Biosciences lab

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This research-based course equips you with an interdisciplinary training and the necessary skills to produce effective research in bioinformatics and systems biology.

About the course


This is a multidisciplinary research-based MSc course, designed for applicants with a biomedical, computational or mathematical background. It equips students with the necessary skills to produce effective research in computational genetics and bioinformatics. 

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

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.


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

In the first term, you take modules in:

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Statistical learning
  • Computing
  • Mathematics and Statistical Inference

The remainder of the year is devoted to three full-time research projects, undertaken under the supervision of researchers at Imperial:

  • a Computing project, in teams, to develop a substantial piece of software - the development of a functional genomics database with a web-based user interface is an example of a previous project
  • a Data Analysis project, giving you the chance to work on the statistical and computational analysis of biological or biomedical datasets in collaboration with experimental/clinical groups within the College
  • a Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Project, undertaken in a research lab at Imperial, and involving substantial use of bioinformatics tools and/or development of bioinformatics and systems biology methods

Many of our students progress to PhD study at top institutions both in the UK and internationally.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a 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 for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

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. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

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.

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology including more detailed course content.