St George’s, University of London

Untangle the molecular basis and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and work alongside our experts on vital research.

Antimicrobials, especially antibiotics, are one of the greatest medical achievements of the 20th century. But their overuse and misuse, combined with a shortage of new antimicrobials, means antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms will continue to emerge. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an urgent threat to global human health. If no action is taken, the World Health Organization warns that in the not-too-distant future a minor graze or injury could kill.

Studying our Antimicrobial Resistance MRes is your chance to explore the healthcare impact, genetic technologies and the latest interventions. It’s right for you if you’re a recent graduate or a healthcare professional who wants to carry out research in this crucial area.

Kickstart your research career

Research and innovation are in our DNA. Edward Jenner, the ‘father of vaccinology’ who created the world’s first vaccine (against smallpox), completed his medical training at St George’s in 1770. More recently, our research has helped accelerate the treatment of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and Covid-19.

Specialising in AMR, you’ll learn from experts exploring new drugs for tuberculosis, improved chemotherapy to eradicate persistent bacteria, novel antibiotic drug combinations, and more. One of our researchers is a co-holder for more than 100 patents, while another is a research director of a UK-based antibiotic biotech company.


Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind. Specialising in antimicrobial resistance, you’ll be ready to carry out research which improves drug regimens and combinations. This could ultimately help avoid resistance in the future.

By the end of the course, you’ll be confident planning and managing a research project. This includes knowing how to write a research proposal​, evaluate published research​ and identify good quality research. You’ll also have advanced skills in data handling, scientific communication and using technology to support research projects.

Some of our graduates work in research-active healthcare roles, while others engage with clinical research as trial managers or laboratory scientists.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but are current medical students who have successfully completed 360 credits (or equivalent) including at least 120 credits at Level 6 (or equivalent) of their medical degree are eligible to apply.

Closing Date

Applications typically open in November and close in July. Early applications are recommended.