Please read our student and staff community guidance on Covid-19
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

MSc in IBR: Stand-alone course or first year of our MRC DTP programme

MSc Course Overview

  • We recognise that outstanding students will come from a range of backgrounds with different interests and training needs.
  • The MSc course is unique in the UK in its interdisciplinary approach and cross-cohort training (see our Core Philosophy).
  • The MSc year is the first year of our MRC DTP programme (Apply here)
  • The MSc course can also be taken as a stand-alone course (contact us at

  • The MSc in IBR will provide knowledge in a broad range of biomedical sciences for students to acquire intellectual and practical multidisciplinary skills and pro-actively decide their future research expertise.
  • The MSc in IBR combines a series of taught modules and the opportunity to conduct two research projects in two different disciplines.
  • Students will attend the Division of Biomedical Science seminar series (Gibbet Hill campus), or Molecular and Analytical Sciences seminar series (Main campus).
  • Students will attend monthly chalk talks where they will present their research or participate in skill sessions (see Cohort Activities).
  • The MRC DTP also holds an off-campus annual student conference where students present their research progress either as posters or talks.
  • Students will receive guidance and career advice throughout the year
  • DTP Students will also attend a mandatory PhD planning meeting with the DTP and MSc course directors in Term 3.

MSc Course Structure

  • 4 Core taught modules
  • 2 Core practical modules
  • 5 Additional taught modules

Terms 1&2

Students will attend taught modules, which aim to:

  • Develop students’ knowledge in a broad range of topics including microbiology and infection, physical properties of biomolecules, cellular structure, signalling pathways or dynamics processes.
  • Equip students with cross-disciplinary skills. Students will receive training in microscopy techniques; quantitative skills; statistics and data analysis; molecular and computational modelling; molecular biology or chemistry.
  • Prepare students for their future career by acquiring transferrable skills. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to generate questions and hypotheses and will be trained in verbal and written communication.

Terms 3&4

Students will undertake 2 research projects:

  • Projects last 12 weeks each and must be in two different disciplines, usually one biology-focused and one in physical sciences (e.g.; chemistry, physics, maths, engineering or computer science).
  • Students will have the opportunity to choose from a pool of proposed projects and will also be encouraged to discuss their research interests and preference with research supervisors (see our supervisor pool here) to develop their own project.
Further information about the MSc modules


Apply here for MRC DTP-funded places

For a self-funded place, contact us at