Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

Gain the skills to produce effective research in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology

Gain the skills to produce effective research in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology

Liaise with leading biologists, mathematicians and computing specialists

Plan and execute an individual research project and become comfortable using modelling software

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £15,150 Home

    • £37,100 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a biological/biomedical/bioengineering, clinical or physical sciences, computational, or mathematical subject.

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Course overview

Build the multidisciplinary skills required to produce effective research in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology on this Master's course. 

Taught by experts in relevant fields, you'll acquire core biological, computational and mathematics expertise through lectures, practical classes and assignments.

This course will help you enhance your research techniques, including in information and data retrieval, study design, and data analysis and statistics.

You'll also liaise with biologists, mathematicians and computing specialists to produce a series of research projects throughout the academic year.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll complete the following core modules.

Core modules

Reinforce your programming skills and experience the creation of code in detail. This is normally undertaken as a group project and runs for about 11 weeks.


Apply your skills obtained from the course in a research environment.

You'll become part of your host laboratory within Imperial, including associated hospitals and Silwood Park.

Many of these projects contribute directly to scientific publications.

The project runs for about 22 weeks.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Computing labs
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Practical classes
  • Presentations and seminars
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • Projects and assignments
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study

Balance of assessment


  • Projects
  • Examinations and coursework

  • 70% Projects
  • 30% Examinations and coursework

Assessment methods

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  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Dissertation
  • Computer and mathematics assignments
  • Papers from a written report
    Individual research project
  • Person making a presentation
  • Group report
  • Oral exam

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for a bioinformatics or systems biology career.

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Our graduates often pursue further study in master's programs or doctoral research.

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Life sciences graduates are in demand across a wide range of industries.

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These include government and industrial research, public health, and careers in business.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications