Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will teach you how to manage and manipulate large datasets to reveal new insights in biological sciences. You will get intensive training in a computer-based approach to biological research, with the opportunity to develop specialist skills in computer programming, data analysis, statistics and computational biology. New analytical techniques deliver ever more data about genes, proteins, metabolites and the interactions between them. Bioinformatics is the discipline tasked with turning all this data into useful information and new biological knowledge. With applications spanning the breadth of life science disciplines, there is now high demand for trained bioinformaticians.

Prior experience of computer programming is not required as you will be taught the latest tools and techniques in bioinformatics, which you will then apply to your own research project. You will also collaborate with peers to build new bioinformatics solutions to real-world problems as part of an innovative group project. This programme is delivered by academics who are actively engaged in developing bioinformatics tools and applying them in areas such as genome sequencing, proteomics, evolution, ecology, psychology, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. We have an extensive network of academic and industrial collaborators around the UK and in Europe, who contribute to teaching, co-supervise projects and provide employment opportunities.

Our Bioinformatics programme will equip you with a strong foundation for further PhD research or for prospective employment. There is an increasing demand for bioinformatics skills across the biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The ability to manage, analyse, integrate and visualise ?big data? using technologies such as Python and R is also applicable to fields including software development, data analytics and finance.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019. EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,100 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,100 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,950 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,050 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,050 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in biology or other relevant natural sciences subject. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum level required for entry to our postgraduate programmes is: IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing); WELT (Warwick English Language Test) ? BBC/BCC; TEEP (Test of English for Educational Purposes) ? 6.5; Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English ? B; Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English ? C.
  • IELTS score: 6.5