Applied Genomics
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Applied Genomics

Learn how big data and experimental research can be harnessed to revolutionise biological sciences and biomedicine.

Discover how big data and experimental research can be harnessed to revolutionise biological sciences and biomedicine

Apply novel experimental techniques in laboratory settings to better understand diseases

Conduct a research project in an area of experimental or computational disease modelling

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, or related biomedical science discipline.

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Course overview

Explore how 'big data' (omics) can be generated and used to understand the mechanisms underlying biological processes and diseases on this Master's course. 

Designed for those interested in a career in modern biomedicine, you will learn to extract relevant information and perform functional analysis on selected targets. 

During your studies, you will examine a range of new concepts in modern biomedical research and improve your analytical skills in practical sessions.

You will also apply novel experimental techniques in the laboratory to better understand the causes, and potential cures, for diseases.

A six-month research project forms a major component of this course, where you will become a member of a host lab and undertake innovative research culminating in an MSc thesis and oral assessment.


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

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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 will take all of these core modules.

Core modules

You will carry out a six-month laboratory project in a host research group leading to the production of an MSc thesis. 

You will investigate a relevant biomedical question by using different approaches, as agreed with your supervisor. 

The project can be wet laboratory-based, within an area of computational research, or blended.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory project and sessions
  • Online tests
  • Person giving seminar
  • Small group teaching
  • Books for research studies
    Literature review
  • Team-based learning
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Modules
  • Research project

  • 50% Modules
  • 50% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Literature project thesis
  • Laboratory project thesis
  • Oral presentations
  • Oral examination
  • Poster project
    Poster presentation
  • Team-based learning

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



Mukul Madhav Foundation Scholarship

Value per award

  • Full tuition fee at the Overseas rate for 2024-25

Who it's for

  • Available to a female, full-time postgraduate student, resident in India and commencing MSc Applied Genomics in 2024-25.
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The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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The Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarships

Value per award

  • Partial or full tuition fee at the Home rate

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine lab-based Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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You will acquire a breadth of transferable skills essential to become a successful biomedical researcher.

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You will be highly sought after in a range of biomedical careers requiring specialised knowledge, whether you pursue a PhD or work in industry.

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