This is a full-time research-based postgraduate degree, run jointly by Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum, London.
visit the course pages for more information about the next Open Day at NHM on Wednesday 7 June 2017.
Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the great diversity of the living world. These fields are rapidly changing through new digital and molecular technologies. There is ever greater urgency for species identification and monitoring in virtually all the environmental sciences, and evolutionary ‘tree thinking’ is now applied widely in most areas of the life sciences. These courses provide in-depth training in the study of biodiversity based on the principles of phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, palaeobiology and taxonomy. The emphasis is on quantitative approaches and current methods in DNA-based phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and the use of digital collections.
The course is a collaboration of Imperial College London (Silwood Park) with the Natural History Museum. This provides an exciting scientific environment of two institutions at the forefront of taxonomic and evolutionary research.
The MRes in Biosystematics features hands-on research projects that cover the main methodological approaches of modern biosystematics. After 6 weeks of general skills training, students will ‘rotate’ through three research groups each conducting a separate 14-week project in specimen-based phylogenetics, molecular systematics/genomics, and bioinformatics. The projects may be of the student’s own design. Students attend small group tutorials, lab meetings and research seminars.
The GSLSM (Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine) at Imperial College London provides regular workshops covering a wide range of transferable skills, and MRes students are encouraged to undertake at least four during the year. Topics include: Applied Writing Skills, Creativity and Ideas Generation, Writing for Publication, Introduction to Regression Modelling, Introduction to Statistical Thinking.
The Natural History Museum’s Dorothea Bate Collection of dwarfed deer from Crete: adaptation and proportional size reduction in comparison with larger mainland species
Cambrian lobopodians and their position as stem-group taxa
Atlas of the Caecilian World: A Geometric Morphometric perspective
Tooth crown morphology in Caecilian amphibians
Morphometrics of centipede fangs: untapping a possible new source of character data for the Scolopendromorpha
Phylogeny of the Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae): Exploring conflict between larvae and adults
A comparison between species delineation based on DNA sequences and genital morphometrics in beetles (Coleoptera)
Geographical distribution of endemic scavenger water beetles (Hydrophilidae) on the island of Madagascar based on DNA sequence data
Cryptic diversity within Limacina retroversa and Heliconoides inflate
Phylogenetics of pteropods of the Southern Oceans
Molecular discrimination of the European Mesocestoides species complex
A molecular phylogeny of the monkey beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Hopliini)
The molecular evolution of the mimetic switch locus, H, in the Mocker Swallowtail Papilio dardanus Brown, 1776
Phylogenetic and functional diversity of the Sargasso Sea Metagenome
A study into the relation between body size and environmental variables in South African Lizards
Cryptic diversity and the effect of alignment parameters on tree topology in the foraminifera
Delimiting evolutionary taxonomic units within the bacteria: 16S rRNA and the GMYC model
Testing the molecular clock hypothesis and estimating divergence times for the order Coleoptera
Taxon Sampling: A Comparison of Two Approaches
Investigating species concepts in bacteria: Fitting Campylobacter and Streptococcus MLST profiles to an infinite alleles model to test population structure
Assessing the mitochondrial molecular clock: the effect of data partitioning, taxon sampling and model selection
• a good understanding of the state of knowledge of the field, together with relevant practical experience, in three areas of biosystematic science in which he or she has expressed an interest;
• where applicable, the ability to contribute to the formulation and development of ideas underpinning potential PhD projects in areas of interest, and to make an informed decision on the choice of potential PhD projects;
• a broad appreciation of the scientific opportunities within the NHM and Imperial College;
• knowledge of a range of specific research techniques and professional and transferable skills.
Students are encouraged to view the NHM website for further information, and to contact the course administrator if they have any queries. Visits can be arranged to the NHM to meet the course organisers informally and to be given a tour of the facilities. Applications should be made online on the Imperial College London website. An Open Day is scheduled for Wednesday 28 February 2018. to register for a place on the Open Day please email [email protected]
The MRes in Bioengineering prepares students for research careers in Bioengineering, equipping them to analyse and solve problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. Graduates of the programme will be able to pursue careers at the interface between the physical, biological and medical sciences in academia, industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations. The programme provides a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for a PhD.
The programme includes lectures, workshops, seminars, practical work and a period of full-time work on a significant research project. The course will prepare students to analyse and solve problems in bioengineering using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.
The programme consists of a taught element (25%) and research element (75%). Core modules of the taught element include Computational methods for bioengineering, Statistics and data analysis, the MRes Journal Club, a minimum of 2 electives, and Research seminar. The Electives of the taught element include for example Biomechanics, Computational neuroscience, Biomaterials, Machine learning and neural computation, Image processing and Brain-machine interfaces.
The research element includes the literature review plan, a poster presentation, the individual MRes thesis report and an oral examination.
About the Department
The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas: — Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health. — Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health. — Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of the Department’s returned research was judged either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming our position as the leading Department in the UK. We’re committed to building on this success, expanding both our basic and applied bioengineering research, and providing excellent training through our popular undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes.
As befits a new and growing discipline, the Department’s staff come from diverse academic disciplines including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, creating a rich collaborative environment. The interaction of our staff, along with colleagues across the institution, ensures our research benefits from both engineering rigour and clinical relevance.
We focus on six core themes: — Biomechanics and Mechanobiology — Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering — Detection, Devices and Design — Implants and Regenerative Medicine — Human and Biological Robotics — Neural Engineering. These areas are connected and fluid, with staff and students working across more than one area, and often at the interfaces.
How to Apply
Application deadline for entry 2018 entry is 31 July 2018; for Applicants who are likely to need a visa to study in the UK, the deadline is 30 June 2018. However, the programme is very popular which means it can be closed earlier when full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
Once you’ve found a suitable project and supervisor, you should then please apply via Imperial College’s online application system:
a. Please include a brief project proposal in your personal statement to confirm that your application is being made to a research area, stating supervisor choice and motivation.
b. We require two academic references.
c. Your application will be reviewed by the proposed supervisor and MRes Bioengineering Programme Director initially. Applicants are interviewed by two members of academic staff where there is potential of finding a suitable project and supervisor.
d. If your interview is successful and a suitable project and supervisor can be confirmed, applicants usually will be offered a conditional place, subject to meeting Imperial College entry requirements and obtaining appropriate funding for the duration of the studies.
Please note that it can take 2-3 months after the application was made until the applicants can be informed about the outcome of the application.
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.
Imperial College offer a range of (competitive) scholarships for postgraduate students to support them through their studies. Please visit the scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for. There are also a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Global Innovation Design (GID) is a joint Master's programme between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. It is a unique, transnational Master’s design initiative that brings together three major centres of design, culture, enterprise and industry: Europe, North America and Asia.
GID is a multidisciplinary, multicultural and multinational design programme awarding both an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London to graduates. GID offers an engaging global curriculum and provides powerful cultural experiences crafted to nurture innovators and designers who are prepared to take on the changing needs of enterprise in the twenty-first century.
GID international partners include Pratt Institute (New York), Keio University (Tokyo), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Tsinghua University (Beijing). Each of these distinctive institutions brings unique expertise and complementary approaches to design, engineering, business and cultural sensitivity, within the context of internationally oriented design innovation.
The GID vision is to foster a transformative postgraduate experience that is unparalleled in the world, one that cultivates internationally oriented innovation and design leaders who can tackle complex problems and deliver positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change.
The GID ethos is to cultivate activated people, designers and leaders who are capable of making change in the world. Designers on the Global Innovation Design Master's programme will be expected to generate creative directions that other designers and innovators will follow.
The programme is full time and runs over a period of two calendar years. GID Master's candidates on the joint RCA/Imperial College programme begin their course in London for two terms developing their visions and a body of work which will be thematically and regionally developed throughout the next year and a half.
They have the opportunity to study on the New York/Tokyo route or the Beijing/Singapore route during their first and second years. They then return to London for the final two terms of their graduation year. Graduates from the programme are expected to be central to innovation leadership in the twenty-first century.
Philosophically, GID challenges designers to ask who they are and what is most important to them; as authors of material culture they are asked what kind of world do they wish to create, and what contributions will they make. Global Innovation Designers create transformational culture. At the centre of the programme is the knowledge that transformational culture is engendered by objects and experiences that are the embodiment of the robustly beautiful and the exquisitely functional combined.
The GID Master's programme offers:
Study on the Tokyo/New York route route gives access to Keio University, well known for physical computing and social design interventions, as well as Pratt Institute, renowned for a tradition of excellence in industrial design.
Study on the Beijing/Singapore route gives access to Tsinghua University, China's number one institution with world class design labs and studios, as well as Nanyang Technical University's School of Art, Design, and Media whose cutting edge programmes in new media and cultural and social design innovation situate it as a leader in emerging Asian and Global design.
At Tsinghua University, London-based students will benefit from studying at the top University in China, gaining first-hand experience of the culture of China and designing with both new and traditional materials in the context of emerging Asian design.
At Nanyang Technical University, London-based students will be exposed to a rich and varied Pan-Asian community. NTU offers world-class communication and video production instruction with cultural understanding at the core. NTU is expert in the practice of “value transmigration”, how to translate a culturally specific artefact into a viable product-service-system in a new cultural context.
Visit our course pages for more information about the next Open Day at NHM on Wednesday 28 February 2018. To register for a place, please email [email protected]
Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the great diversity of the living world and its evolutionary history. These fields are rapidly changing through new digital and molecular technologies. There is ever greater urgency for species identification and monitoring in virtually all the environmental sciences, and evolutionary ‘tree thinking’ is now applied widely in most areas of the life sciences.
This course provides in-depth training in the study of biodiversity based on the principles of phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, palaeobiology and taxonomy. The emphasis is on quantitative approaches and current methods in DNA-based phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and the use of digital collections.
This course is a collaboration of Imperial College London (South Kensington and Silwood Park campuses) with the Natural History Museum. This provides an exciting scientific environment of two institutions at the forefront of taxonomic and evolutionary research.
The MSc in Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution comprises two terms of taught modules, mostly based at the Natural History Museum, and covers core areas in biodiversity, palaeobiology, phylogenetics, molecular systematics, phylogenomics and taxonomic principles. This is followed by a 16-week laboratory or field-based research project at the NHM or Imperial College’s Silwood Park or South Kensington campuses.
• Taxonomy of major groups and the Tree-of-Life: An introduction of major branches of the Tree, including identification exercises, presented by NHM experts
• Statistics and Computing: A two-week intensive course at Silwood Park
• Field course: trapping and collecting techniques for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
• Phylogenetic Reconstruction: the principles of building phylogenetic trees
• Molecular Systematics: generating and analysing molecular data; model-based phylogenetics
• Phylogenomics: Genomic techniques for studying evolutionary processes and biodiversity
• Biodiversity (Concepts): speciation, radiation, macroevolution, mechanics of evolution
•Biodiversity (Applied): Measuring biodiversity, geospatial analysis, collection management and biodiversity informatics
• Palaeobiology: Studying the fossil record and what we can learn about biodiversity.
Students on the course will become the new generation of taxonomists in the broadest sense. They will be familiar with these new tools, as well as the wider concepts of biodiversity science, evolutionary biology and genomics. Most importantly, students gain the abilities to work as an independent scientist and researcher, to be able to solve questions about the future of biodiversity and to communicate them to peers and the public.
Students have many options for future employment in evolutionary and ecological research labs in industry, government and non-governmental organisations, conservation, and scientific publishing and the media. The courses are an excellent starting point for PhD level careers, feeding into various Doctoral Training Programmes available at NHM and Imperial, or elsewhere.
INSPIRE (the Innovative Scheme for Postgraduates In Research and Education) is for people with a strong research background who want to qualify as teachers. It's an intensive 10-month PGCE, designed to bridge the gap between STEM research and school science and mathematics by recruiting able researchers who are good communicators, and to develop the relationship between schools and Imperial College London.
As well as gaining a PGCE teaching qualification, participants are involved in INSPIRE activities which they develop with support from academic supervisors at Imperial College London. These activities allow schoolchildren to experience university level research activities, to participate in workshops, clubs and competitions, and to see cutting edge STEM in action with the aim of inspiring them to take their science and mathematics education to the next level.
With very competitive benefits this course will allow you to qualify as a teacher, and begin to address the shortages of science specialists. As a participant, you'll engage with Master’s level research in educational theory and policy. This opens up your potential to go on to hugely influence the educational system within the UK and beyond by linking universities, schools and government bodies in understanding the role science education can play in our society.
• An intensive induction programme throughout September followed by University-based sessions in half-terms and between placements in February.
• Two placements of school practice within two different partner schools allowing rapid development towards the PGCE qualification.
• Integrated INSPIRE activities such as science clubs, competitions, trips, presentations and much more during the first seven months.
• A total of 4 weeks off-timetable in December, National Science Week in March and May-June, delivering outreach in partner schools.
• Master’s level tasks tailored to allow post-grads to analyse how best to bring their scientific expertise into the school context.
• INSPIRE activities are counted as school experience allowing the programme to finish at the end of May. This increases employment opportunities for those that complete the course.
Personalised face-to-face support of tutors from Canterbury Christ Church University and mentors within placement schools will allow you to develop effective teaching skills quickly.
A supervisor from Imperial College London will support you in developing activities and partnerships to inspire young minds.
As a member of the programme you'll gain access to a strong network of colleagues within schools and universities – people who will help shape the future of science education
Through a portfolio of evidence and academic assignments.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.
The Energy Policy Option aims to produce graduates capable of combining the technical, environmental, economic, and legal and policy aspects of energy use and supply in tackling energy-related problems. Students from a wide range of backgrounds are given a broad understanding of the role of energy in the global and local economy, and the range of human and environmental impacts associated with energy systems.
The course aims to foster a range of skills, incorporating an in depth appreciation of technical subjects and quantitative methods with a balanced approach to policy analysis and communication. The ability to produce clear, critical and authoritative analysis of technical, economic and policy issues is the key aim, making graduates sought-after energy analysts, consultants and campaigners in the private and public sectors.
Energy plays a key role in most of the world’s environmental problems, from the global issue of climate change, through regional damage caused by acid rain, to poor local air quality. Energy markets throughout the world are evolving rapidly, with privatisation, competition, market structure and regulation all prominent issues in the UK, Europe and overseas. Resource depletion of fossil fuels, the role of renewable energy and social inequities such as fuel poverty are central issues for sustainable development. The influence of energy issues on international politics and security has come into sharp focus with conflicts affecting the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. The range of challenges for energy policy is diverse and exciting.
At the conclusion of the course, students should be:
The option is broadly divided into a series of modules: Policy, Assessment & Law; Energy Economics & Markets; Energy Use; Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power; Renewable Energy; Energy & Development; Transport Energy; Energy Modelling. Some emphasis is placed on the future role of 'clean' and/or low carbon options, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, but the intention is to equip graduates with a working knowledge of the full extent of the energy sector.
Teaching takes place through a mixture of lectures and seminars, workshops covering professional skills, analytical techniques and modelling methods, and small group project work. Short visits are made to a number of key energy facilities, and a week long fieldtrip is used to visit a wide range of renewable energy facilities. The group projects also foster team working, report writing and oral presentation skills, which are essential for many jobs.
The Option is taught by a wide range of specialists from both within and outside Imperial College: the current year has inputs from 29 people, including 14 external experts. External contributors include well-known figures from government, industry, specialist consultancies and NGOs (for example, British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Intermediate Technology Development Group).
The Option is associated with a highly successful research centre within the Department. The Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT), brings together energy related research and expertise from the full range of the College's science and technology departments with staff working in technology assessment, economics and policy. The Centre has strong links with industry, and is emerging as the key policy research and advisory group in the clean and low carbon energy field. The Centre's activities have tremendous spin-off benefits for the Option.
The Energy Policy Option has been running for more than 20 years. Graduates can therefore be found throughout all levels of industry, government, international agencies, consultancy and NGOs. In specialist energy/environment consultancies it is not uncommon to find that a majority of the staff are Option graduates, ranging from the Director to the new junior consultant. The network of graduates is fostered through regular reunion dinners, and is used to great success in helping current students in their thesis projects and in finding employment - of benefit to both students and employers alike.
Recent examples of thesis collaborators include:
Drawing on the strength of teaching and cutting‑edge research at Imperial College Business School, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business (ESB) prepares students for a dynamic career in business. You’ll learn to apply analytical techniques to the decision making process and develop an understanding of the relationship between strategic management and core business activities.
Technology is an integral part of our programme. A range of teaching innovations will enhance your learning and bring digital media, particularly social media, into the classroom.
The programme consists of three distinct phases:
The ESB core
Consisting of six modules in the autumn term, the ESB core provides you with a broad understanding of the tools required for economics and strategy. You’ll strengthen your understanding of the key economic frameworks and principles in relation to both macroeconomics and business economics. Core modules include:
• Analytics for Applied Economics and Business
• Business Economics
• Corporate Strategy
• Economics and Strategy for Innovation
• Strategic Marketing
• Data, Tools and Evidence (Online)
The ESB advantage
Comprised of five modules, this phase of the programme in the spring term builds on the ESB core to deepen your understanding. It is designed to help you develop your skills in strategic and innovative thinking and your ability to consider strategic implications for
specific organisations. Advantage modules include:
• Corporate Finance
• Information, Incentives and Contracts
• Macroeconomics for Business
• Risk Management and Corporate Governance
• Global Strategy
In the summer term, ESB applications provides you with practical experience, applying theories that you have learned to real‑world cases. You will work on a business simulation, allowing you to integrate your learning with a focus on decision making. The Consulting Project, undertaken for a real client, will enable you to apply the programme material to the solution of a live problem. Application modules include:
• Business Simulation
• Digital Economics and Digital Strategy
• Energy Economics and Strategy
• Strategy Implementation
Students on this programme will participate in career and professional development workshops in the month of September, with continuing careers support and workshops throughout the programme year.