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.

Months of entry


Course content

Biological sciences are more data driven than ever before and bioinformatics is now central to modern biological research. This programme will teach you how to analyse, integrate, visualise and manipulate large datasets, make new discoveries and reveal new insights in biological sciences.

New analytical techniques deliver ever more data about genes, proteins, metabolites and the interactions between them. There is a high demand across the life sciences for trained bioinformaticians who can turn this data into useful information and new biological knowledge.

Specifically designed for students with bioscience backgrounds, this masters programme teaches you specialised skills needed to manage and manipulate datasets, including computer programming, data analysis and statistics. Through demonstrations and practical assignments, you will consider the analysis of DNA sequence data, conservation and evolution, and delve into current developments in the field, including whole genome duplication and anthropogenic factors affecting rainforests.

This programme is delivered by 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 contribute to teaching, co-supervise projects and provide employment opportunities.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Biological and Chemical sciences
+44 (0)20 7882 3328