M.Res. On Campus

Big Data Biology

University of Southampton

12 months
25400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Become an expert in research at the Big Data Biology MRes course offered by the University of Southampton. Develop your quantitative and computational biology skills, and grow your knowledge of bioinformatics, biological science and computer science. With these skills you'll be able to shape the approach to data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in the biomedical and biological fields.


Course Details

This Big Data Biology MRes course offered by the University of Southampton is for you if you studied biological science, or a quantitative or computational subject at undergraduate level. 

You'll develop quantitative and computational biology skills and learn how to apply them in the area of large-scale biology. Advances in life science rely on scientists from different areas working together. You’ll learn from experienced academics across different areas of life science including: 
  • experimental biologists 
  • computer scientists 
  • mathematicians 
  • engineers 
An MRes course differs from an MSc in the balance of teaching to research. You'll focus on an independent research project on a subject of your choice, closely supervised by an academic. On this big data in biology degree, you’ll study 4 taught modules: 2 on programming, statistics and machine learning, and 2 optional modules on subjects that complement your research interest in biological or biomedical science.  

You'll also gain subject-specific and employability skills that shape your next steps into teaching, industry, research, further study or a non-science based career.

Career Opportunities

This master’s research degree prepares you for careers in: 

  • bioinformatics or the data science-related industry 
  • biotechnology, biomedical or pharmaceutical industries 
  • scientific officer in research or computational environment 
  • research science
  • data analysis
  • artificial intelligence research
  • postgraduate research training 
  • teaching 
  • law 
  • business management 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Foundations of Machine Learning (MSc)
  • Genomic Technologies and Basic Informatics
  • Machine Learning
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Plant Cell Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject such as:

  • biomedical science
  • data science
  • biological science
  • computer science
  • statistics
EU and international applicants will need to have a minimum of 4 years in higher education.Your application may be considered if you have a 2:2 degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £25,400.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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