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Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MRes, MSc

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The Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research MSc/MRes programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that will provide you with superior practical skills and a firm theoretical grounding in a range of scientific fields.

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Key benefits

  • Lectures delivered by experienced specialist researchers covering contemporary issues in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuro Biology and Cardiovascular Sciences.
  • Interactive tutorials and workshops on Biosciences statistics, bioinformatics and patenting.
  • Each student can choose a number of expert led workshops focused on teaching specialised technical skills.
  • The programme offers advanced practical experience and supervised training together with an in-depth research project within an active research group; projects are either 6 months (MSc) or 9 months (MRes) in length.
  • Many students publish their results in top tier journals.
  • This programme offers a lead into a research career; in the past, approximately 40% of graduates from this course have entered a PhD programme.
  • 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."

You can find out more about the course in the Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MSc/MRes overview handbook 2017

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: 12 months FT; MRes 16 months FT

Study mode Full-time

Course intake 40 approximately.

Course leaders Professor Stephen Sturzenbaum

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Biochemistry



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Course detail


Our Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research MSc/MRes course gives you the flexibility to choose to study for a full Masters or an extended Masters of Research qualification. You will study modules including Skills in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research; Advanced Bioscience Research Laboratory Techniques plus a range of further required modules depending on your choice of pathways.

The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits, and this includes a six-month research project and dissertation worth 60 credits.

If you choose to study for the Masters Research qualification, you will be required to study modules worth 240 credits, which will include a nine-month research project and dissertation worth 120 credits.

If you are studying for the MSc qualification, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September, the Masters Research will take 16 months to complete, and you will study from September to January.

Further literature

Programme prospectus

Course format and assessment

Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MSc Qualification


Teaching methods


Formal teaching and self-directed study, including practicals, background reading and preparation time, write-up of lab reports, lectures, revision exams, tutorials, workshops, presentations, research and papers.

2,190   hours


Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MRes Qualification


Teaching methods


Formal teaching and self-directed study, including practicals, background reading and preparation time, write-up of lab reports, lectures, revision exams, tutorials, workshops, presentations, research and papers.

2,640   hours



The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of examinations, workshop write-ups, practical write-ups, presentations (oral and poster) and an extensive dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.


Year 1

Required Modules

You are also required to complete a research and dissertation module depending on your choice of study pathway:

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Optional Modules

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £14,800 p.a. (2017/18)* (MRes)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc); £30,400 p.a. (2017/18)* (MRes)
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Binding of dissertation (2 copies)
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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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