MRes Chemical Biology: Multidisciplinary Physical Scientists for Next Generation Biological, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
ECTS: 90 credits
Chemical Biology is an emerging discipline that sits at the interface of traditional chemistry and biology, drawing on the tools and ideas of modern Physical Sciences and applying them to the solution of biological problems at the molecular level.
This is a discipline that is perfectly poised to address the next great challenge in biological science – to understand how gene products are used in and interact with the cellular environment.
The research element provides physical scientists with the ability to bridge disparate fields and gain the confidence to grapple with biomolecular research in a multidisciplinary environment.
The MRes consists of a nine-month interdisciplinary research project, taught modules in advanced cell biology and biochemistry, practical laboratory experience of biomolecular techniques, specialist lectures in transferable skills and group discussion sessions.
In term one, you choose a research project after discussion with academic staff during the first two weeks of the course. Each research project has at least one physical and one life sciences supervisor. Under their guidance, you write a literature report and research proposal for submission at the end of term.
You attend Journal Club, which is an assessed transferable skills module that aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.
In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up as a thesis. You will also present your research findings at a one-day MRes Conference held at the beginning of September, which counts towards your overall assessment.
The programme is run by the Institute of Chemical Biology’s Doctoral Training Centre.
Students can apply for a one-year stand-alone MRes course or a four-year programme (one year MRes followed by a three-year PhD).
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Core taught material
- Cell biology
- Chemical Biology and Enzymology
- Analytical Tools and Techniques
- Physical Techniques in Biology
- Molecular Basis of Cancer
- Theoretical Approaches to Biology
- Imaging in Chemistry and Biology
- Single Cell Technologies
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 (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
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 £10,000 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.
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.
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.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in any subject with more than 50 per cent physical science content (e.g. chemistry, physics, mathematics, biophysics, biochemistry, bioengineering).
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.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
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.
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.