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Applied Bioinformatics MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Bioinformatics Environmental Biology

Course type


Course Summary

The course is suitable for new graduates from a computer-science, life science or technology background who are interested in a career within the field of bioinformatics. The course is also ideal for professionals already working in the industry who would like to train to further their careers. The course is available on a full and part-time basis offering flexibility and support for those who wish to train whilst remaining in employment.

Who is it for?

This course aims to equip graduate scientists with the computational skills and awareness needed to process, analyse and interpret the vast amounts of biological data now becoming available. This course is equally suitable for candidates from life sciences disciplines who aim to gain the programming and computational skills through this course, and graduates with IT/computer science background who want to gain the molecular biology understanding to become bioinformaticians.

On completion of this course, you will be able to apply information technology and computational techniques to process genomic and genetic data, as well as developing novel drug discovery and diagnostic tools.

Additionally, you will gain the skills to design and implement software tools and databases using the latest advances in standalone and web-based technologies to fulfil the need of the research community.

Your career

Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as:

Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies, plant research institutes, food sector, public Institutions, bioinformatics, IT companies.

Others have chosen to continue their research training by undertaking a PhD either at Cranfield or elsewhere.

Cranfield graduates are very successful in achieving relevant work. For professionals already in industry, Cranfield qualifications enhance their careers, benefiting both the candidate and their employer.

Different course options

Full time | Cranfield Campus | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will provide you with an introduction to bioinformatics (what it is, why it is needed and what it can deliver) as well as the required skills to browse, query various relevant resources. The module covers the programming basics required by you in order to program in Python, which is nowadays becoming one of the most popular programming languages in the bioinformatics community; and its application in retrieving, parsing and visualising biological sequence data.
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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a life science, computer-science subject or candidates with appropriate professional experience.

University information

Cranfield University is an exclusive postgraduate university with the main campus situated in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and a second site in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. The university specialises in science, engineering, technology and management, and how these work together to benefit the world. 81% of their research is recognised as "world leading" and "internationally excellent" by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. It has also been...more