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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time
Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8)

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The Bioinformatics MSc programme is designed to equip you with the skills needed to analyze and manipulate large datasets in the field of biological sciences. You will receive intensive training in computer-based approaches to biological research, including computer programming, data analysis, statistics, and computational biology. No prior programming experience is required as you will be taught the latest tools and techniques. The programme offers a range of modules, such as Genome Bioinformatics, Coding for Scientists, Statistics for Bioinformaticians, and Post-genomic Bioinformatics. You will also have the opportunity to work on a group project and undertake an individual research project. Entry requirements include a minimum upper second-class BSc degree in biology or a relevant natural sciences subject. Applicants with a good lower second-class degree may be considered based on their background and achievements. Join our close-knit community of academics and students and embark on a rewarding journey in bioinformatics.

About the course

Biological sciences are more data driven than ever before and bioinformatics is now central to modern biological research. This programme will teach you how to analyse, integrate, visualise and manipulate large datasets, make new discoveries and reveal new insights in biological sciences.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent international qualification) in biology or other relevant natural sciences subject.

Applicants with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account relevant background and related achievements.

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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Mary University of London

Student Profile

Raphaella Jackson

Why did you choose to study Bioinformatics?
During my Genetics degree I had a class on Bioinformatics and I found I was particularly well suited to it. I enjoyed all my classes, but I found that Bioinformatics was especially enthralling. I grew up with both of my parents being computer engineers and being determined to do something, anything else but at that moment I think I realised that some work with computers was inevitable. Unsurprisingly, I found that I really liked working with computers and I’m fairly competent at it, so it made a lot of sense to combine my love of genetics with my skills in computer science.

Why Queen Mary?
I started looking to see if there were any bioinformatics courses in Europe or the UK that I could apply for. I saw that Queen Mary had a course and one of the things that struck me as I was looking at job opportunities in my field, was that the skills employers were listing as required or desired were exactly the same as what Queen Mary was teaching on the course. So clearly this course would teach me the skills I needed to get a good job in the future. I think the marketable skills I’m learning are extremely useful.
The second reason was when I visited the campus and met the Head of Bioinformatics Conrad Bessant. I was really taken aback by how I was treated with noticeable respect and as someone who was taken seriously as a scientist. I was very impressed by that. It made me feel like Queen Mary was the ideal place to go because if I was treated like a serious scientist, then I reasoned I would be educated like one as well. My experience has more than demonstrated this to be the case.

Tell us about your research
Humans have bacteria in our stomachs, which help us digest our food, without them we would become very ill. This is an example of a mutualistic relationship, we need the bacteria and the bacteria needs us. A lot of organisms have these kinds of relationships, including ants. I’m currently working with a recently discovered bacteria that shares this relationship with certain kinds of ants. I have been working on assembling genomes for different strains of this bacteria in several ant species in order to compare them.


The Scholarship is open to applications from all home students who hold an offer for an eligible postgraduate taught programme* for September 2024 and meet the following criteria:

A home fee student who had previously been eligible for funding via the Students Loan Company
Have achieved, or is predicted to achieve a high 2:1 or above at undergraduate level
Not previously completed a postgraduate programme
Priority will be given to students who also fulfil the following criteria:

Eligible for the full maintenance grant/loan i.e. have a household income level of £42,875 or below in the final year of their undergraduate study as assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent. You will need to supply evidence to demonstrate this by uploading your Student Finance Entitlement letter
Reside in a Home (not university accommodation) in ACORN group L, M, O, P or Q
For current Queen Mary final-year undergraduate students only: in receipt of the Queen Mary Bursary
Can effectively demonstrate how you intend to use the scholarship to overcome any barriers or contribute to the wider Queen Mary community.

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Queen Mary University of London is delighted to introduce a new Masters Scholarship worth £4,000 for highly qualified postgraduate taught offer holders joining us in September 2024.

The scholarships are intended to support students who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge by undertaking a taught postgraduate masters programme of study at Queen Mary University of London.

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Queen Mary University of London is delighted to introduce a new Global Talent Scholarship worth £3,000 for highly qualified postgraduate taught offer holders joining us in September 2024. The scholarship is available to all international students with an offer for an eligible programme, regardless of nationality, who meet the criteria.

The Global Talent Scholarships will be awarded automatically to self-funded international students with a UK first class honours degree (or equivalent) – there is no application or registration process. The scholarship will be deducted from a recipient’s tuition fees when they enrol at Queen Mary.

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You must:
> Achieve a UK 1st Class Honours or equivalent in your undergraduate degree.
> Hold an offer for an eligible postgraduate taught programme for September 2024 intake.
> Have international fee status.

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