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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.1k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Foreign: $ 36.7k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 6171pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Chemical Biology is an emerging discipline that sits at the interface of traditional chemistry and biology. It draws on the tools and ideas of modern Physical Sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering) and applies these to the solution of biological problems at the molecular level.

    It is a discipline that is perfectly poised to address the next great challenge in biological science – to understand how gene products are used in and interact with the cellular environment.

    The research element provides physical scientists with the ability to bridge disparate fields and gain the confidence to grapple with biomolecular research in a multidisciplinary environment.

    Students can apply for a four-year programme (one year MRes followed by a three-year PhD).

    The four-year programme starts with a year-long MRes followed by a three-year PhD assignment.

    The MRes consists of a nine-month interdisciplinary research project, taught courses in advanced cell biology and biochemistry, practical laboratory experience of biomolecular techniques, specialist lectures in transferable skills and group discussion sessions.

    In term one, you choose a research project after discussion with academic staff during the first two weeks of the course. Each research project has at least one physical and one life sciences supervisor. Under the guidance of your supervisors, you write a literature report and research proposal for submission at the end of term.

    CORE TAUGHT MATERIAL

    • Cell biology
    • Chemical Biology and Enzymology
    • Analytical Tools and Techniques
    • Physical Techniques in Biology
    • Molecular Basis of Cancer
    • Theoretical Approaches to Biology
    • Imaging in Chemistry and Biology
    • Single Cell Technologies

    You begin term two with an assessment on the core lecture courses undertaken in term one. You also begin your research project in the laboratory.

    Continuing with your programme of taught material, you choose two courses from the options available, in discussion with your project supervisor.

    You also attend Journal Club, which is an assessed transferable skills course, which aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.

    At each Journal Club meeting you will work in a group and make a presentation about a seminal high impact paper. This will be followed by a chaired discussion/debate about the paper.

    You will be assessed on your ability to organise the presentation in a logical manner, the use of clear PowerPoint slides, the clarity of the presentation and its scientific content.

    In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up as a thesis. You will also present your research findings at a one day MRes Conference held at the beginning of September, which counts towards your overall assessment.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering, from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

    English requirement: IELTS 6.5 (writing and speaking 6).

    Imperial College PhD Scholarships

    Limited to full time students.

    Student Status Eligibility - Open pre-enrolment only

    ValueFull fees, plus a stipend of £20,400 p.a. stipend

    Number Available - 50

    Further Eligibility Criteria Information

    Academic excellence  Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK degree or equivalent. Candidates with Master’s qualifications should have achieved a distinction, or be able to provide evidence of high performance and should also hold a first class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent.

    Research Potential  As demonstrated by the candidate’s research experience to date, his/her interest in discovery, the research plan and its potential contribution as described in their personal statement. 

    Duration 3.5 years

    Selection Process

    Applicants should apply for admission online, but to be considered specifically for the Imperial College Scholarships Scheme, they must also provide a self-nomination form available via the Imperial College PhD Scholarships Scheme website.  Subject to the application including the following required documents, the application will be immediately released to departments.

    • Completed online admissions application form
    • Brief Research Proposal;
    • Academic transcripts (provisional transcripts are acceptable at this stage);
    • Self-nomination form.

    The earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2015.

    Eligibility

    1. Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality. 
    2. Candidates must be among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort, and in receipt of, or due to receive a first class UK degree or equivalent. 
    3. Candidates with Master’s qualifications should have achieved a distinction or, where this has yet to have been achieved, be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to a distinction. They should also hold a first class UK undergraduate degree or equivalent. 
    4. Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria. 
    5. Prior to applying candidates must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise their research project. Please note that supervisors are only permitted to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review this list of existing supervisors [xls] who are not available to supervise a student on this scholarship scheme. Please note: current registered Imperial PhD students are not eligible to be considered for an Imperial College PhD Scholarship. The scheme is only open to new PhD applications.

      Applications put forward for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year.

      Applicants who apply before 31 October 2014 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 30 January 2015. 
      Applicants who apply before 31 January 2015 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 1 April 2015. 
      Applicants who apply before 7 April 2015 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 5 June 2015. 

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    School and intellectual property patenting advice from Imperial Innovations the participating teams will develop their own business ideas. The teams who make it into the final will pitch their concept to a panel of experts including the chief executives of EPSRC and BBSRC. Imperial Innovations, the College’s part-owned technology commercialisation company, will provide the prize money.

    Tuition fees (2015–2016):

    • Home/EU 1 year full-time — £10,450
    • Overseas 1 year full-time — £29,300
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