Biosciences student in the lab

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying modern bioscience research, and trains students in laboratory and research skills.

About the course


This course provides an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying modern bioscience research and its exploitation.

It aims to equip graduates with the relevant skills to pursue careers in applied biosciences and biotechnology in the industrial and public sectors in the UK and overseas.

It includes both taught and research-based elements encompassing biochemistry, molecular cell biology, systems and synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and entrepreneurship.

After completion of compulsory taught modules, you will focus on a specialised dissertation and research projects that are consistent with your interests and career aspirations.


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

You undertake core modules in Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Statistics. These are designed to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of modern biology, including cell biology, genomics, proteomics, experimental techniques and data handling.

You also take two advanced modules in applied bioscience and biotechnology that cover topics such as industrial biotechnology, glycotechnology, structural biology, cellular damage, repair and ageing, genes and genomics, infection and immunity, stem cells and regenerative medicine, neurobiology in health and disease, integrative systems biology, and synthetic biology.

In addition, you attend weekly seminars with invited external speakers from industry and the public sector.

In the final term, you undertake a full-time tutored dissertation, followed by a mini-conference. You also undertake a full-time individual project in the research laboratories of the Department, to be written up as a report.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in biochemistry, biology or a related 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 for 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 applicants.

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.

How to apply

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.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

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

Find out more about the MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology, including more detailed course content.