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Contact details

Complex Centre Administrator

Email: complex@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4325

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£4,400 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

EPSRC, MRC, British Heart Foundation and CoMPLEX UCL Studentships may be available. Doctoral Training Centre studentships provide full funding for four years, for UK and limited EU places.

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

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Modelling Biological Complexity MRes

The Modelling Biological Complexity MRes is designed for students who wish to develop the skills to apply mathematical, computational and physical science techniques to real biological problems. The programme provides a broad overview of the cutting edge research at the interface of the life, mathematical and physical sciences.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Foundation courses provide essential background knowledge in mathematical, computational and physical techniques and a broad introduction to core biological concepts and systems. A range of interdisciplinary research-driven projects follow in which students gain experience of different research techniques and a range of areas of biological interest.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

CoMPLEX is UCL's centre for interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. It brings together life and medical scientists with mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and engineers to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine.

The centre supports the research of over 200 scientists who are drawn from 40 departments and institutes across UCL, provides innovative teaching methods for interdisciplinary research, and maintains strong links with universities internationally and with leading UK research centres.

The four-year integrated MRes plus PhD programme is supported by Research Council and charity funding.

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 a foundation module, transferable skills module (20%), case presentations module (40%) and a research project (40%).

Core Modules

  • Modelling Biological Complexity: Foundation Course (non credit bearing)
  • Transferable and Generic Skills
  • Case Presentations


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 30,000 words, a short presentation and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, case presentations, seminars, tutorials and project work. Student performance is assessed by essays, case projects, oral and poster presentation, web development, the research project and an end-of-year viva.

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

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. For deadlines visit www.ucl.ac.uk/complex/apply Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at outstanding mathematics, engineering, computational, and physics graduates who wish to gain the core skills needed for interdisciplinary research. The MRes is not a stand-alone programme and applicants are expected to commit themselves to the four-year integrated MRes plus PhD programme.

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