MRes Plant Chemical Biology
Multidisciplinary Research for Next-Generation Agri-Sciences
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This multidisciplinary course will equip you with the skills to tackle the problems that lie at the interface between plant and physical science, on a molecular level.
About the course
Advances in the understanding of biomolecular processes have often depended upon the collaborative efforts of biochemists, chemists and physicists.
This course will enable you to bridge the gap that can exist between the physical and plant science disciplines due to differences in language, perspective and methodology.
You will receive training from both academic and industrial leaders in the plant and chemical biology fields.
At the end of this course graduates will be ideally placed to undertake PhD studies in collaborative multidisciplinary plant chemical biology, or to seek employment within the agri-science industrial sector.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
The course begins with a fixed lecture programme of core modules in the first term (October–December), followed by optional modules to be taken in the second term (January–March).
The taught component of the course covers a broad range of chemical biology topics, and provides the foundation for completing a substantial research project within a multidisciplinary environment.
The taught component will cover the following areas:
- Cell biology systems and chemical biology
- Molecular plant biology
- Bio-analytical science and technology
- Bioinformatics and structural genomics
- Macromolecular structure and dynamics
- Chemical and biological mechanisms in plants and pests
- Protein engineering and design
- Theoretical approaches to biology
- Imaging in chemistry and biology
- Single cell technologies
During the first term you also complete a literature review, allowing you to develop an in-depth critical review of the subject matter that you have chosen for the research project. You will have regular contact with your supervisors during this time, enhancing the integration of the taught and research elements of the programme.
Throughout the course you will be exposed to a variety of learning styles including lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, journal clubs, and seminars, all of which have been tailored to meet your multidisciplinary needs.
Syngenta, the key industrial partner on this course, will also provide some lectures, workshops and tours of their research site to all students.
Multidisciplinary research project
The major focus of the course is an eight-month multidisciplinary research project, to be jointly supervised by at least one physical and one plant scientist.
You choose your research project from a range of proposals at the start of the first term. Supervisors are drawn from world leading departments at Imperial, including the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Bioengineering.
You will be based in the research laboratories of your supervisors, allowing you to benefit from interaction with researchers at all levels from both disciplines.
Joint research projects with Syngenta are also available and may be based at either the Syngenta research site or Imperial. These will be allocated on the basis of student merit.
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 requirements
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.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
- £10,900 full-time
- £5,450* per year part-time
Islands and overseas students
- £30,600 full-time
- £15,300* per year part-time
* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
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.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online. For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
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 of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.
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.
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.
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