MRes in Bioimaging Sciences
Do you have a science, technology, engineering or medicine degree?
Are you interested in developing and researching new technologies in the field of Bioimaging?
If so, see how our research and training in Bioimaging Sciences is helping to shape our future.
Learn more about an MRes in Bioimaging Sciences student's life
Why Bioimaging Sciences?
Bioimaging Science has played a vital role in improving human life. The development of a wide range of imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and optical imaging are nowadays important tools for the early detection of disease, understanding basic molecular aspects of living organisms and the evaluation of medical treatment.
This one-year MRes course, which started in October 2005, will cover the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the chemistry behind imaging agents and biomarkers.
Imaging technologies are an increasingly important component of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry providing opportunities for pre-clinical testing of new products. It can cost £1billion to bring a new drug to market but this cost can be significantly reduced using powerful imaging techniques that speed up the process of testing new drugs. The advances in imaging technology allow researchers to gather information about the effectiveness of a drug on a specific condition or disease and observe how a drug is affecting a certain area of the body.
The UK has a very strong record in the development and clinical application of new imaging techniques and some of the major fundamental work in magnetic resonance, computed tomography, ultrasound and positron emission tomography has been performed within Imperial College.
The research strength of Imperial College in Imaging Sciences is recognised both nationally and internationally. The course will further interdisciplinary development in imaging sciences and create a multidisciplinary team involving chemists, immunologists, radiologists, image scientists, physicists, biomedical scientists and computer scientists.
A one year (full-time) stand-alone multidisciplinary MRes course that equips students with all the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the Chemistry behind imaging agents, drugs and biomarkers. The course content consists of a nine-month interdisciplinary research project, taught lecture modules on elementary and advanced aspects of bioimaging techniques and applications, specialist lectures in transferable skills, literature review on an image-related topic and group project work.
How to apply
The course does not assume any previous knowledge of imaging-related topics but a commitment to a career in bioimaging sciences is a part of the selection process.
Applicants should normally have obtained or expect to obtain a first or an upper second class degree in a science, technology, engineering or medicine subject from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. A number of MRC funded scholarships are available, please see below for more information.
If a candidate impresses at the interview stage, consideration will be given for admission at the minimum level of the College academic regulations i.e. a lower Second Class Honours degree.
If you would like further information there is a detailed guide on How to Apply.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Information on tuition fees.
There are opportunities to gain scholarships in a competitive fashion. These will provide funding towards tuition fees and/or living expenses and will be granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence of the applicant. For a fulll list view all available scholarships for Masters study.
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. Under this scheme, all non-EEA students who need a student visa to study in the UK on MRes course will be required to apply for ATAS clearance before applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Any students already in the UK who need to extend their student visa to commence or continue on one of the relevant courses, will also need to get ATAS clearance before making a student visa extension application. This scheme can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and when you have your college offer, you can make your application online.
PLEASE NOTE that an ATAS certificate is only valid for 6 months from the date of issue. You must make sure that you submit your visa application before the ATAS expires!
You should apply for ATAS clearance well in advance of your student visa application as the processing time for ATAS can be as long as 30 working days.
NB: In addition to the above, during the months of June, July, August and September, ATAS is extremely busy and so the processing time for ATAS applications can be even longer.
We receive many queries about how to complete sections of the ATAS application. Please refer to our ATAS FAQ [pdf] in the first instance as your query may easily be resolved If the FAQs do not answer your query then please contact us or contact the ATAS team directly.
More information can be accessed on https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/visas-and-immigration/atas/
The text below should be used to describe the MRes course in the ATAS application
The MRes in Bioimaging Sciences covers the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the chemistry behind imaging agents and biomarkers. This 12-month postgraduate course consists of research project, taught courses in elementary and advanced aspects of imaging techniques and applications, specialist lectures in transferable skills and group discussion sessions. Students select a research project from a range of proposals submitted by collaborating staff during the first week of the course.
Selected publications from MRes projects
Here is a selected list of publications that came out of MRes projects in the department of Chemsitry:
- Synthesis and pre-clinical evaluation of a [18F]fluoromethyl-tanaproget derivative for imaging of progesterone receptor expression
- Recent Advances in Catalytic Transformations Involving Copper Acetylides
- Multimetallic Complexes and Functionalized Nanoparticles Based on Unsymmetrical Dithiocarbamate Ligands with Allyl and Propargyl Functionality
- The ionic liquid–vacuum outer atomic surface-a low-energy ion scattering study
- Metal-Free Hydrogenation Catalyzed by an Air-Stable Borane: Use of Solvent as a Frustrated Lewis Base
- Nonmetal Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Carbonyl Compounds
- Tuning CH3NH3Pb(I1-xBrx)(3) perovskite oxygen stability in thin films and solar cells
- Isolation and kinetic characterisation of hydrophobically distinct populations of form I Rubisco
- Click chemistry armed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to measure palmitoylation by hedgehog acyltransferase
- The Discovery of a Highly Selective 5,6,7,8-Tetrahydrobenzo[4,5]thieno[ 2,3-d] pyrimidin-4(3H)-one SIRT2 Inhibitor that is Neuroprotective in an in vitro Parkinson's Disease Model
- Toward Improved Lifetimes of Organic Solar Cells under Thermal Stress: Substrate-Dependent Morphological Stability of PCDTBT:PCBM Films and Devices
- Two-Dimensional Organic Tin Halide Perovskites with Tunable Visible Emission and Their Use in Light-Emitting Devices
- Carbon-11 Radiolabelling of Organosulfur Compounds: C-11 Synthesis of the Progesterone Receptor Agonist Tanaproget
- Structure of eukaryotic purine/H+ symporter UapA suggests a role for homodimerization in transport activity
- From recovered metal waste to high-performance palladium catalysts
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Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in a science, technology, engineering or medicine subject from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.
English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all elements).