Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If students can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, the Department has made plans to still provide them a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online), known as ‘multi-mode’ delivery. For more information about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus, please see our Covid-19 information for applicants and offer holders page.

We will update our course pages with further details once they are finalised.

Overview of PG study in the department
Overview of PG study at the Silwood Park Campus

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The Department of Life Sciences embraces the full breadth of modern life science activity and comprises one of the largest life science groups in Europe.

The Department has an outstanding international reputation for research, being home to several major research centres and with the majority of research being graded as world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

As a recognised centre of excellence in both training and research, we receive one of the highest levels of funding in the country. This enables us to support a large number of research groups with a diversity of research interests.


The Department has a range of well equipped facilities including laboratories, workshops, computing systems and field projects.

Special features available to Imperial life scientists include sophisticated equipment for biological mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance studies and protein crystallography.

We have outstanding facilities for genomic and cell biology studies, and some of the most modern electron microscopes, as well as tissue culture suites, sophisticated controlled environment facilities and extensive field sites.

Teaching takes place in our modern lecture theatres and teaching laboratories.

Study opportunities

The Department offers a number of study options to help you take your knowledge to the next level. If you are interested in Doctoral study, it’s important to gain support for your application from your potential supervisor before making a formal application to the College.