A two year (part time) multidisciplinary Masters in Research (MRes) course that equips students with the language, knowledge and skills to enable them to tackle problems lying at the plant-physical science interface. Training is provided by world renowned academic and industrial scientists in the plant and chemical biology fields. The course consists of an 8 month multidisciplinary research project, specialist lectures, transferable skills courses, interactive workshops, tutorials, journal clubs and seminars.
The course begins with a fixed lecture programme of core courses in the first term (October–December), followed by optional courses to be taken in the second term (January–March).
The taught component of the course covers a broad range of chemical biology topics, and provides the foundation for completing a substantial research project within a multidisciplinary environment.
The taught component will cover the following areas:
- Cell biology systems and chemical biology
- Molecular plant biology
- Bio-analytical science and technology
- Bioinformatics and structural genomics
- Macromolecular structure and dynamics
- Chemical and biological mechanisms in plants and pests
- Protein engineering and design
- Theoretical approaches to biology
- Imaging in chemistry and biology
- Single cell technologies
During the first term you also complete a literature review, allowing you to develop an in-depth critical review of the subject matter that you have chosen for the research project. You will have regular contact with your supervisors during this time, enhancing the integration of the taught and research elements of the programme.
Throughout the course you will be exposed to a variety of learning styles including lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, journal clubs, and seminars, all of which have been tailored to meet your multidisciplinary needs.
Syngenta, the key industrial partner on this course, will also provide some lectures, workshops and tours of their research site to all students.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROJECT
The major focus of the course is an eight-month multidisciplinary research project, to be jointly supervised by at least one physical and one plant scientist.
You choose your research project from a range of proposals at the start of the first term. Supervisors are drawn from world-leading departments at Imperial, including the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Bioengineering.
You will be based in the research laboratories of your supervisors, allowing you to benefit from interaction with researchers at all levels from both disciplines.
Joint research projects with Syngenta are also available and may be based at either the Syngenta research site or Imperial. These will be allocated on the basis of student merit.