Biomedical Research (Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care)
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biomedical Research (Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care)

Explore the principles of molecular mechanisms and study advanced physiology and pharmacology of anaesthetics, pain medicine and intensive care, Biomedicine,

Receive broad training in preparation for a career in biomedical research

Become familiar with advanced practical techniques used in experimental and human biomedical sciences

Complete two research projects that incorporate cutting-edge developments in the field

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Build background skills in biomedical research before specialising in anaesthetics, pain medicine and intensive care.

On this stream of the MRes in Biomedical Research, you'll explore the hands-on manipulation of physiology and real-time pharmacological interventions used to safely manage patients in all parts of a hospital.

You'll study the fundamental principles of molecular mechanisms and advance your learning through lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops.

Two five-month research projects will help develop key skills in communication, project design, and producing written and oral reports.

Choose your stream

You have the option of choosing our general biomedical research stream, or one of seven specialisms. All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure and each stream has its own tailored set of projects alongside a core programme of lectures, seminars and practical classes.

You should consider which stream is right for you according to your career aims and background. If an offer of admission is made, it will correspond to a specific stream. Switching streams is not possible once you have commenced your studies.

Is this stream for you?

This stream is suitable for science graduates with an interest in biomedical research and medicine. You should be interested in furthering your understanding of pain medicine and intensive care.

This stream is aimed at:

  • trainee doctors in anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care, who are interested in pursuing further education and research;
  • junior trainee doctors interested in studying perioperative medicine; and
  • science degree graduates with a biomedical background.

This stream is delivered by the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction in collaboration with the Department of Surgery and Cancer.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Demonstrations and seminars
  • Workshops
  • Computing labs
  • Journal clubs
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Lab-based learning
  • ID badge for site visit or facility tour
    Facility Tours
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Debates

Balance of assessment


  • Grant writing exercise
  • Research projects

  • 10% Grant writing exercise
  • 90% Research projects

Assessment methods

  • Microscope for lab work
    Laboratory-based research
  • Computer-based research
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Papers from a written report
    Research reports
  • Oral assessment

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


Your future career


Strengthen your career prospects as aspiring Anaesthetists and Intensive Care physicians.

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Cultivate a robust network within an inclusive Division, fostering valuable connections with academics and clinicians.

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Participate in Departmental Research symposia, offering exposure, critical appraisal skills, expert engagement, and staying updated in the field.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Develop key academic skills to support your progress to PhD or medical school.

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Develop essential soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability, crucial for success in professional healthcare environments.

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Get support with grant applications and publication of research findings, enriching academic and professional portfolios.

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Participate in Departmental Research symposia, offering exposure, critical appraisal skills, expert engagement, and staying updated in the field.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications