You are viewing this course for January start 2023

MRes BioInnovation at Aberystwyth University provides access to the latest thinking around the Circular Economy and is ideal for anyone with an interest in integrating this ethos into agrifood practice or policy. Aimed at those working with or within the Welsh agrifood supply chains, this course places greater emphasis on research than on taught elements and is an ideal stepping stone for those considering developing the research aspect of their career.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent. Subject to agreement with project supervisor. Non-graduates must have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.

Back to the top

About this course

The MRes can be completed in 3-5 years.

Contact time

Individual taught modules run for 14 weeks by distance learning. There are three intakes per year so you can start in February, June or October.

The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your workplace with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection (i.e. are able to stream videos such as on YouTube), you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates must hold at least a second class Honours degree in an appropriate agricultural or biological science, or a closely related discipline.

Non-graduates must have at least 24 months of relevant full-time work experience in an agri-food industry. Relevant experience will be determined by the University.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.


There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion. Research is monitored and assessed.


Generous discounts are available to those students living or working in Wales, hence a reduced fee of £1,155 applies for eligible applicants.

Modules September start - 2023

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Research Methods BDM0120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behaviour Change BDM8820 20
Biorefining Technologies BDM7720 20
Controlled Environment Agriculture BDM6220 20
Future of Packaging BDM1320 20
Life Cycle Assessment and Beyond BDM6320 20
Livestock Health and Welfare BDM5920 20
Meat Processing BDM8720 20
Precision Livestock BDM6420 20
Public Goods BDM1920 20
Sustainable Supply Systems BDM1120 20
Waste Resource Management BDM1220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
MRes Research Project (A) BDM6060 60
MRes Research Project (B) BDM6160 60

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Teaching & Learning

On this degree you will study Research Methods and complete a Work-Based Research Project, which is the main component of your degree. You will also choose 2 from a range of option modules, which currently include:

  • Sustainable Supply Systems
  • Precision Livestock
  • Future of Packaging
  • Waste Resource Management
  • Membrane Filtration Technologies (delivered by Swansea University)
  • Life Cycle Assessment and Beyond
  • Public Goods
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Behaviour Change
  • Meat Processing