We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in a biological, medical, physical or computing sciences subject, with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent.
Months of entry
Our MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology course looks at two concepts that complement each other and reflect the skills currently sought by employers in academia and industry.
Bioinformatics is changing as high throughput biological data collection becomes more systems-oriented, with employers seeking people who can work across both disciplines.
Enormous success has been achieved in bioinformatics, such as in defining homologous families of sequences at the DNA, RNA, and protein levels. However, our appreciation of function is changing rapidly as experimental analysis scales up to cellular and organismal viewpoints.
At these levels, we are interested in the properties of a network of interacting components in a system, as well as the components themselves.
Our MSc reflects these exciting developments, providing an integrated programme taught by researchers at the forefront of fields spanning bioinformatics, genomics and systems biology.
You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of methods to analyse and interpret the data generated by modern biology. This involves the appreciation of biochemistry and molecular biology, together with IT and computer science techniques that will prepare you for multidisciplinary careers in research.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 6.5 in each component, or TOEFL 90 (internet based) with a minimum of 22 in each component.
If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your course, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test may be required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application. For details, please see requirements from our University Language Centre.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 306 5439