Research course

MSc Bioinformatics Scientist

University of West London · School of Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

This course require applicants to have an undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note this course is subject to validation

This degree is a practical industry/clinic-based course that meets the requirement for the Bioinformatics Scientist National Occupational Standards.It offers a great opportunity for you to study for an MSc qualification with Vocational Competency Evaluation (VCE) certification. It is for learners who wish to complete our Bioinformatics training programme through an internship. The course provides you with opportunities to complete both the academic work and industrial/clinical competencies.

Career options

Once you graduate you could go on to a career in several bio-data driven companies including: clinical bioinformatics, personalised medicine and wellbeing, agricultural science and research, animal research, academic research, the food industry, pharmaceuticals, biotech, clinical programming, public institutions, public health and IT.

Course overview

This course offers you the opportunity to study while being employed or undertaking an internship in a bioinformatics setting. Thus, enabling you to continue advancing your career as you gain a valuable postgraduate qualification.The course offers an appropriate balance between theory and practice, and the teaching and learning strategies offer learners ample opportunities to demonstrate high levels of analytical, critical and reflective skills alongside professional level of practical skills and knowledge. You will spend a third of your time in placement to complete the industrial/clinical competence. The internship is an assessed part of your course, so all applicants will be expected to find and have confirmed internship places prior to enrolling on this course. The University’s careers office provides student support in finding internships.

During your course, you will study the core principles in genomics, as well as statistical, computing data management and machine learning skills. It will equip you with the technical ability you need to analyse genetics and genomics data and the underlying associations between gene variants, disease susceptibility, drug response, food, crop yields and reproduction efficiency.You will learn from experts in computing, healthcare, mathematics and statistics, whose current practice and research will enhance your postgraduate experience.


• Introduction to Genetics and Genomics

• Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

• Data Science for Bioinformatics

• Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis

• Vocational Competency Evaluation

• Bioinformatics Project.

Plus ONE optional module from:

• Machine Learning• Information Systems in Healthcare

• Data Management in Healthcare

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Information
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