquid in a lab

Passionate about science

Our multi-disciplinary environment enables us to offer a wide range of modular, interdisciplinary taught postgraduate courses which provide targeted training in specialist areas of biological sciences.

In addition to our taught postgraduate courses you can also choose to study for a Masters by Dissertation (MSD) which is a research-based postgraduate degree.

Our academic staff have expertise in biophysics, biochemistry, cell, molecular biology, molecular medicine, environmental microbiology, photosynthesis, plant productivity, ecology and environmental science. 


Explore our Masters courses
Why choose us?
  • Learn in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and benefit from a research-led education, taught by experts in their field.
  • Two-thirds of our research was rated as being of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

So, why study with us?

Our postgraduate community

Our courses are demanding and enjoyable, with a multi-disciplinary environment that enables targeted training in specialist areas of biological science. Staff and students work closely with each other, while the open door policy that operates in our laboratory facilities and common room allows you to collaborate and seek advice easily.

Leading research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), two-thirds of our research was rated as being of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' quality. We receive funding for research from the UK government, medical charities and the European Union (EU).

Our strong focus on research means you are taught by some of the best academics in your chosen subject. They are passionate about what they do and are driven to help you succeed.

Preparing for your future

We aim to ensure that you are ready to pursue your chosen career when you leave us. Support is available from our Student Development service to help you to develop throughout your educational experience and as you move into the next stage of your life and career. We work to make sure you have the skills employers are looking for, like practical knowledge of working in a laboratory or the ability to collate and analyse data.

Our students' experience was reflected in the last National Student Survey, where 95% of our biology students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019).