Embrace data-driven bioscience
Connecting contemporary topics across biology and computer science, our online MSc Bioinformatics will help you to master and communicate with cutting-edge methods of data manipulation and learn how to utilise them in cutting-edge health and life science research.
Led by active researchers in bioinformatics and linked to institutions across the world, this programme content is grounded in real-world experience and designed to help you develop the practical skills you need to further your career in this progressive field.
Delivered by the intrinsically multidisciplinary Centre for Computational Biology, the programme is uniquely placed to support those eager to get ahead in this fast-growing industry - from biologists and healthcare professionals already interested in data analysis, to statisticians or computer scientists wishing to apply their skills in health and biology.
Your programme of study
Our online MSc Bioinformatics connects biology, clinical applications, mathematics and computer science on a programme that bridges the fields of health informatics, machine learning and systems biology.
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 and use it to inform your decision making. Through mini-case studies and group projects, you’ll work through real-life examples, drawing on connections with from across the globe – along with other industry partnerships. Combined with hands-on coding and data analysis exercises, you will complete your studies with both the theory and the practical skills you need.
This 180-credit programme is split into twelve 10-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. Students will study six modules per year of the programme, with each module lasting approximately eight weeks. Modules will cover a wide range of contemporary topics, such as the foundations of programming, statistics, omics, health analytics, machine learning and advanced computational methods.
Programme outcomes include:
- Exploring the ethical implications of research in biology-related fields.
- Developing an understanding of data types used in bioinformatics including health, genomic, epigenetic, and metabolic data.
- Gaining an understanding of omics, environmental science and toxicology, computing, algorithmics, programming and the technologies underlying biology.
- Understanding the statistical concepts and advanced machine learning techniques used in bioinformatics.
- Applying statistical and computational techniques underpinning advanced methodologies, and integrating diverse data types.
- Demonstrating self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
- Communicating your findings in the most effective way.
£10,000 MSc Bioinformatics Scholarships
We are offering 120 awards of £10,000 to upskill UK students to progress into the AI and Data Science workforce. Scholarship funding will be prioritised for women, Black students, disabled students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that AI reflects the makeup of our society. This scholarship is open to students with a 'home' fee status only.
The deadlines for applications for the MSc Bioinformatics (Online) are Friday 15 September 2023 for the October intake and Friday 19 January 2024 for the March intake.
To accompany the support offered to the under-represented groups that the scholarship will benefit, we are offering a Mathematics for Data Science Pre-sessional Bootcamp to successful awardees. This pre-sessional course will provide an alternative means of entry for those who may not meet the standard Maths entry requirement of the course.
Admission to this bootcamp is made as part of your scholarship application.
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Frequently asked questions
When can I start a programme?
There are three intakes per year. You can choose to join the Online MSc Bioinformatics programme in summer, autumn or spring. Request information to speak to a Recruitment Coordinator and find out more about upcoming start dates.
What will my online MSc Bioinformatics certificate say?
You will graduate with an MSc Bioinformatics having further developed your skills in the provision of data-driven health services. Your certificate will not specify that you studied the qualification online, as we make no distinction between our campus and distance learning programmes.
Are there specific times for online classes?
We have designed the programme to fit your busy schedule. All the work that you will carry out with tutors and fellow students will be asynchronous, with specific periods of time given to collaborate via email, discussion forums and video conferences.
What are the types of networking and collaboration opportunities?
Our online learning environment, Canvas, allows you to contact your peers and tutors, use discussion forums, connect with lecturers and take part in group work. It’s a highly interactive environment, designed to make you feel part of the learning community.
How will I be supported as an online student?
As well as learning from expert lecturers, academic tutors and PET tutors, you’ll have access to community boards, instant messaging services, live discussions and one-to-one support from a Student Services Coordinator. We also offer 24/7 technical support should you encounter any difficulties accessing the online platform.
Our online learning environment includes videos and interactive activities for you to learn from. You can also access the university’s online library, which includes e-textbooks, journal articles and specialist industry reports.