Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Bioinformatics with Systems Biology

This specialist postgraduate degree provides you with high-quality postgraduate training in bioinformatics. It provides a foundation for the development of essential bioinformatics knowledge and skills, as well as an introduction to the emerging field of systems biology. The course is run in parallel with an MRes course that includes a larger research component. The programme is designed for students from a range of scientific backgrounds, who want to pursue research training in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and systems biology. It is relevant to those seeking a future career in both academia and industry. On successful completion of this programme, students from all backgrounds should be able to: Understand the core concepts and statistical fundamentals that underpin the field of bioinformatics, most notably in the area of sequence analysis. Program in Python, and design and query databases using SQL. Experience of more advanced programming practices (such as software testing and application development) will also be gained. Explain core biological concepts (such as genes and genomes, protein structure and function) and growth areas such as Next Generation Sequencing and (at least at an introductory level) systems modelling.

Course modules

The programme is made up of 8 half-modules. A third of the programme is devoted to a practical research project. Research areas include: genome analysis; analysis of next-generation sequencing data; immunoinformatics; microarray analysis; molecular modelling; biological database design; structural data analysis; and biomedical text mining. Modules: BioComputing I; BioComputing II; Data Management; Molecular Structure; Sequence Analysis and Genomics; Statistics; Structural Bioinformatics; Systems Biology .

Assessment methods

Written examination, coursework, individual project and oral examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,200 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Biologicial Sciences
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