Cancer Informatics
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Cancer Informatics

Receive world-class training in research at the interface of computational and clinical translational science.

Receive world-class training in research at the interface of computational and clinical translational science

Specialise in informatics and data handling to gain new insights into molecular biology

Immerse yourself in a multidisciplinary research environment on two extended projects

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £15,800 Home

    • £40,800 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Receive world-class training in research at the interface of computational and clinical translational science on this Master's course.

With an emphasis on the field of informatics, this course embraces cutting-edge developments in the field of cancer research.

Informatics covers the handling and analysis of data. This programme will equip you with the skills required to leverage large biological and clinical datasets to address novel hypotheses and gain new insights into molecular biology.

You'll explore technologically advanced approaches currently being applied, in a teaching programme that comprises both theoretical and practical elements.

Through demonstrations and workshops, you'll be trained in fundamental computational and bioinformatics techniques, ethics, and science communications.

You'll also apply your skills on two research placements, both lasting approximately 20 weeks each.

This is one of two Cancer Biology streams available at Imperial. You may alternatively wish to consider our core Cancer Biology stream.

Structure

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.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Conduct a 20-week research project, with wet-lab/dry lab projects undertaken primarily at Imperial College London.

Some opportunities will be available for projects at other organisations such as the Bart’s Cancer Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, the Institute of Cancer Research, and the Medical Research Council.

You'll present your work through a research report, oral presentation, Viva defence, and academic poster.

 

The second project will see you conduct original research. This encompasses data analysis, literature mining, and bench work where possible.  

Some opportunities will be available for projects at other organisations such as the Bart’s Cancer Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, the Institute of Cancer Research, and the Medical Research Council.

You'll be expected to produce a persuasive and logical experimental study proposal based upon contemporary research.

Your work will be assessed by a thesis, Viva defence, and mock grant application.

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Technical workshops
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Person giving seminar
    Seminars
  • Student-led presentations

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Modules
  • Projects

  • 10% Modules
  • 90% Projects

Assessment methods

  • Cancer Informatics assignment
  • Research project proposal document
    Mock grant proposal
  • Poster project
    Poster presentation
  • Projects (thesis and oral assessment)

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Next application deadline is Friday 24 March 2023

Tuition fees

Home fee

2023 entry

£15,800

Overseas fee

2023 entry

£40,800

Your future career

Person with magnifying glass over head

Be equipped with transferable skills for a career as a research scientist, research assistant or scientific officer.

Chemistry research on computer screen

Specialise in fundamental computational and bioinformatics techniques, ethics, and science communication.

DNA strand with magnifying glass

Those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of cancer research will also benefit from this programme.

Lightbulb with graduate cap inside

With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

Man standing under a sign pointing different directions

This can include areas of journalism, patent and intellectual property roles, and financial institutions.

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