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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells – Novel Therapies

Receive a state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies and build your expertise in translational research

  • PG Cert

Postgraduate Certificate

Receive a state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies and build your expertise in translational research.

Receive a state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies and build your expertise in translational research

Acquire career-oriented skills through presentations, debates, journal clubs and data analysis

Gain in-depth knowledge within a specific interest area on one of three specialist streams

How would you like to study?

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £14,050 Home

    • £40,800 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

    • Royal Brompton

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

View full entry requirements
  • Qualification

    • PG Cert

  • Duration

    4 months

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £7,025 Home

    • £20,400 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

    • Royal Brompton

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

View full entry requirements

Study option:

Course overview

Gain proficiency in translational research and explore a range of next-generation therapies on this Master’s course. 

You'll acquire transferable skills in translational research, exploring the steps required to progress novel therapies from bench-to-bedside and towards drug licensing. 

You'll also build your knowledge of ethical and regulatory legislation, commercialisation strategies, and intellectual property and patent protection.

This course is unique in providing academic and laboratory research training in three key areas of advanced therapeutic development:

Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies
New Horizons in Pharmacology
Regenerative Medicine

The blended study format offers flexibility in terms of learning, with the programme delivered through a mixture of face-to-face teaching, online learning, and self-study. 

The MSc course allows you to pursue your speciality in greater depth, through a further advanced module and a six-month research project.

You’ll also gain a basic understanding of bioinformatics and their application in biology and take part in interdisciplinary team events to generate ideas for public engagement activities, or research projects.

 

Train in translational research and explore a range of next-generation therapies on this PG Cert course.

You'll acquire transferable skills in translational research, exploring the steps required to progress novel therapies from bench-to-bedside and towards drug licensing.

You'll also build your knowledge of ethical and regulatory legislation, commercialisation strategies, and intellectual property and patent protection.

This course is unique in providing academic and laboratory research training in three key areas of advanced therapeutic development:

  • Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies
  • New Horizons in Pharmacology
  • Regenerative Medicine


The blended study format offers flexibility in terms of learning, with the programme delivered through a mixture of face-to-face teaching, online learning, and self-study.

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Structure

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.

You’ll study the following compulsory modules.

Compulsory modules

You’ll study one optional module from the list below.

Optional modules

You'll complete an extensive six-month research project related to the course content.

You can choose between dry-lab and wet-lab projects, depending on your interests and career aspirations.

You'll join a world-leading research group and will be supervised by academic supervisors. 

Your work will be assessed by a 10,000-word written project report and an oral presentation.

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Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Lectures, tutorials and independent learning
  • Research project

  • 50% Lectures, tutorials and independent learning
  • 50% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Critical reviews
  • Discussions and debates
  • Journal clubs
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical sessions
  • Presentations
  • A person studying independently
    Problem-solving workshops
  • Research project
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Data analysis
  • A person completing a written exam
    Examinations
  • Journal clubs
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Checklist for a practical examination
    Practical write-ups

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Lectures, tutorials and independent learning
  • Research project

  • 100% Lectures, tutorials and independent learning
  • 0% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Critical reviews
  • Discussions and debates
  • Journal clubs
  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical sessions
  • Presentations
  • A person studying independently
    Problem-solving workshops
  • Research project
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Data analysis
  • A person completing a written exam
    Examinations
  • Journal clubs
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Checklist for a practical examination
    Practical write-ups

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Entry requirements

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

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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

MSc

£14,050
Top-up fee - £7,025

PG Cert

£7,025

Overseas fee

MSc

£40,800
Top-up fee - £20,400

PG Cert

£20,400

Your future career

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in genes, drugs and stem cells or similar fields.

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Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to significantly contribute to various rapidly expanding fields involving clinical science.

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Access state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies for scientists and clinicians.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in doctoral research.

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Others find careers within small biotech companies and large pharma involved in drug development.

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Other career paths could include roles in healthcare and within the financial sector.

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