MRes Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Providing practical training and the fundamental skills needed for a career in bioscience.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Overview

Our research-based MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences provides practical training and a highly specialised biochemical education.

The course is best suited for graduates in biochemistry, biology, structural biology, biomedical sciences and related disciplines.

There is considerable flexibility to focus on specialist subjects in line with your research interests and career intentions.

Study programme

This full-time programme lasts for one academic year and involves two equally weighted research projects. You begin the first project in the autumn term and the second project in the summer term.

Research projects are available in the wide range of subjects and choices are made in consultation with expert staff.

As well as the research projects, you complete laboratory work, presentations and computer-based work.

Careers

The course provides students with the fundamental skills needed to enter a research career in biosciences research industry or academia.

Structure

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

Structure

Core modules

You take both of the core modules below.

  • Research Project 1
  • Research Project 2

Research project areas

You choose your research project topic in consultation with expert staff from the department. Below are examples of project subjects:

  • Biological chemistry
  • Biological structure and function
  • Biophysics
  • Cell and molecular biology, including neurosciences
  • Molecular microbiology and infection
  • Structural biology
  • Glycobiology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biosciences
  • Plant and microbial sciences

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computer-based work
  • Formal presentations (preparing for viva examination)
  • Individual lab research project and writing up a project report (~5 months)
  • Laboratory work (during research projects)

Assessment methods

  • Individual research project report
  • Oral presentation
  • Viva

Entry requirements

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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a biosciences-based subject.

Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to a career in biosciences research.

International qualifications

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH03-01-08 molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

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)

2019 entry
£12,000 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£29,100 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

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 of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool 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.

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