Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · Biological and Chemical Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in biology or other relevant natural sciences subject.

Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.

English language requirements

All international students are required to provide evidence of their ability in English language.

The minimum level required for entry to our postgraduate programmes is:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing)
  • WELT (Warwick English Language Test) – BBC/BCC
  • TEEP (Test of English for Educational Purposes) – 6.5
  • Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English – B
  • Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English – C

Months of entry


Course content

Bioscience is increasingly data driven, as new bioanalytical techniques deliver ever more data about genes, proteins, metabolites and the interactions between them. Bioinformatics is the discipline tasked with turning all this data into useful information and new biological knowledge, a discipline in which there is a serious shortage of trained people. Without assuming any prior informatics experience, this course gets biologists up to speed with essential bioinformatics skills and provides the opportunity to apply these in a cutting edge research project.

The course is taught by QMUL academics who are actively engaged in developing bioinformatics tools and applying them in areas such as genome sequencing, proteomics, evolution, ecology, psychology, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. We have an extensive network of academic and industrial collaborators around the UK and in Europe, who will contribute to teaching, co-supervise projects and provide employment opportunities.

Programme highlights:

  • New course, covering the very latest tools and techniques.
  • Delivered by experts in the development and application of bioinformatics techniques.
  • An innovative group project, collaborating with peers to produce new bioinformatics software.
  • Providing the skills and experience that employers need.
  • A six month individual thesis project tackling a real world bioinformatics challenge.
  • Flexible modes of study: full time, part time, campus-based or online.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
+44 (0)20 7882 3328/5889