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Functional Genome Biology - MRes

Start date
1 year, full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught, Taught

Annual tuition fee for 2023/24:
UK: £10,980
International: £26,040

More details for fees and funding.

Functional Genome Biology - MRes

Genome biology is the biological science of the 21st century and has the potential to transform medicine. It is powerfully informative about how DNA and genomes are organised and controlled. An understanding of its core principles and how it responds to stresses and interventions is a requirement for future research leaders.


Applications closed

This programme is currently closed for applications. Applications for September 2023 entry will open in September 2022.

This programme places you at the centre of world-leading expertise to provide a unique training experience, offering cutting-edge taught and research training in all aspects of genome biology.

As a research Masters degree, it prepares you for the next stage in a research career. Its delivery focuses on substantial hands-on, real world training to give you the employability skills you will need for PhD and industry positions.

Molecular mechanisms are at the basis of physiology, development, diseases and infections, and are key to the development of novel treatments for diseases. The programme will allow you to develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of genome regulation, repair and replication. You will gain bioinformatics/computer-based skills that use the latest omic technologies to analyse large and complex datasets, along with lab-based interventional approaches using new technologies. You will also develop a deep knowledge and understanding of genome biology analysis and experimentation, and how this links to addressing biomedical questions. This will be complemented by a wide range of practical laboratory skills and hands-on experience of cutting-edge techniques, as well as transferable skills of time and project management, teamwork and scientific communication.

Why study this course?

  • Only programme of its kind in the UK
  • Research-driven Masters, informed by our world-leading research in genome biology
  • Teaching and assessments are centred around giving you a real world experience of being a researcher in a laboratory
  • We will offer laboratory projects to every student, government guidance permitting
  • Opportunity to participate in the Birmingham Symposium on Genome Structure and Function.


  • Genome Dynamics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to BioInformatics (20 credits)
  • Genome Approaches (20 credits)
  • Research Project (120 credits)


Annual tuition fee for 2023/24:

UK: £10,980
International: £26,040

Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.


Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

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.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

How To Apply

You do not need to complete the research details section of the application form. Please write "Not applicable" or "N/A" in this section.

Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in biomedical science, biological sciences or biochemistry.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement but who have relevant experience, may be considered. Please get in touch with us to discuss your suitability prior to applying.

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of international qualifications - use the dropdown box below to select your country and see the equivalencies to the above UK requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not already meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course. If you successfully complete this, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without needing to take a further qualification.

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less that 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

International Requirements

As a student at the University of Birmingham, you will learn from world-leading academics and researchers, as well as from your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

You will also benefit from personal and welfare tutors to support both your studies and your wellbeing.

Assessment Methods

Modules are assessed through essays, assignments, exams, oral presentations and computer based problem-solving.

The course is aimed at developing students into biomedical scientists with an interdisciplinary profile. 

With this wide range of skills, graduates of the programme will be well suited to careers in academic genomic research, and in the pharmaceutical and data science fields. This may include roles in oncology, genome editing, the drug development pipeline, tissue engineering and in clinical laboratories.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

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