Biomedical Research (Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science)
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biomedical Research (Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science)

Gain fundamental skills towards a career in biomedical research and build your knowledge of the basic physiology of cardiac function.

Gain fundamental skills towards a career in biomedical research and build your knowledge of the basic physiology of cardiac function

Understand the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease

Advance your understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs on two research projects

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Specialise in respiratory and cardiovascular science and build your biomedical research skills on this Master's course.

You'll analyse the basic physiology of cardiac function, as well as the pathophysiology of major cardiovascular diseases and major respiratory diseases.

This specialised MRes Biomedical Research stream examines the advantages and limitations of animal models of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

You'll also explore the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease and develop your research expertise on two extended projects.

Extensive theoretical and practical skills training will prepare you for employment roles within a biomedical environment, on a programme that incorporates 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?

This stream is aimed at students with a biological or biochemical background wishing to pursue further education in a biomedically relevant area and those that want to undertake research projects aimed at understanding pathophysiological mechanisms underlying respiratory and/or cardiovascular diseases.

It is also aimed at students who want to gain a Master’s qualification with a view to undertaking doctoral training, or work in the pharmaceutical industry or in a professional biomedical technical environment.

This stream is delivered by the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction in collaboration with the National Heart and Lung Institute.


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

Acquire transferable skills relevant to a career in biomedical research.


Become familiar with the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying respiratory and/or cardiovascular disorders.

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.

Lightbulb above a book

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

Test tube and chemistry symbol

These include the pharmaceutical industry and professional biomedical technical environments.

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Other potential career paths include research roles in academia, industry or government.

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