Biomedical Research

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

Your course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote (online) learning and research opportunities. We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery.  Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide you with increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of the academic year, you should immediately contact the Department using the details in the ‘Further information’ section below.

For more information about multi-mode delivery and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.

On 12th June 2020, the programme held an online meeting with applicants, in which we outlined the course and our approach to delivery in the coming academic year. We also answered many questions posed by applicants. You can view the video here

On the 12th August, the programme held its second applicants information meeting, you can view the recording here.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2020
Campus: South Kensington*
ECTS: 90 credits
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Our one-year full-time course provides broad training to prepare you for a career in biomedical research.

The programme provides an excellent background in biomedical research, and will integrate chemical, biological and physiological aspects in a unified approach.

This course teaches a mechanistic approach to the problems encountered in molecular and cellular biomedical science.

It also emphasises an investigative and empirical approach to the practical problems encountered in experimental and human biomedical science.

Study programme

The course is made up of a general stream and number of specialist streams.

All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure. The taught elements and research project are determined by your chosen stream.

Over 12 months, you complete two five-month research projects (4.5 days per week) and a core programme (0.5 days per week) including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferable skills.

The research projects incorporate cutting-edge developments in the field. You will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to biomedical research.


Whichever stream you choose, the emphasis is on a research-orientated approach made up of both theoretical and practical elements.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure.

You will also demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

You have the option of choosing our general biomedical research stream (this stream), or one of eight specialisms in the following areas:

General stream

This is the general stream within MRes Biomedical Research.

It is aimed at students who are undecided on the area or field they wish to enter after graduation.

You will develop a background of biomedical research, covering all chemical, biological and physiological aspects.

There is a focus on applying an investigative and empirical approach to some of the practical problems encountered in experimental and human biomedical sciences.

You will also gain theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare you for a career in a variety of biomedical environments.

This stream provides you with the opportunity to undertake research training with experienced teaching staff in one of the world's leading biomedical research institutions.

The Faculty are internationally respected scientists within research groups that are working at the cutting edge of biomedical science research.

Is this stream for you?

This stream is designed for students from a wide variety of biological, biomedical and chemical science backgrounds who are unsure of which area of biomedical science they wish to pursue in the future.

The wide variety of projects available across all departments in the Faculty of Medicine gives you a broad choice of research areas across all the streams.

This stream additionally accepts applications via the 4 Year PhD Programme in Epidemiology and Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (1+3 MRes and PhD).


Our MRes in Biomedical Research is designed for students looking to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether in academia, industry or government. The overwhelming majority of graduates, who have wanted to continue on to PhD study, have done so.

The course will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research.

The programme offers training in a vast array of laboratories across the Faculty of Medicine (approximately 700 world leading research groups) and an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.

* Location will depend on where your projects are based.


Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes


Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

  • Grant Writing Exercise
  • Project 1
  • Project 2

Example projects

You have a wide range of research projects available to you, and complete two projects during your studies. The projects available to you are determined by your chosen stream. You can also choose projects from other streams, though will only have priority within your own stream.

Past projects from students of this stream have been:

  • "Using serological markers from malarial infection during pregnancy to estimate malaria prevalence"
  • Estimating dengue transmission intensity: a comparative study
  • "Lenses for viral load monitoring: triangulating population and clinical data sources on the HIV care cascade in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa"
  • "Schistosomiasis in Malawi: predicted impact of including pre-school aged children in the praziquantel mass drug administration programmes"
  • "Development of a nanopore sequencing method for analysis of environmental samples to identify and trace Salmonella Typhi, the agent of Typhoid Fever"
  • Predicting the public health impact of eave tubes to control malaria
  • Analysis of pathogen genomic data to enhance real time forecasting for infectious disease outbreaks
  • Spatial dynamics of hand-foot-and-mouth disease in Malaysia
  • Monitoring progress towards elimination of incident chronic HBV infections
  • What drives the evolution of bacterial strains?
  • Investigating the use of mobility models in outbreak forecasting

Read more about MRes Biomedical Research projects on the Department of Surgery and Cancer website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computer tutorials
  • Journal Clubs
  • Laboratory/computational experience
  • Research supervision
  • Technical workshops
  • Tutorials and Seminars

Assessment methods

  • Laboratory/computer based research
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Research reports
  • Viva voce

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

If you have any questions about admissions, please see our frequently asked questions specifically for Biomedical Research degrees.


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an appropriate subject.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry

£16,300 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

£35,600 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information


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