The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Physical sciences innovation in Chemical Biology for bioindustry and healthcare

PhD Course Overview

Year 1

Masters in Research (MRes) in Chemical Biology

NOTE: this MRes course is offered as part of a 4-year MRes/PhD programme or as a 1-year standalone course

  • 9 month multidisciplinary research project
  • Taught courses
  • Graduate School transferable skills training
  • Research seminars and group discussion (Journal Club) sessions
  • Presentation at the end of the year at the MRes Conference

The details can be found on our Master Courses page


Year 2-4

Progress to PhD after successful completion of the MRes year.

Students continue their multidisciplinary research project and attend:

Transferable Skills Courses
Teamwork training for 1st year PhD students, Science Communication Course and Career Planning Course for 2nd year PhD students, and a Decision making course for 3rd year PhD students. For more details go to the Transferable Skills Page

ICB Colloquia
These must be attended by all ICB members, both staff and supervisors. There are usually 2 colloquia per year (November and February). The ICB has a budget to bring overseas speakers to Imperial and students may send us their wish list of international speakers and we will do everything we can to bring them over.

Joint CDT Conference
PhD students from CDTs in Oxford, Glasgow, UCL, Warwick and Imperial jointly present their research at this annual conference, which is entirely organized by the students.

ICB CDT students will get the chance to compete for £20,000 business development money in a Dragons’ Den style competition. With guidance in entrepreneurship from Imperial College Business
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.

MRes Conference
The ICB MRes conference takes place in September, and is an opportunity for all MRes students to showcase their research achievements during the past year. All ICB CDT students are expected to attend this event. 1st and 2nd year ICB PhD students will chair and write reports on various sessions, and will also act as a mentor to assist the MRes students.

Informal Lunches
These are regular networking opportunities for all ICB members: meet other students and supervisors over a buffet lunch. The CDT Director and deputy directors usually take the opportunity to make important announcements during these events.

Other Events


Career Seminars, CDT Festival of Science


Useful details can be found in the current CDT PhD student handbook