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 College 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. The balance in the multi-mode offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

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.


Contacts

Course director

DR TONY SOUTHALL

 

Course Co-director

DR MICHALIS BARKOULAS

 

Course Administrator

Jennifer Bennett

 

More information

Applications for this course are still open.

The start dates of our courses have not changed as a result of COVID-19 and are scheduled to start as advertised.

We remain committed to delivering the highest quality education, so you can be assured that – whether the course starts on campus, online or through blended learning – we have the technology, the expertise and committed staff who are ready to offer you a first-class educational experience that will inspire you. You can read more about this on our website.

Find more about student applications on our COVID-19 webpage

This is a full-time one-year research-based course that 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.

Graduates with at least an upper second class honours degree and a commitment to a career in biochemical research are welcome to apply.

 

More information

Course Content

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
  • Two 5 month research projects, each assessed by a 7,000 word report and a viva.
  • Two research presentations
  • Safety course
  • Technical workshops
  • Research seminars and tutorials
  • Transferable skills training

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

 

Entry Requirements

Graduates with a 2.1 Honours degree in a biosciences-based subject from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification are welcome to apply.

The College English requirements can be found here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/requirements/english/

 

Links with Employers

Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies.

How to Apply

Applications are made online at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/

 

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees information

Scholarships information

Student Testimonials

"Completing this course provided invaluable experience for me to continue to pursue a career in academia. Imperial College is a fantastic stepping stone to move forward." (Jack, 2017/18)

"I felt like the MRes MCB course helped prepare me for a PhD as I familiarized myself with relevant laboratory skills and techniques and also the culture of working as part of a lab environment. This really eased the transition into PhD student life." (Wen Wen 2017/18)

"The MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences allowed me to sample a wide variety of subjects in the life sciences, from metabolic engineering to structural biology. It is a great course for those who are keen to pursue scientific research but are unsure of what field in which to specialize." (Ho Ching, 2017/18)

The course gives you the opportunity to build up a wide range of connections as well as gaining hands-on experience of a lot of lab skills. These are especially useful for future work closely related to research. (Lai Man, 2017/18)

"Having studied Chemistry for my undergraduate degree and therefore having a limited knowledge of lab practice in a biological setting, I found this course challenging but very useful preparation for my PhD. The focus on the development of practical skills and report writing was especially important to me. The course provided a vital stepping stone to my PhD studies and I believe it was essential to the success of my future study." (Rob, 2018/19)