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The MSc/MRes incorporates a lecture based module (Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Sciences), skills module (Scientific, poster and oral presentations), practical classes in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, generalist workshops (statistics, bioinformatics, patenting), a choice of over 20 specialist Bioscience workshops and either a 6 month (MSc) or 9 month (MRes) research project.
The programme offers advanced practical experience and supervised training together with an in-depth research project within an active research group.
Each student can choose a number of expert led workshops focused on teaching specialised technical skills.
This programme offers a lead into a research career; approximately 40 per cent of graduates from this degree progress to a PhD.
Our external examiner noted that "This course provides an ideal training for biomedical students hoping to pursue a career in research and sets a gold standard nationally in this area."
Many students publish their results in top tier journals. You can view examples of published outputs from Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research MSc/MRes students from 2012-15 here (PDF).
Application status Closed
Duration MSc: 12 months FT September to September; MRes 16 months FT September to January
Study mode Full-time
Credit value MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; MRes:UK 240/ECTS 120
Course intake 40 approximately.
Course leaders Professor Stephen Sturzenbaum; Dr Nic Bury
Course contact for further information • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions • After applying: use the messaging service at http://apply.kcl.ac.uk
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Biochemistry
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Minimum 2:1 first degree in a biological, molecular biological or biomedical sciences-related subject or an overseas equivalent.
You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability together with recommendations from academic referees. We hold an annual open day which will provide you with an opportunity to view the facilities.
A personal statement and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. Please also list A-level subjects and the grades achieved. The transcript for each degree should list all modules taken and the grades achieved on each. Applicants who are still enrolled on a course should supply partial transcripts of the modules taken and grades achieved so far and should also supply a list of the modules that are currently being taken. Applicants who have not yet graduated should state the date when results are expected.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
This programme provides firm theoretical and practical training in fundamental and specialist technical skills as well as the opportunity to carry out an in-depth laboratory-based research project.
Gain a firm theoretical and practical training in fundamental and specialist technical skills and carry out an in-depth laboratory-based research project in your chosen field of specialisation. Designed for careers in a research environment or further study to PhD level.
The programme includes a 10-week laboratory experimental training period in fundamental research techniques required for biomedical and molecular biological scientists. In addition, workshops will focus on transferable and specialist technical skills which are complemented with lectures detailing recent advances in cardiovascular biology, neurobiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology. Assessments take the form of written examinations, workshop reports, practical write-ups, a research project, poster and oral presentations. Finally, you will undertake a 6 month (MSc) or 9 month (MRes) laboratory-based research project within a research team. Research projects are offered by over 50 approved research active laboratories spread across the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine to capture a comprehensive scope of topics to suit a wide range of career aspirations.
Please see the modules list for further information.
Alumni from our MSc/MRes in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research have been very successful in securing UK or international PhD positions after graduation. The vast majority have remained in Science or enrolled on a PhD, medical or dental programme. This is largely due to the extended experimental research project in world-leading research laboratories. Our external examiner noted that "This MSc course provides an ideal training for biomedical students hoping to pursue a career in research and sets a gold standard nationally in this area”.
The Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research MSc has lived up to my expectations and gone beyond them. I have learnt a lot, not only from planning and doing my own experiments but also in all the lab meetings and centre’s seminars.
The MSc in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research was everything I hoped it would be - I can confidently say that this course has made me a far better and more well-rounded student and without it I doubt I would be going on to start my PhD.
The Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research MSc allowed me to realise my full potential and I am certain that everyone on this course benefitted in some way from the wonderful teaching environment.
"The BMSR course is an absolutely great opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience in a range of scientific fields. It provides the ideal environment to hone one's skills in the laboratory surrounded by excellent and experienced staff who are leading researchers in their field."
"I have gained new theoretical knowledge about biomedical research through the lectures and tutorials, and the practical aspects of the course have enabled me to develop my laboratory skills further. I am now much more confident when working in a research laboratory."
"I gained insight into a broad variety of scientific subjects, not only regarding theoretical knowledge, but also practical work. I experienced amazing teaching on this course with well-chosen and organised modules. All this contributed to the awesome time I've had at King's over the past year."
Gladio Joel Giannitelli
"King's has repaid all my wishes and expectations, as I have been immersed in a stimulating, enthusiastic and positively challenging environment. The highlight is the six-month research project, where you can dive into laboratory life, working with a supervisor and a team of scientists."
"The best part was the 6 month research project where I devised my own experiments and became progressively independent in the lab. This course has provided me with skills and experience I need to pursue a career in research and I would definitely recommend it."
"The quality of teaching has been extraordinary, and students can expect excellent support and professional guidance throughout the course. The MSc at King’s has been a deeply rewarding experience, enabling me to develop in a personal capacity and further enhancing my scientific and professional skills."
"The programme provides a lot of practical knowledge. There is ample help and guidance available from the professors who are always ready to help. The coursework, despite being intense, helps a lot in terms of practice and acquiring new skills."
"The MSc propelled me into the world of the most advanced technologies. The supervision and guidance from the course coordinators and the support I received from my project supervisor was the highlight of the MSc course - their scientific aptitude and rigorous scholarship was inspirational!"
"I was able to expand my scientific knowledge through the combination of lectures, practical lab classes and the introduction to high-end procedures. I believe that the course has been one of the best decisions of my research career and I can only recommend this course."
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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £14,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MRes)
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Applications for 2016 have now closed.
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