Course Director 
Dr Colin Turnbull

Course Co-Director 
Dr Tolga Bozkurt

Course Administrator 
Lucy Barron

The backbone of the MRes in Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences is a twelve month period of research which starts in the first week of October. The course enables students to join active research groups focusing on plant genetic engineering, plant development, plant molecular biology, molecular markers, membrane biophysics, proteomics, plant biochemistry, plant-microbe interactions, transcriptomics and bioinformatics.

Research topics will be interdisciplinary and will include two different, but sometimes related, areas of work. Research topics are chosen by students in consultation with staff, and will usually complement current research being undertaken within the section.

The course is based at the South Kensington campus.

Career opportunities continue to expand as the potential of plant biotechnology is realised by employers, research companies and governments. A high proportion of our graduates are expected to enter further research leading to a PhD degree. There may be opportunities to join one of the Research Council-funded institutes, which develop and monitor a range of aspects of plant biotechnology.

Some graduates may gain employment in the food industry and agrochemical companies, which are increasingly focused on modern approaches to plant breeding. New developments in biofuels research offer future employment opportunities.

View full course details on the Imperial study website:

MRes Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences

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Course Structure

This research masters focuses on advanced concepts and technologies related to the molecular basis of plant and microbe functions. Students will undertake two research projects  within internationally recognised research laboratories located at the South Kensington campus in central London. 

Workshops and masterclasses in transferable skills are also available, these are organised by the Graduate School.


Entry Requirements

Graduates with a first class or upper second class honours degree are welcome to apply.

The College English requirements can be found online.

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 via the Imperial study website. 

MRes in Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences

Fees and Funding