University of Birmingham

12 months
23310 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Designed to prepare you to interact with the world's most advanced biological and clinical datasets - the Bioinformatics programme offered by the University of Birmingham will prepare you for careers, or further graduate work, in the omics-enabled biosciences. 


The future of biology is bioinformatics - computational analysis procedures that leverage state-of-the-art statistics and machine learning to gain insight into systems of exquisite complexity. We have entered an era of unprecedented expansion in the biological sciences, and our data now grows exponentially faster than Moore's law. 

This course is composed of five taught modules, one group project, and one independent project. The taught modules provide you with foundational knowledge and skills in statistics, computer programming, and molecular biology, and then exploit this skillset to help you to understand and participate in the ongoing revolution in biological data science.

The Bioinformatics programme offered by the University of Birmingham begins with a fast-paced introduction to essential capabilities. Through individualized and student-centered teaching, as well as heterogeneous group work, it will prepare wet-bench biologists and clinicians interested in data analysis, as well as statisticians or computer scientists wishing to work in biology for studies in modern bioinformatics.

Why study this course?
  • Learn how to analyse each major omics data-type – beyond next generation sequencing, understand mass spectrometry, emerging single molecule techniques, genome engineering, and integrative analysis toolsets that reveal synergies between these and other distinct modalities such as Health Partners
  • Gain a foundation in statistical machine learning to prepare for a career in the information sciences
  • Explore the frontiers of biosciences, from precision medicine, to precision agriculture, and emerging fields including molecular ecosystems biology and topological data analysis.  
  • Expand our foundational understanding of human genome biology working with experts in the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre: University Hospital Birmingham is a major contributor to the 100,000 Genomes Project, which is closely integrated with this MSc in Bioinformatics
  • Discover new opportunities in one of the fastest growing industrial and academic fields in the United Kingdom and beyond. 


We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. 

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essentials of Biology, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Genomics & Next Generation Sequencing
  • Data Analytics & Statistical Machine Learning 
  • Metabolomics and advanced (omics) technologies 
  • Computational Biology for Complex Systems 
  • Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Group Project 
  • Individual Project 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent in Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science or other relevant subjects

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: 

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23310 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23310 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


  • As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student
  • The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of   Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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