Functional Omics

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

Course Director
Gabriela da Silva Xavier

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Apply state-of-the-art techniques used in the context of functional genomics and cell biology and the study of complex diseases.

This new Master’s course is aimed at developing your knowledge of the fundamental techniques used in modern medicine research. You will have the chance to choose an area of medicine that you are interested in. This will form the focus of your research for a literature review, which can take the form of a grant or PhD proposal, to identify a particular problem in that area that requires resolution, such as a specific disease.

In addition, you will conduct a six-month research project that will account for half of your assessment. You will have the chance to choose your project from a list of available projects, mapped to the areas of research in which our staff have expertise.

To prepare you, the taught component of this course aims to equip you with a breadth of key skills required to design a successful research programme. This includes problem solving, research design and scientific writing. It will focus particularly on how data sets – called omics – are used by researchers to identify therapeutic targets.

You will receive training in practical laboratory techniques, developing your experience of using cell biology toolkits to assess potential mechanisms through which these therapeutic targets may lead to disease (and possible strategies to circumvent the disease causing mechanism) in vitro.

Depending on the nature of your research project, you may also gain knowledge of how to take your scientific research from in vitro systems to in vivo systems, for example modelling disease pathways.

Journal clubs are an important feature of the course: you will work in groups to critically assess published information in chosen areas of modern medicine and will be assessed both on your individual performance and performance as a team.


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

Core modules

  • Core and Professional Skills
  • In vivo Modelling and Use of Human Material and Data
  • Omics
  • Non-coding RNA, Gene Editing and in vitro Modelling
  • Research project
  • Systematic Review

Teaching and assessment


  • Laboratory project
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Online tests
  • Seminars
  • Small group teaching
  • Systematic review
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


  • Literature project thesis
  • Laboratory project thesis
  • Oral presentation of laboratory project and journal club
  • Oral examination
  • Poster presentation

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

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

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 in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology or related Biomedical Science discipline.

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.

Application process

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 early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 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.

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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