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MRes in Bioimaging Sciences

Imperial College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time

Course description
A one year (full-time) stand-alone multidisciplinary MRes course that equips students with all the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the Chemistry behind imaging agents, drugs and biomarkers. The course content consists of a nine-month interdisciplinary research project, taught lecture modules on elementary and advanced aspects of bioimaging techniques and applications, specialist lectures in transferable skills, literature review on an image-related topic and group project work.‌


MRes in Bioimaging Sciences Course Booklet 2017-18 (pdf)
MRes Bioimaging Sciences – Course Flyer (pdf)
MRes Bioimaging Sciences Programme Specification 2017-18 (pdf)

Why Chemical Biology?
Bioimaging Science has played a vital role in improving human life. The development of a wide range of imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and optical imaging are nowadays important tools for the early detection of disease, understanding basic molecular aspects of living organisms and the evaluation of medical treatment.bioimaging

This one-year MRes course, which started in October 2005, will cover the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the chemistry behind imaging agents and biomarkers.

Imaging technologies are an increasingly important component of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry providing opportunities for pre-clinical testing of new products. It can cost £1billion to bring a new drug to market but this cost can be significantly reduced using powerful imaging techniques that speed up the process of testing new drugs. The advances in imaging technology allow researchers to gather information about the effectiveness of a drug on a specific condition or disease and observe how a drug is affecting a certain area of the body.

The UK has a very strong record in the development and clinical application of new imaging techniques and some of the major fundamental work in magnetic resonance, computed tomography, ultrasound and positron emission tomography has been performed within Imperial College.

The research strength of Imperial College in Imaging Sciences is recognised both nationally and internationally. The course will further interdisciplinary development in imaging sciences and create a multidisciplinary team involving chemists, immunologists, radiologists, image scientists, physicists, biomedical scientists and computer scientists.

Tuition fees and scholarships
There are opportunities to gain scholarships in a competitive fashion. These will provide funding towards tuition fees and/or living expenses and will be granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence of the applicant.

See also:

Information on tuition fees
Information about available scholarships for Masters study

Entry requirements
The course does not assume any previous knowledge of imaging-related topics but a commitment to a career in bioimaging sciences is a part of the selection process.

Applicants should normally have obtained or expect to obtain a first or an upper second class degree in a science, technology, engineering or medicine subject from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. A number of MRC funded scholarships are available, please see below for more information.

If a candidate impresses at the interview stage, consideration will be given for admission at the minimum level of the College academic regulations i.e. a lower Second Class Honours degree.

How to apply
Please apply by completing and submiting the online Imperial College Postgraduate application form. The program you should select when completing the online application is under ‘Department of Chemistry’ and the course name is ‘F1U3 – MRes in Chemical Biology of Health & Disease’.

All Postgraduate applications must be submitted online, please click here to apply.

For further details of the course please consult the links to the documents above. If these do not answer your query, please email the MRes chemistry admins at chemres@imperial.ac.uk

The course directors for this MRes is Dr Phil Miller.

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