SysMIC Maths and Computing for Biology Researchers


Module 1 has start dates in November 2019 and April 2020 (and each year).

There are still places available for Module 1 starting on Monday 4th November 2019.  A Welcome Webinar will be held on Wednesday 6th November.

Or you can book now for the course starting in April 2020.  Please make sure you complete the correct booking form.


This is an on-line course.

Who is it for? 

This course is optional for DTP students, including iCASE and NPIF.  If you feel it would be useful for you then you are welcome to book or to make an initial enquiry with SysMIC to help you decide.  All year groups can apply but be aware of the length of the course and whether you will have the time to complete the modules you are interested in.

Course content

The modules cover introductory and advanced techniques in maths and computing for use in interdisciplinary bioresearch.  Participants learn how to use MATLAB to model, simulate and analyse biological systems, and how to use R statistics package to analyse data.

There are 3 modules.  The course is flexible so you can undertake all 3 modules or complete only those that are appropriate to your own studies and future career aspirations.  Each module is taught over 6 – 10 months and requires around 5 hours of study per week.

Module 1 – Introduction in Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

CLICK HERE to download SysMIC M1 Brochure 10.2019

Module 2 – Advanced Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

Module 3 – Individual Research Project 

See the website link below for more information about Modules 2 and 3.

Each module is worth 360 points on the Royal Society of Biology CPD scheme.  These points can be used towards Chartered Biology status.


SysMIC was developed by a consortium of leading UK universities with world-class expertise in bioscience research and distance learning.  See the website for more information: 


DTP PhD students receive a heavily discounted rate of £800 total per student, which is a saving of almost £3,000 on the standard fee of £3,750 (£1,250 per module x 3 modules).  Payment methods can be discussed directly with SysMIC.

The cost covers full access to tutor support during your study, and continued access to the materials after you complete the course.

You can use your DTP RTSG allowance or you may be able to access alternative funding through your supervisor.

Refreshments and travel

This is an on-line course therefore refreshments and travel are not applicable.


If you require more information about the course before you decide whether or not to book, please read the information on the SysMIC website ( .  If you have any further queries after that, please contact Hannah Heaven at SysMIC directly:


How to book

In order to take advantage of the discounted cost, you must book through the DTP using the links below.  (If you book directly with SysMIC, you will be charged the full cost).

November 2019 – If you are interested in starting the course on 4th November 2019, please book immediately.

The closing date is midnight Thursday 29th November 2019.


April 2020 – If you wish to register for the course starting in April 2020, you can book now to reserve your place.

The closing date for bookings is 9am Monday 3rd February 2019.  A reminder will be sent out prior to this.  However, if you are interested, it may be worth booking now to guarantee your place.