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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 flexible, research-based course provides a highly specialised biochemical education and practical training, along with the fundamental skills needed for a research career.

About the course


This research-based course provides a highly specialised biochemical education and practical training.

It will give you the fundamental skills to enable you to enter a research career in modern biochemical research in industry or academia.

There is considerable flexibility and you will be able to focus on specialist subjects consistent with your interests and career intentions.

This course will be of great benefit to graduates in biochemistry, biology, structural biology and related disciplines.


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

You will be trained in the fundamental skills that will enable you to enter a research career. There is considerable flexibility and you will be able to focus on specialist subjects consistent with your interests and career intentions. Research projects are available in the wide range of subjects and choices are made in consultation with expert staff.

Research project areas

  • Biological chemistry
  • Biological structure and function
  • Biophysics
  • Cell and molecular biology, including neurosciences
  • Molecular microbiology and infection
  • Structural biology
  • Glycobiology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biosciences
  • Plant and microbial sciences

Compulsory modules

  • Induction
  • Three 15 or 16 week research projects, each assessed by a 7,000 word report and a viva.
  • Three research presentations
  • Safety course
  • Professional skills training

Workshops and Master Classes in professional skills are organised by the Graduate School.

Teaching and assessment


  • Computer-based work
  • Formal presentations (preparing for viva examination)
  • Laboratory work (during research projects)
  • Individual lab research project and writing up a project report


  • Individual research project report
  • Oral presentation
  • Viva

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree and a commitment to a career in biosciences research.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are studying for UK qualifications.

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 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.

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.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

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 required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.