What will I learn?

The MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology provides a platform to overcome traditional barriers and work collaboratively on the ‘big problems’ and applications in synthetic and systems biology. The programme is delivered by the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology and is organised in association with the Centre for Integrative Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (CISBIO). 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. Assessment methods involve the following: Coursework; Dissertation; Essays; Individual research project report; Presentations and Viva.

This full-time programme lasts for one academic year and is made up of both taught and research-based elements. The taught elements begin in October and last for the duration of the autumn term (October-December). This includes 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.

As well as conventional lectures, you undertake practicals, bench work, case studies, proposal writing and journal clubs. In the spring term (January), you choose a topic for your eight-month long research project and draft a proposal to be evaluated by a student panel, before submission to supervisors. Your completed project is submitted in September of the summer term. Close connections to industry and medicine are provided through the research projects from members of the Institute, as well as additional courses and workshops.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Which department am I in?

Department of Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£31,200.00 (US$ 42,287) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2022


South Kensington Campus

Exhibition Road,

Kensington and Chelsea,


SW7 2AZ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have a minimum requirement of 2.1 degree in physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, life sciences or biomedical sciences. Students should have IELTS scores 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all elements). Students should have TOEFL scores 92 overall (minimum 20 in all elements).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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