Biomedical Research PhD student

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Location: Varies according to location of the lab/group hosting the project – see Overview for details
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.
Some of our streams have an earlier deadline of 1 July 2017, please see how to apply for further information.

This course offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory and computer-based biomedical science. In addition to the main Biomedical Research stream, there are research opportunities in the following specialised streams: 

Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care; Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection; Data Science; Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases; Microbiome in Health and Disease; Molecular Basis of Human Disease; and Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science.

About the course


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:

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.


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.

Find out more about the different streams on offer.

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 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 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 applications.

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.

Further information

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.

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.

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