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MRes in Biomedical Research (Personalised Healthcare)

Course Description

The MRes in Biomedical Research: Personalised Healthcare is a 12 month postgraduate course providing world-class training in research at the interface between clinical and basic science. The course aims to equip the next generation of researchers in biomedicine with the necessary research skills and professional awareness required to deliver the goal of improved human health by personalising therapy.

The emphasis is on the use of molecular approaches to understand and predict individual variability in disease risk, pathological progression and benefit from therapeutic intervention. Specifically students will participate in two 20-week research projects and a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops.

Based in the Department of Surgery & Cancer (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/about/divisions/surgeryandcancer/) the course is a unique opportunity to interact with, and receive training from, leading clinical and laboratory scientists.

Course Objectives

This course will provide research training in fundamental biochemical
techniques but will also emphasise cutting-edge technologies for molecular profiling (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics and metabonomics), biomarker and drug target discovery, pharmacology and drug metabolism, systems biology, bioinformatics, and the translation of laboratory findings or techniques into the clinical research environment.

Training will be research-based but will also contain some theoretical elements and will expose students to the latest developments in the field through case studies and a series of technical workshops. Students will gain experience in applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will have developed the ability to:
•Utilise a range of practical and informatic molecular techniques
•Exercise theoretical and practical knowledge and competence required for employment in a variety of biomedical environments
•Identify appropriate methodology during experimental planning
•Interpret and present scientific data
•Interrogate relevant scientific literature and develop research plans
•Recognise the importance of justifying expenditure (cost and time) during experimental planning
•Recognise potential methodological failings and strategise accordingly
•Perform novel laboratory based research, and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of findings
•Write and defend research reports, which appraise the results of laboratory based scientific study
•Communicate effectively through writing, oral presentations and IT to facilitate further study or employment in molecular, cellular and physiological science
•Exercise a range of transferable skills

Ultimately it is the goal of this course to set a direction for scientific and professional development that can lead to an independent research career in biomedicine.

The Dept of Surgery & Cancer includes laboratories situated in all major campuses of Imperial College including South Kensington, Hammersmith Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross.

Please visit the course website for more information about how to apply, and for more information about the streams of specialism which run within the course. Early application is strongly advised.

For more information please contact Dr Hector Keun ().

Visit the MRes in Biomedical Research (Personalised Healthcare) page on the Imperial College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master's Scholarships - 9 Awards

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field. There are no restrictions on nationality.Five awards are available for Home/EU students and four are available for Overseas students. Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid for by the Faculty of Medicine and will receive and additional stipend of £17,000 to cover living expenses (paid in monthly instalments). Students with evidence of outstanding academic potential are strongly urged to apply, as are other applicants with a less strong academic background but who have professional, research or voluntary experience in a relevant field.The deadline for scholarship applications is 26 April 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees and a £17,000 stipend


Available to Home/EU students and Overseas students planning to study a full-time or part-time Master's course run by Imperial's Faculty of Medicine in the 2016/17 academic year.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants will need to first apply for a Master's programme run by the Faculty of Medicine. They will then need to complete an online form. Please see the Faculty of Medicine Master's Dean's Master's Scholarships page for more information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate science subject

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