M.Phil. On Campus

Computational Biology

University of Cambridge

11 months
32220 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
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The MPhil in Computational Biology course at the University of Cambridge is aimed at introducing students in the biological, mathematical and physical sciences to quantitative aspects of modern biology and medicine, including bioinformatics.


Core modules are in bioinformatics, scientific programming with R, genomics, systems biology and network biology. 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 University departments from the Schools of Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, groups within the School of Clinical Medicine, the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Sanger Institute. The course concludes with a three-month internship in a university or industrial laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the MPhil in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge, 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.

Programme Structure

  • The course combines taught lectures (October-April), followed by a summer internship project (May-August). There are typically three or four taught modules per term, and each module consists of 16 hours of lectures. Each module is assessed by coursework, and there is one general examination in May.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Evidence of mathematical and computational ability - This could take the form of a brief overview of the mathematics/computing courses the applicant has taken at University level. If necessary additional documentation may be uploaded.
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)
An application is only complete when:
  • you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  • you have paid the £70 application fee.
  • your referees have provided their references.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32220 GBP per year during 11 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 11 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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