Biomedical Research (Microbiome in Health and Disease)
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biomedical Research (Microbiome in Health and Disease)

Develop your biomedical research expertise and explore multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the gut microbiome.

Develop your biomedical research expertise and explore multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the gut microbiome

Explore the development of new targets for disease prevention and treatment

Gain experience of developing research plans on two projects exploring areas of microbiome biology

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Explore multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the gut microbiome on this Master's course, a specialist stream of the MRes in Biomedical Research.

You'll receive research training in microbiome biology, nutrition, hepatology and microbial signalling, and analytical technologies.

Through laboratory-based research, you'll learn to exercise critical scientific thought to interpret results.

This stream will help you build familiarity with writing grant applications and improve your writing, presenting and communication skills when defining research reports.

You'll also consider the development of new targets for disease prevention and treatment, and apply your expertise across two research projects.

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 microbiome stream is aimed at students with a biochemical, microbiological or biological background interested in pursuing further education in microbiome and nutrition in health and disease, understanding fundamental mechanisms behind disease processes and developing therapeutic targets.

It is also for students with a clinical background interested in understanding microbiome in clinical research.

This stream is delivered by the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction.


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

Test tubes

Obtain a core background in biomedical research for those looking to pursue further study in microbiomes and nutrition in health and disease.

Person with magnifying glass over head

Learn how to plan, conduct, publish, and obtain funding for successful research related to the microbiome and nutrition.

Teacher in front of classroom

Expert leaders in the field provide practical training for a research career.

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