Department of Life Sciences
Postgraduate students 2016–17
Taught Master's: 160
Staff : Student ratio 2016–17
1 : 16.6
1st of UK multi-faculty universities based on research intensity
The Department of Life Sciences comprises one of the largest life sciences groups in Europe.
Our outstanding reputation for research – spanning atoms to the biosphere – is underpinned by well-equipped facilities to support postgraduate research and teaching. This includes some of the most modern electron microscopes, tissue culture suites, a protein production and analysis facility, sophisticated controlled environment facilities and extensive field sites.
As a recognised centre of excellence in both training and research, we receive one of the highest levels of funding in the country. This enables us to support a large number of research groups with a diversity of research interests.
The Department has a range of well equipped facilities including laboratories, workshops, computing systems and field projects.
Special features available to Imperial life scientists include sophisticated equipment for biological mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance studies and protein crystallography.
We have outstanding facilities for genomic and cell biology studies, and some of the most modern electron microscopes, as well as tissue culture suites, sophisticated controlled environment facilities and extensive field sites.
Teaching takes place in our modern lecture theatres and teaching laboratories.
The Department offers a number of study options to help you take your knowledge to the next level.
Courses and research
- MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology (1 year full-time)
- MSc Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology (1 year full-time)
- MSc Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (1 year full-time)
- MSc Conservation Science (1 year full-time) – course suspended
- MSc Ecological Applications (1 year full-time)
- MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time)
- MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution (1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time)
- MRes Biosystematics (1 year full-time)
- MRes Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (1 year full-time)
- MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research (1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time)
- MRes Ecosystem and Environmental Change (1 year full-time / 2 years part-time)
- MRes Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences (1 year full-time)
- MRes Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (1 year full-time)
- MRes Structural Molecular Biology (1 year full-time)
- MRes Systems and Synthetic Biology (1 year full-time)
- MRes Tropical Forest Ecology (1 year full-time / 2 years part-time)
- PhD Life Sciences research (2–4 years full-time; 4–6 years part-time
- MSc + PhD Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Theoretical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (1 + 3 years full-time)
- MRes + PhD Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Infection (1 + 3 years full-time)
- MRes + PhD BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (1 + 3 years full-time)
The Department of Life Sciences has a vibrant and internationally-leading research programme that spans levels of organisation from atoms to the biosphere, that strongly supports multidisciplinary collaborations, and that actively fosters the development of new fields.
Our research and teaching activities are funded by a wide variety of research councils, charities and industries bodies, with the value of current external research grants totalling £70+ million.