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Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Bioinformatics Genetics

Course type


Course Summary

Bioinformatics is developing software and algorithms to interrogate 'Big Data', now at the heart of medical research, discovery and practice. The past decade has seen enormous advances in molecular and biomedical technology resulting in the ‘omics’ revolution. Students will be looking at the big data to find patterns that others can’t see, gaining access to data sets that have not yet been analysed. You will use your vision to find unique solutions to medical problems, and by the end of the degree you will be ready to work within a multidisciplinary team with bioinformaticians, biologists and clinicians.

This course has been designed to equip the next generation of bioinformatics graduates with the skills and knowledge to tackle the major challenge in medical research: how to translate big data analysis into personalised treatments for patients. The rapid development of 'omics' and the explosion of molecular data available across medicine and life sciences have meant that individuals with experience in this field are highly sought after. Typical careers might involve working or undertaking research in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Industry, in medical research centres and in academic institutions.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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The core of this module will highlight the analysis of different 'omics' data, including pre-processing, normalisation and quality control. The module will also provide an introduction to carrying out statistical tests in the R statistical programming language.

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

Applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Natural Science subject, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a relevant medical subject (eg Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences). The programme is open to graduates in computer science, life sciences, physics or statistics.

Department profile

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences at Queen’s University has a reputation for excellence in education and research - a reputation which is reflected in our position in the Top 200 Universities in the World (QS World Rankings 2019). Through our research, we strive to address some of the world’s greatest challenges in health, food and the environment. To meet these challenges, our academic staff undertake world-leading research...more