Chemistry students

Key information

Start date: October 2017
ECTS: 90 credits

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

South Kensington
White City

Course Directors
Dr Laura Barter
Dr Rudiger Woscholski

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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.

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.


Taught modules

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.

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.

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)

2017 entry
Full-time £10,900
Part-time £5,450

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £30,600
Part-time £15,300

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

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).

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.

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.

ATAS certificate

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.

Further information

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