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This one-year MRes course is also offered as the first year of a 4-year MRes/PhD Doctoral Training Programme.

Course Information

Why Chemical Biology?

Chemical Biology is an emerging discipline that sits at the interface of traditional chemistry and biology. It draws on the tools and ideas of modern Physical Sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering) and applies these to the solution of biological problems at the molecular level. It is a discipline that is perfectly poised to address the next great challenge in biological science.  

The MRes in Chemical Biology will train students in translational multidisciplinary research through a bespoke training and research programme. Students will be armed with an in-depth understanding of product development pipelines across a variety of sectors, acquired through first-hand experience of multi-disciplinary translational research and early stage commercialisation. This will enable them to become leaders of technology innovation and translation in the life science, personal care and agri-science industries.

Course Overview

This one year multidisciplinary MRes course fuses exciting professional and transferable skills courses, crafted and delivered in partnership with industry, with world class research. This includes an 8-month multidisciplinary research project, taught courses, practical laboratory experience of biomolecular techniques and industry-led innovation workshops. The research project provides physical scientists with the language, knowledge, and multi-disciplinary toolkit that is crucial to working across the physical-bio sciences divide

How to apply

Please apply by completing and submiting the online Imperial College Postgraduate application form. The program you should select when completing the online application is under 'Department of Chemistry' and the course name is 'F1U3 - MRes in Chemical Biology and Bio-Entrepreneurship'.

Guidance on how to apply can be found on the Postgraduate webpages.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Information on tuition fees.

There are Santander Master’s Scholarships available for 2017-18.

You can search for all available scholarships using our tool.

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. Under this scheme, all non-EEA students who need a student visa to study in the UK on MRes course will be required to apply for ATAS clearance before applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. 

Any students already in the UK who need to extend their student visa to commence or continue on one of the relevant courses, will also need to get ATAS clearance before making a student visa extension application. This scheme can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and when you have your college offer, you can make your application online.

PLEASE NOTE that an ATAS certificate is only valid for 6 months from the date of issue. You must make sure that you submit your visa application before the ATAS expires!

You should apply for ATAS clearance well in advance  of your student visa application as the processing time for ATAS can be as long as 30 working days.

NB: In addition to the above, during the months of June, July, August and September, ATAS is extremely busy and so the processing time for ATAS applications can be even longer.

We receive many queries about how to complete sections of the ATAS application. Please refer to our ATAS FAQ [pdf]  in the first instance as your query may easily be resolved If the FAQs do not answer your query then please contact us or contact the ATAS team directly.

More information can be accessed on


The text below should be used to describe the MRes course in the ATAS application

This is a one year stand-alone multidisciplinary MRes course that equips students with knowledge in the understanding of advances in the biomolecular processes and the development of novel therapeutics.  A multidisciplinary approach is taken involving the collaborative efforts of biochemists, chemists and physicists from within Imperial College.

Training is provided by academic and industrial scientists in the chemical biology field.  The major focus of the course will be an 8 month multidisciplinary research project, jointly supervised by at least one physical and one life scientist.  The taught component of the MRes course will equip students with the foundations necessary to complete their research project within a multidisciplinary environment.


Selected publications from MRes projects

Here is a selected list of publications that came out of MRes projects in the department of Chemsitry:


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For further details of the course please consult the links to the documents on the left of this page. If these do not answer your query, please email the Chemistry MRes admins ( or contact the Course Directors
Dr Laura Barter or
Dr Rudiger Woscholski

Entry requirements

Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in any subject with more than 50% physical science content (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering), from a UK institutions or an equivalent overseas qualification.

English requirement: IELTS 6.5 (writing and speaking 6).