Course Overview

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

The programme consists of a first term of taught courses that provide a broad introduction to biological concepts and systems, and essential background knowledge in mathematical and quantitative approaches:

· Principles in systems biology – introduction to biological systems, molecular biology approaches

· Advanced biological modelling – understanding statistical and mathematical modelling

· Quantitative approaches - basic and advanced statistics and experimental design, genomics, gene expression and function, principles and practicalities in modeling dynamic biological processes

· Research skills – project design and management, presenting research data, communication (oral, posters, writing scientific papers and dissertation)

Further optional courses in both biological and quantitative fields are available to complement previous undergraduate training.

Two research projects take up most of the second and third term. During these projects students will carry out independent original research combining modelling and experimentation. Students will be supervised by researchers at UCL with expertise in both experimental and theoretical approaches.


UCL (University College London) is one of the world's top 5 Universities and 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.

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