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 an innovative 10-month research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £16,750 Home

    • £43,250 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Receive the broad training required to prepare for a research career in the fight against cancer on this Master's course.

You'll examine cutting-edge developments in the field and experience some of the most technologically advanced approaches currently in use.

During your studies, you'll analyse the cellular and molecular basis of cancer biology and be introduced to the clinical and pathological aspects of carcinogenesis.

A series of workshops will help you develop key transferable skills for a research career, such as the oral presentation of scientific data and grant writing.

You'll also gain insights into the excellent project opportunities at Imperial and partner institutions including the Crick Institute and Institute of Cancer Research.

Immerse yourself in a multidisciplinary research environment on a 10-month focused research project in world leading labs.

MRes Cancer Biology streams

This course is one of three MRes Cancer Biology streams available at Imperial. You may wish to consider other streams depending on your interests.

  • Cancer Biology focuses on wet lab skills, data analysis, and communicating science to expert and lay audiences.
  • Cancer Informatics (this stream) focuses on computational and bioinformatics techniques, ethics, and communicating science to expert and lay audiences.
  • Cancer Innovation focuses on the development and translation of bio- and deep-tech platforms from concept to realisation and onward to application and communication to scientific and commercial audiences.


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 take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Conduct an innovative 10-month research project, with wet-lab/dry lab projects undertaken primarily at Imperial College London.

Some opportunities will be available for projects that collaborate with industry and 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

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

Balance of assessment


  • 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 – The current round closes on Sunday 24 March 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee


Overseas fee


Your future career

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

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

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

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

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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