Biomedical Research

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

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
ECTS: 90 credits

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Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

This one-year full-time course provides a broad training to prepare students for a career in biomedical research.

The main biomedical research stream is run by the Department of Surgery and Cancer. You can also focus on a specialist area of biomedical research by choosing one of our specialist streams. The campus where teaching is normally (but not exclusively) carried out for each stream is listed below:

  • Data Science
    Department of Surgery and Cancer
    South Kensington Campus

* primarily taught at South Kensington, but location dependent on project

The emphasis is on a research-orientated approach and comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world-class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure, and will demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

Careers

Our MSc in Biomedical Research is designed for those who with to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether in academia, industry or government. The overwhelming majority of graduates, who have wanted to continue on to PhD study, have done so.

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).

Structure

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

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. 

The course comprises two 5-month research projects and a core programme including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferable skills. Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

Core modules

  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Project 1
  • Project 2

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Journal Clubs
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials and Seminars

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Practicals
  • Research projects

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Register for our Postgraduate Funding Webinar at 3pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017 for advice on how to fund postgraduate study at Imperial.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£15,400

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£32,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in an appropriate 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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

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.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

There is an earlier deadline of 1 July 2018 for the below streams:

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection
  • Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Basis of Human Disease

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

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.

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