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Online MSc Bioinformatics

The University of Birmingham Online
Online MSc Bioinformatics

Program description

Online MSc Bioinformatics

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% annually as biological and clinical institutions and businesses seek to deliver more effective and efficient data-based services (1). The University of Birmingham’s Online MSc Bioinformatics will help you to take advantage of these new opportunities by developing your understanding of complex data sets and how to interact with them.

Drive bioscience innovation with data

Through the integrative analysis and sequencing of vast data sets, bioinformatics has revolutionised biological science. Over the last 20 years it has accelerated the application of genomics, and it continues to prove crucial in the understanding of diseases like COVID-19.

Bridging health informatics and systems biology, this 100% online program 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.

1. UNKNOWN (2019) Allied Market Research. Bioinformatics Market by Technology & Services [online] Available at: [Accessed 07.01.2021]

Admission 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

International students:

With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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Program content

The Online MSc Bioinformatics is a 180 credit full masters program which takes approximately two and a half years to complete. Students will take six 10 credit modules in their first year, followed by six 10 credit modules in their second year. Studies are completed with the submission of a 60 credit dissertation.

  1. Introduction to biology and programming
  2. Introduction to probabilities
  3. Essentials of statistical modelling
  4. Introduction to gemonics and next generation sequencing
  5. Applied genomics and next generation sequencing
  6. Statistical machine learning
  7. Health data analytics
  8. Scientific Communication
  9. Concepts in metabolomics and advanced (omics) technologies
  10. Applied metabolomics and advanced (omics) technologies
  11. Essentials of complex systems
  12. Computational biology for complex systems

Program delivery

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

Tuition fees

For detailed pricing information and to find out more about the payment methods available, please visit the university website.

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The University of Birmingham Online

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The University of Birmingham Online

B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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