Masters by Research in Health Sciences - MRes *

  • Level: Postgraduate Research
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City South
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An MRes course is an integrated research training programme designed to provide graduates with a foundation for a career in research in industry, the public sector or in academic life. Its purpose is to offer high quality postgraduate training in methods and practice of research in relevant transferable skills that are not normally offered in conventional taught Masters courses. An MRes award serves as a qualification in its own right for entry to a research career in industry, or a platform for entry to a PhD programme.

The program will be based in the School of Health sciences via 3 available routes:                      

  • Life Sciences
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Allied Health Professions

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Contact the Course Leader, Dr Loukia Tsaprouni to find out more about the research opportunities available  for this course:

For current research topics in all three areas please visit the School Research page. 

What is an MRes?

A Master by Research (MRes) will provide an introduction to research methods in addition to giving a firm foundation for those wishing to pursue a doctoral study in the future. The MRes degree will give students the opportunity to understand the nature and potential of a particular research topic through, for example, understanding the methodologies and ethics of conducting research.

This degree can act as a great link between undergraduate and PhD level research, particularly if the student is in the process of streamlining into their research discipline and at the same time are still undecided about committing to a PhD. The MRes will be a school-based programme with strong research engagement being its pillar. In particular routes, industrial partnerships will be encouraged and a focus will also be put on practical and leadership skills, guided by a problem based learning ethos. 

This course is open to International students

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Loukia Tsaprouni

Research Director for the School of Health Sciences

Loukia Tsaprouni is a Reader in Health with interests in the areas of Genomics and Epigenetics of common diseases, complex traits aiming at the discovery of molecular origins of human disease, and the development of novel diagnostic and intervention strategies. She completed her PhD and Post-Doctoral qualifications at Imperial College before joining the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as a Research Fellow. She joined Birmingham City University in 2017 as the School Research Director.

Working alongside world leaders both at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College and the Sanger Institute, she has experience studying the molecular and cellular aspects of complex human disease working towards developing novel therapeutic targets, using animal and cell models as well as patient samples.

The focus of Loukia’s research is to monitor epigenetic changes and post-translational modifications involved in respiratory and cardiovascular age related diseases with a particular focus to nutritional interventions in order to slow down or alleviate the disease onset. Her group investigates epigenetic changes in the genome of induced pluripotent stem cells and their parental fibroblasts in twins and how those signatures can be altered by nutritional changes.

Loukia has participated in large international consortia, has led research projects and has received funding and awards from the EU commission, the Royal Society, the National Hellenic Research Funding body, the NIH etc. She has published peer-reviewed papers in international journals and has presented her work in international conferences.