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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences & Experimental Biology)

UCL CoMPLEX is the UK’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research between the biological/medical sciences and mathematics/physics and statistics. Our innovative MRes teaching methods have resulted in an outstanding record of bringing mathematicians, engineers, computer and physics graduates into life sciences research. Similarly, we enable students with a biological background to acquire the training in mathematics and the physical sciences required for interdisciplinary research.

CoMPLEX collaborates with more than 250 supervisors from 40 UCL Departments and external research institutions, charities and industrial partners. As a result CoMPLEX students have a vast range of student-driven PhD projects to choose from, endorsed by their high output and excellent completion rates. 70% of recent graduates have taken up positions in research centres in the UK and abroad.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Modelling Biological Complexity MRes FT

Student/staff ratios

  • 298 staff
  • 15 taught students
  • 57 research students


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Student View

"Studying in an interdisciplinary setting allows me to experience a huge breadth of subjects and to work in different departments that would otherwise be inaccessible."

Jaspal Puri

Degree: Modelling Biological Complexity MRes/PhD

Alumni View

"I found my position at the Massachusetts General Hospital through a networking event organised by UCL. When I was a PhD student, my department organised a student exchange with the Systems Biology Department at Harvard University."

Lorette Noiret

Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012