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Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MSc/MRes



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.

Key benefits

  • 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).

Key information

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 • After applying: use the messaging service at

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Biochemistry


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

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.


Course detail


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.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Programme prospectus

Course format and assessment

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.


Career prospects

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”.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £14,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MRes)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc); £29,000 p.a. (2016/17)* (MRes)

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Applications for 2016 have now closed.


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