Dean's Masters Prize winners

The Faculty of Medicine Dean's Prizes are awarded every year to the students who achieve the highest overall distinction grade on their Master's course. 


Clinical Research: Diabetes and Obesity 18/19 - Zijian Fang

What did you most enjoy about your course?

Zijian FangThe research project is the most enjoyable part of the whole course. I think the diverse research projects provided in the course are most attractive to students who want to have a PhD in the next few years.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College?

I think the Faculty gives many opportunities for students to take part in lab work/clinical study, many of which aim to translate the basic research into clinical practice. It is a great chance for us to know what we are interested in if we would like to work in clinical research/translational work. More importantly, I think I am doing something that can benefit patients.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?

Very Excited. I also want to express my great gratitude towards my supervisor, Dr Ben Jones. Without his help in my research project, I cannot have a chance to learn more about being a researcher.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I am doing a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Any other comments

I want to express my great gratitude towards my supervisor, Dr Ben Jones, for his motivation and immense knowledge. I really appreciate every insightful discussion with him.


MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) 18/19 - Eva Guerrero

What did you most enjoy about your course? 

Eva GuerreroAs the majority of the MRes Clinical Research course was research based, it allowed students the amazing opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be in an intensive research environment. We were able to work beside and learn from experts in the field, share valuable time with researchers, professors and clinicians and get involved in departmental meetings. It was great to feel part of a bigger project and to put into practice what we were learning throughout the course. 

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College? 

There was a big emphasis on student-staff communication and Imperial College were very receptive with feedback about the course throughout the year. As the cohort was relatively small, this worked very well and a lot of the student suggestions were taken into consideration and implemented.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?

Receiving the Dean's Prize is a great honour, one that I could not have achieved without the invaluable guidance from my supervisor and lab team who always encouraged me and inspired me to work harder.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I will be starting a PhD in Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia, which follows on nicely from my Masters work. I definitely would not have had the same chances of receiving this opportunity without my clinical research experience so I am very grateful for it.


MRes Clinical Research (Human Nutrition) 17/18 - James Frampton

What did you most enjoy about your course? 

James FramptonThe research project. Over the course of the year I became an integral member of the research team and was given a lot of responsibility. This responsibility was something I relished and a key reason for my development as a scientist.    

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College? 

Being able to learn from world-renowned scientists on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to be supervised by Dr. Anjali Amin and Professor Kevin Murphy - two people I learnt an incredible amount from throughout the course.

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?

It was a great honour to receive this prize. Imperial college is a world-leading university, and to be recognised by such an institution is something I am extremely proud of. 

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I am currently doing a PhD at Imperial College under the supervision of Dr. Ed Chambers, Professor Kevin Murphy and Professor Gary Frost investigating nutrient sensing in muscle metabolism and exercise.


MRes Clinical Research (Diabetes and Obesity) 17/18 - Sophie Jones

What did you most enjoy about your course? 

Sophie JonesThe opportunity to get involved with a world class research team in a structured way in which I had my own project that I was responsible for, but contributed to multiple other projects going on within the team too.    

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College? 

Excellent accessible and free faculty-led courses to develop research skills, writing-up skills, IT skills and statistics. 

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?

I was delighted! After all the hard work, it was a lovely surprise to be rewarded. 

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

I have returned to full time clinical medical work and am undertaking Core Medical Training (2 years). After this I intend to undertake specialty medical training in Diabetes and Endocrinology. 



MRes Clinical Research (Translational Medicine) 17/18 - Edouard Mills

What did you most enjoy about your course? 

Edouard MillsThe focus of this course was an individual one-year long research project, which permitted real ownership (whilst being adequately supervised). However, to be equipped with the necessary background theoretical knowledge, we undertook four one-week teaching modules covering medical statistics, research methodologies, clinical governance and special research circumstances. All in all, the balance between research and teaching time was excellent.

What did you most appreciate about the Faculty/College? 

All members of the faculty and college were friendly and approachable, including the lecturers and teaching fellows. The lectures and tutorials were delivered in an informal and interactive environment and encouraged audience participation. Special thanks to Fiona Bibby, our course administrator, who was pivotal in the day-to-day running of the course. 

How did it feel to receive the Dean's Prize?

I was honoured to have received the Dean’s Prize. However, the prize was also a credit to the strong mentorship and instrumental guidance which I received from my supervisors: Dr Sophie Clarke, Dr Alexander Comninos and Professor Waljit Dhillo.

What are you doing now/What do you plan on doing after graduation?

Having thoroughly enjoyed the programme and the thirst for clinical research which the course has given me, I am now undertaking a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology with Professor Dhillo. I am in no doubt that a doctorate from an institution with a world-class reputation for academic excellence will be invaluable for my career in clinical endocrinology.  

Any other comments

Thank you Imperial College!