Normally an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. Applicants with a lower second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject will be considered on a case by case basis.
Relevant degree subjects are
- all biology degrees with a substantial molecular biology or genetics component.
- other biology degrees with at least some molecular biology.
- computing science, software engineering or IT.
- mathematics or statistics (with evidence of experience in computer programming).
- other physical sciences subjects with either evidence of experience in computer programming or evidence of a strong background in molecular biology.
For all other degree backgrounds, please consult the programme director for advice before applying.
You do not need to have previous experience in computer programming, but you should be numerate as part of the programme is spent learning programming and many of the courses involve statistical analysis. We may admit you if your background is outside molecular biology and we are confident that you can develop your understanding of the biology background in a timely manner.
If you have a degree in a molecular bioscience and want to specialise or enhance your skills in biological computing, this programme is designed for you.
If your background is in a non-molecular life science or in another discipline such as computing science, please apply anyway, or enquire (see the contact listed above), as we do often take students with other backgrounds.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
This Masters in Bioinformatics (formerly Bioinformatics, Polyomics and Systems Biology) is an exciting and innovative programme that has recently been revamped. Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology, computing and statistics and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. This programme focuses on using computers to glean new insights from DNA, RNA and protein sequence data and related data at the molecular level through data storage, mining, analysis and graphical presentation - all of which form a core part of modern biology.
- The University of Glasgow is ranked top 20 in UK for Biological Sciences (Sunday Times 2018).
- Our programme emphasises understanding core principles in practical bioinformatics and functional genomics, and then implementing that understanding in a series of practical elective courses in semester 2 and in a summer research project.
- You will benefit from being taught by scientists at the cutting edge of their field and you will get intensive, hands-on experience in an active research lab during the summer research project.
- Bioinformatics and the 'omics' technologies have evolved to play a fundamental role in almost all areas of biology and biomedicine.
- Advanced biocomputing skills are now deemed essential for many PhD studentships/projects in molecular bioscience and biomedicine, and are of increasing importance for many other such projects.
- The semester 2 courses are built around real research scenarios, enabling you not only to gain practical experience of working with large molecular datasets, but also to see why each scenario uses the particular approaches it does and how to go about organising and implementing appropriate analysis pipelines.
- You will be based in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, an ideal environment in which to train in bioinformatics. Our College has carried out internationally-leading research in functional genomics and systems biology.
- Some of the teaching and research scenarios you’ll be exposed to reflect the activities of 'Glasgow Polyomics', a world-class omics facility set up within the university in 2012 to provide research services using microarray, proteomics, metabolomics and next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. Its' scientists have pioneered the 'polyomics' approach, in which new insights come from the integration of data across different omics levels.
- In addition, we have several world-renowned research centres at the University, such as the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, whose scientists do ground-breaking research employing bioinformatic approaches in the study of disease.
- You will learn computer programming in courses run by staff in the internationally reputed School of Computing Science, in conjunction with their MSc in Information Technology.
Information for international students
This one-year masters programme is eligible for a new, streamlined visa application process: find out more
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions