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Full time & Part time October MSc, MRes 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

About the course

Our MSc and MRes Bioinformatics provide high-quality training in bioinformatics. The MRes includes a major research component.

This specialist postgraduate degree is ideal if you are from a scientific background and want to pursue research training in bioinformatics, or if you are seeking a future career in both academia and industry. Bioinformatics has grown dramatically in the last two decades and this programme has been designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries for research and development.

It covers the core concepts and statistical fundamentals underpinning bioinformatics, most notably in the area of sequence analysis. You will learn how to program in Python and design and query databases using SQL, and gain experience in more

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or above in biology, computer science, mathematics, chemistry or physics.

Some practical knowledge of one programming language would be a distinct advantage.

A-level Mathematics or equivalent desirable, but GCSE considered.

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.

Course Content

Where is Birkbeck, University of London


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Student Profile(s)

Jameel Caitane-Thomas

4075.jpg Jameel Caitane-Thomas had always wanted to carry on in academia after graduating from his undergraduate course. It was another five years before he enrolled on the MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Birkbeck, with a view to going onto a PhD afterwards.

Jameel says: ‘I needed to continue working while I studied so Birkbeck was really the only option I had. Thankfully, they offered the course that I wanted to study.’

‘I think there’s definitely something to be said about an institution which is set up for mature learners. I noticed a difference in the students and in the way that the tutors treated us and I found it to be a very positive learning environment.’

‘My family and friends initially thought I must be crazy to attempt a Master’s while working but as I started handing in work and getting good results I think they were impressed.’

‘I had always prided myself on my time-management skills but once I started they had to improve even further! Managing relationships was also a challenge and my girlfriend had to get used to me being behind a computer every evening and weekend, but she was amazing and her support was very important.’

‘As soon as I handed in my dissertation I started applying for jobs. My qualification has opened new avenues of career development not previously available to me and I’ve discovered a love of programming, which is what I now do for a living. At interview the panel were very impressed that I’d been working at the same time as studying for my Master’s degree.’

‘Studying at Birkbeck has given me a huge confidence boost. There were points where I didn’t think I’d make it and I had to muster up energy I didn’t think I had, but it’s definitely shown me what I’m capable of.’

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