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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

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Course Summary

This is an exciting and innovative programme that has recently been revamped. Bioinformatics is a discipline at the interface between biology, computing and statistics and is used in organismal biology, molecular biology and biomedicine. This programme focuses on using computers to glean new insights from DNA, RNA and protein sequence data and related data at the molecular level through data storage, mining, analysis and graphical presentation - all of which form a core part of modern biology.

Most of our graduates embark on a University or Institute-based research career path, here in the UK or abroad, using the skills they've acquired on our programme. These skills are now of primary relevance in many areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Others are employed as a core bioinformatician (now a career path within academia in its own right) or as a research assistant in a research group in basic biological or medical science. A postgraduate degree in bioinformatics is also valued by many employers in the life sciences sector – e.g., computing biology jobs in biotechnology, biosciences, neuroinformatics and the pharma industries.

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



Summer Research Project - Core
Omics and Systems Approaches in Biology - Core
Foundations of Bioinformatics - Core
Database Theory and Application - Core
Programming (Java) - Core
Using Chemical Structure Databases in Drug Discovery for Protein Targets
Identification of Disease-Causing Genetic Variants
Pathogen Polyomics
RNA-seq and Next Generation Transcriptomics

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students normally need an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience may be taken into account. Applicants with a lower second-class honours degree in a relevant subject will be considered on a case by case basis.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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