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Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research

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

Key benefits

  • Lectures delivered by experienced specialist researchers covering contemporary issues in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Neuro Biology and Cardiovascular Sciences.

  • Interactive tutorials including, for example, a session on biosciences statistics and bioinformatics.

  • Each student can choose a number of expert led workshops focused on specialised technical skills and scientific approaches and methodologies relevant to Biomedical Sciences.

  • The course offers advanced practical experience and supervised training together with an in-depth research project within an active research group; projects are either six months (MSc) or nine months (MRes) in length.

  • Many students publish their results in top tier journals.  Some examples can be viewed here.  

  • This course offers a lead into a research career; in the past, approximately 40 per cent 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.’

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: one year 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

After applying: use the messaging service  

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Biochemistry School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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Course detail


Our Biomedical & 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 Skills and Topics in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research; Advanced Bioscience Research Laboratory Techniques, Workshops and an extended research project.

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

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.



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.


 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include lab reports, workshop reports, written examinations, oral presentations, an extended dissertation and lab performance assessment during the project. Coursework contributes approximately 66% (MSc) / 75% (MRes) and examinations approximately 33% (MSc) / 25% (MRes) to your final mark.



This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses but some projects are based at Denmark Hill or St Thomas’ Hospital. Some areas of the course include national and international collaborations, and this means you occasionally may be assigned to other labs (for example as part of the Savile Scholarship awarded for our course).

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.


Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.
You will normally take:

  • MSc – modules totalling 180 credits.

  • MRes – modules totalling 240 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Skills in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research (30 credits)

  • Advanced Bioscience Research Laboratory Techniques (30 credits)

  • Topics in Biomedical Science (30 credits)

  • Specialised Techniques Workshops (30 credits)

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

  • Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MSc (60 credits)

  • Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MRes MRes (120 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 

Minimum 2:1 first degree in a biological, molecular biological or biomedical sciences-related subject or an overseas equivalent.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band D  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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 Home fees: £13,380 (MSc) / £17,970 (MRes) (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 (MSc) £37,290 (MRes) (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days 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

  • library fees and fines

  • personal photocopies

  • printing course handouts

  • society membership fees

  • stationery

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • 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

Our graduates have been very successful in securing UK or international PhD positions after graduation, with the majority choosing to remain in science or enrolling in PhD, medical or dental programmes.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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