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SysMIC - A comprehensive online course in interdisciplinary skills in the life sciences

By Caroline Channing

SysMIC was developed with BBSRC funding and is a comprehensive online course in interdisciplinary skills in the life sciences.  Almost 1,500 participants have enrolled on SysMIC since its beginning in 2013.

The next SysMIC Module 1 course is starting on Monday 7th November 2016 

The course targets vulnerable skills as identified by the recent joint BBSRC, MRC and Royal Society of Biology Investigation.  SysMIC provides introductory and advanced training in mathematics, statistics and computing for bioscientists.

Key topics are:

  • Network biology
  • Mechanistic modeling, and
  • Data analysis

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Programming in MATLAB and R
  • Analysing, modelling and simulating biological systems
  • Statistical analysis for bioscience research

The materials are developed around intuitive biological examples. Each topic includes:

  • Reading materials
  • Code examples
  • Exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Hands on support provided by online tutors
  • Access to extensive mathematical background material

Three modules are available, each lasting six months and requiring about five hours work per week:

Module 1 – Introduction in Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

Module 2 – Advanced Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

Module 3 – Individual Research Project

See what students say about SysMIC here

Participants who complete a module gain a certificate detailing their achievements.  In addition, the course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is worth 360 points per module on their CPD scheme.  This can be used towards Chartered Biologist status.

Funding the course:

  • Discounts are available for group bookings.  Please contact the SysMIC Team at
  • Eligible expenditure for BBSRC PhD student RTSG funds or postdoc or technician training within a grant
  • MRC flexible funding can also be used to support students.  Details can be found here

If you would like to join the next cohort or learn more about SysMIC, please contact the SysMIC team at or see our website at  The deadline for enrolment is Monday 24th October 2016