Online MSc Bioinformatics

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Advance the future of bioscience

Drive new discoveries for today’s data-driven health and life science industries by learning to extract meaningful information from complex data sets at one of the top universities for biological and computer science. Develop the skills for success in this innovative field through flexible, online modules led by expert faculty.

No hidden fees

£1,310 per module

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A top global university in biology and computer science2

This internationally focused and expertly taught bioinformatics programme offers the flexibility and convenience of an online format to tailor your learning. Enjoy eight-week modules that will grow your programming, communication and modelling skills.

Module highlights

  • Applied genomics and next generation sequencing
  • Computational biology for complex systems
  • Health data analytics
  • Statistical machine learning

Excellence in distance learning

The University of Birmingham’s online courses encourage students to elevate their ideas and reshape the world. You’ll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever it works best for you while benefitting from world-class instruction delivered by the same lecturers and faculty experts who teach on campus. Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with convenient modules that prioritize immersive activities and lively discussions. Graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills gained from a research-informed, career-centred programme.

Entry to the online MSc Bioinformatics

To be eligible to apply for the Online MSc Bioinformatics, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution in life sciences, biomedical sciences, mathematics, computer science or another relevant quantitative subject.

Academic entry criteria

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible for entry to the online MSc Bioinformatics. Academic entry requirements:

Certificate/transcriptsStudents must have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
Additional documentation
  • Online application

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)

  • One reference

  • Optional: A statement of purpose
Evidence of language (if applicable)If English is not your first language, you will also need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. Please see the detailed language criteria listed below.

Alternative paths to entry

Students seeking non-standard academic entry may pursue the following routes:

  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution in life sciences, biomedical sciences, mathematics, computer science or another relevant quantitative subject
  • You must provide evidence of at least three years of relevant work experience with evidence of a technical skill set (lab work, research assistant or experience with programming) and may be asked to take a bootcamp course to demonstrate your skills
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution in life sciences, biomedical sciences, mathematics, computer science or another relevant quantitative subject
  • You must provide evidence of at least five years of relevant work experience with evidence of a technical skill set (lab work, research assistant or experience with programming) and may be asked to take a bootcamp course to demonstrate your skills
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • Without a degree, you must provide evidence of at least eight years of relevant work experience with evidence of a technical skill set (lab work, research assistant or experience with programming) and have an A level in mathematics
  • You will be required to take a bootcamp course to demonstrate your skills
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format

Earn an internationally recognized masters

At Birmingham University, we’re shaping the future of industries through pioneering research and world-class degree programmes that prepare graduates to succeed in a global community.

If English is not your first language, you will need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. See the details below.

  • Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL with a score of 88, and no less than 21 in ‘Reading’, 20 in ‘Listening’, 22 in ‘Speaking’, and 21 in ‘Writing’
  • Pearson PTE with a score of 67 and no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge Advanced English with a minimum overall score of 176 and no less than 169 in any component
  • Language Cert ESOL SELT B2 ‘Communicator’ test certificate with a minimum score of 33 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE III with a ‘Pass’ in each skill
  • HKDSE with a minimum score of 4 overall, to include three bands at grade 4 and one band at grade 3
  • India Standard XII with a minimum pass of 80% in ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% in West Bengal, or 85% in other state boards

You may not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if:

  • You’re from a specified majority English-speaking country
  • You’ve completed a degree in English in a specified country within two years of your intended start date

If nationals from the following countries have a degree or GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent taken, then they do not need to provide a test and there is no validity period for their degree or GCSE equivalent.

Nationals of other countries can be exempt if they hold a degree from one of the below countries within the last two academic years:

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Overseas Territories
    • Anguilla
    • Bermuda
    • British Antarctic Territory
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Falkland Islands (and Dependencies)
      • South Georgia
      • South Sandwich Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Montserrat
    • Pitcairn
    • Henderson
    • Ducie and Oeno Islands
    • Saint Helena (and Dependencies)
      • Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Indies
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Know your cost up-front

The estimated total cost of this programme is £17,030. You can pay in full or in instalments of £1,310 on a module-by-module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision.

Flexible payment options

At Birmingham, we strive to be accessible to students of all backgrounds. We provide a range of payment options to meet students where they are and lower the barrier to higher education. The fee can either be paid in full or spread over manageable instalments by Direct Debit. Learn more.

No hidden fees

Studying for your degree at Birmingham means knowing the cost of tuition before you enroll. Our tuition covers all fees required by your programme, including access to our entire e-library and the online learning materials required for your modules. You won’t encounter any hidden costs on your path to graduation.

Enter an emerging, innovative field

Data is essential to most industries today, and even more important to the medical field where data-informed critical decisions are made daily. As of 2023, a professional skilled in the use of bioinformatics earns an average of £37,0003 in the UK. With an internationally recognised degree credential from the University of Birmingham, you’ll build the knowledge you need to pursue a variety of roles in this field.

“Studying online with the University of Birmingham has been a transformative experience for me. Balancing work, motherhood, and education was a challenge, but the flexibility of online learning has allowed me to pursue my passion for bioinformatics. The curriculum is engaging, and the support from the Admissions team has been exceptional. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in a field that combines my love for biology and computer science.”
– Elisa Samaniego, Student MSC Bio, University of Birmingham

We do more than educate. We inspire. We activate.

The University of Birmingham’s 100% online degree programmes are designed to the same standards as our on-campus courses, with research-informed content and the latest in digital learning techniques. Study whenever and wherever it suits you in flexible, career-centred modules with instruction from the foremost experts in your field. Take the first step in transforming your career today by learning more about our programmes and finding out why we’re regularly recognised as a top research and learning university.

Top 100 world university1

#4 in the UK for online learning7

Russell Group university

Top UK employers seek our graduates8

Top University for biological and computer science2

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