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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biomedical Research (Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases)

Specialise in biomedical research within the field of epidemiology, evolution and the control of infectious diseases.

Specialise in biomedical research within the field of epidemiology, evolution and the control of infectious diseases

Build your understanding of modern statistical, epidemiological and mathematical modelling techniques through both theory and practical application

Develop a range of interdisciplinary skills on a dedicated research project

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Receive broad training for a career in biomedical research specialising in infectious disease epidemiology on this Master's course.

You'll explore how epidemiological analysis and mathematical modelling can inform public health decisions and provide inference on infectious disease transmission.

It also provides expert training to prepare you for a career in public health in a number of key areas of biomedical research.

These include infectious disease epidemiology, mathematical modelling and statistics, genetics and evolution, and computational methods.

You'll complete two five-month research projects and build transferable skills through grant writing, technical workshops, and journal clubs.

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?

The Epidemiology stream is aimed at students with a background in biology or biomedical science who are interested in gaining skills in quantitative methods applied to infectious disease epidemiology, as well as those with a background in mathematical sciences, physics or computing who are interested in applying their technical skills to infectious disease epidemiology.

This stream is delivered by the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the School of Public Health.

Four year PhD programme in Epidemiology, Evolution and Content of Infectious Diseases (1+3 MRes and PhD)

Fully funded studentships available fo entry in October 2024. For full details of the programme and application procedure, please visit the programme website.

The closing date for applications is Monday 8 January 2024.


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

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Prepare yourself for a career in biomedical research, whether in academia, industry, or government.

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Learn from world-class researchers while receiving practical training toward a career in research.

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Acquire the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in doctoral research.

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