Research course

Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection)

Imperial College London · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides an excellent background in biomedical research, and integrates chemical, biological and physiological aspects in a unified approach.

You will acquire an understanding of modern molecular and cell science in world class biomedical research laboratories through both theory and practical exposure. You will also demonstrate practical dexterity in both commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques.

Within this programme, you can choose to study a general stream or one of a number of specialist streams. All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure and each stream has its own tailored set of projects alongside a core programme of lectures, seminars and practical classes.

You should consider which stream is right for you according to your career aims and background. If an offer of admission is made, it will correspond to a specific stream. Switching streams is not possible once you have commenced your studies.

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

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