Full time September MSc 1 year full-time
Biological Sciences (4) Mathematics (25)

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Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of Data Science for Biology? The MSc programme at the University of Edinburgh offers a unique opportunity to blend data science with biological sciences, equipping you with in-demand skills for modern research. With a strong emphasis on practical training, you will delve into statistics, Python, R programming, and data analysis tailored to biological examples. The programme structure includes two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research project and dissertation, providing a total of 180 credits for the year. Key modules cover Statistics and Data Analysis, Biological Databases, and Using R for Data Science, among others. By completing this programme, you will gain a versatile skill set applicable across various data types, preparing you for diverse career paths in industry or academia. Join the University of Edinburgh's thriving data science community and unlock your potential in the field of Data Science for Biology. Entry requirements vary, so be sure to check the specific details on our website.

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Biological Science is being transformed by a range of high-throughput technologies that generate vast amounts of data. These technologies include high-throughput genomic sequencing, imaging, screening and proteomics.

The result of this is that skills that equip scientists and researchers with the expertise to extract biological meaning from this data are in high demand.

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School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences offers thirteen on-campus taught masters programmes spanning the breadth of the Biological Sciences, taught by world-leading academics. Biological Sciences has one of the largest concentrations of biologists in the United Kingdom, with cutting-edge research in a wide range of disciplines. Our postgraduate teaching derives from our research strengths, and you will be taught by scientists of international repute. As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world.

Why study at School of Biological Sciences?

Your time here at Edinburgh is more than classes, studies. We encourage our students to take part in activities that enriches their time with us.

The world is facing increasingly complex challenges. By studying with us you will be in an exceptional position to help make the future better.

The School is ranked fifth in the UK, and top ranked in Scotland, for the quality and breadth of its research.

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About School of Biological Sciences

Our facilities are unparalleled in Scotland and we seek to constantly evolve our world-class research environment to allow the best ideas to thrive, push frontiers, deliver economic impact and drive sustainability. We take a leading role in tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet – the fight against infection and disease, the impact of climate change and the need for more sustainable methods of producing food and materials. Making a difference in this world is a top priority.

Our success is driven by our vibrant and inclusive research culture, where everyone who works with us is supported and encouraged to explore and bring their ideas to life. Our scale and breadth generates truly integrative research, allowing us to excel as equally in discovery science as in solution-led research.




There are so many ways to get involved with the community in the School of Biological Sciences when you study with us. From seminars to ceilidhs, we aim to provide plenty of experiences for you to meet with your classmates in informal settings to get to know them. We invite your teachers along too! The University hosts an extensive range of clubs and societies here at Edinburgh. With more than 290 to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you. We recognise how important it is to offer the most enjoyable, comprehensive and useful student experience to ensure your future.

While you are a student with us, your future might seem far away, but it comes around quickly! We understand how important it is to offer a well-rounded, diverse and innovative experience to enable you to reach your goals and full potential. During your studies, you will do lots of different things to prepare for this future, from engaging with our Careers Service, to doing your own research project and making life-long connections with your peers.


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Data Science for Biology MSc

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

Biological Science is being transformed by a range of high-throughput technologies that generate vast amounts of data. These technologies include high-throughput genomic sequencing, imaging, screening and proteomics. Read more

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Drug Discovery and Translational Biology MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

The rapid transformation in the nature of drug discovery means that knowledge of related disciplines, and the technologies used, is essential for those considering a career in commercial or academic research. Read more

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Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity MSc

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

We live in a period of exceptional rates of environmental change, including climate change, urban expansion, the spread of invasive species, and ocean acidification. Read more

 On Campus  Part Time  Full Time
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Animal Breeding and Genetics MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

We offer a suite of programmes to deliver the knowledge and skills required to. apply quantitative genetic theory to practical problems in both the biomedical and animal science industries. Read more

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Biochemistry MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

This programme offers you an academically-challenging and career-developing study of biological systems at the molecular and cellular level. Read more

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Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

Understanding plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend on detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats. Read more

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Bioinformatics MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics studies and processes biological data, combining. Read more

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Biotechnology MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

Changing demographics and growing demand for food, fuel and agricultural and environmental sustainability are among the key challenges the world faces today. Read more

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Evolutionary Genetics MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

We offer a suite of programmes to deliver the knowledge and skills required to. Read more

 On Campus  Part Time  Full Time
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Human Complex Trait Genetics MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

We offer a suite of programmes to deliver the knowledge and skills required to. Read more

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Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

We offer a suite of programmes to deliver the knowledge and skills required to apply quantitative genetics theory to. Read more

 On Campus  Part Time  Full Time
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Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary area that seeks to provide novel solutions for medicine, manufacturing and agriculture, by creating new biological components and systems that do not already exist in nature. Read more

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Systems and Synthetic Biology MSc, PgDip

University of Edinburgh School of Biological Sciences

On the Systems and Synthetic Biology MSc your study will focus on one of the newer areas of biology. the application of engineering principles to the understanding, control, and design of biological networks. Read more

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