12 months
30872 EUR/year
30872 EUR/year
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Designed to prepare you to interact with the world’s most advanced biological and clinical datasets - this Bioinformatics programme from University of Birmingham Dubai will prepare you for careers, or further graduate work, in the omics-enabled biosciences.


This Bioinformatics programme from University of Birmingham Dubai is composed of seven taught modules 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 course begins with a fast-paced introduction to essential capabilities. Through individualised 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.

You will then be introduced to the sequencing modalities that have reduced the cost of obtaining the human genome from over a billion pounds to less than a thousand dollars, and the many applications in the biomedical and environmental sciences enabled by these technologies. Beyond DNA and RNA sequencing, you will learn how mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy have opened protein sequencing and metabolomics – the study of all small molecules, or metabolites present in a system. You will learn how to integrate these datatypes with high-content imaging to map molecular changes onto four-dimensional representations of complex systems, including the human nervous system and fresh-water ecologies.


Led by active researchers in bioinformatics and linked to institutions and partnerships globally, the programme content is grounded in the real world. This helps you develop the practical skills you need to further your career in this expanding area of expertise.

After graduating, a large proportion of students go on to study a PhD or undertake research for pharmaceutical companies, governmental institutions and medical publications. Other potential roles for graduates include bioinformatician, bioinformatics analyst, pharmaceutical scientist, biostatistician, medical data scientist and medical AI architect.

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our course  with a practical approach and cross-disciplinary subject matter. It is this experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available in this growing area. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biology and Programming
  • Essentials of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Genomics & Next Generation Sequencing 
  • Data Analytics & Statistical Machine Learning 
  • Metabolomics and Advanced Omics Technologies 
  • Computational Biology for Complex Systems 
  • Scientific communication 
  • Individual Project 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30872 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30872 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    30872 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30872 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • AED 125,869 (1 year full-time)
  • AED 62,934 (2 years part-time)

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

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