MRes Biomedical Research

Advanced research training in a range of eight streams of laboratory and computer-based biomedical science


The MRes in Biomedical Research offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory and computer-based biomedical science.

The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether it be in academia, industry or government. To date, of the students who wanted to, the overwhelming majority have gone on to study for a PhD. We will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research. The programme offers training in a vast array of laboratories across the Faculty of Medicine (approximately 700 world leading research groups). 

The course comprises two five-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.

Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this programme.


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. Current streams offered are:

Please see further information on the streams offered before making your application.

Entry requirements

A good first degree (2:1 or better) from a UK university or non-UK equivalent

Why Imperial?

Imperial College is one of the world's leading research universities and works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. Most Master’s courses offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in, or in collaboration with industry. 

Master's degree scholarships

We currently have eight Dean's Master's Scholarships for 2017-18 to be awarded to candidates with outstanding academic potential. This year is also the first year that the Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship will be running, a new scholarship programme for the Faculty of Medicine, offering up to two scholarships for lab-based MSc or MRes Master’s ProgrammesDetails of both opportunities can be found on the website, together with information on how to apply, the online application form and terms and conditions. Please note that the application deadline is 25 April 2017. Applicants will be given a decision by 30 June 2017.