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25.04.22 - 24.02.23

Online training in maths and computing for the bioscience research community


SysMIC is an online course developed in association with the BBSRC to provide effective training for the bioscience community. It involves approximately 120 hours of study over six months and has a flexible format designed to fit around research commitments. It is suitable both for PhD students requiring initial training or established researchers looking to enhance and develop their skills portfolio.

The course was put together jointly by academics from UCL, Birkbeck, the Open University and University of Edinburgh and since 2012 over 3,000 researchers have studied the course.

Our modules cover introductory and advanced techniques in maths and computing for use in interdisciplinary bioresearch.

The next course is due to begin on Monday 25th April 2022.


Module 1 - Introduction in Quantitative Skills for Bioscience
  • Introduction to MATLAB programming
  • Working with networks
  • Modelling systems
  • Statistical analysis using R
  • Bioinformatics using Python
Module 2 - Advanced Quantitative Skills for Bioscience
  • Discrete systems
  • Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
  • Bistable systems
  • Spatio-temporal systems
  • Stochastic systems
  • Parameter fitting (classical & Bayesian)
Module 3 - Individual Research Project (Currently Unavailable)
Apply the skills you have developed to a topic of interest in your own area of research with support from the SysMIC team.


For further details and to register please visit the sysMIC website. A 10% discount is available for RSB members upon request, please get in touch for this discount.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and may be counted as 360 CPD credits per module.