MSc Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our MSc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology is a multidisciplinary research-based degree, designed by staff from our Life Sciences, Computing, Chemistry, Mathematics and Medicine departments.

The programme is taught by experts in relevant fields within the College, and also makes use of collaborations with other researchers.

The course is suited to applicants with a biomedical, computational or mathematical background, and equips students with the necessary skills to produce effective research in computational genetics and bioinformatics.

For students who are interested in pursuing a PhD, this course also forms the first year of the Wellcome Trust-funded PhD programme in Theoretical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics.

Study programme

In the first term, you are equipped with a foundation of knowledge ensuring students from a variety of academic backgrounds are introduced to this multidisciplinary course.

This is accompanied by teaching on the following elements:

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology – Introduction to biology; advanced tools for the
    analysis of biological data; and approaches for modelling biological systems.
  • Computing – Java, Python and Perl; an introduction to program design and command line computing in a Unix shell.
  • Mathematics and statistical inference – high level algorithms and the analysis of large datasets.

The remainder of the year is devoted to three full-time research projects, undertaken under the supervision of researchers at Imperial. This may also involve collaboration with other academic centres or industry.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Taught element

Core modules

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 2
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 1
  • Computing
  • Mathematics and Statistical Inference

Research element

Computing Project

The first research project is designed to reinforce the programming skills and provide an opportunity to experience creation of code in detail.

Data Analysis Project

The second research project involves working on the statistical and computational analysis of biological or biomedical datasets in collaboration with experimental/clinical groups within Imperial.

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Project

The third research project provides a mechanism for the use of the skills obtained during the course in a research environment. You become part of your host laboratory within Imperial, including associated hospitals and Silwood Park. Many of these projects contribute directly to scientific publications.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Assignments
  • Computer Assignments
  • Computer-based Work
  • Formal Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Online Lecture Materials
  • Practical Classes
  • Problems Classes
  • Programming Lectures
  • Programming Practicals
  • Software Development Project

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Computer Assignments
  • Computer Exam (open book)
  • Mathematics Assignment
  • Dissertations
  • Group Report
  • Website Development
  • Presentations
  • Viva

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£9,800

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£28,000

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in biological, physical, computational or mathematical subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Contact us

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Got a question?

Jennifer Bennett
T: +44 (0)20 7594 2170
E: jennifer.bennett@imperial.ac.uk

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