Research course

Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection)

Imperial College London · Faculty of Medicine

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Entry requirements

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an appropriate subject.

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

Our one-year full-time course provides broad training to prepare you for a career in biomedical research.

The programme provides an excellent background in biomedical research, and will integrate chemical, biological and physiological aspects in a unified approach.

This course teaches a mechanistic approach to the problems encountered in molecular and cellular biomedical science. It also emphasises an investigative and empirical approach to the practical problems encountered in experimental and human biomedical science.

Study programme

The course is made up of a general stream and number of specialist streams.

All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure. The taught elements and research project are determined by your chosen stream.

Over 12 months, you complete two five-month research projects (4.5 days per week) and a core programme (0.5 days per week) including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferable skills.

The research projects incorporate cutting-edge developments in the field. You will experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently being applied to biomedical research.

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection stream

This specialist stream provides research training in fundamental aspects of:

  • bacterial pathogenesis
  • host immunity
  • the microbiota
  • antibiotic resistance and persistence

The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection, immunity and antibiotic susceptibility at the host-pathogen interface.

This research-orientated approach to training in biomedical sciences comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

Through two five-month research projects and a series of lectures and technical workshops, you will be exposed to the latest developments in bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity, antibiotic resistance and the microbiota by applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

In addition, we focus particular attention on the scientific and professional acumen required to establish research independence.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Andrew Edwards