Student Testimonials

Routinely, between 60% - 80% of our students have undertaken PhD programmes worldwide after completion of the MRes in Biomedicine.

Here are some testimonials from past students of the course.

Gehad Youssef- MRes 2008- 2009 currently PhD at UCL Institute of Child Health


I undertook the MRes Biomedicine degree in the academic year (2008-2009). I found the course very engaging and exciting. What appealed to me most was the 9 months laboratory component of the course. I completed the mini project (Title: Mucosal immunity to Neisseria meningitdis) under the supervision of Dr Mona Bajaj-Elliott. My Maxi project (p53, SHP-1, TrkA, and phosphorylated TrkA (Y674/Y675), expression in primary ductal and lobular breast carcinoma) was conducted under the supervision of Dr Ximena Montano.

We also undertook courses in Research Ethics and Professional development. Moreover, Professional Development was assessed by a portfolio that demonstrated our development throughout the MRes. The MRes has helped me to prepare to undertake a PhD by providing the opportunity to think as an independent researcher and enhancing my confidence to work in the laboratory. Importantly, the maxi-project has allowed me to gain authorship in two research publications. 

I would absolutely recommend the MRes Biomedicine course to any student wishing to embark on a research career.

Lisa Gerner - MRes 2011 - 2012 currently PhD in Oslo

The MRes in Biomedicine at the UCL Institute of Child Health combines cutting-edge research and a high-class education with a very social environment, right in the centre of London. The course provided excellent lectures delivered by top researchers from ICH and small class sizes made it very easy for all students to be fully engaged. The main elements of the MRes were two research projects which could be chosen from a wide range of topics throughout ICH.

I have carried out one of these projects with Ryan O’Shaughnessy at the Immunobiology Unit. We studied the interaction of the two proteins Connexin 43 and Zonula Occludins-1 during epidermal barrier acquisition using immunohistochemistry with subsequent laser scanning confocal microscopy. The supervision was excellent, the laboratories well equipped and the infrastructure brilliant with the opportunity to work within core facilities in the same building. I should also mention that the project led to two publications!

All staff, both academic and administrative, were friendly, very helpful and determined to provide students with the best support they could give whether it was guidance in the lab or help with organisational issues. My excellent experience during the MRes gave me the confidence to proceed in research and I began a PhD directly afterwards for which the skills I’ve learnt at UCL are still highly beneficial.

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