Medical students in the labECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

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

About the course


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.


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

Entry requirements

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 for 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 higher 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

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

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.

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