Taught course

Biological Data Science

University of Dundee · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) degree or a suitable equivalent. Your degree should be in biological, biochemical, or biomedical sciences, or physics, computing or mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

Train for a career in the exciting field of biological data science, which is of ever-increasing importance in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and for ground-breaking research in drug discovery.

The course design reflects our extensive industry interactions. You will learn a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge for a successful career in a variety of academic, industrial and science-related sectors related to data science in a biological or biomedical context.

You will gain skills in using computational methods to access and analyse data, make predictions, construct models and evaluate model quality. As a new data scientist, you will build your programming skills for specific data analysis purposes. There will be a focus on the different algorithms for machine learning, statistical analysis and data modelling.

You will apply sophisticated analysis methods to discover the deeper meaning behind the complex data generated by biological and biomedical research in such areas as -omics (genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics), microscopy and imaging, protein structure analysis, and in the process of drug discovery.

You will enhance your critical skills in information retrieval, research ethics, entrepreneurship, statistics, analysis of current science and literature, as well as transferable skills in presentation and communication, data visualisation, team-working, problem solving, and project management.

You will learn about and experience the world leading collection of cutting edge technology platforms in the biosciences on offer at the University of Dundee. Alternatively, you can choose to gain an understanding and practical knowledge of molecular modelling and simulation in the fields of biology and drug design.

Your final project will give you important hands-on experience offering enhanced employability. It will enable you to refine relevant skills, and interact with researchers at the forefront of their discipline.

We welcome participants from a range of scientific backgrounds, including biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences, physics, computing or mathematics. Training courses in those areas you may be less accustomed to will be provided.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Professor Ulrich Zachariae
+44 (0)1382 381261