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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £4,915 (FT)
- £23,710 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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 students from the life science, some mathematics experience is necessary (e.g. a minimum of an 'A' grade of A Level mathematics).
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Foundation courses use innovative teaching methods for interdisciplinary research to 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules: foundation courses module, transferable skills module (20%), three mini projects (40%) and a research (summer) project (40%).
- Modelling Biological Complexity: Foundation Course (non credit bearing)
- Transferable and Generic Skills
- Mini projects
- Research (summer) Project
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All students undertake an independent research (summer) project, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 15,000 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, mini projects, oral and poster presentations, a computer programming and biological database task, web development, the research project and an end-of-year viva.
Limited funding is available for this programme - applications from self-funding candidates are also welcome.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
After passing the MRes, students may have the opportunity to progress onto a PhD at UCL.
CoMPLEX has built upon relationships with partners within academia and industry, to develop our existing CoMPLEX programme. so that it continues to be designed specifically to provide training that meets market needs. Graduates have excellent publication outputs, this, together with CoMPLEX's international reputation means that graduates are and will continue to be recognised when entering the job market. 70% of recent graduates have taken up positions in research centres in the UK and abroad. As small number have pursued careers in science policy analysis, cyber security, science teaching, statistical and mathematical consultancy, technology consultancy, or in management and the financial sector.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why 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 computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine.
CoMPLEX collaborates with 250+ supervisors from 40 UCL Departments and maintains strong links with leading UK/International research institutions, charities and industrial partners e.g. AstraZeneca, British Heart Foundation, CRUK, Francis Crick Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft Research and Renishaw. As a result CoMPLEX students have a vast range of projects to choose from and the opportunity to network with a plethora of scientific partners.
Peer-to-peer learning is a crucial part of the training, and students will take part in cohort activities, such as, mentoring events, a seminar series, outreach groups and an annual retreat.
Student / staff numbers
› 294 staff
including 4 postdocs
› 1 taught students
› 45 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology
Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 PuriModelling Biological Complexity MRes/PhD
Application and next steps
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 programme is aimed at outstanding mathematics, engineering, computational, physics, life science and medical graduates who wish to gain the core skills needed for interdisciplinary research. The MRes can be taken as a stand-alone programme or can be taken as the first year of the four-year integrated MRes plus PhD programme.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For information on deadlines visit www.ucl.ac.uk/complex/prospective. Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of application deadlines. Overseas applicants who wish to be considered for nomination for the Overseas Research Scholarship must apply within the first round.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now