Research work in progress in a chemistry lab.
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Chemical Biology and Bio-Entrepreneurship

Learn the skills needed to address future scientific challenges in the emerging discipline of chemical biology.

Learn the skills needed to address future scientific challenges in the emerging discipline of chemical biology

Build your understanding of how gene products interact with the molecular and cellular environment

Develop multidisciplinary skills in biomolecular research on an extensive project

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.

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Advance your understanding of the emerging discipline of chemical biology on this Master's course.

This area of science sits at the interface of traditional chemistry and biology.

You'll draw on ideas of modern physical sciences and apply them to the solution of biological problems at the molecular level.

You'll also explore the techniques being used to address this next great challenge in biological science: how gene products interact with the molecular and cellular environment.

This course will help you build a range of skills in biomolecular research, with teaching carried out in a multidisciplinary environment.

You'll then apply these techniques to an extended research project exploring a set area of chemical biology.

The programme is run by the Institute of Chemical Biology’s Centre for Doctoral Training.

The research element provides physical scientists with the ability to bridge disparate fields and gain the confidence to grapple with biomolecular research in a multidisciplinary environment.


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 a research project, which incorporates a manuscript, a presentation, and an oral examination

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

At the presentation, you'll be expected to present your research with the help of visual tools in a concise fashion, while answering questions directly relevant to your project. 

Your oral examination will probe your overall knowledge of the project and the research techniques used, and the potential future direction of the work carried out.

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

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

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Research project
  • Papers from a written report
    Research proposal
  • Oral presentations
  • Written manuscript

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Magnifying glass over a research paper

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

Chemistry symbol

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

Lightbulb above a book

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

Computer screen with cog

Become familiar with product development pipelines across a range of industries so you can pursue careers in technological innovation.

Man standing under a sign pointing different directions

Other potential career paths could include roles within the life science, personal care or agri-science industries.

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