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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biological and Physical Chemistry

Develop the skills to tackle the multidisciplinary problems that lie between life sciences and physical sciences.

Develop the skills to tackle the multidisciplinary problems that lie between life sciences and physical sciences

Receive training in core concepts in biological and physical chemistry from both academic and industrial leaders

Apply your knowledge to a novel research project and build problem solving and project design expertise

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,650 Home

    • £40,500 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biophysics, biochemistry or bioengineering, with at least 50% physical science content

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Course overview

Discover how the collaborative efforts of biochemists, chemists, and physicists help advance  our understanding of biomolecular processes on this course. 

You'll be taught by academic and industry leaders in the fields of biological and physical sciences.

This work will help you bridge the gap in language, perspective and methodology between the areas and conceptualise a range of theories, data and methods.

This course will advance your expertise in research and digital techniques, including information retrieval, experimental design and python coding. 

You'll then apply these skills to an extended research project, where you’ll have an opportunity to critically appraise broader issues in biophysical and biochemical research.

On the course, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to enter a wide range of sectors, from agri-science to biomedical industrial organisations, or enter further research.



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 the following core modules.

Core modules

You'll undertake an extended research project, which incorporates a manuscript, presentation, and oral examination.

The manuscript will evaluate your skills at presenting, describing and critically discussing your own experimental data.

At the presentation, you'll be assessed on your ability to present your research with the help of visual tools in a concise fashion.

You’ll answer questions relevant to your project in the oral examination, which probes your overall understanding of the work carried out.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Seminars
  • Lab work
  • Computational work
  • Scientist holding test tube
  • Workshops
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Assessment methods

  • Presentations
  • Papers from a written report
    Project proposal
  • Research project
  • Oral exams

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply now

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

Application deadlines – Round 5 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Learn what it takes to conduct translational multidisciplinary research to prepare for PhD studies.

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The Department of Chemistry has strong sponsorship links for those looking to continue their education.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Technology innovation and translation in the life science, personal care and agri-science industries are just some of your options.

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