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This online event took place on Wednesday 3 November from 13.00 to 14.30 and aimed to help students learn more about postgraduate study opportunities, both at master's and PhD level within the Faculty of Medicine. To hear from past and current students about their time studying with us please visit the recording of the event. There is also a few short presentations regarding funding opportunities and studentships available within Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. 

The full programme for the day can be found below, along with other resources that you may find useful to help you prepare for postgraduate study. For further information about master's courses in the Faculty please visit the Master's programmes webpage for an overview of all of the courses available.


13.00-13.05: Welcome to Think Imperial!

A brief welcome to the event by Professor Laki Buluwela and a few housekeeping rules.

13.05-13.10: What funding opportunities are available?

An overview of funding available at Imperial College London and how to apply.

Tom Pearson profileTom Pearson has spent the past 13 years in higher education, both in Australia and in London, with most of that in the area of student financial support. He currently heads up the Student Financial Support Team at Imperial, responsible for providing funding advice and a range of funds management including the Imperial Bursary and central scholarships.


The following document, Additional information regarding funding, finance and support.pdf‌ has been put together to provide further information, including links to other resources which may be of use to students attending Think Imperial!   

13.10-13.15: PhD opportunities supported by our MultiSci MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

An overview of our MultiSci MTC DTP funding opportunity for students including funding supplements for additional academic development. 

Laki BuluwelaProfessor Laki Buluwela is the FoM Academic Lead for Doctoral Degrees, Deputy Director of the Imperial College Graduate School, Programme Director for Imperial Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Programme (MRC DTP Studentships) and Professor of Cancer Medicine. Following graduation with a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London, Professor Laki Buluwela went to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge as a Research Fellow and member of staff, working with Professor Terry Rabbitts, FRS and Nobel Laureates Dr Cesar Milstein. In 1993 he joined Professor Charles Coombes in the Department of Oncology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, which is now part of Imperial College London.

Dr Buluwela has been interested in developing  in-vitro models for the study of mammary gland morphogenesis and growth, using primary human mammary epithelial cells. As part of this work, he has developed a particular expertise in isolating and purifying both normal and malignant mammary epithelial cells, which have been used in studies of gene expression comparing normal and tumour cell types. His most recent work has centred on developing new techniques for manipulating key genes in cell models and the development of new therapies for Breast Cancer, work that has been carried out in collaboration with Professor Simak Ali and Professor Charles Coombes.

13.15-14.25: Student and Staff panel

Imperial students, alumni and staff will talk about their experiences of studying and researching at Imperial and how it compared to how they thought it would be. This is your opportunity to ask questions, so if there is anything you would like to know more about please submit your question during the panel discussion!

Bethan Cracknell Daniels

Bethan Cracknell Daniels is a second year PhD student within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her PhD uses mathematical modelling to understand the immunogenicity, efficacy and potential population impact of a novel dengue vaccine. Her research uses her undergraduate degree in Immunology from the University of Manchester, with her MSc degree in Epidemiology obtained here, at Imperial. Alongside her PhD, Bethan has been working on COVID-19, investigating the transmission dynamics of a SARS-CoV-2 genetic variant that escapes detection by antigenic testing. She also works as a graduate teaching assistant on the Master’s programmes within the department.

Dr Hannah MaudeDr Hannah Maude recently completed her PhD as a student of the MRC doctoral training programme here at Imperial. She is very excited to now be working at Imperial as a postdoctoral research associate (and to have upgraded from a red student lanyard to a blue staff one!). Her work focuses on the genetics of complex and rare diseases, including type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. Having been at Imperial since 2012 as a undergraduate, Hannah very much appreciates the support she has received from the DTP and hopes to encourage others in their pursuit of a PhD.

Professor Kevin Murphy Professor Kevin Murphy is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the Director of Postgraduate Studies (Research) for the Departments of Brain Sciences, Immunology and Inflammation, Infectious Disease, and Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction. He has successfully supervised more than 30 PhD students

Quentin Smith

Quentin Smith is a current PhD student at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences specialising in single molecule biophysics. Following his Biochemistry Masters at the University of Kent under the supervision of Prof. Neil Kad, he started his PhD on October 2020 under the supervision of Prof. David Rueda, working on characterising and understanding the molecular mechanisms behind CRISPR based systems. When he's not working in the lab, he goes to the gym and plays video games with his friends.

Dr Elizabeth Want

Dr Elizabeth Want is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction. She joined Imperial College in 2006 after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Prior to that, Elizabeth obtained her PhD from King’s College London. At Imperial College, she was initially a postdoctoral researcher before becoming a Lecturer in 2007 and Senior Lecturer in 2014. Elizabeth has been the Deputy Director of the MRes in Biomedical Research since 2018. Additionally, she has mentored multiple BSc, Master's, Doctoral students and Postdoctoral students.

Take a virtual tour of Imperial's Campus

Unfortunately due to the current circumstances we cannot show you our campuses in person. However, you can experience what our campuses and accommodation are like by visiting the Imperial360 webpage.

If you have any course specific questions about any of the Faculty of Medicine masters or PhD opportunities please email feopostgradtm@imperial.ac.uk and a member of the team will put you in contact with someone who can help further.