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The short course in Cancer Informatics will provide a practical grounding in the skills required for the next-generation of great researchers in informatics – a sub-domain of the utmost importance within research. Increasingly, researchers are expected to be able to analyse their own data to expedite research and decrease costs, as well as offering the additional benefit of allowing the wet-lab researchers to gain a better understanding of their own work. This course will offer individuals the education, practical experience, and the confidence to advance their careers and continue making discoveries for the benefit of our society. This short course is a module of the larger MRes Cancer Biology (Cancer Informatics Stream).

For further information, please contact the Short Course Director, Dr James Flanagan.

Date and period of study

  • Monday, 4 November 2019 - Friday, 22 November 2019
  • Three weeks, full-time
  • Delegates on the Assessed Pathway will submit their assignments on Friday, 19 December 2018

Entry requirements

Academic - Normally, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or equivalent in a bioscience related discipline.
English - IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.


CPD (Continued Professional Development) Pathway Delegates on this pathway will attend the tutorials and workshops full-time for three weeks, for which they will receive a certificate of attendance.

Assessed Pathway - Delegates on this pathway will attend the tutorials and workshops full-time for three weeks, and will then have an additional week in order to complete and submit an assignment worth 5 ECTS. This will be done off-campus and submitted electronically. Successful delegates will receive an official College transcript stating your results. 


The fee for this course are dependent on your choice of pathway and your applicant status (internal/external). Members of staff and students from Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are internal applicants, and all others are external.

Early Bird

Internal, CPD Pathway - £2,000
Internal, Assessed Pathway - £2,200
External, CPD Pathway - £2,200
External, Assessed Pathway - £2,400


Internal, CPD Pathway - £2,500
Internal, Assessed Pathway - £2,700
External, CPD Pathway - £2,700
External, Assessed Pathway - £2,900

To be eligible for the Early Bird discount, you must apply before Wednesday, 1 May 2019.


To apply, please complete this application form.

Please ensure that you have received approval to attend from your employer before applying.

There are up to 5 spaces on this course, and offers are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The course will close to new applications as soon as the spaces have been filled, so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should have an understanding of and practical experience working with:

  • ChIP-seq
  • DNA Methylation
  • Functional Genetic Sequencing
  • Fundamental Statistics
  • GWAS
  • RNA-seq
  • R / Unix

Learning and teaching strategy

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • practical working with support
  • independent study and practical working