NEW: Data Science module for 2019/20
This new module covers the design and querying of relational databases (inherited from the now retired Data Management module), plus important new topics: practical data handling, data visualization and machine learning, all based around specific Python libraries. For more information, click on the Modules tab.

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
University of London

Information for prospective students

We offer two parallel Masters courses in Bioinformatics — 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 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 is 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 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.