This specialist postgraduate degree provides you with high-quality postgraduate training in bioinformatics. It provides a foundation for the development of essential bioinformatics knowledge and skills, as well as an introduction to the emerging field of systems biology. The course is run in parallel with an MRes course that includes a larger research component.
The programme is designed for students from a range of scientific backgrounds, who want to pursue research training in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and systems biology. It is relevant to those seeking a future career in both academia and industry.
On successful completion of this programme, students from all backgrounds should be able to:
- Understand the core concepts and statistical fundamentals that underpin the field of bioinformatics, most notably in the area of sequence analysis.
- Program in Python, and design and query databases using SQL. Experience of more advanced programming practices (such as software testing and application development) will also be gained.
- Explain core biological concepts (such as genes and genomes, protein structure and function) and growth areas such as Next Generation Sequencing and (at least at an introductory level) systems modelling.
For further information about this programme please visit our dedicated website.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Bioinformatics with Systems Biology (MSc) (Part-time)
Bioinformatics with Systems Biology (MSc) (Full-time)
The programme is made up of 8 half-modules.
A third of the programme is devoted to a practical research project. Research areas include: genome analysis; analysis of next-generation sequencing data; immunoinformatics; microarray analysis; molecular modelling; biological database design; structural data analysis; and biomedical text mining.
Applicants may have first degrees in a wide range of subjects, including biology, computer science, mathematics, chemistry or physics.
Some practical knowledge of 1 programming language would be a distinct advantage.
Mathematics to A-level or equivalent desirable, but GCSE/O-level considered.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as academia. Possible professions include healthcare scientist (genetics), research scientist, or higher educational lecturer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a science writer or software developer.
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Teaching and assessment
This programme emphasises active learning. Practical exercises, reinforcing and expanding on the preceding lectures, are integral to most modules. Teaching includes contributions from specialists at other universities and research institutions.
Written examination, coursework, individual project and oral examination.