skip to content

Postgraduate Admissions

The MPhil in Computational Biology course is aimed at introducing students in the biological, mathematical and physical sciences to quantitative aspects of modern biology and medicine, including bioinformatics. The course was developed by the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute (now C2D3 Computational Biology) and is run by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

The course is intended for mathematicians, computer scientists and others wishing to learn about the subject in preparation for a PhD course or a career in industry. It is also suitable for students with a first degree in biosciences as long as they have strong quantitative skills (which should be documented in the application).

Core modules are in bioinformatics, scientific programming with R, genomics, systems biology and cancer evolution. All students joining this course are required to attend an introductory course in molecular biology (usually scheduled at the start of the academic year, just before formal lectures commence). Courses are delivered in association with several departments from across the University and neighbouring institutes. The course concludes with a three-month internship in a university or industrial laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the MPhil in Computational Biology, students will be expected to have:

  • acquired a sound knowledge of a range of tools and methods in computational biology;
  • developed the capacity for independent study and problem-solving at a higher level;
  • undertaken an internship project within a laboratory or group environment, and produced a project report; and
  • given at least one presentation on their project.

Continuing

MPhil students wishing to apply for a PhD at Cambridge must apply via the Postgraduate Admissions website for continuation by the relevant deadline.


Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Details of activities hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics can be found on the Faculty website.


Departments

This course is advertised in the following departments:

Apply Now

Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Course - related enquiries

Application - related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Feb. 10, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.


Similar Courses