NEW: Course Introduction 2018/19
New students are invited to attend an introduction to the course at 6pm on Monday 1st October in the Glaxo-Wellcome Suite. Enter Birkbeck by the main entrance on Torrington Square, turn right after passing the reception desk and proceed down the long corridor. Someone will be waiting by the blue door (at the end of the long corridor) to let you in.

ISMB Seminars
All Masters students are welcome to attend the Wednesday lunchtime seminars (organised jointly by the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck and the Research Department of Structural Molecular Biology at UCL). Details available here.

Information for students on visas
The UK Border Agency guidance for students on visas is available here.

Masters in Bioinformatics with Systems Biology
University of London

Information for prospective students

We offer two parallel Masters courses in Bioinformatics with Systems Biology — an MSc course and an MRes course. Both courses are available full time over one year or part time over two years. The key difference between the two courses is the balance between the taught and research content: the MSc is two-thirds taught (with 8 course modules) and one-third research, whereas the MRes course is one-third taught (4 course modules) and two-thirds research.

The Masters in Bioinformatics with Systems Biology courses at Birkbeck provide a unique opportunity to network with experienced scientists and other professionals who take the course part-time while working. In a typical year we have several post-doctoral scientists from local research labs and computer experts with established careers in the City.

The MSc Bioinformatics with Systems Biology has grown out of our former MSc in Bioinformatics, one of the longest-established Bioinformatics Masters degrees in the country. Since Autumn 2007 the MSc has been run as a collaboration between the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck and the Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology at University College London, which are both part of the prestigious ISMB. Past students on the course have gone on to do a wide range of jobs in academia and industry, or further study at PhD level. More information about the MSc course is available on this page.

For applicants who want to gain a more in-depth experience of doing research, the MRes Bioinformatics with Systems Biology may be the better option. Given that students on this course need to start working on their projects earlier in the course than those on the MSc course, we judge that the minimum requirement (in terms of prior experience and ability) for being offered a place on the MRes course is higher than for the MSc course. More information about the MRes course is available on this page.

Note that a small number of funded studentships are available on our sister MRes Structural Biology course. Computational biology projects are available to students accepted onto this course.


Enquiries about these Masters courses should be directed to:

Room 324a
Department of Biological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 7079 0798

Online applications

Please note that you can apply online to study on the MSc course via this link and the MRes course via this link.