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Online MSc Bioinformatics

Master and communicate with complex data sets and cutting-edge methods of data manipulation, and meet the ever-growing demand for skilled data scientists in both health and life science sectors.

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Top 20
in the UK
for Biological Science1

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Drive bioscience innovation with data

Through the integrative analysis and sequencing of vast data sets, bioinformatics has driven successive technological revolutions in omics and data science. Over the last 20 years, it has helped to accelerate biological, clinical and environmental science, and has recently proved crucial in our understanding and treatment of COVID-19.

It is no surprise that the worldwide demand for bioinformaticians is on the rise. Between 2020 and 2027 the global bioinformatics market is set to increase by 13.4% (compound annual growth rate),2 as biological and clinical institutions and businesses seek to deliver more effective and efficient data-driven services.

The University of Birmingham’s Online MSc Bioinformatics will help you take advantage of these new opportunities by developing your understanding of complex data sets and machine learning tools to extract novel, biologically relevant information.

Bridging health informatics, machine learning and systems biology, our online programme connects biology, clinical services, mathematics and computer science. This makes it ideal for health and life science professionals keen to expand their data science knowledge, as well as those from a computer science background looking to upskill in biology and apply their expertise in a new setting.

The comprehensive curriculum of the master’s program was the major reason why I chose to study at the University of Birmingham. It focused more on the computational aspect of the field while also introducing relevant biological concepts.

Vartika Bisht, MSc Bioinformatics

Enhance your real-world experience

Taught by our research-led lecturer team at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Computational Biology, you'll learn how to apply real-world data to inform your decision making. Combined with the hands-on coding and data analysis exercises, this ensures you’ll leave your studies with both the theory and the practical skills.

Other topics covered during the programme include foundations of programming, statistics, omics, health analytics, machine learning and advanced computational methods.

You will learn in one of only six UK universities that joined the Alan Turing Institute in 2018, contributing to their data science expertise and strengthening a growing scientific industry around AI research.

Building upon this groundwork of the first term, the second term offers a choice of elective modules. These modules and the final dissertation give you the opportunity to tailor your studies in line with your interests and career goals.

Online learning benefits

  • Interactive content, delivered in video and task-driven formats
  • Interactive assignments enabling you to participate in online learning exercises and improve your coding skills
  • Real-life case study examples of data sets from health, academia, industry, etc.
  • Social interaction with peers and lecturers to make you more connected
  • Digital resources for free access to the online library
  • IT service desk to assist you in resolving technical enquiries and issues

QS, (2020) World University Rankings. QS Top Universities [online] Available at: [Accessed 07.01.2021]
2  UNKNOWN (2019) Allied Market Research. Bioinformatics Market by Technology & Services [online] Available at: [Accessed 07.01.2021]


2.5 years

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Entry requirements:

  • 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science or another relevant quantitative subject
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of 3 years’ managerial experience

International students:

With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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