Work and Train in the IMSR


We are passionate about delivering outstanding education as well as world-leading research. Find out more about our opportunities below.

There are currently no vacancies in the IMSR. As soon as there are any, they will be shown here.

Summer Studentships

The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, an interdisciplinary research institute, is always committed to training the next generation of scientists and has a very successful Summer School which runs between June and August.

Participants of the IMSR Summer SchoolThe IMSR Summer School, led by Dr Paul Foster and Dr Vicki Smith, is aimed atundergraduates who are considering a future in biomedical research. These short placements (6-10 weeks) provide students with hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a research laboratory, attend a weekly Journal Club and have the opportunity to participate in IMSR seminars.

The school provides an invaluable opportunity to do scientific research and to bolster student CVs. Some of our past summer students have found their experience so rewarding they have returned to intercalate or to take their PhDs at the University of Birmingham.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students should currently be an undergraduate and must not be in their final year of study. We encourage students from any biological/chemical field to apply, including from Medicine (MBChB), Biomedical Sciences (BMedSci), Biochemical Engineering, Biosciences, Biochemistry and Pharmacy (MPharm).We accept University of Birmingham students and students from other national and international Universities.  Applications are made online via the IMSR website, applications for IMSR Summer School 2020 have now closed. 

Is any funding available to support Summer School students?

Funding is not necessary to apply, however students who are accepted into the IMSR should be prepared to apply for funding to support their time with us. This document (PDF, 180kb) is a guide to students and Principal Investigators to help identify potential funding streams and relevant deadlines.

For questions regarding any aspect of the IMSR Summer School please contact Dr Paul Foster ( or Dr Vicki Smith (

Here are some comments from previous IMSR summer students:

Past summer school students speaking about their experiences









Masters by Research Studentships

The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, an interdisciplinary research institute, is always committed to training the next generation of scientists.

 The Institute hosts students registered for a research masters degree in the UK or Europe to complete projects that can be written up for a masters thesis. The students work for a period of up to 12 months in a host laboratory within the Institute.

Interested students should contact IMSR group leaders directly.

View more information on IMSR Principal Investigators and their research.

Undergraduate courses

The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR) is committed to training excellent scientists and healthcare professionals, with a strong ethos of delivering outstanding undergraduate teaching underpinned by cutting-edge research, in line with the University of Birmingham 2026 vision.

IMSR staff participate in the delivery of several UG programmes including MBChB, BSc Biomedical Science (BSc), MPharm, BDS, and the intercalated BSc Clinical Sciences. In addition, IMSR staff contributes to UG teaching for the School of Biosciences.

IMSR staff regularly serve as personal tutors for students on the MBChB, BMedSc and MPharm programmes, contribute to MBChB Year 1 research taster sessions and supervise electives and audit projects of MBChB students. IMSR staff regularly supervise final year dissertation projects for BMedSc and intercalated BMedSc Clinical Sciences students.

To find out more about our undergraduate courses, please visit the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Postgraduate Taught courses

To find out more about our postgraduate taught courses, please visit the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.