Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides a foundation for the development of essential bioinformatics knowledge and skills, as well as an introduction to the emerging field of systems biology. The course is run in parallel with an MRes course that includes a larger research component; it is designed for students from a range of scientific backgrounds, who want to pursue research training in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and systems biology; it is relevant to those seeking a future career in both academia and industry. On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to program in Perl (including Bioperl, web application development), design and query databases. You will develop your familiarity with code development review and testing tools and your ability to explain fundamental biological concepts, including genomes, DNA, RNA, protein structure and function. Alongside outlining the statistical foundations of bioinformatics, including sequence analysis, you will also be able to discuss growth areas in bioinformatics research, such as systems biology, microarray and next'generation sequencing analysis and scientific workflows.

Course Modules

Research areas include: Genome analysis; analysis of next'generation sequencing data; immunoinformatics; microarray analysis; molecular modelling; biological database design; structural data analysis; and biomedical text mining. Modules: Biocomputing I; biocomputing II; data management; molecular structure; sequence analysis and genomics; statistics; structural bioinformatics; systems biology. If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Biology.

Course Additional Entry

1st degree in any of a wide range of subjects, including biology, computer science, mathematics, chemistry or physics. Some practical knowledge of 1 programming language would be a distinct advantage. Mathematics to A'level or equivalent desirable, but GCSE/O'level considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,225  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees