Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Bioinformatics with Systems Biology

This specialist postgraduate degree provides high-quality training in bioinformatics, including a major research component, and an introduction to the emerging field of systems biology. The programme is ideal if you are from a scientific background and want to pursue research training in bioinformatics and systems biology, or if you are seeking a future career in both academia and industry. Bioinformatics and systems biology have grown dramatically in the last two decades and this programme has been designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries for research and development. It covers the core concepts and statistical fundamentals underpinning bioinformatics, most notably in the area of sequence analysis. You will learn how to program in Python and design and query databases using SQL, and gain experience in more advanced programming practices such as software testing and application development. You will also explore core biological concepts such as genes and genomes, protein structure and function, and growth areas such as Next Generation Sequencing and systems modelling. Our research areas include: - computational structural bioinformatics, with a focus on the characterisation of macromolecular assemblies relevant to disease - analysis of next-generation sequencing data, both genomic and transcriptomic - immunoinformatics, in particular virus-host interactions and immune responses to protein therapeutics - developing bioinformatics and chemoinformatics methods to analyse metabolic pathways - structure-thermodynamic relationships, molecular simulation and inhibitor design - developing new computational methods that exploit data produced using various experimental techniques (eg cryo-EM, mass spectrometry, NMR and tomography). Highlights - Part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint initiative with University College London and a major biology research hub in the heart of London. - Access to online learning material, computer and visualisation laboratories and multimedia seminar rooms, equipped with graphics workstations. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Entry requirements

Master of Research - MRes: Applicants may have first degrees in a wide range of subjects, including biology, computer science, mathematics, chemistry or physics. Some practical knowledge of 1 programming language would be a distinct advantage. Mathematics to A-level or equivalent desirable, but GCSE/O-level considered.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Examinations (for certain modules only), coursework, literature review, oral presentation, project thesis and viva voce.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02070790798