Taught course

MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology

Imperial College London · Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for admission is normally at least an upper second class Honours degree in a physical, engineering, mathematical, or life/biomedical sciences-based subject from an UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. A level mathematics will generally be required for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will provide graduate students from the life sciences, engineering and physical sciences with a platform to overcome traditional barriers and to work collaboratively on the 'big problems' and applications in systems and synthetic biology. Students will gain intensive hands-on experience in a combination of experimental biology and modelling to understand, predict and redesign biological pathways.

Course structure
The taught elements of the course include advanced molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, systems biology, physiological systems, advanced imaging technology, data analysis, bioengineering and synthetic biology. In addition to conventional lectures, the course requires active engagement by the students, through practicals, bench work, case studies, journal clubs and an eight-month long 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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Tania Briggs
+44 (0) 207 594 6226