Biomedical Research

Key information

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

Campus
Chelsea and Westminster
Royal Brompton
South Kensington

St Mary's

Course Director
Prof Nigel Gooderham

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 July or 1 August 2017 (see how to apply)
Dr Tim Ebbels introduces the course
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Overview

This one-year full-time course provides a broad training to prepare students for a career in biomedical research.

The main biomedical research stream is run by the Department of Surgery and Cancer. You can also focus on a specialist area of biomedical research by choosing one of our specialist streams. The campus where teaching is normally (but not exclusively) carried out for each stream is listed below:

  • Data Science
    Department of Surgery and Cancer
    South Kensington Campus
  • Toxicological Science
    New stream for 2017 entry
    Department of Surgery and Cancer
    South Kensington

The emphasis is on a research-orientated approach and comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world-class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure, and will demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

Structure

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

The programme is divided into streams, each of which offers a different specialism within biomedical research. The format of the streams and assessment methods are the same for all students, but the core programme and choice of research projects are determined by stream. 

The course comprises two 5-month research projects and a core programme including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferrable skills. Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

See detailed information on the structure and content of this course.

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
£14,500

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£30,600

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.

Scholarships

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.

Admissions

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.

Admissions

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 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 by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

There is an earlier deadline of 1 July 2017 for the below streams:

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection
  • Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Basis of Human Disease

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.

Further information

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.