Our MSc in Bioinformatics is a unique and exciting course. It bridges the interface between genomics, computing and healthcare. Students develop skills and competence to effectively analyse, interpret and use the vast amounts of the biological data generated by modern high-throughput technologies such as genome sequencing, next-generation sequencing and microarray expression technology to support and improve health care and health outcomes.

Why choose this course?
The course provides flexible full-time or part-time learning opportunities to develop your career in Bioinformatics. In the context of ethico-legal, social impact and healthcare the MSc in Bioinformatics course is designed to expose you to the skills, strategies, uses, analysis, interpretation, dissemination of genomics data.

The course covers principles, statistical, computing, knowledge management, skills and the technical know-how for analysing genetics and genomics data, and the underlying health and associations between gene variants, disease susceptibility and drug response.

This course provides you with the practical knowledge and skills to bridge the computo-healthcare interface in the context of genomics and bioinformatics.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:


  • Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics
  • Introduction to Programming or an optional module
  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Analysis
  • Knowledge Management
Plus one optional module from:
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Healthcare Research Methods
  • Leadership and Management Competence in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in healthcare  
  • Data Management in Healthcare 
NB: Optional Module availability is subject to cohort viable numbers

Student Destinations

Our MSc Bioinformatics is aligned with workforce development needs in industry, healthcare, public research establishments and university research. Therefore our students follow careers in:

– clinical informatics
– pharmaceutical and biotech companies
– personalised medicine and wellbeing
– agricultural science and research
– animal research institutes
– academic research institutes
– food industry
– public institutions
– IT companies
– public health.


Entry Requirements

You must have a first degree (2:2) or equivalent in healthcare science, forensic science, biology, physics, chemistry, pharmacology, statistics, computing and relevant health-related subjects including medicine, nursing, podiatry, physiotherapy, psychology and pathology.

If you do not meet the minimum entry criteria, you may still be considered through interviews and assessment to ascertain that you are able to study at Masters Level.
The evidence would normally include:

  • a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level
  • several years’ relevant post-qualifying professional experience

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