Biomedical Research

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington*
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

Our one-year full-time course provides a broad training to prepare you for a career in biomedical research.

The programme provides an excellent background in biomedical research, and will integrate chemical, biological and physiological aspects in a unified approach.

This course teaches a mechanistic approach to the problems encountered in molecular and cellular biomedical science, as well as emphasising an investigative and empirical approach to the practical problems encountered in experimental and human biomedical science.

Study programme

The course is made up of a general stream and number of specialist streams. All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure, with taught elements and research project determined by your chosen stream.

Over 12 months, you complete two five-month research projects (4.5 days per week) and a core programme (0.5 days per week) including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferable skills

The research projects incorporate cutting-edge developments in the field, and you will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to biomedical research.

Streams

Whichever stream you choose, the emphasis is on a research-orientated approach comprised of both theoretical and practical elements.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world-class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure, and will demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

You have the option of choosing our general biomedical research stream, or one of eight specialisms in the following areas:

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection stream

This specialist stream provides research training in fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity, the microbiota and antibiotic resistance and persistence, with particular attention to the scientific and professional acumen required to establish research independence.

The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection, immunity and antibiotic susceptibility at the host-pathogen interface. This research-oriented approach to training in biomedical sciences comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

You will be exposed to the latest developments in bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity, antibiotic resistance and the microbiota by applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions through two five-month research projects and a series of lectures and technical workshops.

You will gain experience in applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

The stream is based in the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (CMBI), a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary research centre comprising over 55 academic and postdoctoral research staff and 35 postgraduate students.

The overall goals of the CMBI are to understand the biology of infectious diseases with an emphasis on bacterial infections and to translate this information into novel strategies for preventing and treating microbial disease.

Is this stream for you?

This stream is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in bacterial pathogenesis and infection research, whether it be in academia, industry or government. To date, the vast majority of our graduates have gone on to study for a PhD.

Careers

Our MRes in Biomedical Research is designed for students looking to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether in academia, industry or government. The overwhelming majority of graduates, who have wanted to continue on to PhD study, have done so.

The course will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research. The programme offers training in a vast array of laboratories across the Faculty of Medicine (approximately 700 world leading research groups) and an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.

* Location will depend on where your projects are based.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Project 1
  • Project 2

Example projects

You have a wide range of research projects available to you, and complete two projects during your studies. The projects available to you are determined by your chosen stream. You can also choose projects from other streams, though will only have priority within your own stream.

Past projects from students of this stream have been:

  • Host cell membrane targeting of Salmonella integral membrane effector proteins
  • The Type VI Secretion System: Effector Proteins for Host Cell Subversion
  • Does combination therapy reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance?

Read more about MRes Biomedical Research projects on the Department of Surgery and Cancer website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computer tutorials
  • Journal Clubs
  • Laboratory/computational experience
  • Research supervision
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials and Seminars

Assessment methods

  • Laboratory/computer based research
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Research reports
  • Viva voce

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£15,400

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£32,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

If you have any questions about admissions, please see our frequently asked questions specifically for Biomedical Research degrees.

Admissions

Before you apply

Our MRes Biomedical Research degree has several streams and the application process will differ based on your chosen stream.

The majority of streams are "open streams" meaning you follow the standard online application process (see How to apply below). Open streams are those not associated with a specific studentship. If you are the recipient of a scholarship or studentship, please specify in your personal statement, regardless of which stream you choose.

All of the MRes Biomedical Research streams are open streams, with the exception of:

The two streams above are part of 1+3 PhD doctoral training courses. Applicants wishing to apply to these streams must first submit an application for the relevant studentship. It is only after studentships are awarded that successful recipients will be asked to submit an online application.

Please be aware the deadlines for studentships are much earlier than standard course deadlines and you are encouraged to submit an application prior to Christmas 2017.

The requirement to hold a studentship applies only to the two streams named above, and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science does also accept self-funded students.

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in an appropriate subject.

Due to the nature of the course, we accept students from a wide range of backgrounds, therefore if you have any specific queries please contact the stream leader directly for clarification.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018Places on the course are limited and the course receives many more applications than there are places available. Early applications are also encouraged as they allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

MRes Biomedical Research applicants must explicitly state their stream on the application form. If you select the MRes Biomedical Research course as both your first and second options and wish to be considered for two streams within the same course, please email the course team so they can pass your information on to the appropriate admissions tutor. You will not need to prepare an additional personal statement in this instance.

There is an earlier deadline of January 2018 for the Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases stream, because you must apply for a studentship for this stream by January.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates. In addition, two references letters in support of your application are required for admissions tutors to assess your application.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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