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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£6,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

This programme is open to self-funded or externally sponsored students.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Systems Biology MRes

Systems biology is a developing research field that combines experiment, quantitative analysis and modelling to tackle fundamental problems in biology. The Systems Biology MRes provides multi-disciplinary training in systems approaches. The research-intensive programme includes taught courses, hand-on training and extensive research projects delivered and supervised by world-class scientists.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides a broad introduction to biological concepts and systems, and essential background knowledge in mathematical and quantitative approaches. Optional courses in biological and quantitative fields are available to complement previous undergraduate training. Two research projects enable students to carry out independent original research combining modelling and experimentation.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a truly multi-disciplinary university and is one of Europe's largest and most productive centres of biomedical science.

UCL Systems Biology has been established to build on the university's breadth of expertise across disciplines by coordinating and strengthening interdisciplinary systems-biology research across the university. This new and growing community of researchers at UCL using systems approaches to tackle fundamental biological problems.

With its broad research base and strengths in interdisciplinary training, UCL is in a unique position to provide diverse training and produce young researchers who are able to productively use a systems approach.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules – including Quantitative Methods – (60 credits) and two individual research projects (120 credits in total).

Core Modules

  • Foundation Course*
  • MRes Biosciences Research Skills

Quantitative Methods

  • Topic I – Principles in Systems Biology (ABC course)
  • Topic II – Quantitative Methods: Dynamic Cell Analysis
  • Topic III – Quantitative Methods: Genomic Analysis
  • Topic IV – Quantitative Methods: Statistics


Students select two 16-week research projects in the field of systems biology, which culminate in written research reports, and an oral viva examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical classes. The research projects will be supervised by researchers at UCL with expertise in both experimental and theoretical approaches. Student performance is assessed by short practical assignments and reports (all coursework), two project write-ups, and a presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree in any area of the mathematical, physical, computer, engineering or life sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 31 March for the year of entry; however students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The MRes is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research who wish to undertake a PhD or pursue a science career in academia or industry. Applications are invited from students whose first degree is in a biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical discipline.


The MRes in Systems Biology is designed for students who wish to undertake a PhD degree in this area, or who wish to enter employment in an advanced capacity in industry or the public sector in the field of systems biology.

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