Course Director:
Professor M. Sternberg

Course Co Director:
Dr Derek Huntley

Course Administrator:

DeepMind Scholarships in Life Sciences

Our Master’s in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology is a multidisciplinary research-based degree, designed for applicants with a biological, biomedical, physical sciences, computational or mathematical background.

The programme is taught by experts in relevant fields within the College. 

You gain the necessary skills to produce effective research in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology.

More information

Course Structure

The programme starts with a training phase in the autumn term, where you acquire core biological, computational and mathematics skills through lectures in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology.

For the remainder of the autumn term, you cover the taught elements of the course comprising of lectures, practical classes and assignments.

This is followed by full-time research projects that last for the rest of the academic year, under the supervision of researchers at Imperial. As the curriculum is under review, there could be two or three research projects. All projects involve liaising with biologists, mathematicians and computing specialists.


This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

The curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for this year of entry. We recommend you check this page before finalising your application as well as before accepting your offer. We will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Core Modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 1
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 2
  • Computing
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Research projects

You take the following research projects. Projects start in the Spring term and last for the rest of the academic year. All projects must be taken at Imperial College and supervised by a member of Imperial College.

Computing Project

This project is designed to reinforce programming skills and provide an opportunity to experience creation of code in detail. This is normally undertaken as a group project.

Data Analysis Project

This project involves working on the statistical and computational analysis of biological or biomedical datasets possibly in collaboration with experimental/clinical groups within Imperial. Depending on the outcome of the curriculum review, this project may be dropped, and the time available to undertake the other two projects increased accordingly.

Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology Project

This project provides a mechanism for the use of the skills obtained during the course in a research environment. You become part of your host laboratory within Imperial, including associated hospitals and Silwood Park. Many of these projects contribute directly to scientific publications.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Online lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Problem classes
  • Programming lectures
  • Programming practicals
  • Assignments
  • Group project; software development
  • Individual research project(s) & report
  • Presentations

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Computer exam (open book)
  • Bioinformatics reports
  • Group report
  • Computer assignments
  • Coursework
  • Dissertations
  • Mathematics assignment
  • Presentations
  • Viva

How to Apply

Apply here

For further information email Jennifer Bennett

Links with Employers

Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants with a first degree in biological, physical, computational or mathematical courses, or equivalent overseas qualifications, are welcome to apply.

If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find the guidelines within our Country Index helpful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum.

We particularly encourage graduates from numerical and physical sciences to join this programme.

The minimum qualification for admission is an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree  from an UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

 Extensive relevant work experience with a lower degree will be considered in special cases.

 The College also has a minimum English language requirement for postgraduate study; see more details.

 If you are in doubt about your eligibility, then do either make an enquiry or apply!

Fees and Funding