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PG Certificate: 3 months full-time
MSc: 1 year full-time

Start date: October 2017
LocationRoyal Brompton, South Kensington and Hammersmith

This course provides state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies, training you in translational research and rapidly-developing topics in advanced therapeutic medicines.

A direct entry MSc, lasting 9 months full-time, will be available from 2017 entry.

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017.

About the course


The course is a unique combination of 'hot' and rapidly-developing topics in advanced therapeutic medicines, and will provide academic and laboratory research training in three key areas (streams):

  • Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • New Horizons in Pharmacology

The main purpose of this programme is to facilitate state-of-the-art education in next generation therapies for scientists and clinicians, who will be equipped to significantly contribute to these rapidly expanding fields.

A major focus is training in translational research illustrating all steps required to progress novel therapies from bench-to-bedside and towards drug licensing.

It is the provision of teaching in all three areas of advanced therapeutic development which makes our programme unique. 


All Master's students will take part in four compulsory modules:

  • One science and research skills module
  • Three stream-specific core modules (one for each stream: Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies, Regenerative Medicine and New Horizons in Pharmacology) to understand key concepts.

You will then specialise in one of the three streams and take part in a further stream-specific advanced study module in addition to conducting a stream-specific six-month research project.

You can opt to do the four compulsory modules only and obtain a Postgraduate Certificate.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in an appropriate science subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We 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 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

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £5,000
  • MSc: £10,000

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £15,300
  • MSc: £30,600

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.

Further information

Find out more about our Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells courses.

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.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. 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.

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