Taught course (will run subject to approval)


University of Liverpool · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree in a Biological Sciences subject or equivalent. Candidates must have a scientific background acceptable to the Director of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Life Sciences and Technology are an integral part of the global economy. Our Bionformatics MSc has been designed with input from major industry players to meet current and emerging skill gaps for professional bioinformaticians.

Please note that this programme is suitable for intercalating medical students.

In this course, you will be equipped with the background in biology, statistical analysis, and computing necessary to work with modern biological data from genomic, proteomic and metabolomic studies. You will be trained with an emphasis on hands-on practical experience, so that you can tackle your research project with confidence. You will be taught by internationally renowned scientists at a University with internationally excellent Research Centres, including the University of Liverpool Computational Biology Facility, the newly established Centre for Metabolomics, the Centre for Proteomics, and the Centre for Genomic Research.

If Bioinformatics is your interest, upon successful completion of the MSc you may wish to continue with your education by studying for a PhD.

Why School of Life Sciences

International excellence in Biological Sciences: We attract high quality postgraduate students with first degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology and other areas of Biosciences from around the world into the following areas of biology:

Advanced Biological Sciences MSc

Bioinformatics MSc

Biotechnology MSc

Cancer Biology and Therapy MSc

Infection and Immunity MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Career prospects

Graduates with an MSc in Bioinformatics are well qualified to enter a wide range of employment. In the public sector, bioinformaticians are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. However, post-graduates in general, can find a career in management and human resources, where the skills obtained in the degree programme will be of considerable benefit.

For those committed to a career as a research scientist, this programme will qualify you to be able to take up PhD studies or bioinformatics posts in academia or in industry. For those committed to a career in teaching, a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) for entry into the teaching profession is also an option, to meet the current demand for science teachers.

Information for international students

Candidates from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate an ability of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

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

Postgraduate Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927