MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology

Imperial College London

Program Description

MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology

Imperial College London

MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology

The MRes programme at the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology is organised in association with the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI) and the Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (CISBIO).

The course provides graduate students from life sciences, engineering and physical sciences with a platform to overcome traditional barriers to work collaboratively on the ‘big problems’ and applications in synthetic and systems biology. Students gain intensive hands-on experience in a combination of experimental biology and modelling in order to understand, predict and redesign biological pathways. There is a link with the BIOS Centre at King’s College to facilitate the integration of this research with emerging ethical, legal and societal issues.

The taught elements of the course include introductory modules that cover essentials for both life and physical scientists, as well as modules on experimental systems biology, theoretical systems biology, synthetic biology, and advanced technologies. In addition to conventional lectures, the course requires active engagement by students through practicals, bench work, case studies, proposal writing, journal clubs, and an eight-month interdisciplinary research project. Only these activities will be marked; there will not be any formal written exams.

For further enrichment of the programme, close connections to industry and medicine will be provided through research projects from corresponding members of the Institute, as well as additional courses and workshops.


The programme is only offered as a full-time, one-year course and leads to the MRes degree. Students begin their lecture programme with compulsory core courses and practicals (modules 1–5) in the first term (October–December).

In January students choose a topic for the eight-month long multidisciplinary, theoretical or experimental research project, supervised by at least two supervisors with different expertise. One supervisor may also come from industry.

During the month of January students write a research proposal (6 pages) on their chosen research project, evaluated by a student mock panel for early feedback prior submission to supervisors. During terms 2 (January-March) and 3 (April-June), a mini-conference will be offered.

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a physical, engineering, mathematical, or life/biomedical sciences-based subject. A level mathematics also normally required.

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.

English language Requirements

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 17, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
1 year
Full time
9,400 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 1 year
Price 9,400 GBP
- Home/EU; £26,700 - Overseas