SysMIC course

SysMIC: Interdisciplinary Skills for Biological Research


Course overview

The course provides introductory and advanced training in maths and computing based around biological examples. Particpants will gain an understanding of programming MATLAB to model and simulate biological systems, and the R package to run statistical analysis of results.

The course is open to researchers at all levels: from PhD students beginning their career through to established researchers wishing to improve their skills. It includes the necessary background for the mathematics covered and does not assume any previous experience in computer programming. Click on the icon above for full details of the syllabus.

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EASTBIO SysMIC provision 2020-21 (please read carefully):

EASTBIO students who are starting their PhD study in autumn 2020 are invited to apply for the EASTBIO-funded online SysMIC course (Module I). EASTBIO has secured a number of funded spaces worth £850 each, on a competitive basis. If your application is successful, you will have one year to complete the course (by September 2021) and gain 20 points for Module I. You are advised to discuss your application with your primary supervisor and secure their support before submitting the application to EASTBIO.

We also encourage prospective applicants to contact EASTBIO students who have already completed the course in previous years - contact details available on request.

Please note that failure to complete the course within the deadline will affect your ability to fulfil the EASTBIO training requirement (of securing a minimum of 120 training points by the end of your first year of your PhD) and will carry a financial sanction.

To apply:

Download and fill in the EASTBIO SysMIC Application form and submit it to EASTBIO by the 30th of October 2020. The application form is filled and signed by both the student and their primary supervisor.

In addition, in Spring 2021 the SysMIC team is launching a further data science module which will be made available to the students who sign up in November 2020 and have completed the initial training. The module topics, taught in Python using appropriate representative biological datasets, include:

(i) data handling;
(ii) Supervised Machine Learning (Classification) and
(iii) Unsupervised Machine Learning (Clustering).

For any further questions you may have, please email EASTBIO.